Netflix API: Looking good

October 1st, 2008

Netflix was pretty much the last place I was Web 2.0 style share cropping, creating value without a way to get it out. The Netflix API has been rumored for a long time, but with today’s release they really did an excellent job.

Also versioned documentation, and a quite reasonable set of branding guidelines.

The Netflix Web APIs provide the ability for you to integrate Netflix user services into your application. The APIs provide the following capabilities:
  • Performing searches of movies, TV series, cast members, and directors
  • Retrieving catalog titles, including details about the title such as name, box art, director, cast, etc.
  • Determining the subscriber’s relationship to a specific title, e.g, in queue, saved, available on DVD, etc.
  • Managing and displaying queues for users
  • Providing conveniences such as auto-completion of partial search terms typed by a user.
  • Displaying a user’s ratings and reviews.
  • Including functional Add and Play buttons in your web application.

Congratulations to Netflix, and Mashery.

2 responses to “Netflix API: Looking good”

  1. Julien says:

    That’s a great news! I am sure we will see some mashups very soon, and I can’t help but think that it would be great to receive notification when they ship a DVD on my IM instead of emails!

  2. jr says:

    Glad you like it.

    The reason that the API explorer is a firefox plugin is because it was easier to build. Firefox provides a pretty darn rich environment to code in for doing things like this. Flixo acts just like your code does, meaning that it signs your API requests using OAuth. We built it so that we could test things out here, and figured that it might be useful for folks outside as well. Flixo is very much in Beta (thus the < 1 version numbering) so if you’ve any suggestions or ideas on how to make it better, I’d really appreciate you posting them to the developer forum. (Not that I don’t like your blog, but it’d be easier for others who also have suggestions.)

    Thanks for the note. Looking forward to your suggestions.