Netflix finally showing up on some Android-based phones

Netflix has spread its streaming movie and TV show service to tons of devices, beginning with the PC and then adding all three game consoles, the iPhone and iPod Touch and lots of set-top boxes, DVD players and Blu-Ray players. Now the long wait for the Netflix streaming app for phones that use Google's Android operating system is coming to an end.

In a post on Netflix's blog site today, it was announced that the Netflix app is now available to download for free via the Android Market for a select series of Android 2.2 and 2.3 based phones. They include the HTC Incredible, the HTC Nexus One, the HTC Evo 4G, the HTC G2 and the Samsung Nexus S. In the blog post, Netflix's Roma De states, "We expect to quickly add to the number of phones that can download from Android Market as we work with ecosystem partners to expand playback support."

So why can't the Netflix app be run on more Android-based phones at the moment? Roma De states in the blog post, "One of these challenges is the lack of standard streaming playback features that the Netflix application can use to gain broad penetration across all available Android phones." According to the blog post, Netflix has to test each phone that has the Android OS. Only those that can support streaming playback of video can run the Netflix app, at least at the moment. Roma De states, "We anticipate that many of these technical challenges will be resolved in the coming months and that we will be able to provide a Netflix application that will work on a large majority of Android phones."

Netflix recently announced that it has signed about 24 million subscribers to its streaming video service and has seen its stock price go sky high as more and more people sign up. The expansion into Android-based phones could signal another boost in Netflix's subscriber base.

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Seems odd that it is working on the Nexus One and not the HTC Desire, since they are virtually the same phone. Hopefully that will be in one of the next batches of phones they support, it will make my wife really happy.

Installed and opens on my vibrant running bionix and flash 10.3

However, when I try to play the movie it does nothing... darn

It seems that you need to be running Gingerbread and the newest Flash (10.3) for it to work. I moved up from .588 to .595 and now its working. Futurama on the go!

StevenMalone77 said,
Got it on my g2, no matter what i change the build.prop to, it wont work. Probably cause i'm running CM7 nightly #73 and not a stock rom.

It has nothing to do with the build.prop. Several XDA developers have said this on Twitter already. Although they didn't specify what Netflix is actually checking against to provide the stream.

UndergroundWire said,

It has nothing to do with the build.prop. Several XDA developers have said this on Twitter already. Although they didn't specify what Netflix is actually checking against to provide the stream.

I understand that. So it's strictly something in cm7 that is not working with it?

StevenMalone77 said,

I understand that. So it's strictly something in cm7 that is not working with it?

It seems like it. Try a rooted stock ROM. Just remove the bloat and see if it works. That's the problem with CM7. It always lacks a working feature like camera, BT, GPS, 4G, or digital rights.

dnast said,
Which ROM?

This will be my first flash since a month ago.

im using nexusHD2-gingerbread v2.7t. This one even has the tmobile wifi calling on it. Any nexus one model should work.

Amodin said,
Now if they would only expand their database of movies and TV. What they offer is currently a joke.

I'm looking at canceling my Netflix subscription here soon. They lost the shows i watch (Spartacus and a few others) and have a pretty bad movie selection for instant. On the contrary I'm loving Hulu Plus, and i may just grab any movies I need from Zune.

if one what to steal movies. wouldn't it be nicer to do it on a powerful computer? instead of a phone with lower quality and slow processing power/bandwidth?

leo221 said,
if one what to steal movies. wouldn't it be nicer to do it on a powerful computer? instead of a phone with lower quality and slow processing power/bandwidth?

Seriously?

leo221 said,
if one what to steal movies. wouldn't it be nicer to do it on a powerful computer? instead of a phone with lower quality and slow processing power/bandwidth?

Who is stealing anything?

All HTC phones huh...cept for the Nexus S

I will wait until someone posts the APK online...unless Netflix software can tell that you dont have one of the approved phones.

techbeck said,
All HTC phones huh...cept for the Nexus S

I will wait until someone posts the APK online...unless Netflix software can tell that you dont have one of the approved phones.

Yea, I have the feeling they won't even bother with my Samsung Captivate, so I hope there will be an APK available that works for it.

zappa859 said,

Yea, I have the feeling they won't even bother with my Samsung Captivate, so I hope there will be an APK available that works for it.

If they had it working on the Nexus one, then I am sure it w ill work on the Vibrant.

techbeck said,

If they had it working on the Nexus one, then I am sure it w ill work on the Vibrant.

I think you meant to say Nexus S. Nexus One is a HTC phone. Nexus S is a Samsung phone.

UndergroundWire said,

I think you meant to say Nexus S. Nexus One is a HTC phone. Nexus S is a Samsung phone.

I know...point was that the Nexus One is an older phone so if that got it, then other older phones will and should get it...hopefully

techbeck said,

I know...point was that the Nexus One is an older phone so if that got it, then other older phones will and should get it...hopefully

Gotcha!

farmeunit said,

What does that show? Everyone is running on Droid 2 and Droid X . . . although they are running Gingerbread mods. I have mine rooted, but have yet to install a modded ROM.

Download the APK and test it out yourself. Zapa was asking for the APK.

The APK only works with a select few phones. However, rumor has it that the Droid X will get Gingerbread very soon. When Netflix built the app, it contained signatures for those select phones and they threw in the Droid X running 2.3.3 against its signature database. That was the only point to that post. "Here is the APK. Go nuts, but nothing is gonna really happen".

techbeck said,
All HTC phones huh...cept for the Nexus S

I will wait until someone posts the APK online...unless Netflix software can tell that you dont have one of the approved phones.

..and the HTC Desire HD.