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this whole netflix ridiculousness could be a tipping point for me. i'm already a paying netflix member and can't imagine having a 4.3" media powerhouse like the thunderbolt and no netflix streaming. ESPECIALLY given the lame-*ss explanations as to why android hasn't seen this app. so do you think the thunderbolt will be seeing this application? there seem to be conflicting reports at this point.
- 02-14-2011, 05:23 PM #2
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- 02-14-2011, 05:38 PM #4
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"Not that you needed one, but I guess this gives you another reason to consider the Thunderbolt. It’s almost guaranteed to have Netflix support before anyone else in the Android game." from droid-life Netflix on Android Confirmed for Snapdragon Phones First - Droid Life: A Droid Community Blog. looks like the TB will have it
- 02-14-2011, 05:39 PM #5
all of WireFlys videos show, what it looks like, part of a blockbuster icon on the very top left of the tbolt screen in just about every video.
i know netflix and blockbuster have streaming movies to pc's but does blockbuster stream to androids as netflix does to iphones?
for instance, goto the 2min mark here:
(check out top left corner of screen)
- 02-14-2011, 05:48 PM #6
1) Wait til the Netflix app comes out for any phone (which should be soon)
2) Wait about 2 days
3) Head over to XDA to find a ported version of the Netflix app available in .apk format for you to install on your device
- 02-14-2011, 08:17 PM #7
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The LG Revolution is getting netflix. Qualcomm stated that "future devices with the Snapdragon mobile processors (like the LG REvolution) will meet all DRM requirements for Watch Instantly."
The Thunderbolt has the same exact processor as the revolution, so the Thunderbolt is capable of running netflix.
Qualcomm promises Netflix streaming support on 'future Android devices' with Snapdragon -- Engadget
- 02-14-2011, 08:22 PM #8
This is just my two cents and just a theory of mine.
- 02-14-2011, 08:59 PM #9
- 02-14-2011, 09:07 PM #10
But it still has to get it's files from Netflix, the phone doesn't have to do any verification. It just has to send out what processor is being used on then phone. Netflix has been in development for the Android app for a year now. So I wouldn't put it past them to do a double verification between the app and the phone then the phone & app to the servers for a 2nd Verification.
- 02-14-2011, 09:29 PM #11
XDA has all sorts of .apks that do the same thing for Hulu. The Hulu website tries to verify the device you are using, but the devs trick the software to bypass this. Same thing could be done for Netflix.
But again, I firmly believe that we will get a native Netflix app anyway. I only threw this out there as a "just in case" worst scenario kind of thing. I doubt we'll need to go down this road anyway
- 02-15-2011, 07:57 AM #12
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- 02-15-2011, 08:41 AM #13
Android-powered LG Revolution caught streaming Netflix at MWC (video) -- Engadget
"Well, well -- what have we here? That up above is LG's Revolution, a Snapdragon-powered Android superphone. What's inside is no normal Snapdragon, though. It's actually a newfangled chip that isn't shipping to consumers just yet, which includes DRM libraries at a hardware level that serve to satisfy paranoid movie execs. The good news is that Qualcomm has actually whipped up a solution that'll finally bring Watch Instantly to Android; the bad news is that existing smartphones -- even existing Snapdragon devices -- will not be able to utilize the app."
- 02-15-2011, 09:21 AM #14
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- 02-15-2011, 10:33 AM #16
I still think we'll eventually see a native app for this phone, and if not, I believe there will be enough support behind it to get it to work. The main reason those devs can't get it to work right now is because the latest snapdragon architecture is not yet available for consumers and testers to play with. Once it is, we should see some good progress for multiple devices in that thread.
But you're welcome to disagree
- 02-15-2011, 10:35 AM #17
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- 02-16-2011, 12:18 PM #19Pretty good member
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So, I just spoke with John at HTC customer support (866-449-8358, 8am to 8pm ET 7 days a week) and he said that the current Thunderbolts being shipped have either the MSM8260 (?) or MSM8660 (?) chip and that neither of these chips have the necessary DRM security keys built in. Sorry guys. He did say that a later build of the Thunderbolt will have a newer ship that will natively support Netflix.
I didn't think if he was right bout the chips so I called back and spoke with a Wendy there and she looked into which processor the Thunderbolt has and she was fun to talk to (sounds cute). Anyway, after being on hold a few times she said the current processor(s) being used is Qualcomm MSM8655, 1 Ghz, MDM9600. I think maybe this is a combination processor and modem, right (?) but then Wendy seemed to start guessing again, like John, that maybe they were being built with two different processors to try them both out. Regarding the DRM security keys, her boss told her to say that they have not yet received enough training but to check back sometime between the 24th and the end of the month.
- 02-16-2011, 12:42 PM #20
i dont mean to look like a complete ignoramus, but, could we get blockbuster streaming like these phones?
Blockbuster On Demand Devices *-*T Mobile*Devices (i know tbolt is on vzw)
besides having to possibly open a new account, is there much of a difference between the 2, or even other types of streaming video?
theres amazon and voodoo and others too no?
maybe netflix has a larger selection, i dont know, but could we still get streaming video via other ways?
- 02-16-2011, 12:52 PM #21
- 02-16-2011, 12:53 PM #22
The reason this doesn't make sense is that... are they going to actually start producing a version of the Thunderbolt (in like 6 months or a year from now) that is able to stream Netflix, while the one being released any day now WON'T be able to stream? I would assume he is referring to like the Thunderbolt 2 or something.
Its not like changing the screen on the Incredible. This would be a significant difference.
- 02-16-2011, 12:54 PM #23
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