There is but one rule: Hunt or be hunted.
~ Francis Underwood
There is but one rule: Hunt or be hunted.
~ Francis Underwood
A couple of weeks ago I blogged about how the iPhone app, iFlix, was Netflix Heaven on the iPhone. I’m happy to announce that heaven looks that much brighter for us iPhone toutingÂ Netflix subscribers! The iFlix team has been pretty busy as they have just released iFlix 2. And I have to say that every criticism that I had with iFlix version 1 has been addressed in the version 2 release.Â
First of all, the iFlix interface has seen an uplift in version 2 courtesy of Alex Marchuk (iFlix interface and website developer). The upgrade to the interface is not only pleasant to the eye but also made managing my Netflix queue that much easier.
One of the major gripes I had with the original release was the inability to select movies by format (DVD or Blu-ray). Now, when you search for a movie title, the search results bring back detailed information about each movie, including whether or not the movie is available in Blu-ray format. Being able to see Netflix ratings and MPAA ratings alongside the search results are added (and welcome) bonuses. Oh yeah, you can also browse by Blu-ray now as well.Â
I’m a bit envious of the people who can use the Watch Instantly feature on Netflix (I run a Mac and Netflix currently does not support Watch Instantly on the Macintosh). With Watch Instantly, you have access to movies and TV shows that you can watch directly on your PC or 3rd party media player like an XBox 360 or Roku Player. iFlix 2 now not only supports the regular Netlfix snail mail queue but also supports instant queue management, which means adding movies to view on your PC, Xbox 360, or Roku Player is that much easier.Â
iFlix has also improved on the rating system. Not only can you easily rate a movie from within iFlix but iFlix is intuitive enough to tell you which movies you’ve already rated by marking those ratings in yellow rather than the standard red.Â
Brent: That’s just me being modest. My name’s on it for the App Store, so I wasn’t too worried about the site. It looks like Alex took note after your question and has added my name to the site.
(Update: Alex has added Brent’s name to the footer of the iFlix homepage. We can all sleep better now, LOL.)
Brent: For now, Alex Marchuk is hosting the site because of his amazing skills with design (and my lack of love for website development). You may see more apps hosted here, either made by me, or something that Alex has collaborated on. I’d love to have time to work on a lot more great apps, but for now my day job and iFlix keep me too busy to take on much else. I am working with my brother on a word search game for the iPhone, but it’s got a ways to go.
Brent: Larger companies are always going to be more hesitant to jump right into a new platform. Since releasing an app represents a commitment to the platform, especially for a big company, they’ve got to pick and choose where they’ll invest. I would love to work with Netflix on improving the application, or even releasing it oficially, if they were ever to express interest.
Brent: The major focus right now is on performance and stability. As far as new features (e.g. iFlix 3.0), those are all still in the brainstorming phase. I’m certainly open to suggestions. A big fix is on it’s way that drastically improves scrolling and drag reordering, along with a nasty bug that’s been keeping some users from enjoying the “Detailed Queue” feature of iFlix 2.0.
Brent: There certainly are some frustrations, for me mostly with the inability to have more control over updates and responding to reviewers. A lot of times a reviewer will express frustration, or say they wish there was this or that feature, and the feature is in iFlix, or there is a work around for their issue, but I’ve got no way of contacting them. It would also be really nice to be able to build a customer base with a contact list, but the App Store doesn’t allow for that. For the most part though, I think Apple has created a fantastic platform, and given me a way to get my software out there to be enjoyed by more users than might have ever been possible with the App Store.
*I’d like to thank Brent Jensen for taking the time to talk to me (much appreciated!) and Alex Marchuk for letting me know of the iFlix 2 updates (much appreciated as well!). Keep up the great work, iFlix team!
