Netflix to offer Watch Instantly feature on the iPhone?

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Netflix to offer Watch Instantly feature on the iPhone?
We know that it would be a dream to one day be able to watch movies from Netflix directly on their iPhone. The rumors have it that a union between the two companies may soon come true. Netflix already offers its Watch Instantly feature to all their subscribers at no additional costs. Popular media mediums are already capable of streaming televisions shows and movies from Netflix's vast library. Devices like the XBOX 360, TiVo,PCs, and Macs already have the ability to stream. The source of the news comes from “an industry executive familiar with Netflix's plans.” In addition to the iPhone, it's speculated to be offered for the iPod Touch and Nintendo Wii as well. One thing to keep in mind that it will most likely only work through Wi-Fi connectivity – it'd probably place a huge strain on AT&T's 3G network. Right now there are some apps that allow Netflix subscribers to manage their movie queues directly on their device. This possible move has it's pros and cons – possibly conflicting with iTunes' pay per view pricing.

source: Multichannel News via AppleInsider

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11 Comments

1. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Yea, it better be only available through WIFI, at&t's 3G has already turned to sh*t cheers to all those trendy iPhone clones and my grand carrier being slow to revamp their 3G/3.5G [lmao] network. Anyway, this is pretty cool, I've been wanting to hop on the Netflix bandwagon, which is why I just recently re-opened a bank account =]

7. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Not sure why you told us that but...Chances are it would not use WiFi since thats not a Universal template, but you can stream mp4 or 3gp quite fluently with technology over 3g probably just fine i.e mobile youtube...It would be a great incentive to get people in to the data plan is to include Netflix...

10. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

When you're bored at work, you say w/e pops up in your head..

2. realism121

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 16, 2008

another win for the jesus phone...

3. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I'm highly doubting this will happen.

4. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The only reason why I also think it might not happen is because it may conflict with Apple's video store. People may choose netflix over buying movies from itunes. But then again, doing something like this may attract a lot of customers to the iPhone.

5. The Doc

Posts: 122; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Jealous... Hopefully it becomes available on Blackberry devices!

6. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Apple is just that greedy, I can see Verizon doing it though...(GATES OPEN FOR FEEDBACK)

8. bana17a

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

it's garbage!! why would anyone want to watch a movie in a tiny 3.5" screen. if you're in an area with wifi, chances are you're at home, friend's house or hotel rooms, PC/Laptop or TVs seem to be much better option. Same goes with Slingbox. stupid att just has to screw it up for everyeone. if you know by taking on a product that might potentially cripple your network, then don't do it at all. they just want a lot new activations or accounts with the bandwidth hogging device but the network itself isn't ready to handle the load

11. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I don't think AT&T expected the iPhone to put so  much strain on their network. I don't think anybody expected that. And what do you want them to now? Stop selling the iPhone even though it's one of the most succesful phones on their network and has brought millions of customers to AT&T? I don't think so. And I'm pretty sure that if any other carrier were to recieve the iPhone like AT&T, similar problems would have occured. I don't think that any company could really have been prepared for that. A few months ago, it was reported that 50% of all data came from the iPhone alone. That's kind of a lot. So that means AT&T had to deal with all that data from the iPhone alone. That's not even including the other data phones that AT&T offers. So last year AT&T handles OVER 50% percent of mobile data while less than 50% was shared among Verizon, Sprint, t-mobile, and other carriers. I think 3.5 is too big as it is for a mobile phone. I'm seeing a lot of phones with humongous screens like the chocolate and the omnia HD and I'm thinking that that is just overdoing it. And television is a better alternative if you can find one. But at the same time, you don't carry your netflix movies in your pocket. And there is wifi throughout college campuses, some hospitals, libraries, coffee shops, airports, some malls, etc.

9. killingthemonk

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

It's going to have to be Wi-Fi. We're already hearing about the strain that the iPhone is putting on the AT&T infrastructure. Add this and I can see the house of cards come tumbling down.

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