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CNET First Look
Netflix on the Apple iPadIt's on everyone's short list of killer apps for the iPad. We load up a few flicks and test drive the new Netflix feature.
>> I am Dan Ackerman and we are taking a look at some of the features of Apple's iPad. This time we are looking at Netflix for the iPad which is really got to be on anybody's short list of killer apps for this device. We have installed the Netflix app, we tied it into our account, now we are launching it and you know what, it looks the heck a lot like Netflix's website where we can go and play videos in your instant queue. They line up the same way they do on your PC. We just hit Play right there, does a little authorizing and jumps us right back into the movie that we were watching. The one thing I like a lot about this version of it compared to let's say watching Netflix on your TV is the search bar at the top. Actually very quick in responses, you can jump anywhere on the film pretty quickly and it re-buffers and starts playing just like that. While the iPad screen is ironically better suited for four by three material you can still obviously watch HD videos from the Netflix library. Lost is a great example of that. Their stuff is on HD on Netflix and again you just hit Play, buffers up and starts play yeah reasonably quickly especially over the nice Wi-Fi connection we have got going on here. So, of course just like the Netflix website, you have got your Watch Instantly tab, you have got your Instant Queue, you can jump right into your queue and you could see what you have lined up and you can start playing any of these movies instantly. So having the Netflix app available on the iPad, that launch is kind of a pleasant surprise. We didn't really know this was coming this quickly. That said, it is kind of basically just a Netflix website repurposed for the iPad, might have been nice to see a more iPad specific UI kind of design to it. Still, we are happy to have it. We definitely call it a killer app for the iPad. I am Dan Ackerman, taking a look at Netflix on the Apple iPad.