Los Angeles – DVD rental giant Netflix is seeking a change to U.S. law that would allow subscribers to automatically share the movies and television shows they rent with friends on Facebook.
Subscribers in Canada and Latin America will be given the option to link their accounts to Facebook, but the service cannot be offered in the United States because of a 1980s law, Netflix's director of Government Relations, Michael Drobac, said on the company's blog.
"The good news, however, is that some forward-thinking members of Congress have introduced legislation, H.R. 2471, that would allow you to make this choice," the Netflix executive added.
The bill was put forward by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican.
"We've got some big supporters in Congress," Drobac said, mentioning Democratic Reps. Henry Waxman, Zoe Lofgren and John Conyers as well as GOP House members Jim Sensenbrenner, Darrell Issa and Lee Terry, among others.
The United States is the only country of the 45 where Netflix operates that the new feature will not be available, the company's CEO, Reed Hastings, said Thursday at Facebook's f8 developer conference in San Francisco.
Hastings, who is also a member of the Facebook board, attributed the problem to confusion over previsions of the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.