Okay, we know that today is April Fool’s Day and there are a lot of pranks going on across the Internet, especially with the iPad launch only 48 hours away. But this morning, our trusty RSS feed turned up an interesting discovery that, if true, will surely delight and entertain new iPad owners come Saturday. AppShopper.com, a sister site to the popular MacRumors.com, is a great place to find out about new apps for your iPhone, iPod touch and now, iPad. They tie directly into Apple’s RSS feeds, so often you can find out about new or updated apps in your RSS feed reader before they even hit iTunes.
In the wee hours of Thursday morning, an interesting find popped up amongst 60-plus other new iPad apps that will be launched on Saturday: a free, iPad-only app from Netflix, which promises to stream (for paid members only, of course) their extensive library of movies and TV shows directly to your new media-consuming friend.
Get Netflix on your iPad. Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix.
- Watch as often as you want - It’s part of your unlimited Netflix membership - Resume watching where you left off on your TV or computer - Browse movies and manage your Queue right from your iPad
Not a Netflix member? Join today and get a 2-week free trial.
The Netflix app is listed as version 1.0.0 and is a 3.2MB download; hitting the “Buy Now” link throws up an error in iTunes since the download isn’t actually available just yet, but if all goes well, it should be there for your purchasing pleasure come Saturday.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has played coy in recent months about the possibility of his company’s library streaming to devices like the iPad, particularly since the service uses Microsoft’s Silverlight technology to deliver media on your Mac, PC or other streaming device. Has the company made a switch to HTML5 (or even H.264) like so many others in recent days? Or did AppShopper just totally punk us? We won’t know for sure until Saturday…