Netflix

Maptec from XDA has a working copy of Netflix for Android, streaming video just fine on his HTC Evo 4G.  This is supposedly the same Netflix app from the LG Revolution system dump.  Like many, Maptec was using the apk for a queue manager, and it received an auto-update today and suddenly started working. Magical.

We were told that Netflix would be coming to select Android devices based on hardware, so I'm as surprised by this one as anyone else.  Remember if you try this one out that it's completely unauthorized, and you're probably breaking at least one licensing agreement with a company that has your name and credit card number.  If you're not deterred, hit the source link and give it a try. [XDA Developers] Thanks everyone who sent this in!

Update: Now you see it, now you don't -- streaming video that is.  Whatever wizardry that went on to make this one work has been undone, and we're back to waiting on Netflix again.

 

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Unauthorized Netflix app now working on Android [update -- not any longer]

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No sane person has ever said "OH F YEAH" to watching "Grown Ups", so I have to assume that statement was attributed to being able to watch Netflix on your phone.

works for me !! stock evo !!! no problems so far ! just uninstalled the old version and downloaded the new one and its working !!

Confirmed. Something is now broken. It just sits at "loading..." for a long time then says it can't connect to the server. Then it closes itself :(

haha this just came:

We're sorry you may have had trouble watching instantly
Dear J,

Recently you may have had trouble instantly watching TV episodes or movies due to technical issues.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused. If you attempted and were unable to instantly watch TV episodes or movies yesterday, click on this account specific link in the next 7 days to apply your 3% credit to your next billing statement for your Watch Instantly Unlimited plan. Credit can only be applied once.

Ready to start watching again? Check out our latest selection.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. If you need further assistance, please call us at 1-866-923-0898.

–The Netflix Team

update: The terms of service showed up on the top of my homepage. Asked me to click agree.

Works on my G2. This may be a double edged sowrd. On one hand this may show netflixits unfair to the consumer to only use certian phones. This may just let them give in and release the app on all phones or they may say screw it and not release the app at all.

Looks like the Droid X doesn't work. Installs, runs, but when I enter user name and password, closes and goes to home screen.

I was able to install the app & log into my netflix acct just fine however when I select a video to watch it starts to load the movie but then I get an error "sorry we could not reach the netflix service" :(

I think that it will ONLY work on snapdragon processors. more importantly if u have the 2nd gen processors (the ones that have drm feature built in) it still wont work cuz you dont have the drm license but still works on the older snapdragons since they dont have the protection built in. at least that is what i can infer from all the posts here and on xda

Probably right. Netflix apk I downloaded a week ago will just hang when I try to steam now, and the apk from the article link above will just force close when I try to sign into my netflix account. So looks like a no go on stock Droid X. :(

Yep. It's down. That said, the fact I had it working on my EVO is encouraging. Hopefully they release it soon for snapdragon and above.

Couldn't get it to play anything on my Midnite Android 2.2 tablet. :( It loads and shows my queue but says it can't reach the netflix service.

Everything works for me but the playing. Stuck on loading, then an error about not being able to connect to the Netflix service. Evo rooted with CM7 latest nightly.

Netflix undoubtedly will be free on the Market. The SERVICE is what we pay for. Do you pay Netflix additional to stream content to your Xbox, Blu-Ray player or laptop? NO.

This is not a "pirated app", nobody is getting anything for free here.

No, but you do pay Microsoft a monthly fee for the priviledge of using the free Netflix app, if you somehow have no other way of using Netflix streaming @ home.

The app is pirated, regardless if there is a charge for it or not. They don't offer it for a reason. I love how people justify their pirating, but call out others on it. If you got it, and it is unauthirized, it is pirated.

The definition of "Pirating": Copyright infringement (or copyright violation) is the unauthorized or prohibited use of works covered by copyright law, in a way that violates one of the copyright owner's exclusive rights, such as the right to reproduce or perform the copyrighted work, or to make derivative works.

Here is the thing, The Netflix service, IF YOU PAY FOR IT (which you are required to do if you want to use it!) is paid for. The APP will be free, because Netflix generates income via subscribers, not from the sale and or use of an "App".

Nobody stole anything here. Move along. Enjoy your iPhone.

Android Central, do you have to post a big ass update on the main page saying that an Unofficial app is working? Geez!

JUST TRIED IT ON MY EVO AND IT'S NOT WORKING SAYS UNABLE TO LOAD
ISSUE 12001OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. CAN'T WAIT TILL THIS APP IS REALLY UP
AND RUNNING.

Netflix has put a stop to the streaming, but ran very smooth on a stock EVO 4G. On the updated March 23 download(not the mirrors). The app is 20 mb though. Some people won't be happy about that. No ApptoSD. Hopefully it will be able download from the market(and have ApptoSD). So we won't have to wait for a OTA from the carriers.

the previous version (build 691773-1.1.0) was half the size this one is. This new version (build 740558-trunk) is 20.30mb. CRAZY!!!!!!! I guess I'll uninstall until i can get a working version. 20mb is rather steep right now. I already got the "Low on space" warning. :(

I saw this when it first went live and didn't see it work on ANY phone I tried. Unless someone has video PROOF of it I don't believe it worked at all.

I am watching Netflix right now on my Thunderbolt. It works perfectly over PlayOn as does Hulu and tons of other streaming video content.

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Still can stream Netflix fine on my Evo (through PlayOn since I'm cool like that). I'm in no rush for a dedicated app.

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