Netflix iPhone App Launches for Free : Netflix now offers a video-streaming app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, months after debuting one for the iPad. Apple may update its iPod line at an event next week.
While the app allows Netflix subscribers to feed unlimited television shows and movies to their device, courtesy of the “Instant Queue” feature, AT&T’s recent decision to cut back on its unlimited data plans could limit viewers’ consumption.
The Netflix app lets you access your Instant Queue to view videos you’ve already saved. You can browse by genre or search for specific titles from the service’s growing library of streaming content. You can also stop a video and then resume where you left off, whether you’re watching on your iPhone, your computer, or your game console.
Version 1.1.0 of the Netflix iOS app now supports iPhone and iPod Touch in addition to iPad, the company announced in a report today. “Apple has changed the game for mobile devices,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and chief executive officer.
To tap into this app, you must be a paying Netflix subscriber (plans start at $8.99 a month) or set up a free 30-day trial. On the mobile side, you need to be running iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later.
Meanwhile, for no additional fee, for now, at least, this adds more value to our Netflix account. We expect Netflix to get plenty of free-trial subscribers as a result of the new app; many of these could convert to paying accounts.
Netflix is the world’s largest subscription service streaming movies and TV episodes over the Internet with more than 15 million members. The company also makes profits by sending DVDs by mail.