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Pivot, OData, and Windows Azure: Visual Netflix Browsing

Posted on June 29, 2010

Steve Marx, Technical Strategist for Windows Azure, has a post on his blog today about combining the newly released PivotViewer Silverlight control with Windows Azure to create a visual way to browse Netflix Instant Watch movies.

From Steve’s blog post: screenshot The PivotViewer Silverlight control shipped this morning, which means you can now embed a Pivot collection (with great UI) directly in a web page. Pivot is fantastic for sorting, filtering, and browsing large numbers of items.

I’ve put together my own example of using the new PivotViewer control at It lets you browse the top ~3,000 movies that Netflix has available to stream online. I really encourage you to click through to the demo… it’s a fantastic way to find a movie to watch.