Windows Phone 7 could have the first instant streaming Netflix app.
Just a few weeks ago a survey went out to iPhone users asking about a potential Netflix application. The caveat, according to the survey, was that they would only be able to use the instant streaming service while connected to a WiFi network. A demo of the prototype Netflix app for Windows Phone 7 yesterday had no such restrictions.
Windows phones will have Silverlight built right in, which makes Netflix streaming a lot simpler. But the most interesting thing is that the demo clearly implied that 3G usage would be doable. “I’m at the wave pool at the Mandalay Bay with nothing but my Windows phone… and I want to watch it now,” said the presenter, who then hit the instant play button and showed a few seconds of Rescue Me.
Of course, this is only a prototype, and there’s still a lot to be worked out. The speculation regarding the iPhone WiFi limitation isn’t of ability but of legality. If it’s hooked to a WiFi network, it’s not a mobile device. Over 3G, it is, and may be a breach of an agreement.
Still, the program moved fast and streamed as quickly as on PC, so hopes are high.