Netflix Movie Streaming for the Mac goes Live

The Netflix movie rental service transitioned its Watch Instantly movie streaming feature for Mac OS X out of beta testing on Thursday and began offering it as a service to all of its Mac-based subscribers. Watch Instantly is available to Netflix subscribers with an Intel-based Mac and requires Microsoft's Silverlight.

Netflix Watch Instantly lets subscribers stream movies over the Internet and view them on their computer. So far only a small selection from the company's movie library is available, but Netflix plans to have some 12,000 movies and TV shows ready for streaming by the end of December.