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Last Updated: February 16th, 2011

Want Netflix on your current Android device? Too bad - as LG and Qualcomm told Engadget, the Netflix app will not be available on existing Android hardware (at least not officially).

Apparently, future Qualcomm CPUs will include additional DRM libraries that no current smartphone processor has, making the decision slightly more understandable (though still extremely disappointing). There's still no word on exactly what processors will support Netflix, but we do know that the LG Revolution will be compatible with it - meaning that the app works with single-core chips.

Disappointing news? Sure, but if it's any comfort, the app does look pretty sweet - check out Engadget's hands-on video:

Source: Engadget

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • http://newbwired.com Nick

    NOOOO!!! My HTC Incredible is no longer incredible... :/

    • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

      Should have bought an iPhone.

      • Adam

        So now the iPhone has one redeeming quality. Congratulations.

    • Melissa

      OK I think I found it. Try the app PlayOn Mobile. It says it runs netflix.

  • Ron H in Schenectady

    The HTC THunderbolt has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. So I imagine this device will get the app?

    • dont bother

      Ron did you even bother to read the whole thing????

      Qualcomm’s future CPUs will include the DRM libraries necessary for Netflix’s Watch Instantly feature

      say it with me...FUTURE CPUs

      • Eric

        DRM can be software based to. Android 3.0 has native DRM. So, the hardware aspect may be true, but there will be a software solution for those with Android 3.0 and perhaps Android 2.4 for cellphones. 2.4 is supposed to contain alot of hardware features that 3.0 introduced (dual core, DRM, etc)

  • Ron H in Schenectady

    Um, The Thunderbolt hasn't been officially released yet, so it is still THE FUTURE. Read it with me. It hasn't been released yet so it's still the future.

    • Melissa

      I have the Thunderbolt, just got it yesterday 6/12/11 and I am trying to figure it out. There is an app https://market.android.com/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient&hl=en but I haven't figured out how to get it on my phone. Anyone have advise?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

        Unfortunately, the ThunderBolt isn't compatible with the official Netflix app - at least not yet. :(

  • Nathan

    i would only really care to have this on a tablet, so hopefully nvidia does something to get it working.

  • Ken

    I just cancelled my Netflix account. I'm tired of their open hostility toward open source software. I'll accept a token DRM for rentals, but this is just out of control.

  • Rich

    It'll be hacked to work, and if not it'll be reverse engineered and independent apps will come out to use it.

  • MJ

    XDA...

  • Kosh

    I guess I'll just continue as I am now - streaming Netflix, Hulu, media on my PC, and more to my Evo using PlayOn.

    • Eric

      Tegra 2 Tablets are FINE... and I qoute:

      ""Netflix is using the Tegra 2 development platform to bring the Netflix experience to Android super phones and tablets. We're working closely with NVIDIA to ensure Netflix takes full advantage of Tegra's outstanding acceleration and security capabilities." -- Greg Peters, Vice President, Product Development at Netflix"

      http://pressroom.nvidia.com/easyir/c...157&xhtml=true

  • Eric

    Tegra 2 Tablets are FINE... and I qoute:

    "Netflix is using the Tegra 2 development platform to bring the Netflix experience to Android super phones and tablets. We're working closely with NVIDIA to ensure Netflix takes full advantage of Tegra's outstanding acceleration and security capabilities." -- Greg Peters, Vice President, Product Development at Netflix"

    http://pressroom.nvidia.com/easyir/c...157&xhtml=true