On Saturday, September 15th, some major changes will hit the Netflix Public API. Possibly the most significant and likely to impact developers is the removal of user rental history data. The Netflix catalog index files are also being replaced by new versions--and being split into separate streaming and DVD data sets. Read on for more details on these updates.
At a higher level, the fact that Netflix is separating its streaming and DVD catalogs should be a strong signal to developers about the company's business plans. Despite last year's disastrous attempt to spin off its DVD service, Netflix still seems determined to bring its customers--and developers--into a future where streaming video serves all their entertainment needs.
Read all about the Netflix Public API at developer.netflix.com/docs.