I’ve mentioned in the past how much I adoreÂ NetflixÂ (despite the recent Dexter debacle I experienced last week). But now I think I’ve found a reason to love Netflix even more. And that reason is called iFlix.Â
iFlix is a native iPhone app, created byÂ Brent Jensen, that is marketed as “easy queue management on the go.” Having had a chance to test out iFlix for a few days, I must admit that this is a killer app, especially if you are power Netflix user.Â
Of course, you can do everything you can do on iFlix using Safari on the iPhone. However, accessing the Netflix website on the iPhone can be quite cumbersome and difficult to navigate, especially with the small text and having to zoom in and out of the browsers screen. With iFlix, everything is ten times easier. You can easily rearrange your queue the same way that you can drag and drop contacts in the iPhone address book. You can view recent activity and see what movies you currently have at home and the last movies you returned.Â
Something that I like to do whenever I’m at Wal-Mart or Best Buy is peruse the DVD section. Before I had iFlix, I would use the Notes app on the iPhone to list what movies I wanted and then when I got home I would add those movies to my Netflix queue. Well, no more of that multi-step mumbo-jumbo. Now, I simply use the search function on iFlix to find the movie I’m interested inÂ and I can add it to my queue, instantly, on the fly. Awesome. Even better, you can browse discs on the go by genre, top 100, or new releases directly from iFlix, so, theoretically, you don’t even need Wal-Mart or Best Buy to peruse!
iFlix does have a few faults. First of all, the “For You” recommendations function did not work me. It did not return any movie recommendations for me. Secondly, you can’t choose between formats (DVD or Blu-ray). The movies you add will be added in DVD format.Â
At $1.99, the iFlix app is a steal for what it does. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love a freebie version direct from Netflix, but until Netflix gets their Apple act together (no native Instant Watch on Macs, WTF!) I am more than happy using iFlix.
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I’ve been a faithful Netflix subscriber for almost three years now. I love the convenience of being able to set up a movie queue and have the movies I select sent directly to me, in the order that I wish, via snail mail. I’ve always disliked Blockbuster and their damn late fees so Netflix and its no late fee policy was a godsend for me.
All has been good, except for a few hiccups that I have experienced the last couple of weeks. First of all, there was that much publicized shipping debacle that affected Netflix and its huge base of, like myself, faithful subscribers. They ameliorated that problem by giving us a %15 percent discount on or monthly membership fees. That was all fine and dandy until the following happened.
You see, this summer one TV series has captivated me (well maybe two if you count Six Feet Under). That TV series is Showtime’s Dexter. It’s a great series, albeit a demented one, starring oddly enough, Six Feet Under’s Michael C. Hall. About two weeks ago I wrapped up watching Dexter Season 1 on DVD, DVD’s that I get shipped to me via Netflix. Nonetheless, even before I finished watching Season 1, I eagerly added Dexter Season 2 to my faithful Netflix queue.
Dexter Season 2 was released this past Tuesday, along with the plethora of new releases that stock store shelves on Tuesdays. In any case I eagerly awaited for discs 1, 2 and 3 (I have the 3 discs at a time deal) of Dexter in my mailbox, as I had situated those three discs at the top of my Netflix queue. So yesterday rolled along and I receive a fresh Netflix shipment as expected. To my utter dismay I discovered that Netflix had shipped me Dexter Season 2 disc 4 without even sending me discs 1, 2 or even 3 first! To make matters worse, I only received 2 of the 3 DVD’s that I was supposed to receive! The second disc was the movie Sidekick (which was below Dexter discs 1, 2, 3 and 4 in my queue). The third DVD that I was supposed to receive (which they said they were going to ship out this Friday) was pulled apparently because it is currently not available for shipment (even though they said it was available a just a few days ago) and I have yet to receive a third DVD!
To make matters even worse than they already are, Disc 1 of Dexter currently has a “very long wait” on my queue. Will I ever be able to watch Dexter Season 2 in episodic order via Netflix? Why even bother ship me Disc 4 of the season if I haven’t even received Disc 1 yet? Netflix, Netflix, Netflix, you guys should have some sort of algorithm to handle this issue or at the very least have a preference setting in which I can check off whether or not I would like to receive season discs, or multi-disc movies, in disc order or not.
End of rant.