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Oooh, I totally want to see this movieÉ Hey there, and welcome to Tap that App. IÕm Jessica Dolcourt and this is the show where we cover the hottest apps in the mobile space. This week we wanted to show off the brand-new Netflix app for iPhone and iPod Touch. If you think you've spotted it before, you're not wrong--it used to only be available on iPad, but now you can find it for the smaller bushel of Apple's iDevices. Best yet, it's absolutely free. Now the Netflix app is a pretty awesome way for you to stream content from anywhere you are. There's the home screen that throws out quirky category suggestions for movies you might like to watch, like "goofy crime comedies" or "dark dramas based on contemporary literature". If that's not your cup of tea, you can also browse for flicks and shows by more typical genres like Action and Foreign. The app shows you all the details--the rating, synopsis, and the list of episodes if it's a TV show. In addition, you can add content to your instant queue, or just play the video on the fly. The direct line to your instant queue is actually pretty awesome because it means you can stream those movies and videos on demand, directly to your iPhone or iPod Touch. Video quality is excellent on the iPhone 4 we've got right here, without any bumps or break-ups when you're within a strong network range. You can slightly adjust the screen dimensions while the video plays, and there's a handy button to take you back 30 seconds if you miss a part. So what happens if you have to stop the show mid-way? It's no problem at all. Netflix keeps track of your place, and lets you pick up where you left off from the top of the Home screen. In addition, it'll prompt you to resume the video after you've closed and then reload the app. All this makes Netflix for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad an exciting competitor to Hulu Plus, especially if you're already a Netflix subscriber. Subscriptions start at about $9 a month, or you can sign up from the Web or from the app for a free 30-day trial. So there's your look at Netflix's very tap-worthy streaming app. If you have any suggestions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. That's it for this show. IÕm Jessica Dolcourt--keep on tapping!