Netflix Leverages HTML5-based Web Apps for PS3 and Google TV

Last week you may have caught the video below, making the rounds, showing off Google TV’s updated Netflix app and how it looks eerily similar to the PS3 version. Well, there’s a reason for that. Netflix’s Techblog has posted details on how the company used HTML5 (along with a port of Webkit) to create a user experience that’s on par to a native platform app. The devs make the argument that users will benefit from real-time interface updates that only a web app can bring. No more waiting for point release updates/downloads. What’s more, Netflix is planning to create similar HTML5 apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms as well. Essentially all the team needs to do is identify the type of device that’s trying to access the service and then render the appropriate template to fit a mobile, tablet, PC, or TV screen. That kind of forward thinking gets a thumbs up from me.


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