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Netflix Expands Support for Android-Powered Smartphones and Tablets
New Version Of Netflix App For Android Supports Android 3.x-Powered Tablets And Expands Availability Beyond The U.S. To Include Canada And Latin America
LOS GATOS, Calif., Oct. 19, 2011 — Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today expanded its support for the Android™ mobile operating system with the release of a new Netflix app for Android. The new app adds support for tablets running Android 3.x and, for the first time, lets Netflix members in Canada and Latin America instantly watch TV episodes and movies streaming from Netflix on their Android-powered smartphones and tablets.
“We are excited to now offer the Netflix service on tablets running Android 3.x and are thrilled to offer our members in Canada and Latin America another way to enjoy TV episodes and movies streaming from Netflix,” said Greg Peters, vice president of product development at Netflix. “With the added support for Android-powered devices, Netflix members have greater flexibility than ever in watching TV episodes and movies wherever and whenever they want.”
The new Netflix App for Android adds Android 3.x-powered tablets to the list of Android devices supported by Netflix in the U.S. and significantly increases the devices supported by Netflix in Canada and Latin America. Netflix members can access the service on their Android devices by installing version 1.5 of the Netflix App, available as a free download in the Android Market™. (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient)
Android-powered smartphones are rapidly gaining in popularity. Analyst firm Gartner Inc. expects Android will account for 49 percent of the smartphone market by 2012. Android-powered tablets are an emerging, but rapidly growing category.
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet subscription service for enjoying TV episodes and movies. Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies streaming over the Internet to many devices including PCs, Macs, Internet-connected TVs, game consoles, Blu-ray disc players and mobile devices. In all, more than 700 devices that stream from Netflix are available in the U.S. and a growing number are available in Canada and Latin America.
Netflix offers convenience and value with a broad range of Hollywood, international and local movies and TV series to choose from. Netflix has revolutionized entertainment by giving people a choice to enjoy what they want to watch, when they want to watch it for a low monthly price over the a wide-range of Internet-connected devices.
“We’re always looking to provide members new ways to enjoy Netflix,” said Peters. More details on the devices that support Netflix is available on: http://www.netflix.com/NetflixReadyDevices?cid=Mobile+Devices
With more than 25 million members in the United States, Canada and Latin America, Netflix, Inc. [Nasdaq: NFLX] is the world’s leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. For US$7.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed over the Internet to PCs, Macs and TVs. Among the large and expanding base of devices streaming from Netflix are Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Nintendo’s Wii and Sony’s PS3 consoles; an array of Blu-ray disc players, Internet-connected TVs, home theater systems, digital video recorders and Internet video players; Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Apple TV and Google TV. In all, more than 700 devices that stream from Netflix are available.