Netflix/Wii issue
September 24, 2010 10:29 AM   Subscribe

What is wrong with my Netflix instant queue?

I have Netflix. I have a Wii. Sometimes I watch the netflix movies via the Wii. But I can't watch half the movies I should be able to. In my regular DVD queue, netflix will list movies or shows (such as Friday Night Lights) as available to play instantly. But if I click on the Instant Queue tab (or access my Instant Queue on the Wii), Friday Night Lights is nowhere to be found.

I know there is a 75-title limit for the Instant Queue, despite there being a ton more movies on my dvd queue that are available to watch instantly, but I'm under that limit. Is there some way to get Friday Night Lights (or other films & shows) on the instant queue?
posted by nushustu to Media & Arts (8 answers total)
 
I think what you're saying is that Friday Night Lights is in your DVD queue, but you haven't added it to your Instant Queue. The two queues are totally separate - having it in one doesn't affect the other. When you highlight the "Play" button under the Instant column of your DVD queue, another button to "Add" will show up. Click that and it will put it in your Instant queue.
posted by Dojie at 10:37 AM on September 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


Just because it's available to watch instantly won't automatically put it on your Instant queue. You have to click Add to get it over there.
posted by Tomorrowful at 10:37 AM on September 24, 2010


For various reasons, Netflix does not automatically put movies from your DVD queue onto your Watch Instantly Queue any more. They are two separate queues.

On your DVD queue, point your mouse at the blue "Play" in the column labeled "Instant". The word "Add" should appear right above it. This adds that movie to your Instant Queue. Or you can add movies directly to the Instant Queue from any search screen, if that option is available for that movie.
posted by muddgirl at 10:38 AM on September 24, 2010


Your DVD queue and your instant queue are different -- things in your dvd queue that are available to watch instantly are not automatically in your watch instantly queue, you have to add them to that specifically. On the DVD queue webpage, if I hover over "play" for things that can be watched instantly, it will either pop up "In Q" for things that are in my Instant Queue, or "Add" for things that aren't. Make sure the things you want in your instant queue are actually in there.

(Also, I have 221 things in my Instant Queue, and they all show up in my watch instantly through tivo, is that 75 items a Wii restriction?)
posted by brainmouse at 10:39 AM on September 24, 2010


For various reasons, Netflix does not automatically put movies from your DVD queue onto your Watch Instantly Queue any more.

Do you know what these reasons are?
posted by grouse at 10:45 AM on September 24, 2010


For various reasons, Netflix does not automatically put movies from your DVD queue onto your Watch Instantly Queue any more.

They do under some circumstances. Movies have been popping up in my Instant Queue recently without me putting them there. And they are movies in my DVD Queue. However, this only happens very occasionally, it's only one or two movies at a time (way less than the number of movies in my DVD Queue that are available to stream) and there's no obvious pattern like movies that I just added or anything else that I can detect.

My only conclusion is that there are some glitches buried in Netflix's otherwise pretty perceptive AI, and the OP's situation might be one of them.
posted by Naberius at 10:56 AM on September 24, 2010


Do you know what these reasons are?

From my reading of this blog post, it seems like they never intended for movies to be automatically added to both queues - it was a one-time thing to initially populate the Watch Instantly queue. I can't find any justification for this policy (personally, it fits how I use the two different queues, but I can see how others may use them in a more connected manner).
posted by muddgirl at 11:08 AM on September 24, 2010 [1 favorite]


For various reasons, Netflix does not automatically put movies from your DVD queue onto your Watch Instantly Queue any more.

Do you know what these reasons are?


If it's available on DVD and Instantly, Netflix won't assume you want it in the Instant queue, since you might prefer the DVD.
posted by John Cohen at 6:06 PM on September 24, 2010


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