Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Netflix on Your Phone?


I recently discovered that i can access netflix via:
mobile.netflix.com
it was built some time ago i think as someone's test, and i am pretty sure no one is working on it these days - but it still seems kinda useful and i thought you guys might be interested in it.

Seems like it might be good for adding movies to your Queue when you're sitting in a theater watching the trailers...

36 comments:

  1. That would work for me. I could move movies around and write my reviews while waiting for my wife to finally come out of the changing room at any one of the mall department stores.

    I would like to see this developed some more.

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  2. there is a native iPhone app that I have installed on my jailbroken iPhone (http://www.appleiphoneschool.com/iflix/) but the site to download it seems to be down (on google code). The app rocks

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  3. Oh, great. Just what we need. Yet another reason for people to have their cellphones out and powered up in a movie theater.

    Thanks loads for suggesting that.

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  4. Exactly. Nuts to anybody who uses their cellphone in the theater, and nuts to you for suggesting it.

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  5. "Oh, great. Just what we need. Yet another reason for people to have their cellphones out and powered up in a movie theater.

    Thanks loads for suggesting that."


    Ha ha, hilarious! Best anonymous comment yet!

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  6. Why use the mobile.netflix site? The full-blown Netflix.com site runs within the Safari browser on the iPhone with all features. Or am I missing something?

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  7. Come on, Folks. The original post specifically said "when you're sitting in a theater watching the trailers...". I personally am sick and tired of having to sit through a dozen trailers that give away the entire plot just to be sure of getting a decent seat, and so would welcome any distraction, as long as all cellphones were switched off before the main feature began.

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  8. Agree. No harm in phone surfing before the actual movie starts. Why is it the trend as of late to show the entire movie in the trailer!!?

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  9. Great! More people with their phones out in the theatre!

    No wonder I rent so many movies.

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  10. No wonder I rent so many movies.

    That's fine for movies that you wouldn't ever get to see unless you rented them, but if you're refusing to see mind blowers like 'No Country For Old Men' and 'There Will Be Blood' because of concerns about a cell phone going off, you're just a damn fool.

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  11. It is a very limited site. You can visit it in your regular browser to check it out. You can't move movies around, but can send them to the top of your queue. You can add movies too, I've done that before.

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  12. Two points:
    -I just use the full-blown Netflix site on my iPhone.
    -As long as the phone is on silent, they aren't talking on the phone, and its before the movie starts, I don't care if people's phones are out. Once the movie starts, however, all bets are off.

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  13. Sorry for stealing the space, but I wasn't sure where else to post. I just wanted to say thanks for adding the Watch Instantly availability/accessibility to the Queue. Great feature!

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  14. Let me add to that: I really like the new "play" feature in the queue, but I'm less thrilled about the new design for the search results.

    It bothers me that I no longer can "filter" the irrelevant results. If I search on "capote" I can either mean the person or the movie, and in the old search I could just click on the proper tab, but no more. It may just be a matter of becoming used to it, but it seems to me that the new design is a step back.

    Was it designed by the same... "person" who designed the new New Releases?

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  15. Oh, and the limited number of results presented on one page is just about as ... "clever" as the four movies presented in each slider on the New Releases page. I'm getting more and more annoyed with the new design.

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  16. Yes! I'm thrilled to see the Watch Now icon in the queue (something I've wanted for a long time). Also, like the other subtle changes to the queue (the open box at the bottom). Was curious of the new #'ing system (# of movies listed in queue, rather than the total including saved) meant that only available DVDs would count towards 500? Exciting if that's the case-- I had already gained ~90 spots when I moved all "watch now" into a list. Thanks Netflix!

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  17. this is definitely very nice...Also, plz could you also add me to your blog roll as i am an avid Netflix customer and movie watcher...

    http://nexflix.blogspot.com/

    Thanks...

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  18. I use the Netflix Mobile link both on my Blackjack (Windows Mobile), and via a text-mode browser ELinks (don't ask), and it works well-enough for what it's for.

