Netflix Hits Android Tablets

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Netflix is releasing a new version of its streaming-video app for Google's Android operating system that adds support for tablets running Android 3.x (code-named Honeycomb), expanding the universe of Netflix-enabled devices to more than 700 for U.S. subscribers.

The updated Android app, version 1.5, also expands access to subscribers in Canada and Latin America. Previous versions of the Netflix app for Android has been downloaded more than 5 million times, according to Google's Android Marketplace website.

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Separately Wednesday, Google announced Android 4.0, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich, which is designed to work on both smartphones and tablets, among other enhancements.

Netflix is scheduled to report third-quarter 2011 results on Monday, Oct. 24. Since July, Netflix has been on the receiving end of customer ire after the company eliminated its bundled DVD-plus-streaming plans, amounting to a price increase of up to 60%. The company previously said it expected to lose 600,000 U.S. subscribers in the quarter ended Sept. 30 as a result of the change.

Last month, Netflix announced it would split off DVDs into a separately operating unit called Qwikster, before doing an about-face and scrapping the idea in the wake of subscriber complaints.

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