Popular online movie rental and review site Netflix will be releasing an API today. The new API will provide access to 100,000 movie and TV episode titles on DVD as well as Netflix account access on a user’s behalf (using OAuth). We’ve added a new Netflix API profile to our directory with initial details.
This is an exciting addition to the wide array of video APIs currently available, considering the reach and popularity of Netflix and the passionate activity of its users. According to Netflix, its members rate more than 2 million movies a day and there are more than 2 billion ratings currently in its database.
The API is free and will be available for commercial use, meaning that enterprising developers can potentially monetize applications and mashups developed with the API. See Marshall Kirkpatrick’s post over at ReadWriteWeb for additional insight on commercial use of the API as well as follow-up at Gizmodo.