The updated Netflix APK that officially landed in the Android Market today has successfully been extracted and made available for download on "unsupported" devices by XDA member quixin. As you may know, Netflix 1.3.0 is the first version to support Honeycomb devices of any kind thanks to the Lenovo IdeaPad K1. Of course, the K1 has that super-special hardware-based DRM that was assumedly put in place just for Netflix support. Because of this, we wondered if Netflix would require this type of hardware level support in all future devices... but it appears that's not the case. The updated APK should work flawlessly on all Honeycomb devices, and probably most phones, too. I successfully tested it out on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and can confirm: it works very well.
Update: Here are Honeycomb devices not listed as supported:
- Samsung Tab 10.1 - works
- Motorola XOOM - works
- LG G-Slate - works
- ASUS Eee Pad Transformer - works on some
- Acer Iconia Tab A500 - works on some
Update 2: XDA user Mistar Muffin created a flashable .zip for rooted Transformer users that pushes a file from the Motorola XOOM (libvomx.so) and allows Netflix playback. You can grab that file from our download mirror.
When you first fire it up, the video quality will be a bit rough around the edges, but don't fret - after a little while, the quality drastically improves (I think Netflix starts off streaming at a lower bitrate by default, then increases as the download picks up).
Download 2: Flashable .zip for rooted Transformers
If you give this a go, drop us a line in the comments with your device type, root y/n, ROM (if applicable), and whether or not it works, so we can get a better idea of supported devices.