Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Searching is on the way...

The next update will add a search capability, the results will be filtered to only show instant titles, since that is the focus for this application.

Other features being worked on include a view of your instant queue, and an indication that movies in other lists are already in your queue.

Updates to the application are free for existing users, many thanks to the thousands of people who have already downloaded this application.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Login Issue Resolved

The problem was caused by a configuration issue in the API service which has now been resolved, so login should be working correctly now. Sorry for any inconvenience.

User Login Issue

Something changed in the API server response, and now Instant Queue Add for Netflix isn't getting back the response it expects when it looks up the user name and whether that user can watch instantly. We are looking into it....

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

How to add a movie

The app brings up a list of movies, and when you pick one it takes you to a big box shot picture, scroll up to see the description and full title.

If you have setup a user, then there is a + at the top right. Tap it and wait a second or two and it will confirm with a popup message. If the movie is already in your queue, then it will tell you that you could not add it again.

If you do not see a +, then you have not setup a user, so hit the user button on the home screen and login with your Netflix account. The login screen is a web page on the Netflix site, so you are not actually entering your Netflix password into the app. It uses "OAuth" security which is a safe way to authenticate applications.

Free for the first week!

Instant Queue Add for Netflix will be a free application until Weds 29th Oct, when it will revert to the ranks of the 99c bargain collection.

It seems to take a few hours for any changes to take effect in the iTunes App Store.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Non-obvious feature... browsing Netflix

If you tap on the movie box-shot there isn't a lot of user feedback but the Netflix website movie display page for that movie starts to load in the web view. If you wait a while for it to load you can see the full details of the movie, including reviews, star ratings etc, and add to DVD queue. The first time you do this you will have to login to Netflix, but it will remember your login for subsequent visits.

When you go back to the movie list, it may have been kicked out of memory by the web page, so it could take a few seconds to re-load the list of movies, and you will start at the beginning of the list.

At any time you can instantly go back to the movie list and abandon the netflix site page load.

Up on the App Store...

Instant Queue Add for Netflix is now available...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

It's in the App Store review process...

I finally got everything lined up for the submission to go through a few days ago. Now we get to find out how long it actually takes to review the code and appear in the store.

In the meantime, I'm cleaning up my code base and building a generic test program that will be posted as open source code to help other people get Netflix on iPhone apps up and running more quickly.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Instant Queue Add for Netflix

Home screen, teaser while its going through beta testing and the App Store process.