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Streaming goliath Netflix released an update to its universal iOS app this week, which seemed fairly innocuous at first -- but among the minor tweaks is an option to completely disable streaming over a carrier’s data network.
The Official Netflix Blog has posted further details on the version 2.2 it released Wednesday to the App Store. Although the release notes don’t specifically mention it, the universal iOS app now allows users to completely disable streaming when a Wi-Fi network is unavailable via Settings.
“We have expanded the settings menu in our App so you can now choose to only allow streaming from Netflix when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network,” the blog confirms.
With carriers feeling the heat from their generally unpopular decision to cap or throttle 3G data plans, the move is an interesting one for Netflix, who also offers a number of quality options on their website for streaming to other devices such as the Roku.
The Netflix 2.2 update more notably includes “a look and feel more consistent with the Netflix browse experience in our mobile applications” as well as “larger, more separated play controls appropriate for how people use these devices” and “better exploration during video play with thumbnail images on the scrub bar.”
The update also brings easy access for audio/subtitles settings and other existing player features and Canadians now have an easier "do not share" capability for Facebook-connected members.
As always, Netflix 2.2 is a free 12MB download from the App Store and the universal app is compatible with all devices running iOS 4.2 or later.
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