Netflix No Longer Installs on Rooted or Unlocked Devices

Netflix for Android

For those of you who have a rooted or bootloader unlocked phone, the Netflix app just got a bit more difficult to installed.  If your device rooted or unlocked, you will no longer be able to install it directly from the Google Play Store.  Netflix has confirmed to the team over at Android Police that they are fully reliant on the Widevine DRM provided by Google and thus, devices that are unlocked or rooted will no longer be able to install the latest app.  Widevine, for those that do not know, is a Google created DRM technology that works across multiple platforms.

The good news is that, for now, the app will still work if you have it installed already or you side load it.

Continue reading “Netflix No Longer Installs on Rooted or Unlocked Devices”

Netflix Quietly Replaces Star Ratings for Thumbs Up or Down

Netflix New Rating System

In the latest update to the Netflix app for Android, there is a new and simpler rating system for content.  Gone are the up to 5 star ratings that users could give a television show, movie or Netflix original content.  Instead, it has been replaced with a thumbs up or thumbs down rating.  That’s it.  No middle ground.  It has become a binary “Did you like it or not?”  rating.

As you can guess, I’m not a fan.

I understand what the streaming content provider wants to do.  They want to make it less complicated for you to potentially try a TV show or movie.  Think about it: How many 3-star shows have you skipped over only to go back and watch it because it was recommended to you by a friend?  I know I’ve done it probably dozens of times over the years as a Netflix customer.  Which is exactly why they are getting rid of it.

Continue reading “Netflix Quietly Replaces Star Ratings for Thumbs Up or Down”

Netflix Update Allows Content Downloads to SD Cards

Netflix for Android

Netflix has made a few big changes to their Android app these last few months.  First came the ability to download movies and TV shows to your phone or tablet for viewing offline.  Now, and equally as important for some, today’s update brings the ability to store that offline content on an SD card.  The update is version 4.13.0 Build 14540 for those keeping score at home and it is rolling out now in the Play Store.  Once you have the update, when you want to download a movie or show, you will be asked where you want to store that content.  Select your SD card if your phone has one and off you go.  The content is downloaded to your card instead of your device’s main storage.

Continue reading “Netflix Update Allows Content Downloads to SD Cards”

Netflix Finally Brings Offline Watching

Netflix for Android

It has been a long time requested feature of Netflix and it is finally here in the Android app.  The latest update to the streaming content provider now gives you the option to download television shows and movies so you can view them offline.

Let’s all take a moment to raise a glass to Netflix.

In the latest update to the app, version 4.12.0 for those keeping score at home, you now have a section “Available for Download”.  Here you will see all of the shows and movies that you can download to your phone or tablet so you can view them later.  You have two options for quality of the downloads:  Standard (720p) or High (1080p) and, as you would expect, the High quality downloads take up more storage on your device.

Continue reading “Netflix Finally Brings Offline Watching”

Netflix Becomes Exclusive US Streaming Service For Disney, Lucasfilm and Pixar in September

If you are not a subscriber to Netflix and want to be sure you can see streaming movies from Disney, Lucasfilm and Pixar, you may want to consider signing up.  Starting in September, the streaming service will be the exclusive home here in the US for these studios.  It is a big win for Netflix who, along with this announcement, gave everyone a preview of what will be available on the service this summer.  What this deal means is that it will keep Disney, Lucasfilm and Pixar flicks off of rival services and even subscription services during the first run time frame.

Continue reading “Netflix Becomes Exclusive US Streaming Service For Disney, Lucasfilm and Pixar in September”

Netflix App Update Brings Improved Data Consumption Controls

For a while now, Netflix has been throttling users data consumption on AT&T and T-Mobile to help users not kill their entire data allotment on a streaming movie.  Now Netflix has brought that capability to everyone thanks to the latest update of the Android app from the streaming service.  The updated build, version 4.5.0 for those keeping score at home, is rolling out now in the Google Play Store.  If you have the app installed, you should see the OTA update over the course of the next day or so.

Continue reading “Netflix App Update Brings Improved Data Consumption Controls”

Netflix Adds In-App Voice Support Calling

In the latest update to their Android app, Netflix has brought users a unique but handy feature.  If you need support with the app or your service, you can talk to a support representative directly from within the app.  No more switching to your phone app or calling on another phone to get help.  It is something that Netflix teased back in October as a way to differentiate their support over other streaming media services.  Given the somewhat lackluster support that many apps seemingly have today, it is good to see at least one take customer service seriously enough to make it easy for you to make a phone call to them.

Netflix for Android – Free (In-App Purchases) – Download Now

Continue reading “Netflix Adds In-App Voice Support Calling”