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Netflix on the iPhone Will Work - But Only With Offline Mode

Neflix is extending its subscription service for movies and television show to Apple's iPhone platform, according to a widely-echoed MultiChannel News article. The new iPhone operating system (available for all versions of the hardware) follows an open video streaming standard, so developers like Netflix can develop apps for streaming video straight to the iPhone, where previously the only native video app was YouTube.

Other commentators have correctly pointed out that Apple and AT&T are unlikely to let Netflix stream movies over AT&T's wireless cellphone network. They assume that any Netflix app for the iPhone would be restricted to WiFi, but that ignores a third possibility: an offline mode that obviates the need for a connection in order for movies to play.

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