About Instantwatcher

Press Coverage

  • One of ProgrammableWeb's Best New Mashups Jan 26, 2009
  • a great example of the amazing things which can be built when a company offers up an API for use by third-party developers. ProgrammableWeb dubbed it one of their 'best new mashups' and we definitely agree. The InstantWatcher is a must for Netflix subscribers everywhere that streaming is offered.
  • about a quadrillion times easier to browse than Netflix's own site
    Boing Boing Offworld Feb 6, 2009
  • If you're a frequent viewer of Netflix's streaming fare, you're probably numb to how inefficient the rental service's browsing and search pages can be. InstantWatcher is a soothing balm of clean, fast movie browsing.
    Lifehacker Feb 16, 2009
  • hats off to with a little bit of creativity and a whole lot of effort, it turns three APIs into one cool site!
  • The Netflix members who use [] love it. We have an application gallery on our website, and is consistently one of the top rated applications out there.
    — Michael Hart, Director of Engineering at Netflix, interview Aug 28, 2009
  • One of Mashable's 8 Awesome Mashups Made Possible by APIs Oct 8, 2009
  • an ingenious, ingeniously simple site that does one thing: help you locate items you can Watch Instantly, "Five Ways to Get More Out of Internet TV," Apr 6, 2010
  • This site is invaluable for Netflix users, "10 Tools to Get the Most Out of Netflix," Jan 10, 2011
  • Video review at 5:48 on Cord Cutters, "How To Optimize Netflix Streaming," Jan 11, 2011
  • Video review on Tekzilla, Jan 20, 2011
  • a fuller picture of [Netflix's] streaming inventory
    Washington Post, "PostPoints tip: Quick help for Netflix instant viewers," Mar 7, 2011

Who is this website for?

It's for Netflix users who want to traverse and explore Netflix's catalog of streaming titles more efficiently and painlessly. All the information and cross-links on this website are limited to Watch Instantly titles so you don't have to waste time sifting through a bunch of DVD-only titles to find the ones that you can start watching right away.

You can also play or queue these titles directly from this website.

Can I use this website for free?

Yes. But you do have to have a Netflix membership to be able to play and queue the titles you find on this website. Don't have a Netflix membership? Sign up for a free trial.

How can I support this website?

You can just tell other people who love movies about the site. If they sign up for Netflix by clicking through the Netflix sign up link on any movie detail page, receives a small referral bonus.

You can also support this website by giving it a positive rating or review in the Netflix App Gallery (Netflix membership required).

Instantwatcher appreciates your support!

How are you associated with Netflix?

Netflix built something called the Netflix API, which lets independent software developers use Netflix's database to build useful applications for Netflix users. This website uses the Netflix API to build its own, separate database of Netflix's streaming titles. This website is not owned or controlled by Netflix, but is the sort of useful innovation Netflix wants to encourage by making its API available.

Where else does this website get its information? uses the Google AJAX Search API to pull in relevant YouTube clips and trailers. It also uses The New York Times Movie Reviews API to associate NYT movie review content with Netflix instant streaming titles wherever possible. For example, you can easily discover which streaming Netflix titles are New York Times Critics' Picks.

Who created this website?

Daniel Choi, an independent software developer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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