By Harry McCracken | Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 8:37 am
Netflix Watch Instantly, which was one of the iPad’s launch apps back in April, is now on the iPhone (and iPod Touch), too. There isn’t much to say other than that it’s just about everything that makes Watch Instantly such a delight and such a deal, in handy pocketable form. Pay Netflix for a red-envelopes-in-the-mail plan starting at $8.99, and you get unlimited access to on-demand movies and TV shows. Recent releases are still absent, but the selection continues to improve and now includes some high-profile titles from 2009, such as Up.
The service works with both Wi-Fi and 3G connections. I was impressed by the quality in both forms, and the 3G option is yet another reason I’m glad I clutched onto my grandfathered unlimited AT&T data plan for now.
I do miss one feature that’s present in most other incarnations of Watch Instantly: The thumbnail previews that pop up when you skim forward in a video.
After the jump, a few images.