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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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. Read more
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.
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.
It looks like Google is blocking rooted devices from the new Android Market movie rental service. Google is claiming the reason is due to requirements related to copy protection.
Rooting is all about the “openness” of Android. I am not going to go into a rant on Google closing the door on “open” because we don’t know enough. I just can’t imagine that Google came up with this on their own. There has to be something with the movie studios. Yes, Netflix is working on jailbroken IPhones, but that is a different platform.
We also know that Google Music is not what Google wanted it to be. They wanted to be able to sell music on top of cloud services, but they were unable to get deals done with the labels. Could this be one of the issues with the music industry as well?
It is also likely that the developer community will figure a way around this anyway. Stay tuned, we will let you know more as it develops.
Most of you who are familiar with mSpot know the app for its music streaming service; however, the company is now looking to expand on their business model by bringing streaming video on demand to your Android device. The new app, Movies 2, is pretty impressive. I took it for a spin on my Evo, and I must say, it was a pretty enjoyable experience.
I started off simply streaming a few trailers, and it worked seamlessly, so I decided to give an actual movie a spin. Movies 2 brings free movie to your device every week, and this week’s movie was “Bruno”. No, not the ridiculous one released a year or so ago, but another one. Again, the quality was pretty good, and there was positively no lag at all. My only real complaint with this app is a lack of display ratio options; there are few things in this world that make me sadder than seeing a 4:3 video on a widescreen display.
All in all, I’d say that mSpot has the right idea. And, at only $3.99 for a 24 hour rental on new releases, I’d say that the competition had better watch out. Be sure to hit the break for the full presser, and let us know what you think in the comments below.