Netflix Finally Coming to Android! (sort of)
Netflix streaming will soon be available on a very select number of Android devices. Namely, ones that haven’t been released yet.
Netflix streaming has been available to iOS devices, and Windows Mobile 7 devices for quite some time now, but up until now streaming hasn’t been available to Android devices. The problems stems from the fact that Andoid devices up until late have not had a single DRM instance available across all the platforms. Whether you like it or not, DRM has been essential to Netflix in order to certify to video providers that Piracy on the devices is not possible.
It’s been long rumored that a DRM module was in development, and finally it looks like that criteria has been fulfilled. According to Engadget, Netflix has released the app for HTC Incredible, Nexus One, Evo 4G, and G2, plus the Samsung Nexus S. Unfortunately, that leaves out all Motorola devices, and just about all other interesting devices in the current product pool. The G2 has been out done by the G2x (made by LG) and the Nexus S is rather difficult to come across. Rumor has it that a certain Qualcomm chip common to many devices does not function with the DRM module. Whether that includes the up coming HTC Sensation (Tmobile) which is supposed to be the flagship device to compete with Motorola’s Atrix (ATT) and Motorola’s Droid Bionic is yet to be seen.
Regardless, expect more devices from HTC to carry the DRM module necessary to get Netflix streaming enabled in the coming months.