How practical is streaming Netflix movies and TV shows to your iPhone? Who cares. I just downloaded the Netflix app on my iPhone 4, and Arrested Development is playing on 3G pretty well. On Wi-Fi I had no issues. On 3G, it only stopped to buffer a few times during the show, which is pretty good. It’s very usable in 3G which makes the app worth it.
I used to be a Blockbuster guy until I switched to Netflix a few months ago. Before Blockbuster shutdown a ridiculous amount of stores, I was having the time of my life. I could rent 2 movies from Blockbuster online, they’d get to me in a few days, I’d watch them, return them to a local Blockbuster, they would ship them back and let me rent 2 free movies in the store for free while I was waiting for the next movies in queue to be delivered. I’ll be honest, sometimes I’d get lazy and not send back movies for a few months (and my credit card would get dinged $14.95 each month), but in my prime I could get 2-4 movies per week, which was a good deal. The 2 free in-store rentals is what kept me a Blockbuster fan. Now I don’t even know where a Blockbuster is so…
I finally came around to Netflix because I wanted to stream movies through my Xbox 360. I rarely rent online movies. Again, I think I’ve had The Blind Side on Blu-ray for over a month, but I stream movies and TV shows a few times a week, which makes the $9/mo subscription worth it.
The best part is that the Netflix iPhone app is free, and they easily could have charged at least a few bucks for it. Giving away this “added value” was smart on their part.
So, if you have an iPhone/iPod Touch and Netflix, what are you waiting for?
Here are some screenshots of Netflix on my iPhone:
By the way, I didn’t get a screenshot of it, but after the Arrested Development Season 1 page fully loaded, it recognized that I had watched about 50% of episode 5 on my Xbox/TV and asked if I wanted to resume. A simple, yet elegant and appreciated feature.