    A small criticism/commment: Generally on a mobile browser, the CONNECTION speed for each round-trip is the issue -- getting some extra text is fast. That said, paging through 10-to-a-screen listings is tedious; I'd rather see 50-to-a-screen.

    I don't use it for any serious queue-work; just for making sure I get my favorite of my top-10-or-20 pending films.

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  19. this is a great tool. and mike, hb, designed this a while back with joel (still there, btw)... a great example of the freedom and innovation that is sought after in employees

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  20. If you're sitting in the theater, your phone should be TURNED OFF!

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  21. Yeah, I don't understand why we need the mobile version.... BUT... it would be great to see the watch now option available on my iphone!!! Sounds like something to think about with itunes moving into netflix territory!! I would love to take netflix wherever I go.

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  22. A native iPhone web interface to the web site would be nice (similar to Facebook). I would love to make notes of movies while I'm out. The regular site is pretty slow on edge.

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  23. Would very much like to see the mobile application also have the ratings show as well.

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  24. anyone been able to instantly view a movie on their phone. Any opinions are open. I am getting a new phone here in the next few weeks and if any phone does play the movies that will be the one that i am going to get. just hit me up.

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  25. I love the mobile version of Netflix. I don't know how many times I've heard a movie mentioned and wanted to add it to my queue, and being able to pull out my phone and use a fast loading site to find and add the movie has been awesome. It's faster than IMDB, too, so I can get the important details or name an actor much faster (that is, before the conversation has moved on to something else).

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  26. Why does the regular Netflix.com have a home screen icon for iPhone, but the mobile version doesn't? ;)

    Great, faster access is good, though, but didn't have much problem accessing the regular site, either.

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  27. You can actually access your entire pc/mac or laptop with this nifty application. www.pc2me.net

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  28. i fully agree with you, it s very important optimize the website for palm wiew as well! i like a lot reading your posts, compliments

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  29. Wish Netflix marketing would get off their a$$s and promote this kind of thing -- especially after Apple announced the availability of movies over Itunes to their phones....

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  30. Anywhere On EarthJune 8, 2008 at 4:01 AM

    Not sure if I saw an exact post on this so here's my suggestion (completely free of charge and any royalty demands!):

    Love the ability to search movies and add them to my DVD queue using mobile.netflix.com (especially on my iPhone).

    Please add this functionality for the Watch Instantly Queue also! That way if someone mentions a great movie, I can add it right away and not have to jot it somewhere, only to forget it.

    Also, love the Roku NetFlix player (about to order) - would love to see more incarnations of this, especially with HD support.

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  31. I think it's ironic that your using an iphone in connection with netflix when those of us who have apple computers can't use the instant watch option on our computers. I think it is very annoying that I am essentially paying for these movies and I can't watch them because I have a mac. I understand netflix is having difficulties making the program apply with mac's but it seems this problem has lasted a long time and it does not seem netflix is proactively trying to fix it. So I'm frustrated!

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  32. I use the mobile site all the time to quickly add movies to my queue from my treo. Love it!

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  33. i would like an iphone native site doesn't have to be spectacular, just look a little better than the mobile one

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  34. Though a version of the Netflix site optimized for iPhone would certainly be nice, I would much prefer an actual app (through the new app store in iTunes). It should include the ability to add/delete/reorder movies in the queue (via drag and drop), search and let you see what is in the mail/at home. Pretty much what is already in the previously mentioned 'iflix'. Please give us an "official" Netflix app.

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  35. If you are interested in a mobile version of the Netflix API, vote up @ http://blog.pyxismobile.com/2008/10/app-from-scra-1.html. We are having a little contest to determine which internally configured application we want to release and support to the public.

    We built the app for an internal contest using the Netflix API and are hoping we can release it publicly given enough interest. We would support BlackBerry and Windows Mobile to start off with iPhone and Android support to follow.

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  36. There's a native iPhone app for Netflix called PhoneFlix. It's FREE, available in the iPhone AppStore, and you don't have to jailbreak your phone. Check it out.

    (Disclosure: I helped build Phoneflix.)

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