Netflix comes to WP7

On Monday, Netflix announced that it will be bringing its popular service to the WP7 platform. Available today in the United States and Canada, WP7 users can download the app from the WP7 marketplace.

Netflix will allow users to instantly watch their favorite shows and movies on the WP7 device. According to the Netflix blog, "Netflix members in both the U.S. and Canada also now have the ability to instantly watch TV shows and movies on their Windows Phone 7 handsets. The application is available in the Marketplace Video Store and is free."

Netflix is one more tier 1 app that WP7 needs if it wants to survive in the fiercely competitive smartphone marketplace. By allowing users to stream to the WP7 device, Netflix is able to expand its reach and Microsoft gains another crucial app to its growing marketplace. 

As the WP7 marketplace continues to play come-from-behind, it needs all the help it can get from other corporations. As with most platforms, they are defined by their marketplace, and as the platform matures, its crucial to have continued 3rd part support. 

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Guys, as a WINDOWS MOBILE 6.5.3 user all i can say is, it is an underestimated platform, on my cruddy OMNIA II i can do youtube just fine, (with flash), i have microsoft office, pdf reader, a 5 mp camera, i can expand up to 16gb of storage, and its got a decent touchscreen, it can only get better from here on out, now if only microsoft would allow us to do the upgrade ourselves instead of relying on the stupid retards that are the carriers then it be a whole nother ballgame

"As the WP7 marketplace continues to play come-from-behind"

This is an odd way to word this, it would be analogical to saying a new born child is playing come-from-behind.

The wording denotes a prior 'failing', where the WP7 marketplace is new.

The Netflix App has been on the marketplace for a few weeks now, even though the phones were not widely available in the US. So, not sure why they are making a new press release about this, especially since it was also one of the first Apps ever demonstrated on the WP7 at the time the WP7 was announced.

zivan56 said,
Where do I send my arm and leg to pay for the data bill?

You could try selling your arm and leg for WiFi access.

rfirth said,

No, it was released on October 18th. Two weeks ago.

Yes I can see it in the app store but I take it you need to be in the usa to use netflix do you ? Even if you can still cba paying for it.

jandler said,
Now, if they can add the Zune HD-like docking station...

yes, that would be ideal. Then people can sync wirelessly very easily.
And have HDMI out to the TV. But I'm sure TV out capabilities are coming in later revisions of WP7. Since the Zune HD has it, why not WP7 with a dock like the zune? It's not that difficult.

"As the WP7 marketplace continues to play come-from-behind, it needs all the help it can get from other corporations"

What kind of bull **** is that?!?! WP7 been out for 2 weeks. WTF did you expect?

ahhell said,
"As the WP7 marketplace continues to play come-from-behind, it needs all the help it can get from other corporations"

What kind of bull **** is that?!?! WP7 been out for 2 weeks. WTF did you expect?


calm down

Betaz said,

Agreed. Why do they have one ready for WP7 already and still not Android?
In all fairness, because WP7 development is based off of Silverlight, and Netflix is also based off of Silverlight, I assume it was pretty easy to make an app for WP7.

Admodieus said,
Where's my Android app?

well i could see their being tons of pressure from microsoft because there are tons of ppl that are getting the phone because they want it to interact with their xbox 360.. so now both have netflix

Elliott said,
In all fairness, because WP7 development is based off of Silverlight, and Netflix is also based off of Silverlight, I assume it was pretty easy to make an app for WP7.

That would make sense.

Admodieus said,
Where's my Android app?

It has less to do with silverlight and more to do with the codecs. (Silverlight is codec agnostic.)

As soon as they license the codecs for Android, it might happen.

On the other hand it is probably pretty handy when the OS already has the licensed codecs for applications like this instead of making the developers and media providers pay for the licensing themselves.