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Netflix For Android Phones – At Last

(And How To Add Netflix To Windows Media Center)

Good news for Android owners. Just this morning I discovered that the Netflix app was now available for my phone – yay! In fact, the description on the app’s Market blurb says it is now available for all Android 2.2 and 2.3 devices. (Available free from the Android Market.)

Bones - The Santa in the Slush

I have been waiting for that. (the iPhone has had the app for some time now, so it’s nice to ‘catch up’…)

In my very brief testing on my HTC MyTouch 4G, I had full access to my account (such as my que and history) and resumed watching an episode of Bones right where I had left off watching it on a TV.

I only had time to test it through my Wi Fi, but sound and video and ‘playback’ quality were excellent.

I have not had time to discover just how much more unproductive this will make me, or how much sleep I will lose (as I have been known to take the phone to bed with me and watch an episode of NCIS [on cbs.com..]) but I will report on that soon enough.

While Netflix can be viewed on your PC with your favorite web browser, I have found that I like using Windows Media Center for my viewing better. To get Netflix working with WMC, all you need is to install the plug-in.

1) Open Media Center, and use the down arrow to get to TV + Movies, then the left arrow to get to Netflix.

2) Clicking on that will start the plug-in’s installer (or, you can get it here). Silverlight is required.

3) Login to your Netflix account and..

you’re watching your Netflix streaming programs and movies with the easily remote-controlled WMC.

Today’s free download: Everything
Everything is a search engine for your computer that locates files and folders by name practically instantly. I hate to say, but it blows Windows Search away.. and there is a portable version, so you do not need to “install” Everything to benefit from it. Give it a try. Clean. Simple. Fast. Thorough.

Today’s reading reco: Life After Anonymous – Interview with a Former Hacker

“An interview with @SparkyBlaze, a self-identified former member of the rogue hacktivist group Anonymous, has been published by Jason Lackey. They asked what the hacker’s advice would be for companies that want to stay as secure as possible. The funny thing is that this is what any security expert worth their salt would say. Check out these 14 points and see how your own organization stacks up” Read more..

Today’s quotable quote:Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” ~ Francesca Reigler

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September 12, 2011 - Posted by | advice, Android, computers, digital Video, free software, how to, Internet | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Hey Paul

    Thanks for pointing me to the Everything search utility.
    I’m shocked at the speed with which it finds files names and extensions… Windows search doesn’t even come close.
    I really can’t say enough. You have to see it to believe it.
    This is one I highly recommend to every user, no matter how experienced they are!

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    Comment by kstinman | September 12, 2011 | Reply

    • kstinman,
      The built-in Search tool in Vista/Windows 7 is a real improvement over previous editions, and the idea that it replaces normal (now ‘old school’) browsing methods has become reality (for example, now, instead of having to remember/going Start > Programs > All Programs > Accessories > Paint you just type p-a-i and there MSPaint is).

      But this ‘blows the doors off of it’, IMHO.

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      Comment by techpaul | September 12, 2011 | Reply

  2. It’s so cool that Netflix can be watched on a phone now and not just the TV. I feel like most people will still mostly watch Netflix on their TV or computer though. What do you think is the number one outlet for Netflix streaming to its audience between smart phones, computers, TV and tablets?

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    Comment by Alexandra Lawrenz (@TuneUp4Windows) | September 13, 2011 | Reply

    • Alexandra Lawrenz (@TuneUp4Windows),
      That is a great question, but I am not at all sure I am qualified to answer, being a member of that alien race “computer nerd”, and all.
      (REF: There Are Only 10 Kinds Of People In The World. Those Who Know Binary And Those Who Don’t.)

      But I suspect (and hope) that most people are watching Netflix programming on a largecreen (LCD) TV via a Netflix-enabled device (Blu Ray player, Roku, Xbox, AppleTV, etc.)..
      (Though I have seen students in classrooms watching on their laptops..)
      My guess is.. probably:
      1) TV
      2) Computer
      3) Tablet
      4) Phone
      and percentages.. ? Maybe I could find that stat online somewhere. (http://www.afterdawn.com/news/article.cfm/2011/07/28/50_of_netflix_users_view_via_gaming_consoles)

      My primary reason to purchase a tablet (such as an iPad) would be Netflix watching, as a phone is really too small for comfortable viewing long-term, and I cannot imagine taking advantage of that very frequently.

      But when I do watch on my phone, I do marvel at how much Science Fiction has become science fact…

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      Comment by techpaul | September 13, 2011 | Reply

  3. Useful post !
    Тhank you.

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      Comment by techpaul | September 14, 2011 | Reply

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