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  • Netflix App Now Supports Video Out


    With all the hype surrounding Apple TV and Google TV, Netflix has released a surprise of its own today. The Netflix app has been updated to include video out for the iPhone 4 and 4th generation iPod Touch. To watch Netflix streaming on any TV all you need to do is hook up an Apple AV cable to your compatible iOS device and youíre good to go.

    Appleís forthcoming Airplay technology will accomplish the same thing, provided that you have an Apple TV and Wi-Fi set up in your home. But what about when youíre traveling? Thatís where the beauty of this update comes in.

    Imagine being on vacation with your family and you all want to watch a movie together. Before this update you wouldnít be able to hook up an iPhone to a TV and watch a movie together. You and your family would have to huddle around a little 3.5-inch screen. Not very fun, to say the least.

    Apps are updated regularly, but occasionally minor additions like these can make all the difference in the world, given the right conditions. Itís nice to know the next time I travel, Iíll be able to stream Futurama to the nearest TV. Of course Iíll need the right cables and a good Wi-Fi signal to do it.

    Source: 9to5 Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Netflix App Now Supports Video Out started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 37 Comments
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      Cool! Now I can't wait until I get
      NetFlix. I use i4iphones.info
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      nice.
    1. DannynJoni's Avatar
      DannynJoni -
      Quote Originally Posted by aimetti View Post
      what cables do you guys use?
      with resupported you can use any?
      default you need the apple cord? Is there any iphone to HDMI cables out there as well?

      Thx
      Here's a good solution:
      [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DK9LB0/ref=oss_product]Amazon.com: Scosche sneakPEAK Audio/Video Cable for iPad/iPod/iPhone: Electronics[/ame]

      It's RCA. I've heard the Component is a bit better quality but I haven't tried it. RCA is on every TV out there I think.

      Only problem is iPhone4 video out via composite or component is only around 520p. There is an adapter for the iPad/iPhone4 which outputs to 720p I think but doesn't support many features and won't charge or output audio. Pretty worthless.

      I'm watching Dexter on Netflix right now on my 56" DLP set using this cable and it looks pretty good. Not as good as the new AppleTV though. Personally I think I'd rather throw the cable in my travel bag and keep it simple while traveling and watch with my iPhone, but I may try bringing the AppleTV as someone suggested and see if I think it's worth bringing. Who knows...
    1. vovillamor's Avatar
      vovillamor -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wiley John Wright View Post
      Of course I’ll need the right cables and a good Wi-Fi signal to do it.
      ...not to mention an iPhone 4 or 4th gen iPod.

      I just signed up for a NetFlix account and was planning on hooking up my familiy's iPhone 3Gs and 2nd gen iPod to our TVs and watch NetFlix.

      I haven't got the AV cables yet, but if NetFlix to a TV is limited to only later iDevices, then the cable won't do me any good.

      What are the chances that NetFlix will release an update that will provide older iDevices with NetFlix output to TV.

      What's the JB app to ouput the iPhone display to a TV?

      I just might have to step up to an AppleTV.
    1. falstaffpac's Avatar
      falstaffpac -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lungs View Post
      I have a 3GS and it is JB. I have a netflix account. Do I need a special app to do video out?

      I was thinking of getting these cables, any other options?

      Apple Composite AV Cable - Apple Store (U.S.)

      Thanks for the help.
      I would recommend the Apple composite cables. I know some others have tried non-apple composite cables with mixed success. If you are jailbroken, I would recommend TVout2mirror (free, available via Cydia) which will output anything from your iphone to the televsion via the apple composite cables. If configured correctly, it will also blank your iphone screen during video playback, while connected to the tv to help save battery life.

      For more information regarding the composite cables (pros and cons of apple vs other brands) and for informatio on tvout2mirror, visit:

      iPhone TVOut2
      iPhone Landscape TV Out :: Index

      Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with tvout2mirror, or Apple composite AV cables.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lungs View Post
      I have a 3GS and it is JB. I have a netflix account. Do I need a special app to do video out?

