Today, iPhone and iTouch owners can download a free Netflix app that allows the viewing of movies and television programs that are part of Netflix’s Instant Streaming content. You’ll need a Netflix account that allows streaming as well to make use of this app. The app streams video over both the 3G and Wi-Fi connection so that you can watch movies on the go or anywhere you can access a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. However, you may want to hold of streaming movies over 3G if you do not have an unlimited data plan. The ability to stream movies over the 3G network is tempting, but I can imagine that after just a few movies you’ll blow through the capped data plans AT&T that are the only choice offered. If you are lucky enough to have kept your unlimited Data plan, then you should have no worries streaming away to your hearts content.
In my time using the app, I can say that it is very well done. I downloaded the app, logged in to my account and started a movie all within 1-2 minutes. The picture and sound quality are very good, considering the smaller screen of the iPhone/iTouch device. I did not notice any playback issues such as stalling or skipping during the 45 minute episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. There is no way to sort or organize your queue, at this time, though you can add movies to your instant queue from within the app. If you have a Netflix account, have an unlimited data play or access to a Wi-Gi hotspot, and find yourself with time to kill during the day, you owe it to yourself to download this app. I’m looking forward to the updates and features that will hopefully be coming to allow queue maintenance.
Netflix App Now Available for iPhone and iPod Touch
Free App Enables Netflix Members to Instantly Watch TV Episodes and Movies Streamed from Netflix to iPhone and iPod touch
LOS GATOS, Calif., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) today announced the availability of its free Netflix App for iPhone and iPod touch, allowing Netflix members on plans starting at just $8.99 a month to instantly watch a vast selection of TV episodes and movies streamed to their iPhone or iPod touch at no additional cost.
The Netflix App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.
“Apple has changed the game for mobile devices,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and chief executive officer. “We’re excited that our members can now carry Netflix around in their pockets and instantly watch movies and TV shows streamed from Netflix right to their iPhone or iPod touch.”
The Netflix App delivers a high-quality viewing experience, a broad array of movie and TV choices and a clean, intuitive interface. It is available via both Wi-Fi and 3G networks. TV episodes and movies are conveniently organized into a variety of categories based on members’ personal preferences, popular genres, new arrivals and members’ individual instant Queues. Members can choose a movie or TV episode from any of the lists and just tap the innovative Multi-Touch user interface to watch instantly or to save the title for viewing later.
Additionally, users have the option of fast-forwarding and rewinding the video stream, and stopping at any time. When users want to start watching again, the video stream starts exactly where it was stopped, even on a different device capable of streaming from Netflix.
The Netflix App supports any iPhone or iPod touch device running iOS version 3.13 or later.
With more than 15 million members, Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is the world’s largest subscription service streaming movies and TV episodes over the Internet and sending DVDs by mail. For $8.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies streamed right to their TVs and computers and can receive unlimited DVDs delivered quickly to their homes. With Netflix, there are never any due dates or late fees. Among the large and expanding base of devices that can stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix are Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PS3 and Nintendo’s Wii consoles; Blu-ray disc players from Samsung, LG and Insignia; Internet TVs from LG, Sony and VIZIO; the Roku digital video player and TiVo digital video recorders, and Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For more information, visit http://www.netflix.com.