A hacker named Knisitruck on ModMyI figured out how to modify the iPad app so it would run on the iPhone, but it was quickly disabled by Apple and/or Netflix. While the hack worked, it was a tremendous drain on the battery and crashed.
Netflix hinted that they will support the iPhone and the iPod Touch, but haven't announced a date.
via Boy Genius Report.
Reader FearNo1 asked, "I watched 24, Day 6 the other day and noticed that sound was coming from my rear speakers and subwoofer. It sounded just as good as the weekly TV program which has excellent surround sound."
Netflix promised 5.1 audio this year, but hasn't said when they will deliver it.
Is Netflix testing 5.1 audio? I tried on my Xbox and didn't get it -- has anyone else noticed improved audio?
Engadget has a "reliable source" that says the next Apple TV will cost $99 and run the iPhone OS, so the big question is will it have a Netflix app? I bought an Apple TV and returned it because it was limited to iTunes movie & TV show purchases (unless you ripped movies), had a relatively small hard drive, and really didn't do all that much. That would all change if the new Apple TV ran the iPhone OS and had a Netflix app.
Would you buy a $99 Apple TV with Netflix, iPad, a Roku Player, or another Netflix-ready device?
The Popbox is one of the more interesting wireless media players announced earlier this year, and Dave Zatz has discovered that they might not support Netflix on launch. Dave got the following response from Sybas PR:
"PopBox wants to have as many apps on the platform as possible at launch but we don’t have the final lineup quite yet. The great thing about the platform is that it updates easily, so while I can’t confirm either way that Netflix will be available at launch just yet, we do hope to have Netflix on the box as soon as possible."
I think the Popbox needs Netflix to compete with Roku and the upcoming Google TV, along with all of the other Netflix-ready devices like game systems, TVs, Blu-ray players, etc.
The The Hurt Locker is a great movie (97% at Rotten Tomatoes), but it didn't make a lot of money at the box office. The producers realized that the award-winning movie was widely pirated, so they're going to try to make as much as they can by suing the people that downloaded Hurt Locker illegally.
Tech Dirt reports that the lawsuit against the first 5,000 accused pirates has been filed, and it'll be interesting to see if this is profitable, and if ISPs are willing to identify customers. If a lot of people pay the estimated $1,500 to avoid going to court, expect more studios to try to sue pirates as a new revenue stream.
Netflix posted a "Business Opportunity" presentation on the Netflix Jobs page, and it contains a lot of interesting information about how Netflix views competition, growth, and more.
Also interesting is the internal Netflix presentation on company culture.
I'm a big fan of Penn & Teller, and I noticed that Netflix has been sponsoring Penn Jillette's new video show, Penn Point (NSFW). If you have a Roku Player it's available on the Revision3 channel, or you can watch it online.
Roku will be offering a free automatic update to the Netflix channel tomorrow, and it includes a new interface that enables you to scroll horizontally and vertically through your streaming queue, genres, and add movies to your queue for watching later. While it's not as snazzy as the Xbox 360's 3D scrolling interface, it's fun to scroll down and across to discover new titles to watch.
Here's the new streaming title search dialog:
This update also gives you the ability to change the screen saver from the Roku logo to a clock.
There is an option in the Settings menu to turn off Browse & Search in Netflix, so if you have a Roku player for your kids (like I do) they won't be able to search or watch movies that are not in their queue.
There are more about 664,000 postal workers in this country that handle our DVD mailers, but every once in a while one gives into temptation and risks jail and a huge fine (wouldn't it be cheaper to get a Netflix account?). WireUpdate reports that a former Houston-area postal worker was caught "red enveloped-handed" and faces up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine for stealing Netflix envelopes.
Luna's arrest stemmed from a USPS investigation which was launched on November 5, 2008, after Netflix security reported that 114 movies were not delivered to its destination. USPS inspectors began monitoring Luna after they saw him taking several Netflix movies from the delivery bins of different routes and placing them into his own delivery bin.
One USPS inspector prepared multiple Netflix movies to be collected and delivered along Luna's route. After seeing Luna moving several movies into his personal backpack, inspectors detained him and found one of the prepared Netflix movies in his backpack.
Thanks to Nathan for sending this in.
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