Netflix iOS Update Focuses On Usability And Saving Customers Money

Netflix iOS Update Focuses On Usability And Saving Customers Money

Netflix aims to make its iOS app easier to use and manage

Netflix announced an updated version of its iOS app on Thursday for customers in the U.S. and Canada. The update is centered around improving the overall user experience while streaming movies and TV shows to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. One important improvement beyond that, however, is the ability to control mobile data use and avoid expensive overage fees.

The update, now available in the App Store, was announced on the company’s blog and largely focuses on improving onscreen controls while watching movies or TV shows.

Specific improvement tweaks include:

  • A more consistent look and feel to onscreen controls that tie-in with the look and color scheme displayed while browsing through selections on an iOS device
  • Playback controls have been optimized for touch devices – buttons and other elements are now larger and spread out more onscreen in an effort to prevent users activating the wrong control by mistake
  • An improved scrub bar with thumbnails is designed to make scanning backwards and forward within a video more useful and intuitive
  • Access to audio and subtitles settings along with other existing player features has been streamlined

Users in Canada that have enabled Facebook connection to the Netflix app now have an easier to use option to keep the app from sharing information on Facebook.

The biggest addition is the ability to disable video streaming when using 3G or LTE data. Streaming movies and TV shows from Netflix is very bandwidth intensive and can easily burn through the data included in most monthly smartphone and iPad data plans, particularly for owners of LTE-enabled new iPads.

In announcing the updates on the company’s blog, Michael Spiegelman and Chris Jaffe who lead Netflix’s mobile development teams noted that mobile device access to Netflix content continues to grow on a monthly basis.

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  • Tallest_Skil

    It “focuses on usability” while giving us a UI that is completely different from the one to which we’ve grown accustomed in absolutely every other app across all iDevices and on Macs.

    These guys are jokers.
  • technochick

    It “focuses on usability” while giving us a UI that is completely different from the one to which we’ve grown accustomed in absolutely every other app across all iDevices and on Macs.

    These guys are jokers.

    I don’t know. that UI seems very intuitive and easy to me. I don’t think that I’m so dumb it will take me more than a couple of movies to get used to it. 

    As for the 3g thing, that should have been there from the start. Although it hasn’t been that hard for me to not turn on the app when I’m in a place without wifi. 
  • Mads Teland

    This picture show also the norwegian tv-program “Lilyhammer” :D

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Ryan FaasRyan Faas is a technology journalist and consultant living in upstate New York who has written extensively about Apple, business and enterprise IT, and the mobile industry. In addition to writing for Cult of Mac, he is a contributor to Computerworld, InformIT, and Peachpit Press. In a previous existence he was a healthcare IT director as well as a systems and network administrator. Follow Ryan on Twitter and Google +

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