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I was late to join the Netflix party, but once the company offered instant streaming support for my Xbox 360, I jumped on a subscription. My $8.99 a month gets me one DVD at a time and unlimited streaming. But with four movie-watchers under one roof, […]

nfmanager_2009-16-09_152854I was late to join the Netflix party, but once the company offered instant streaming support for my Xbox 360, I jumped on a subscription. My $8.99 a month gets me one DVD at a time and unlimited streaming. But with four movie-watchers under one roof, managing the Netflix queue becomes a chore. (Personally, I’d like to see all the kids’ movies moved to a separate service called KidFlix, but that’s just me.) We’re constantly running to a computer to check the queue, add new items, and move titles up to the top of the list. Since I’m carrying my Palm Pre with me everywhere these days, I was thrilled to find MyQ for Netflix in the homebrew application catalog today.

With MyQ, I can generally do everything I need to with my Netflix queue for both the DVDs and the instant streaming. I had to allow access for the application to view my Netflix account, but that was a quick and painless process. Once I did that, I was all set for easy queue management, title searches, and even movie ratings. There are short descriptions of each title, making it easy to see if it’s something we want to watch. One minor quirk — I see that some of the titles in my queue are listed in the Blu-ray format. We don’t have a Blu-ray player, and all of the titles we chose are DVD, so there’s a small disconnect there.

As an interesting aside: MyQ for Netflix comes from Nexapps, the folks who make the wildly popular Gmail notifier for Firefox. That HTML, CSS and Javascript stuff seems to be pretty useful after all, no?

 
  1. Hey Kevin,

    I just got a Palm Pre so I’m not really familiar with all the perks this phone offers, especially for homebrew apps. Do I have to do something to my phone (jailbreak?) in order to install homebrew apps? And is there a specific web site that I have to go in order to download homebrew apps? Thanks, in advance, for your reply. Always enjoying articles on jkontherun.

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    1. You need to install webOS Quick Install.
      http://www.webos-internals.org/wiki/Tutorials_webOS_Installing_An_Ipk#WebOS_Quick_Install_Method

      Then use webOS Quick Install to install fileCoaster.
      http://forums.precentral.net/homebrew-apps/194825-filecoaster-first-pre-gui-downloader-installer.html

      Once you have fileCoaster on your Pre, you can install homebrew apps easily.

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  2. Heya, PJ!
    My friend, you need to go to http://www.precentral.net for the know how on the homebrew magic. Here is the guide btw:
    http://www.precentral.net/how-to-install-homebrew-apps
    it is NOT jailbraking, in fact the Pre has a special code (and it’s an old Konami code to boot) to put the pre into devmode.
    After that you install “File Coaster” which is the homebrew catalog app and you are ready to rumble.

    Enjoy!!!!
    OH, and if you want more advanced (ahem.. Linux) hacks, take a look at http://www.webos-internals.org they do some int resting tweaking of the Pre’s software. Definitely worth a look!

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  3. Thank you guys for helpful info. I’m enjoying my Pre alot and I’m sure it’ll even get better after I get my hands on some more apps.

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