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Netflix iOS App Offers Adaptive Streaming & Airplay Support, Encourages ISPs To Adopt “Open Connect”

Joshua Lockhart 06-10-2013

Netflix lovers, your favorite streaming app has finally been updated to keep up with iOS 7. Announced on Thursday, the service released a feature offering standard HD content Get HD Netflix Video on Android With Two Apps From XDA Developers Does Netflix on your Android device either not work, or not work properly? If so, you might benefit from using a hacked version of the Netflix installable file, also known as an APK file. This... Read More to all subscribers regardless of who their Internet Service Provider happens to be.


In short, this means that high definition quality video will be available to all users regardless of who provides their Internet connection. Additionally, “Super HD” will be available for some titles, and in short, this means less compression will be applied to the 1080p video.

However, with a newly developed “adaptive streaming” feature, the app will also dynamically adjust video quality based on the status and speed of the current connection.

The new Version 5 of the Netflix app also offers the ability to play videos over Airplay. This means you can now stream content from your mobile devices straight to your Apple TV.

This transition to full HD video for all devices (and Airplay streaming) could make Netflix’s Open Connect feature more popular with ISPs. In short, Open Connect allows Netflix subscribers to view content in the best quality possible since the media is stored in locations close to them. Furthermore, Open Connect is available at no cost to all ISPs.

Have you made use of the new Netflix app for iOS 7? What other improvements have you noticed? Furthermore, do you think your ISP will offer Open Connect anytime soon?


Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Netflix via TheNextWeb | Image Credit: Philips Norge

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  1. Randy D.
    October 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Since the update, I can't get it to work connecting my iPad to my TV using a HDMI cable.

    Also, the Netflix app on my iPod (Gen 4, iOS 6) disappeared. When I do a search for it on the iPod it can't find it, but when I go to the App Store to re-install it says its installed. When I click "OPEN," nothing happens. I'm hoping Netflix does another update soon to fix these problems.