Netflix On Android Coming In 2011
Launch delayed because Hollywood wanted more DRM
Netflix's streaming video application for the iPhone allows users to access their streaming instant queue from anywhere and works surprisingly well -- whether the user is connected via Wi-Fi or AT&T's 3G network. The same application was recently announced for Windows 7 Phones, and according to a post on the Netflix blog
, it will also launch on Android devices early next year. The hold up according to Netflix? DRM. The delay was due to "the lack of a generic and complete platform security and content protection mechanism available for Android." "The same security issues that have led to piracy concerns on the Android platform have made it difficult for us to secure a common Digital Rights Management (DRM) system on these devices," says the company.
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Los Angeles, CA
Who'd Want to Steal This?
The way the Netflix DVD rental system works (or any DVD rental, I'm looking at you Redbox!) can be easily utilized to rip decent quality movie files, and then reduced to mobile-friendly file/screen size. Why in the hell would there suddenly be a super pirate market for video stream data that's optimized to be viewed in squint-o-vision?
I mean, yeah...movie night to me totally consists or kicking back and relaxing to the immersive view provided by my 4" screen.