Apr 22 AT 2:13 PM Sean Riley 37 Comments

Android will be a streaming video powerhouse by the end of the year

A variety of streaming video options are available on Android today (Youtube, TV.com, Qik, Ustream, and others), but by the end of this year some of the major contenders will join the fray offering a huge boost to the amount of available mainstream content.

Netflix was the first to be outed two weeks ago, by their job search for an “Android Video Playback Expert.” Their release timeline is unknown, but one would hope that with said expert in tow they could get an app out there in the next 5-7 months and ideally they could incorporate it with our next player in the streaming game.

Boxee’s CEO, Avner Ronen, confirmed last week that an Android app is in the works, but if they want to be first to market they need to get moving as Dell’s leaked device roadmap has brought to light that serious competition is on its way before years end.

AT&T’s U-verse TV will be bringing some kind of service to you through the Looking Glass by November. Details basically couldn’t get lighter at the moment, but the screenshots of the device display an episode browser with a “U-verse” button prominently displayed along the top with “Home,” “Movies,” and “Shows.”

Hulu also had their intentions outed by the Dell leak as as one of the slides on the strikingly good looking Dell Thunder displays the Hulu logo and specifically states that you can “grab the latest shows from the integrated web video Hulu app.” The persistent rumors regarding Hulu going paid have ramped up again with the news that they are eying a $9.95/month subscription which would grant access to some older content than what is presently available; whether this app would carry any kind of fees along with it remains a mystery at the moment.

I haven’t seen this speculation hit elsewhere yet, but I think the screenshot that is being displayed on the Looking Glass is the Hulu app. If you check out the shows that are listed on there they include several long since canceled perennial Hulu favorites including; Firefly, Dead Like Me, and Arrested Development. Yes, I know that The Colbert Report isn’t on Hulu anymore, but chances are this slide was created before that was a reality. So non-AT&T users soak that screenshot in as you will likely be looking at the same thing just subtracting out the little “U-verse” button on the end.

With larger screen Android phones and tablets dropping fast and furious in the second half of the year it only makes sense that video services will pick up their game to meet what will certainly be a rising demand to watch content on these gorgeous new screens. It could be argued that the upcoming addition of Flash 10.1 to many Android devices will render some of these apps unnecessary, but the reality is that an application is almost certainly going to deliver a far better experience.

Other than the sheer coolness of having so much content available on demand, I think what I look forward to most is being able to basically cut the cord between my phone and my computer completely. The need to sync video over to my phone is one of the few remaining reasons that I ever have to break out the USB cable.

So which of the forthcoming services are you looking forward to the most? If your favorite hasn’t outed their Android intentions yet or isn’t listed here go ahead and give them a shout-out in comments.

Via: Engadget

Source: Engadget

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  1. dethduckGuest 5 years ago

    I.
    Love.
    Android.
    That is all.

  2. I’m curious to see how this turns out. A lot of the streaming video is still really poor quality and resolution. I hate it when a video takes up a mere quarter of the screen on my Nexus One (by the way, why doesn’t it just fill screen regardless?).
    I’m all for it though.

    • No question that the quality has to be there, but I’ve been impressed with HQ Youtube videos on my Droid. If these new offerings can manage to match that kind of performance I’ll be happy.

  3. joshGuest 5 years ago

    Gorgon Netflix streaming! YAY!!!!

    • joshGuest 5 years ago

      Damn auto correction, Gorgon = Gogo

  4. Rob KoehlerGuest 5 years ago

    Don’t forget Jetflicks. I am a huge fan of their service. Decent updates and new series are constantly being added. Far better than tv.com imo. Worth the money.

  5. FilipGuest 5 years ago

    anakin78z, you should check out http://www.twit.tv. Fantastic quality and their shows usually last over an hour! Great for a long bus ride home in the city.

  6. Inspiron41Guest 5 years ago

    FANTASTIC!

  7. tigerGuest 5 years ago

    No mention of Jetflicks as a current app so wanted to give them a shout-out. Most used app on my Droid. Their listings are updated weekly and they let the users vote on which shows to add every month. Love it.

  8. ChrisGuest 5 years ago

    Video in every way is in a pretty dire state on Android. I really hope for some good things to come…

  9. JeremyGuest 5 years ago

    I highly doubt that is the Hulu app in the screenshot. It clearly says U-verse on the screen and also CSI is listed which is a show that Hulu doesn’t offer.

    • It’s entirely possible that Hulu and u-verse (AT&T) partnered up to make an app that gives you access to content from both Hulu and u-verse. I’ll grant you that CSI is only available in Hulu via redirection to CBS, but there is not a chance that a u-verse only app would randomly be displaying; Dead Like Me, Arrested Development, Firefly and now that I think about it Battlestar Galactica.

  10. I am currently with Netflix. When they finally develop an app for streaming movies on my android phone they will definitely be taking money out of my pocket on a monthly basis.

  11. GeoGuest 5 years ago

    Man, I was just talking about this the other day since im a huge fan of netflix, What will happen if netflix brings instant streaming to my Cliq, That would be awesome.

  12. Blockbuster and Sling are also launching streaming apps.

    • Unless Blockbuster fixes their busted pricing scheme their service is going to be DOA, especially in light of all the competition. Sling on the other hand is awesome; I will finally have a reason to get my Slingbox AV up and running again; that was the one thing I missed when I converted from my old HTC Touch.

  13. I am happy not to choose iPhone and choose google nexus one.. I love N1 and android.

  14. DerekGuest 5 years ago

    Powerhouse? No more so that iphone will be.

  15. ChancyGuest 5 years ago

    I’m excited for Netflix!

  16. Tameside EyeGuest 5 years ago

    Are there any decent DLNA apps on Android available? I can’t seem to be able to stream films from my NAS. Any hints?

  17. Mike GibsonGuest 5 years ago

    I LOVE ANDROID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Keep all the great apps and great phones coming!!!!

    I’m waiting for the Droid incredible woot woot

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  21. Well, this sucks...Guest 4 years ago

    So, all the optomism was great until they found out the drm problem. Not so much of a power house; no video streaming (and possibly never on most phones) You’ve failed us android. Apple +1.

  22. MayogeobadyGuest 4 years ago

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  23. hswatersGuest 4 years ago

    I am more interested in streaming video from the android to another place. This would be a great tool for those working in the field who wanted to show real time what is happening in the field to someone back at the office.

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