Netflix Now For iPhone & iPod touch!

Being an iPod touch owner myself, I’ve been highly anticipating the release of this app all summer (thanks to the early rumors and annoucements).

I checked the app store last night just before going to bed for this app and there was no sign of it in sight, so I had decided to write a post along the lines of “Where is the promised (summer) Netflix iPhone/iPod touch App?”. Little did I know that I would wake up to the release headlines (that was much better)!

Without further ado, I bring you a brief gallery of what you can expect to find in this little app..

That’s a rundown of the Sign-in page, Home, Genre, Search, Instant Queue and player screens!

In case you missed these details, hiding the keyboard in the Search screen expands the movie covers into view where there was previously too little room to show them.

In the player screen with controls, you should note the progress bar at the top with a “zoom” button to the right which zooms in just enough to fill the wasted space above and below the video (not pictured zoomed). There is also the play/pause button at the bottom which is accompanied by the 30 second backtrack button and the volume bar.

This design is nearly (if not exactly) identical to the Netflix app design for the iPad which has been released to the public for some time now.

If you’re a Netflix member and own an iPhone or iPod touch then I highly recommend you head straight to the App Store and download this free app for yourself! Enjoy!

New: Netflix Watch Instantly Timer

I’ve just posted a User Javascript file that allows you to get a quick glance at the total time that you’ve spent watching Netflix Watch Instantly programs.

netflix-watch-instantly-with-userjs

So far I haven’t had enough time to make the script Greasemonkey compatible, but it should be shortly. For now, it works great with Opera.

Thanks to @fearphage for helping me get this sorted out with Greasemonkey as well!

Head on over and grab the script so you can keep tabs on how much time you spend watching tv…online…on netflix. 😉

My One Year Anniversary With Netflix

As you can tell from the goofy title, I’ve been with Netflix for one year now!

I must say that I’ve loved the service! I use the Watch Instantly feature daily and get two in the postal mail every 3-4 days!

I recommend it to all of my friends if you don’t have it already. If you’re even the slightest bit tech savvy then you’ll also find that it’s easy to stream movies from Watch Instantly to your television!

My laptop has an S-Video out and my television at home has an S-Video in. If you’re not sure what S-Video is then here’s an image.

s-video-port s-video-cable

The image on the left is the port that you should look for on your television and computer, while the image on the right is the cable that connects the two. You can click on the images to view a larger version.

The only problem that some of you may run into after getting the two connected is figuring out how to switch the computer view to an output source. I won’t go into too much detail on that since there will be far too many computers and layouts for me to cover, but simply put there is typically a button on your keyboard up on the top row that will toggle output sources. You may need to use a key combination such as the function key and the output source key which for me is Fn+F4.

I hope that helps and for those of you who suddenly realized the potential of Netflix (and other video sources such as Hulu), I hope your on your way to streaming more. 😉

Mac and Windows, Netflix and Silverlight

I’ve not been very pleased with Windows lately and have found that Ubuntu seems to have more to offer. However, after booting up in Windows Vista today for updates I wondered what the new Netflix Watch Instantly looked like and how well it worked.

After installing Silverlight it was time to check it out. If you want to use the silverlight version, which now supports Mac and Windows both, then you will have to opt-in here first.

I was surprised! The new player is great! I would even say it’s better than the old player. I just can’t wait until it’s supported in Linux.

Anyone have any opinions on the new player or Netflix Watch Instantly in general?

Time to crunch on school work

It’s getting close to that time of year when every class begins to get a little crazy.

Before it gets too crazy, I’ve started getting a head on most of my material. I hate finding myself with too much work to get done and I need a free weekend to relax, so hopefully I can finish up everything for the rest of the week and start of the next one by the end of the night or tomorrow.

I just took a break and watched Die Hard (1988) and Die Hard 2 (1990). Both excellent movies and I even have the other two sequels in my Netflix queue. Hopefully I can relax and watch those this weekend.

Netflix: Watch Instantly..Unlimitedly

netflixLately I’ve been taking major advantage of the Watch Instantly feature that Netflix offers to their valued customers! They have a fairly large selection of films that you can stream over the Internet and watch while you are waiting for your DVDs to be mailed to or from Netflix.

The only down side to the service is that it requires Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player 11. This may not be a problem at all for the vast majority of you, however, I’m a very proud Opera browser fan and on top of that my operating system is not Windows. I’m using Ubuntu, which means that I cannot install and use Windows Media Player 11 to view the movies online. Luckily I do have Windows XP installed on my laptop, so I can still boot up and take advantage of this feature on my mobile PC. It’s just not the same, though, as having your dual monitor PC running with a nice quality streaming movie from Netflix on the right and your favorite browser on the left so you can still browse the net.

It would be nice if they would either switch to a flash based player (which would allow streaming in any web browser and on every platform) or at least allow more plug-ins than Windows Media Player 11. I can patch the Internet Explorer requirement with some Javascript, but allowing alternative plug-ins would basically open this feature up to the world!

So far I’ve found a method to install Internet Explorer on Linux operating systems. The project is called IEs4Linux and is maintained by Sérgio Luís Lopes Júnior. The installation takes advantage of a program called WINE that is an open source implementation to the Windows API. In English, this means that it allows you to install and run programs that were made for Windows on a Linux or Unix based machine. The next step in getting Netflix to work on my Ubuntu computer is getting Windows Media Player 11 installed. So far I’ve had no luck. I’ve been able to bypass the “required” windows validation process, however, the installation encounters several errors that are preventing the whole process to work. Rest assured, I will get Windows Media Player 11 installed and be watching Netflix movies over the Internet soon!

Netflix

netflixI just signed up for a trial membership at Netflix.com! Their deals seemed very reasonable and I plan on sending movies back the same day I receive them to get the most out of my Netflix money. 😀 I’m starting out with some good guitar films, then moving on to the FRIENDS seasons. After I make my way through all of those you better believe I’m gonna be renting some good 80’s films! I have a whole list of John Cusack films I’d like to see. Any who, I’m gonna take advantage of my free first two weeks, but I don’t think I’ll be cancelling my account anytime soon. I’ll keep you updated on how much I like the service!