Playing with the new Xbox 360 dashboard last night, we discovered the addition of Netflix to the Canadian Video Marketplace. In testing, the application performed as well as the service has in our experience on PC and the PS3.
Unfortunately, the application does not have any support for an "Instant Watch Queue," as the feature is completely omitted from the Canadian version of the service. The Canadian Xbox 360 application does support searching, an addition also making its debut to U.S. Netflix customers in the upcoming update.
Netflix originally launched in Canada on September 22, with support for the Nintendo Wii (via disc) and the PlayStation 3 (via native application), among other connected devices and computers. An Xbox 360 version of the streaming-only service was said to be coming "later this fall." Our initial speculation was that Microsoft first needed to update the Canadian dashboard to include the Netflix executable. Whether this was the only hurdle or not, it appears that the upcoming update will bring, among other things, Netflix to Canadians.
Microsoft has yet to detail a launch date for the new dashboard update for all Xbox 360 users. It is expected prior to the November 4 launch of the Kinect peripheral.
Sure wish I had a Kinect to test out the additional features this update has. Other than that, I like the changes they've made, the cleaner look and all. Also, it may just be me but it seems to be a bit more responsive than before as well. Could just be they way it appears now, with the flatter panels, etc. The search function for Netflix is a very welcome addition. Overall I'd say it's a nice update.