Video may be gearing up to become the killer app on Apple's new iPad. Movie rental and video streaming service provider Netflix is expected to introduce a free application for the device, enabling subscribers to instantly view full-length movies and TV shows.
According to a capsule description posted on application tracking service AppShopper, the Netflix app is exclusive to the iPad, with no corresponding version optimized for Apple's iPhone or iPod touch; the service is included free as part of existing Netflix memberships, promising unlimited viewing as well as catalog browsing and queue management. In addition, viewers can resume watching a title on their iPad wherever they left off on their TV or computer. iPad owners who are not yet Netflix subscribers can sign up for a two-week video trial.
Meanwhile, The New York Times reports free online video hub Hulu will introduce its own iPad application. Citing sources briefed on the plans, the NYT says it is unknown when the iPad app will be released, but that it could herald the first test of a subscription-based Hulu model.
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