Netflix iPad App Hacked To Work On The iPhone Briefly
This had come as a surprise to us since Netflix CEO Reed Hastings had noted late last year that his company was completely focused on the gaming console market and that an application for the iPhone OS was not coming anytime soon.
Though the Netflix app is now available on the App Store, the movie streaming service has left scores of iPhone users disappointed since the application does not stream movies over the iPhone. Steve Swasey, VP of Corporate Communications at Netflix had written last month:
"For those of you asking whether Netflix will be on the iPhone and iPod Touch: We wouldn't invite you to dinner without planning to serve dessert. In other words, we're working on it so stay tuned."
Despite promises that a Netflix iPhone app shall be launching soon, there is still no news about a release date. Frustrated over the long wait, folks at ModMyi have reported that a developer going by the name 'Knisitruck' had succeeded in hacking the Netflix's iPad application to make it work on the iPhone. This was achieved by copying the iPad Netflix app and iPad mediaplayer framework to the iPhone and then making a change on a few plists. ModMyi however makes an interesting revelation that the Netflix iPad app is actually bundled with the native iPhone application which makes the hack possible in the first place.
Strangely though, the hack has been remotely disabled within a few hours of it going live. It is not clear whether Netflix or Apple is responsible for disabling the functionality. The incident has nevertheless triggered speculations that the launch of an iPhone compatible Netflix application has been put on hold deliberately and is not "under development" as Netflix had earlier noted.
We are unsure if the move follows reservations from AT&T over allowing movie streaming apps on its congested 3G network. Knisitruck, the developer who has hacked the Netflix app, however disagrees. He points out that the Netflix app can drain as much as 25% of iPhone's battery inside 15 minutes of movie streaming. He speculates that the high battery usage of Netflix's app on iPhone could be a reason why the application has not been made iPhone-compatible so far.
Nevertheless, we eagerly await the launch of an official Netflix iPhone app. We will update you on the same as and when that happens.