There’s good news and bad news for Honeycomb tablet owners who have been waiting with bated breath for the official release of a streaming Netflix app. The good news? It’s official, having been announced by Netflix and released into the Android Market on October 19. The bad news? It may not be the incredibly awesome Honeycomb-optimized experience you’ve been waiting for.
Ever since May, when Netflix made its grand (and way overdue) appearance on the Android Market for a handful of seemingly random mobile devices, tablet owners have been looking for ways to get in on the fun. First, it came to the Lenovo IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad Tablet, then a handful of Gingerbread tablets. Now, it’s available for all devices running Android version 3.0 and higher. Naturally, it’s not without its ups and downs.
If you’re a newbie to Netflix Watch Instantly and your Honeycomb tablet’s doubling as your training ground, here are a few helpful details to get you up and running.
Lest we bust too many chops and make Netflix raise their rates again out of spite, it should be mentioned that there are some good things about the Netflix Honeycomb app.
Not to be ungrateful, but the tech geeks over at Netflix have had five long months to ponder over the steaming app’s migration to Honeycomb tablets and there’s no excuse for some of the following oversights.
Apparently having conquered whatever DRM issues prevented it from rolling out its streaming app to Honeycomb tablets in the first place, Netflix’s latest app update is a step in the right direction for a company that’s displayed a real talent for causing outcry among its customer base. First, there was the double-whammy decision to not only hike up prices, but to separate DVD rental plans from Watch Instantly plans (although anyone who’d been lucky enough to pay such a meager amount for both for such a long time certainly should have known a price hike was inevitable). Then there was the announcement – and rapid reversal – of Netflix’s bewildering decision to rename the DVD portion of its service to Qwikster. If Netflix can finally get around to optimizing the streaming app experience to make use of all that extra screen real estate that tablets have over their much tinier smart phone cousins, they’ll officially be two-for-four. At this point, that’s a record to aim for.
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