Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Netflix Streaming on iPhone and iPad, rumors of Droid

Domination. Being there first, being the standard for every other to follow - if they dare.

Netflix Now Playing on an iPhone Near You

Netflix has been streaming movies for instant viewing of movies for some time on PCs and game machines. As of Thursday, Netflix is on the iPhone as well.

A Netflix app for the iPhone puts movies instantly on the phones of anyone with a least a minimum $8.99 a month Netflix subscription. (That minimum plan also gets you delivery of one DVD at a time.)

The app, however is free. From within it you can browse for films to watch by genre, or do a search for a specific title.

The Instant Queue tab takes you to films you have placed in in your personal queue on the Netflix Web site.

The app works via 3G or Wi-Fi on an iPhone or Wi-Fi on an iPod touch running iOS 3.13 or later. In a test videos played clearly and smoothly even on 3G. (An Android app is rumored to be coming soon.)

If you stop the film midstream, the app recalls where you were and lets you resume from that point. Or, you can also begin from that point on any other device that streams Netflix.

One glaring oversight, while the app lets you watch movies, it doesn’t let you manage your Netflix account. I look forward to the update. Or is that the sequel?

Well - as a user of Netflix on my Wii - I could have told the author that they don't support account management on other devices as well. I'm wondering though regarding the TV-s with pre-installed applications - such as Samsung with Netflix. Can these things get updates/upgrades over the net? Anyways - just seeing Netflix everywhere and on everything makes me certain of their unshaken dominance and stance in the market for the foreseeable future.


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