Update 3: No Fix Available anymore.
UPDATE 2: We’ve found a fix.
Microsoft pushed out it’s newest dashboard update today, bringing along with it a new Netflix app and a “Metro” design.
Many subscribers of Xbox Live use Netflix to watch movies with friends via the built in party system, in-fact our very own Snickelsox had a holiday movie marathon planned around the party system.
But to much debate Microsoft has removed the party functionality of it’s Netflix app, without providing a reason nonetheless. For users paying at least ~$100 a year for instant streaming access and $65 a year for Xbox Live, this is a very large problem. Does this effect you?
Many users of Twitter are up in arms about the update.
“So Netflix Parties are removed? There goes the majority of my Xbox usage. :\”
While user zZEBRAz says:
And a rather mad TrueSaiyan21 tweets XboxSupport:
“Pssst relay a message to the Xbox team, The NewNetflix app is awful and many agree! We want our Parties and other stuff back.”
I myself am rather mad over this turn of events. I’ve started a petition to convince Microsoft to give us paying customers our parties back. (Hell, I’d even pay a one time fee for the party features.)
We’ll update with any word from Microsoft or Netflix as it becomes available.
Microsoft has reached out to us with a comment on the situation:
“The new app platform on Xbox does not support the video party mode feature at this time, so will not be available in any existing app partners that have updated their app, like Netflix, or any of the new Xbox app partners. The feature is still available in some of our international video apps, like BSkyB in the UK and will likely be included in the next version of the app dev kit. For customers that would like to chat with their Xbox LIVE friends while gaming or watching videos the chat feature is still available via the Xbox Guide.”