“We recently announced the availability of Netflix on Windows Phone 7 devices, which, alongside the iPhone, represents the second mobile phone platform we have enabled for streaming from Netflix,” Greg Peters reports via the official Netflix Blog. “Notably absent from current supported mobile devices is Android and I wanted to provide an update on where things stand with this important platform.”
“The hurdle has been the lack of a generic and complete platform security and content protection mechanism available for Android,” Peters reports. “Setting aside the debate around the value of content protection and DRM, they are requirements we must fulfill in order to obtain content from major studios for our subscribers to enjoy.”
“Although we don’t have a common platform security mechanism and DRM, we are able to work with individual handset manufacturers to add content protection to their device,” Peters reports. “Unfortunately, this is a much slower approach and leads to a fragmented experience on Android, in which some handsets will have access to Netflix and others won’t. This clearly is not the preferred solution, and we regret the confusion it might create for consumers. However, we believe that providing the service for some Android device owners is better than denying it to everyone.”
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