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Archive | May 12, 2011

How to watch Netflix on Nook Color

Update: In its latest version, Netflix removed the check for unsupported devices check so it should now work without any changes. Just update the Netflix apk from the Android market, restart the device and it should work fine. In certain configurations, you might experience a weird sound issue where the sound track plays faster than the video, a so called “chipmunk sound”. In this case, you’ll still need to change build.prop per the instructions.

If you want to use the newly released Android Netflix application for your Nook Color, you’ll have the unpleasant surprise that it doesn’t work out of the box. The reason is that Nook Color doesn’t support the required DRM Netflix need for streaming, but it looks like Netflix does only a minor check for the device name that is part of the build.prop file. A quick change of the build prop can fool the application, at least for now. Here is how to do it:

Step 0: Check our article about changing the build.prop to find out how to access the file and edit it. If you haven’t root your Nook Color yet, we have an extensive series of articles in how to perform it, especially this one.

Step 1. Pull out the build.prop file with the following command

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Deal of the Day – Logitech Revue Google TV for sale $199

This is by far the lowest price I have seen to date – a Google TV unit by Logitech – Logitech Revue at Amazon for $199 with free shipping and no taxes in most of the states. Has Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, Pandora, CNBC, Twitter, full wireless keyboard with remote control functions, capable of Skype video conference via your TV, is one of the coolest gadgets to have in the living room, and with full Android Market / Android Honeycomb 3.1 to arrive in the summer, the price is finally a really good deal.

Logitech Revue can also play your local content including 1080p MKV files and features a full Chrome browser with HTML5 and Adobe Flash support. Also, dual-view with overlay over your existing live TV image.

Hulu to further compensate TV viewers hit by PSN Outage

If you wonder whether Hulu will to anything beyond the $2 credit for the first week of PSN outage, which as you know also makes Hulu Plus unusable, there is a quick update on one of their boards stating:

– Because the PSN has been down longer than expected, the plan right now, in a similar fashion to the $2.00 credit we offered initially, is to contact PS3 Hulu Plus users at the end of the outage via email with an offer for the appropriate amount of credit in compensation for the PSN being down.Also keep in mind that you are able to catch missed episodes on your computer or any other available Hulu Plus ready device (www.hulu.com/plus/devices ) as a temporary workaround.Thanks! –

So we still have no idea how long the PSN outage will last (some reports mention May 31st) but at least we’ll get some money back. We are still mad at Hulu / Sony for the idiotic design though, Netflix still runs fairly well even without PSN.

Netflix officially supported on Android – available only on DRM enabled phones

We knew for a while that it’s coming, some versions of it even leaked on the web. However, today Netflix officially announced the availability of their streaming app on Android platform. While this is an amazing news for Android devices owners, there is a catch: The Netflix apk will be able to manage your Instant Queue but it will refuse to stream  if the device doesn’t have a DRM core already integrated, something that at this point is available only on a limited subset of devices built around Qualcomm processors. The list currently contains HTC incredible, Evo 4G / G2, Nexus One and Nexus S, all running Android 2.2 or 2.3 and the streaming works on both 3G and WiFi connection.

I also checked it on my CyanogenMod 7 Nook Color and while it does let me manage my queue, it stops short of streaming with an unsupported device error. Let’s just hope Barnes & Noble will manage some kind of agreement with Netflix to  add the required DRM layer and qualify the tablet for Netflix streaming…after all, a Nook Color is better suited for video playback than a smartphone.

If you want to play with the newly released Netflix apk for Android, you can download it from Android Marketplace via your devices or using this link.

via Netflix