Video-hungry Android users, (some) of your long waits may be over. Netflix, the well-known movie/television show-streaming service has been released via the Android Market for a select few devices (Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Droid Incredible, HTC Evo 4G and the T-Mobile G2) running Android 2.2 Froyo.
No specific dates have been set, but Netflix has indicated they’re working hard to bring support to other devices in the near future.
Those of you lucky enough to have one of the five supported devices can immediately grab the application from the Android Market. Currently watching shows, browsing titles and managing your queue are supported within the application, but future updates are expected to bring increased functionality. Both WiFi and 3G are allowed (be cautious of streaming via 3G, as it’s very bandwidth-intensive). Unfortunately, the app is available only for those in the U.S.
Netflix elaborated on it’s lack of support:
Because the platform has evolved so rapidly, there are some significant challenges associated with developing a streaming video application for this ecosystem. One of these challenges is the lack of standard streaming playback features that the Netflix application can use to gain broad penetration across all available Android phones. In the absence of standardization, we have to test each individual handset and launch only on those that can support playback.”
Netflix has provided a web page displaying supported devices (presumably updated when future devices are supported).
The blog post on Netflix’s website is available here.