Digital Trends reviews Netflix for iPhone

Apple Online Store“Whether you’re still rolling with a chipped-up 8GB iPhone 3G, or just sprang for a flashy new 32GB iPhone 4, you can now claim to carry 17,000 titles in your pocket,” Nick Mokey reports for Digital Trends. “After rolling out an iPad app back in April and repeatedly signaling its intention to carry its streaming service over to the smaller of Apple’s mobile platforms, Netflix launched the long-awaited Netflix iPhone app on Thursday.”

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“Does Netflix really belong on the small screen?” Mokey asks. “Absolutely. Because without it, playing video on the iPhone is just too damn time consuming for most people. Unless you choose to suckle at the Teat of Jobs by buying overpriced video directly from the iTunes Store, cramming an episode of The Office from your DVD collection into your phone previously entailed ripping, transcoding into a specific Apple-approved format, then loading it onto your phone manually via USB cable, only to delete it later when you ran out of room.”

Mokey reports, “On a device with always-on connectivity, streaming makes a lot more sense. Just as Pandora, Slacker and captured the heart of lazy music listeners on the iPhone, Netflix has tapped into a built-in audience of roving couch potatoes who just didn’t have it in them to jump through the hoops to watch video on the go. For $8.99 a month (which can buy you about two movies on iTunes), consider us besmirched with our new pocket TVs.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We don’t think Nick means “besmirched.” Maybe “bewitched?”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Nope, I don’t think so either!



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  2. A question for Netflix subscribers–

    Can you have the app on multiple devices with the same account?

    What happens if, for example, I put it on my wife’s iPhone, and we both try to stream with it at the same time?

  3. @TheConfused1

    Yes you can use Netflix on one account with multiple devices simultaneously. I have watched Weeds on the iPad while my wife watched Dexter on the MacBook Pro while the kids watched a movie on the iMac. All on the same account and streaming without a hiccup.

  4. @MacMonk

    +1 Netflicks works on ALL our iOS devices (and our XBOX,PS3 & Wii) with just a single account. Best deal for movies around. We no longer have a “cable box”.

  5. This is nothing less than spectacular. Netflix streaming MST3K on my iPhone 4 is absolutely crystal clear and works without a hitch. You can even pick up where you left off on another device. Gamechanger.

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