The long awaited finale to Breaking Bad is almost upon us, and while U.S. fans will be able to watch on regular TV, UK and Ireland fans are going to need to resort to Netflix. The video streaming service has snagged exclusive rights to the final half of season five of the smash hit show, which means you're going to need to either watch it on your Mac or PC, your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or better still, your Apple TV.
Netflix has just pushed out an update to their iOS application that will please watchers of television shows via the service. The new post-play feature will cue and then begin the next episode in the season once the currently watched one ends. It's great news that a source of minor frustration has been put to rest, and the new goodies don't stop there.
The Netflix app for iOS was recently updated to 4.0, which includes a few new features - namely, a brand new episode selector for iPad, and a redesigned audio and subtitle selector for both iPad and iPhone.
DIAL, an open standard form of wireless playback, is being given a rather large push by both Netflix and YouTube. Their hopes are that using an open standard will allow developers to solve second screen playback issues in a better way than Apple's AirPlay. In other words, it wouldn't be a proprietary solution and would be available to anyone who wants to implement the protocol.
One of the most requested features for Netflix for iPhone and iPad is the "Just for Kids" section that's available on most other platforms -- and now it's finally here on the iPad! Even better, you don't have to do anything to get it. Netflix pushed a backend update and now you should see a "Just for Kids" button at the top left of the screen next to the Browse button.
Netflix has updated with iPhone and iOS 6 support, so now you can enjoy your 16:9 content in a fully 16:9 screen as nature and Hollywood intended. There's also a new interface that lets browse titles, tap for information, and double tap to play. It's a good use of the taller/wider screen space, and a good improvement to the Netflix app in general.
Netflix for iPhone and iPad has been updated with an updated interface and varied improvements on playback, AV sync, and subtitle handling. The new interface isn't a complete overhaul, but very minor. In fact, what I notice most about the interface is that it's actually rather sluggish with horrible scrolling, a bit clunky, and you still can't edit or view your mailing queue or view or leave reviews.
Looking over the wreckage of ill-considered price hikes, ill-advised videos, and the ill-conceived Qwiskter spin-off, it's hard to reconcile that Netflix of the last tear with the savvy, disruptive, almost prescient upstart service that was a favorite of iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV users. Yet CNET's Greg Sandoval has done just that, and lays the blame cleanly at the top.
Netflix is now available in the UK, and that means it's now available for iPhone and iPad in the UK App Store (and Android too). One month of service will run you £5.99 which isn't too far off the US or Canadian prices.
Content is... content. It sounds like it's okay at launch but stuff will come, stuff will go, so if you see something you like, start watching it now.
It's a universal binary, so if you're in the UK and you try it out, let us know how it works for you.
AllThingsD reports that Netflix (and Blockbuster) will be required to wait twice as long, or a full 56 days after DVDs hit retail shelves, before offering Warner Brothers content under a new distribution agreement.
The move is part of Hollywood’s ongoing campaign to bolster flagging DVD sales, and sources tell me the new deal is supposed to be announced at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Warner Brothers executives have already talked publicly about extending the current window.