The Netflix iPad app is one of the best iPad apps available today and was one of the iPad’s first killer apps released last April. Netflix subscribers can instantly watch TV shows and movies which are streamed from Netflix to the Apple iPad using the free Netflix app. It works as magically as it sounds.
The Netflix app has always provided the ability to resume watching where you left off on your TV or Computer through the iPad as the Netflix cloud-based streaming solution inherently provides that ability. The iPad app also provides a pop-up window with a detailed description and photo of the DVD jacket for movies and TV shows subscribers are interested in and want to learn more about as well as the option to rate TV shows and movies you just watched. You can search for content, browse by category, check your account and view and manage your queues. The interface looks identical to the Netflix website.
In addition to the basic features, the Netflix iPad app has upgraded features since initially being released last April. When the iPad was first released, only Apple apps provided support for an external monitor hookup but shortly after launch, the Netflix app added this functionality giving subscribers the ability to use the iPod Dock Connector to VGA Adapter to watch Netflix on a TV, monitor, projector or LCD display that can use a VGA cable.
Streaming TV shows and movies to a handheld tablet? Can that possible work?
This seemingly Star Trek-ish technology does work and works well. Once you enter your Netflix account information into the Netflix app, you have total access to your Netflix account. When you click “Play” on a TV show or movie, the real magic begins as within mere seconds the video content begins playing. The video typically comes across amazingly well. You can perform high speed scrubs, pause and change aspect while watching the movie. Additionally, if you need screenshots of TV shows or movies, you can use the standard iOS screenshot method (holding down the Power button while clicking the “iPad button”.
The Netflix app does encounter issues when the network link is slow causing the audio and video to freeze or audio to disappear. More recently there have been issues with the Netflix streaming servers as there are more adopters of the instant streaming service.
Even with these minor issues that occur infrequently, the Netflix instant streaming service and the Netflix app combined with the iPad create a killer iPad app and is the reason the Netflix iPad app is one of the best iPad apps available.