Netflix coming to the iPad

Netflix will soon be available on the AppStore for iPad owners, according to Appadvice.  The application will be available for free on April 3, and able to stream TV shows and movies right onto the iPad. 

Netflix subscribers will be able to watch any TV show or movie directly on the iPad, streaming directly from Netflix.  The app will provide full functionality, just as if you were watching it from your home computer.  Pick up where you left off from your computer, or watch parts of a TV series or movie you missed.

If you aren’t a Netflix subscriber yet (United States only), the application offers a two-week free trial.  If you are a Netflix Unlimited subscriber, you can manage and watch TV shows or movies from your queue. 

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thenetavenger said,

Add another +1 for MS making this technology possible...


I do appreciate them doing this, but let's be honest here: if they didn't, Netflix (and other IIS customers) would find other options, and that's worse for Microsoft than making a competing product a slightly more attractive buy.

Edited by Elliott, Apr 1 2010, 5:30pm :

Elliott said,

I do appreciate them doing this, but let's be honest here: if they didn't, Netflix (and other IIS customers) would find other options, and that's worse for Microsoft than making a competing product a slightly more attractive buy.

Microsoft worked with APPLE to get this technology ready for BOTH Silverlight and Flash based Web Video content.

This has nothing to do with keeping Netflix as a partner or encouraging use of the VC1/Silverlight codec technology, as even Silverlight itself is no longer limited to just the VC1 codec technology.

Also the VC1 and Silverlight media streaming technologies are NOT locked to IIS, so not sure where that assuption on your part comes from either.

thenetavenger said,
Microsoft worked with APPLE to get this technology ready for BOTH Silverlight and Flash based Web Video content.

That's cool. I never said they weren't? I only said that it's not just because they want to be nice to Apple and iPad owners. They want to keep their streaming technology attractive to content providers since the iPhone OS is becoming very popular.

thenetavenger said,

This has nothing to do with keeping Netflix as a partner or encouraging use of the VC1/Silverlight codec technology, as even Silverlight itself is no longer limited to just the VC1 codec technology.

I never said it was trying to push the VC1 codec, but anyway, what does it have to do with then? Is it just Microsoft being nice to iPhone/iPad owners? Microsoft gets nothing out of it, right?

thenetavenger said,

Also the VC1 and Silverlight media streaming technologies are NOT locked to IIS, so not sure where that assuption on your part comes from either.

Did not know this. Thank you for correcting me. I should've just said the Silverlight media streaming technology.

Edited by Elliott, Apr 1 2010, 10:40pm :

leo221 said,
good to have, not a killer app

That depends. Netflix instant streaming is getting more and more popular. Any new device that supports it is likely to be popular.

Just think, if this actually is an April fools joke, it's possibly the worst evah(ever).

A netflix ipad app would be great!....now just bring netflix to the UK...

So... if they can release an app for the iWhatever for this, why are they sending us PS3 and Wii owners a disc instead of a download?

GreyWolf said,
So... if they can release an app for the iWhatever for this, why are they sending us PS3 and Wii owners a disc instead of a download?

I believe it has to do with their contract with Microsoft for Netflix on the 360. People have speculated that their contract does not allow them to release a downloadable app for other game consoles, but they are getting around that by releasing it as a disc. Pure speculation, I know, but it does seem to be the only reason that makes sense. Hell, the Netflix "app" is basically only about 30MB on the Wii.

CarlDilone said,
Netflix requires either Flash or Silverlight which are two things the iPad doesn't support.

Microsoft's silverlight server is so cool, it can detect if the connected device is a mobile one and transcode the video to a compatible format EVEN IF the mobile device doesn't have silverlight installed. Amazing.

Shadrack said,

Microsoft's silverlight server is so cool, it can detect if the connected device is a mobile one and transcode the video to a compatible format EVEN IF the mobile device doesn't have silverlight installed. Amazing.

lol another great joke...

CarlDilone said,
Netflix requires either Flash or Silverlight which are two things the iPad doesn't support.

Because it's not like those videos are just H.264 on the backend, right? Right?

beemer87 said,
this better not be april fools. and if its not, why cant it come to the iphone and ipod touch?
Because it does not have a big screen, does Netflix have an app for the droid?

cabron said,
Because it does not have a big screen, does Netflix have an app for the droid?

No idea, but there will be a netflix app for Windows Phone 7, so why not the iPhone?

beemer87 said,
this better not be april fools. and if its not, why cant it come to the iphone and ipod touch?

I wouldn't be surprised if it does, to be honest.

Shadrack said,
iPhone/iPod Touch has Video out component cables.

Did you actually try to use them?
Especially compared to ZuneHD...

cabron said,
Because it does not have a big screen, does Netflix have an app for the droid?

What's the size of the screen got to do with wether it should support netflix on it or not?

I for one would love a netflix-type service for the iPhone here in the UK.

RealFduch said,

Did you actually try to use them?
Especially compared to ZuneHD...

they suck compared to zune HD. But they work just fine for video output. I use them all the time for YouTube videos. The comment I was dissmissing was the "iPhone has no video out" which is false.