Netflix debuts on the iPhone

Previously available only on the iPad, the Netflix mobile app now supports the iPhone and iPod Touch, letting all Apple mobile users stream content.

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Netflix has hit the iPhone.

iPhone and iPod Touch users can now stream their favorite Netflix videos.
iPhone and iPod Touch users can now stream their favorite Netflix videos. Screenshot by CNET

The popular video subscription service just updated its Apple app to support the iPhone and iPod Touch, which now join the iPad in offering streaming videos. Netflix members can download the free 1.1.0 version to watch their favorite TV shows and movies.

The Netflix app lets you access your Instant Queue to view videos you've already saved. You can browse by genre or search for specific titles from the service's growing library of streaming content. You can also stop a video and then resume where you left off, whether you're watching on your iPhone, your computer, or your game console.

To tap into this app, you must be a paying Netflix subscriber (plans start at $8.99 a month) or set up a free 30-day trial. On the mobile side, you need to be running iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later.

The app's debut on the iPhone is not unexpected. After launching its mobile version for the iPad in April, Netflix confirmed that it was working on porting the app to the iPhone and iPod Touch.

What's next for Netflix? The company may be prepping an Android version of its mobile app. Reports recently surfaced that Netflix is hiring an Android video playback expert to work on a new project.