Thursday, May 31, 2012

Updated Netflix Player for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

Every month our members watch more movies and TV shows streaming from Netflix on mobile devices.

As part of our continued improvement of the mobile Netflix playback experience, we are happy to announce the release of our new video player for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

The updated player includes the following features:
  • A look and feel more consistent with the Netflix browse experience in our mobile applications 
  • Larger, more separated play controls appropriate for how people use these devices 
  • Better exploration during video play with thumbnail images on the scrub bar 
  • Easy access for audio/subtitles settings and other existing player features 
  • In Canada we also added easier "do not share" capability for Facebook-connected members
Updated player on iPhone

Updated player on iPad
Tip: Double tap to switch between wide and full screen display.

Additionally we have expanded the settings menu in our App so you can now choose to only allow streaming from Netflix when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network.

The latest version of the Netflix application is available for download now from the Apple iTunes App Store.

We hope you enjoy Netflix on your mobile device! Stay tuned for similar updates to our App for Android.

Michael Spiegelman and Chris Jaffe

Michael Spiegelman and Chris Jaffe lead product innovation work on mobile devices at Netflix including tablets and phones

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Updated Web Video Player

If you watch movies and TV shows streaming from Netflix on your PC or Mac you may have noticed that we have updated our Web video player. We’ve refreshed the look of the existing features and added some new functionality.

Some of the new features include:

·      The size of the controls now scales, making it easier to use the player on large screens, for example if you connect your computer to your TV
·      Similarly, the player will scale down to smaller windows, which is useful if you want to watch something while working in another window.  Also, the video now stretches to the full window in the browser
·      Full screen mode now has all the features of browser mode so you can view season/episode information and change to the next episode when watching a TV show
·      Pausing the video now shows more information about the title

In our new player, we’ve consolidated controls into one line.  We’re also using icons instead of words. This might take a little time to get used to, but we think it will be intuitive once you start using the controls. Here’s a quick look at the key differences:



Perhaps the biggest change is to the ‘Back to Browse’ option, which used to sit at the bottom right of the old control bar.  We’ve moved this up to the top of the screen and to the left.  It’s now an arrow icon and text will explain its functionality when you hover over the arrow with your mouse.

We hope you enjoy the new video player experience.


Michael Spiegelman and the Netflix Video Player team

Michael Spiegelman is director of product innovation for the Website and Tablet at Netflix