Why I don’t Need Netflix

Is it just me or does it feel like Netlix believes they have the online streaming market so cornered that they can just change price plans, yet again, and no one would even think of leaving?  I got news for you Netflix, though I love the service, there are alternatives.  For now, since I pretty much just stream Netflix on my Wii there may be no need to have dvd’s sent to my home.  And especially with the five different locations of Redbox rental units surrounding my area, this option just seems like a better fit.  If you’re not familiar with Redbox, the company has dvd vending machines at most 24 hr establishments and grocery stores and you can rent a movie for only 99 cents a day plus tax.  There’s an Android app for the service as well and they’ve even moved up to adding Blue-Ray and video games to their machines.  In my opinion, this is perfect timing if you ask me, with the recent fold of Blockbuster and all.

However, in addition to being able to rent dvd’s from your nearest Redbox location, consider renting a movie from your local cable provider.  Where I live, Service Electric cable TV offers a great selection of video on demand (VOD) options and when new releases are available they pretty much show up on the service several hours later.  You also might want to keep in mind your local library.  One of the best kept secrets in most towns is their public library.  The public library where I live offers tons of dvd’s which you can sometimes rent out up to three at a time at no cost to you.  In addition, if you’re like me and you just mostly like watching dramas, there’s always Hulu+ for Android.  Hulu offers a huge and wide selection of TV shows like Law & Order, CSI and Dexter. All you need is an existing Hulu account and you’re off.  These are just some minor alternatives to Netflix so you don’t feel obligated to stay with the perpetually changing service, subsequently forking out for the new hike up in price.  Let’s remind Netflix that we don’t need the service as badly as they think and we’re willing to go wherever the deals are.  What do you think?  Feel free to rant and rave in the comments below.

Blu-ray digital download movies coming to Android from 20th Century Fox

With services like Netflix and Hulu making their way to Android devices, even if its only a small amount so far, it’s no wonder that other distributors are looking to make mobile apps for their services. 20th Century Fox may be the next in line to bring movies to the small screen, by releasing an app that allows you to download a digital copy to your device from Blu-Ray titles it offers.

Those who take advantage of the service should be warned that downloading an entire movie, never mind a Blu-Ray title will use up a significant amount of bandwidth, and thus, recommended it be done over Wi-Fi, not 3G or 4G connections (unless of course you pay for unlimited use, or a large amount of bandwidth). When Fox launches this app, let’s hope they are learning from Netflix and Hulu’s limits, and launch the app for compatibility to any Android device over Android 2.2 at the very least.

[via slashgear]

Netflix update will work on Honeycomb tablets

Earlier today when Netflix updated their Android app to 1.3, we wondered why tablets were not supported other than the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 which is not even out yet.

If you install the Netflix stock apk on your tablet, it will work just fine. We have confirmation of it working on the ASUS Transformer, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Motorola XOOM. You can take the apk from your phone or you can download it from here, and install it like any other apk. There is no hacking involved.

Update: The Transformer seems to be an issue. We heard from some Transformer owners that it worked, but most are saying it isn’t. Sorry for the confusion.

[via droid-life]

Netflix updates Android app – Works on new phones now

This morning we reported that Netflix was now available on 24 phones. It was listed on the app page, but there wasn’t an update, so we assumed that it would not be necessary. Apparently they either forgot to update it, or somebody jumped ahead and put the information in too soon.

Either way, head over to the market and get the update, I promise this time it will work.

Apps Database for QR Code.

Android Market Link

Netflix is now supported on 24 Android phones

Netflix just added support for a bunch of Android phones including the unreleased, Droid Bionic. The Droid 3 also made the cut, and Netflix recently approved it for 1080p streaming thanks to the TI OMAP4 processor. If you have a Droid 3, lets us know if you are able to stream 1080p.

Unfortunately, tablet support is non existent accept for the Lenovo K1 IdeaPad, but we will have to wait until it is released.

This all comes after Netflix changed their pricing structure. You can actually save a few bucks per month if you choose the stream only service, and if you are a first time customer, you can get one month free.

If you have one of the below devices than hit our source link to download the app or head over to our apps database for the QR code. Happy Streaming!!

Supported devices after the break.

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Hulu Plus won’t play nicely with rooting

Last month, Hulu Plus launched on Android, but we were disappointed because it was only available on a handful of phones. Shortly after, they added additional devices, which gave us promise. Now we are back to disappointment again as it turns out that if you are rooted, you won’t be able to use the popular streaming service.

This is not surprising because Google movie rentals and Blockbuster are already doing it. For the short-term, some rooted users are able to run the app which might be related to what version of Android you’re running.

[via pocketnow]

See What’s New On Netflix With The Netflix New Releases Free App

Want to know what’s new on Netflix?  Now it’s easier than ever thanks to developer Shrapnel.  Just whip out your awesome Android smartphone and download the Netflix New Releases Free application.  The app is a comprehensive list of all the new releases Netflix pours out both on their DVD releases and their Instant Watch section.  With a great UI and smooth navigation, never be out of the loop with what’s now available to stream on everyone’s favorite streaming service.  Hit the break for a full list of features from the developer and to check out some screen shots.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.  
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Want To Watch Movies On Your Android Device With Subtitles?

Interested in incorporating subtitles when viewing movies on your Android smartphone?  Hey, Im sure there are a few of you out there.  With that, check out XDA member mafiapanda’s walk through on how to add the functionality.  You’ll need an Android device capable of playing back 720p movies, the Handbrake DVD ripper software, plenty of memory, mVideoPlayer which is free and a USB cable.  Now all you have to do is check out the tutorial on how to grab the subtitles form a repository and place them in the mp4 folder.  You can check out the application thread here.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via xda]

Amazon tablets launching in second half of 2011 – production limited


The Amazon tablet that we have been hearing about should still be making its way to the public in the second half of 2011 (which starts tomorrow – lol). The previously rumored tablets should have an initial order of 1.5 to 2 million units at launch according to a report by Digitimes, who also reports that their sources suggest the first launch in September. Touchscreen manufacturers fighting for the job to help build these include Wintek, HannStar Display and J Touch all based out of Taiwan.

There lies a wall ahead for the Amazon tablets however, which is meeting the demand of their initial order from manufacturers, as it appears most tablet manufacturing from hardware makers may be focused on Apple iPad 2 production (since they have 95% of the tablet market share). This could make the Amazon tablet launch a rocky road.

[via bgr]