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Netflix Available For Android 162

supersloshy writes "Netflix has just announced the release of a Netflix Android application for streaming movies to Android-powered mobile devices. As streaming movies requires certain features and specifications, only a select number of devices are supported for now."
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Netflix Available For Android

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  • by h4rr4r ( 612664 ) on Friday May 13, 2011 @05:05PM (#36122206)

    It will not brick it. Joe Sixpack will ignore it if it is not out of the box supported. Joe has learned helplessness, he is not interested in learning. Look around you are on Slashdot, not Joe_6pack.com.

  • by redemtionboy ( 890616 ) on Friday May 13, 2011 @05:07PM (#36122218)

    Fragmentation is a small price to pay for having the option of more than one non-customizable hardware release a year.

    Netflix fragmentation is mostly due to an inconsistent hardware platform and thus large variance in DRM standards that have been solved later in the devices life with Tegra 2 support being standardized. Is it fragmented, yes, but Google is doing a decent job at closing the fragmentation while still allowing users the freedom to choose from a variety of devices within different price ranges and features.

  • by h4rr4r ( 612664 ) on Friday May 13, 2011 @05:10PM (#36122266)

    Android does use the kernel, but unless you install the rest of a normal userland that is pretty much were it ends. You might be able to run this app in the emulator though.

  • Re:yesterday (Score:4, Insightful)

    by CharlyFoxtrot ( 1607527 ) on Friday May 13, 2011 @05:45PM (#36122556)

    edit a text file and reboot.

    Android, bringing you all the features you loved from the good old days of DOS.

  • by oakgrove ( 845019 ) on Friday May 13, 2011 @06:13PM (#36122760)

    ... and accept that you're running it on an untested combination of software and hardware

    So, every application on every platform is tested on every combination of hardware that is available for that platform? Thought not. And that hasn't been a problem. Until the trolls dreamed it up as a way to attack Android.

    with no guarantee as to performance

    It runs flawlessly on my OG Droid which is by far the slowest and most memory poor of any remotely modern Android phone with enough market share to matter.

    and no support.

    Support? For a streaming video player? Troll on, brother!

  • by oakgrove ( 845019 ) on Friday May 13, 2011 @06:49PM (#36122998)

    Rooting the phone (often) voids the warranty.

    Interesting. I have (had) a T-Mobile G1. The first thing I did was root the thing by downgrading the firmware, rooting, upgrading the firmware and the recovery partition and kept it up with the latest Cyanogenmod until the day it went kaput. I happened to be traveling in Pittsburgh when it happened. Went to the kiosk in the mall told them my phone broke, they switched it out for a new one. Lather, rinse, repeat on the Cyanogenmod.

    I currently have a Droid from Verizon. It was rooted before I left the parking lot at the Best Buy where I bought it. Again, put Cyanogenmod on it. I had it for a while, then the screen stopped working when I would slide the keyboard out. Took it back to Verizon as is and guess what? Walked out with another one.

    And if that isn't good enough for you, anybody clued in enough to root their phone is capable of flashing it back to factory.

    You also, effectively, forfeit any customer support you would have received. 'Okay sure, type in *228' "Hang on, my leet custom ROM is different, so I'm going to type in %228" 'Umm, I'm sorry sir, we don't support leet custom ROM'.

    Pure strawman troll bs.

  • by proverbialcow ( 177020 ) on Friday May 13, 2011 @07:41PM (#36123366) Journal
    Nexus One is supported, so it definitely can't a hardware issue. My guess it's a problem with the carriers. Sprint devices comprise 4/5 of that list, and the Nexus One isn't locked to a carrier, so there wouldn't be a need for carrier approval (read: won't charge for bandwidth what Netflix isn't willing to pay.)

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