Asus Transformer Receives Minor Update: Netflix Support May Be Included, New Dock Software Too

The Asus Transformer appears to be receiving a surprise update today that takes it to build 8.6.5.9 and possibly includes Netflix support.  A Netflix logo found a home on the Transformer’s landing page some time ago, leading us to speculate that support for the streaming movie/TV service could have come with Android 3.2.  When that update arrived without it, our dreams were shattered.  Thankfully, that disappointment was short-lived.  Asus sure knows how to treat their Android customers.

Oh, the dock software was also updated to EP101-0213 (drop into a dock to update).

Transformer owners, go grab Netflix and see if it works!

Cheers Todd!

Buy an LG Revolution, Receive 3 Free Months of Netflix (Updated: Commercial Added)

 

If you were looking for a reason to buy the LG Revolution, then maybe this newly announced Netflix promo will help.  Starting today and ending on August 28, Verizon and Netflix have partnered up to give each newly purchased Revolution a 3-month free subscription to their streaming service.  Current Netflix customers are also eligible for this promo.

Beginning 7/22/2011 through 8/28/2011, customers who purchase the LG Revolution on a new two year contract will receive three free months of Netflix streaming service valued at $7.99/month.

Not a bad deal, but I’m still not sure this is enough to make me lock into a 2-year contract for this phone when we know that the DROID Bionic is seemingly 2 weeks away.

And we had to laugh at breakdown they provided of how many movies per month you can watch on their tiered data plans. We’re assuming that those numbers would mean how many movies you could watch if you didn’t use data on any other service like Gmail or internet.  Damn tiers.  Sort of sad that the day we get super fast internet with big screens and services that allow us to utilize them properly, is the same day that we get shot down into tiers so that we can no longer fully take advantage of them without breaking the bank.   (more…)

Flashable Zip Gains Access To Netflix On Rooted Asus Transformers

Yesterday we found out that the newest Netflix update allowed Honeycomb tablets to enjoy all the movie streaming goodness. Well unfortunately, our rooted Asus Transformer friends were left out in the cold, but a developer over at XDA wasn’t going to let this happen for long, and decided to make it work.

Mistar Muffin has just released a flashable zip for rooted Transformers which takes a certain file (libnvomx.so) from the Motorola XOOM and pushes it to the system of the Transformer, making Netflix miraculously stream the Red Monster (my nickname for Netflix).  (more…)

New Netflix Version 1.3 Works On Honeycomb Tablets, Download It Here

Great news for all of the Honeycomb tablets out there wishing they could have Netflix. Today Netflix updated their application to allow support for additional devices, and we sure didn’t expect support for tablets. We have confirmation of it working on ASUS Transformer (some), Motorola XOOM, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Could this be because Lenovo has just announced Netflix support on their new line of tablet devices? Download and install as you would any other apk.

Download: Netflix.apk

Cheers 0mie!

Netflix Receives an Actual Update, Thunderbolt Support is Indeed Included

Netflix teased an update to us last night when they tweaked their supported device list to include the Thunderbolt, Bionic and others.  Unfortunately, everyone that tried the service on their phones quickly ran into issues just like they always had.  Well, it looks now like that description change last night was a little premature, as the app just received an update that indeed allows the HTC Thunderbolt to enjoy Netflix content.  Streaming through 4G LTE, something that should have been available from day 1.

Market Link

Cheers 0mie, Bryan, JDub and Pete!

DROID Bionic Will Have Netflix Support at Launch (Updated: Removed From List)

 

We just wanted to reach out to Netflix and thank them for adding support to the one device we’ve been waiting all of 2011 for.  With it’s enormous 4.3″ screen, dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4G LTE support, the DROID Bionic will make the perfect device to stream all of your addicting content from.  You just made Verizon’s most anticipated device ever, that much more attractive.  Thank you again, Netflix.

Oh, they added support for the DROID Charge and HTC Thunderbolt as well.  Yay.

Update:  As reader FragDroidX has pointed out, Netflix has now removed the DROID Bionic from the list:

*Note – the Bionic may be the “most anticipated” ever, but the Galaxy S II was just announced for the U.S.…yep.

Cheers JW and Rob!

Netflix Separates Streaming and In-mail Plans

This isn’t 100% Android-related, but in a round about way, it definitely does affect many of us who use our devices to stream Netflix content.  So here is the news – Netflix is splitting up their in-mail and streaming plans which you used to be able to get in one tidy little package for around $9.99.  For existing customers, you won’t have to worry about anything until September 1st, while new customers will be forced into new pricing immediately.  And what is this “new pricing”, you ask?

The streaming-only package will remain at $7.99, but if you want in-mail DVDs or Blu-Rays, separate packages will start at an additional $7.99.

Here is the email that Netflix is sending out to users:

Dear Chase,

We are separating unlimited DVDs by mail and unlimited streaming into two separate plans to better reflect the costs of each. Now our members have a choice: a streaming only plan, a DVD only plan, or both.

Your current $9.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be split into 2 distinct plans:

Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, 1 out at-a-time (no streaming) for $7.99 a month

Your price for getting both of these plans will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99). You don’t need to do anything to continue your memberships for both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs.

These prices will start for charges on or after September 1, 2011.

You can easily change or cancel your unlimited streaming plan, unlimited DVD plan, or both, by going to the Plan Change page in Your Account.

We realize you have many choices for home entertainment, and we thank you for your business. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to call us at 1-888-357-1516.

–The Netflix Team

What do you guys think?  Should we blame to massive amount of mobile streaming for this separation?  The streaming plan isn’t necessarily changing in price, but we know the demand for mobile viewing is definitely on the rise.  Is this just another way for Netflix to leverage future rates of streaming when they realize that no one is using in-mail packages any longer?  You guys tell me…

Cheers Chase!