Netflix iPhone app adds video-out

Update allows iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod Touch owners to use a video adapter to push Netflix content to a larger display, like a TV.

Netflix running on the iPhone.
Netflix running on the iPhone. Screenshot by Jason Parker/CNET

Netflix updated its iPhone and iPod Touch application yesterday with video-out capabilities.

The update, which also included bug fixes, allows owners to use one of the many video adapters available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and push Netflix content to a larger display, like a television. Apple and several other third-party vendors sell the adapters.

It's important to note that the update only applies to the iPhone 4 and the fourth-generation iPod Touch. Previous versions of the devices are not supported.

Video-out availability on the iPhone or iPod Touch might not excite those who already own the new Apple TV or a video game console that supports Netflix streaming, but for those who don't have those devices, this is the next best thing.

The Netflix iPhone and iPod Touch app is currently available as a free download in Apple's App Store.

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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