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!

Google Videos Coming To Your Phone In The Very Near Future?

Google looks to be prepping for a release of their Videos app for smartphones very shortly. For some lucky users, it has been showing up in the Android Market, then disappearing though. There’s only a few things Google really needs to implement with this release for it to be successful – Allow rooted phones to use it, lower the renting price of movies, and make sure there aren’t device compatibility issues like we’ve seen from competitors. But alas, most of these will not happen. We can dream, right?  (more…)

TI’s OMAP4 Processor is First to Receive Netflix HD Certification, DROID3 a Lot More Attractive?

Texas Instruments announced today that its OMAP4 platform has achieved the first Netflix HD certification for mobile, which means that Android devices using their processors just became a heck of a lot more attractive.  TI was able to meet the strict security measures through their M-Shield technology  which is also able to provide optimal playback time, while maintaining low CPU loading so that mobile devices can run other apps and services.  With Netflix HD, OMAP4 devices can stream full 1080p HD content or mirror it through their bigger screened TVs, monitors, etc.

Anyone starting to consider the DROID3 now?  We’re almost 100% sure that the D3 is running an OMAP4 processor, leading us to believe that it will support Netflix HD at some point down the road.  Sure, it’s 4″ screen may not seem super optimal for HD content, but it’s HDMI mirroring sure does.

And are we now hoping for an OMAP in the DROID Bionic?  Umm, yep.   (more…)

Netflix Updated on Android, Now Officially Supports DROIDX on Gingerbread

Netflix on Android just received a spicy little update that brings official support to the DROIDX running Gingerbread.  Previous market versions actually worked a couple of weeks ago on leaked 2.3 for the DX when Team Netflix removed the device check from the app, but now things should be a little more consistent during that installation process.  Go grab it now!

Market Link

Cheers @chad917!

Hacked Netflix on Android No Longer Working? Feel Free to Try the Real Market Version

The hacked Netflix app that was floating around a couple of weeks ago seems to have been shut down for good last night, so we thought this was a good time to remind everyone that you no longer need it on most phones.  We posted up the market version last Thursday for everyone to try because Netflix removed the device check, leaving it wide open to more than they list in the market.  That’s right, the stock DROIDX2 pictured above is running the untouched market version of the app and is not listed as a compatible device.  We’re pretty sure it still won’t work on the Thunderbolt, but people are having a fair amount of luck on other phones.

You can download it here. [mirror] [mirror]

Cheers @davekover for the reminder!

Netflix Removes Device Check, Should Work on Most Android Devices (Updated)

We just threw up a post about the latest Netflix update which brought support to the original DROID, but what we failed to originally realize is that the update removed the device check which means in theory, that it should be able to work on all phones.  Well, guess what?  I loaded it up on my DROIDX2 (which is “not” supported) and it installed just fine and is now streaming a video.  I’m loading it up on other devices too, but wanted to make sure you all knew.  Feel free to grab it below and install – let us know how it goes!


Download:  Netflix.apk

*Note – this is not a hacked version.  This is 100% the market version.

Update:  Works on Thunderbolt (rooted 2.3), DROIDX2, DROIDX (2.3), and Xperia PLAY.

Update 2:  No XOOM support though.

Update 3:  Looks like it’s pretty hit or miss.  Definitely sounding like it’s not working on stock Thunderbolt which is a damn shame.

Cheers Brandon!

Netflix on Android Updated to Support the Original DROID (Updated)

The Netflix app on Android just received an update and apparently supports our old friend, the Motorola DROID.  That’s right, the OG is still getting love even after almost 2 years of life.  There is a chance that it will only work if you are running Android 2.2, but feel free to try it on one of those 2.3 ROMs.

We also received a report that it may no longer be working on rooted DROID Incredibles, but can’t 100% confirm that.  Our Inc is running Gingerbread with root and definitely doesn’t work, but almost didn’t expect it to since the requirement is 2.2.  Anyone else having issues with their rooted Inc after updating?

Update:  Our guy with issues is also running 2.3.  Looks like that is the problem.  We have confirmation from rooted 2.2 owners that are not experiencing issues and still enjoying their favorite movies and shows.

Cheers Mark, Romma, and Clayton