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Netflix Watch Instantly App Appears; Why You Should Beware

The day has finally arrived! We've been waiting anxiously for the newly updated Netflix App (free) for iPhone and iPod Touch, and it has finally hit the App Store this morning. The new app allows you to connect your Netflix subscription (starting at $9 a month) to your device, watch movies and TV shows instantly, add and remove titles from your instant queue, and stream flicks over WiFi or 3G.

The app, which has been optimized for the iPhone 4's multitasking abilities (but not its retina display), allows viewers to fast forward and rewind, pause, and even resume where you last left off from your TV or computer with just a tap. The movies and TV episodes are categorized by genre so you can track them down easily, and there's even a "search" field if you're hunting down a particular title. This app is great for movie buffs and TV fans who can't go too long without a fix and would definitely come in handy for kids and parents alike while traveling on the road or in the air.


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Not to be a buzz-kill, but there is a downside to all this movie streaming goodness. Find out what it is after the break.

I know you're pumped to use the new app, but take note of this bit of advice: use WiFi where you can. If you're on one of AT&T's new tiered data plans (coming in 200MB or 2GB increments), using 3G to stream your favorite shows could put you over your data limit, and fast. According to AT&T's data grids, watching just 20 minutes of standard-quality video (along with other tasks like sending/receiving 1,000 emails, browsing 400 web pages, and uploading 50 pics to Facebook) could top you off at your 200MB limit, while 200 minutes of video (along with 10,000 emails, 4,000 webpages, and 50 photo uploads) would catapult you to 2GB of data per month.

What does this mean for you? Unless you want to start paying up to $15 for every overage of data, you should start sussing out WiFi where you can — at home, at Starbucks, at the airport, on a plane, anywhere. Since the app does not have a WiFi-only mode, you can switch off your iPhone's 3G (by heading to Settings > Airplane Mode > On) and leaving your iPhone's WiFi on. This, of course, will render your iPhone unusable for phone calls and emails, but if you're watching a movie, at least you won't be interrupted.

Of course, you lucky legacy iPhone owners who still have unlimited data plans need not worry about all these boring details (watch all the flicks you want!), but for the rest of you, it's good to keep track of how much data you're really using so you don't end up paying out the nose next month.

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bethinabox bethinabox 5 years
Scratch that, I thought you couldn't use this app on an iPhone 3G. But you can. Yayy! :D
bethinabox bethinabox 5 years
Thank goodness I still have my unlimited data. :) Of course I can't use this app yet, as I still have my 3G, but I should be getting my 4 in the next month! :)
le-romantique le-romantique 5 years
Love this app! So good, easy to use and the picture quality is great.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 5 years
I don't have unlimited data so I'm not even messing around with this!! For the first few weeks of my iphone I wouldn't even go on FB with 3G, then my bro explained to go over my limit I would have to stream a movie or TV (something he can do because he has unlimited). Since that was his example of how to go over I will pass! Plus I can wait til I get home to my computer to watch! Maybe when I was watching the whole series of Lost of netflix this would have been helpful though!
redfiretruck redfiretruck 5 years
perfect app for unlimited data users! it's quickly becoming one of my faves :D
Tech Tech 5 years
It's true that you could go over your 3G limit on your iPad, but iPod Touch users are in the clear since they don't have a cellular network to connect to.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 5 years
can't even use it on my iphone anyways! no fair. this new iphone really killed the 3g.
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