Netflix has started the process of rolling out version 3.0 of their app for Android devices bringing an overhaul of the interface to improve it aesthetically and performance-wise. Unfortunately, Netflix has still not added support for profiles, which can be accessed on every other platform, in this latest update. Lacking that, the update still seems to be well done and you will probably want to grab it as soon as it is available. » Read the rest
Netflix announced yesterday that they are rolling out their highest quality video streams, dubbed Super HD, to all users. When initially released, Super HD was only available to customers using an Internet service provider (ISP) that had a direct connection with Netflix. With this new change, Netflix members on a Netflix connected ISP will still get preferential treatment, but if users on other ISPs have the necessary hardware and sufficient bandwidth, they can enjoy Super HD as well. The Netflix Super HD stream is provided at a higher bit rate stream and less compression than the normal 1080p HD stream. » Read the rest
Netflix for Android has been having an issue where devices running Android 4.3 become unresponsive if they fall asleep while streaming Netflix to Chromecast, nicknamed the “sleep of death.” Netflix has pushed out an update for the app that supposedly fixes the issues. Version 2.4.1 of the app’s changelog mentions that it “fixes and optimization for devices running Android 4.3.”
If you want the updated, fixed version, you can download it through the link after the break.
Netflix announced today a new feature to help make things easier when several people are sharing the same Netflix account, Netflix Profiles. Profiles act like a sub-account on a master Netflix account. Each profile gets personalized suggestions, their own Instant Queue lists and a segregated Recently Watched history. Owners of competing devices probably wish this function had already been available, but with the introduction of Google’s Chromecast this could be even more useful since so many people are now able to stream their own viewing choices to the device. » Read the rest
Currently, running Netflix on your Android 4.3 device causes the device’s power lock button to become unresponsive once it’s put to sleep. Definitely an annoying bug and you can be sure Google and Netflix are currently working on a fix ASAP. According to Google’s own Dan Morrill, “top men” are currently working on a fix that will be pushed as soon as it’s finished.
Until then, the only way to revive the device is to hold the power button until it restarts. We’ll let you all know once the update is pushed!
source: Android Police
Since announcing Chromecast yesterday during their “breakfast” event, Google’s latest device has been flying off the virtual shelves. That demand has created a casualty though as Google pulled the Netflix promotion that provided three free months of Netflix service with a Chromecast purchase. Citing “overwhelming demand” that surpassed the limited quantities available from Netflix, the promotion was canceled just one day after the device was first available.
Pulling the Netflix promotion is a ding against Google and has generated some ill will. However, given the pace of orders which led to retailers like Amazon.com and Best Buy selling out and Google itself reporting a 3 to 4 week order fulfillment delay, it seems likely many of the early adopters were intent upon getting a Chromecast without regard to the promotion.
The bigger hurdle for Google now will be reports from buyers as they actually start to use the devices. If they perform as well as they did during Google’s demo, demand could grow for the device. If users have problems though, that could kill off interest just as fast as it was generated.
source: LA Times
If you’ve ever run into Netflix’s cap of two simultaneous video streams on your account and wished you could increase that cap, Netflix has an answer. Today the company announced that there will be a new pricing tier to allow a single account to deliver video to four separate devices simultaneously, up from the current cap of two. The pricing is just a tad higher than their current plan at $11.99 per month. You won’t be forced to move to that tier, and Netflix expects only about 1% of their subscribers to use the new tier, but having options is always nice.
Personally, I’ve never hit the current streaming cap, even sharing an account with family members. I can see how it might be an issue for larger families who rely on internet streaming exclusively for entertainment, though. What are your thoughts? Are any of you going to move up to the new subscription price?
Samsung is preparing to use MWC 2013 to showcase its newest service called TV Discovery for its various devices. TV Discovery is a fully integrated tool that essentially lets users take advantage of live TV content and other forms of video content on both Sammy smartphones and Smart TV sets. So users of the service will be able relay and actually see program information and feeds from live TV, video on demand and online streaming means such as Netflix— all through one centralized resource center. Oh and what’s even more awesome is the ability to use a compatible connected tablet into a fully functional universal remote. Sweet.
For now, Sammy highlights TV Discovery will initially aggregate content from Netflix and Blockbuster in the US and Acetrax, Wuaki, MovieMax, FilmIn, Chili, Pathé and SF Anytime in the European Countries. There are no further details for now, but we’re certainly eager to see how Sammy’s latest concoction works in person next week.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
In case you haven’t noticed, in the world of consumer electronics there is a continual effort going on to enable consumers to share content between their mobile devices and non-mobile devices like TVs. An example of this is Apple’s AirPlay system that gives users the ability to mirror iPad or iPhone content to their Apple TV. Apple’s solution enables some other features as well like initiating playback of remote content. Key to this is the ability to discover AirPlay capable devices. Great if you are part of the Apple ecosystem, not so great if you use other solutions or have hardware from other manufacturers. Netflix and YouTube hope to provide an alternative for non-Apple consumers and have launched DIAL with the backing of several other parties. Companies like Samsung, Sony, Hulu and the BBC are backing the effort to develop and implement the DIAL protocol. » Read the rest
A couple months ago Netflix released a major update to their app for Android users that brought significant changes to the user interface. Netflix is back at it, this time releasing a smaller update that includes support for Android 4.2, just in time for all the Android 4.2 devices being snapped up during the holiday shopping season. In addition to supporting Android 4.2, Netflix included improvements to the screen scrubbing function with better screen stills, a larger volume button, and some stability and playback bug fixes.
You can download Netflix or update your copy using one of the download links below.