      I was thinking of getting these cables, any other options?

      Apple Composite AV Cable - Apple Store (U.S.)

      Thanks for the help.
      I bought the same cables and they work great. Also my tv player in my truck came with iPod/iPhone cables (Jensen) and thoes cables work just as well. The app I use is TvOutTuner in cydia. My entire iPhone and all the apps transfer to the tv. Works great.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      awesome
    1. SnR's Avatar
      SnR -
      Why can't iPhone 3GS and ipt3 have the video out too? They are more than capable.
    1. falstaffpac's Avatar
      falstaffpac -
      Quote Originally Posted by SnR View Post
      Why can't iPhone 3GS and ipt3 have the video out too? They are more than capable.
      I should have mentioned in my last post that I am using video out with no problems on my 3GS. I was able to do this before the Netflix update with the Apple composite AV cable and a jailbroken iPhone with tvout2 mirror. I have no idea regarding the ipt3.
    1. braddahjosh's Avatar
      braddahjosh -
      Why did they only enable video out on the iPhone 4? I have a 3GS and the Apple video cable and it tells my that it's not supported. WTH!?!
    1. sfrawley's Avatar
      sfrawley -
      What are my options with IOS 3.1.2?
    1. Vuribe11's Avatar
      Vuribe11 -
      What about Mexico Netflix service
      is it available?
    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      I have unsupported cables and mine still works with the new netflix. I'm on iPhone 4 to note.

      And I'm 4.1 not jailbroken
    1. exo128's Avatar
      exo128 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I've never really compared any video, but have you loaded a video on to you iPhone 4 memory and played it on your TV? I think that would be step one in figuring out whether the iPhone output or netflix app is the culprit. You should be able to record some HD video right on the phone and play it back on your TV as a quick and dirty test.

      If it does turn out to be the Netflix app, my assumption is that they haven't allowed for the netflix app to change video quality download from standard (iphone viewing) to HD output.



      720- is max. You are correct. That was everyone's biggest gripe about the Apple TV. Funny thing is that I don't think Netflix streams in 1080p anyway!
      Great suggestion. I captured a 2 minute video to play on the LED and admittedly, it does look much better than the Netflix stream. I then took a movie, (Eagle Eye) converted to 720p and transferred to the iPhone to play back. They're both not quite blu-ray quality but much better than the netflix app.

      At this point, I've got to assume it's the app; I use netflix on my ps3 and the quality is perfect. Maybe there'll be an update or a jb tweak to keep the original quality.

      I

      For anyone looking to purchase av cables for video out, I would highly recommend the component cables (additional blue/green/ cables) over the standard composite. Composite does not support HD, and would further degrade the video quality.

      I believe the components are pretty much the same price as composites
    1. Lungs's Avatar
      Lungs -
      Many thanks to all that confirmed on the apple cables and especially on the TVOut2 - "Mirror" TVOut!

      I was able to see movies and videos through the ipod app that I uploaded through iTunes but it did not work with the Netflix app until I loaded the TVOut2. Fantastic!

      There was a problem at first with TVOut2 in that Netflix had only sound and no video. Problem easily solved by reading on their forum.

      For apps that natively support video out such as NetFlix, you need to turn TVOutTuner to Screen Off mode or you'll get audio only.
      Again fellows, thank you for the recommendations.

      I wonder if all this works on the ipod touch as my son has one.
    1. ibookster's Avatar
      ibookster -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheReliq View Post
      Yeah, problem with streaming on vacation is that you have to be in "your own" country when you do it. I'm in the U.K. right now visiting family and friends and NetFlix is TOTALLY NOT working over here. Bummer. :-(
      Another time just use a VPN connection to get around that. I use it all the time for Netflix here in Denmark
    1. thenewbreed's Avatar
      thenewbreed -
      I have an apple composite cable with my iPhone 4. I have tried video out with and without TVOUT2 but both ways I get audio and no video. All my other apps work fine on the screen. Did netflix disable this tweak?


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