Netflix Windows Phone 8 app update brings 720p support

Watching Netflix content on your Windows Phone 8 device is about to become a better experience.

Netflix has released a relatively small update for its Windows Phone 8 app. But it added one sought-after feature — full-screen support for 720p playback. The update should improve the app's image quality for phones with high-resolution screens, like the HTC Windows Phone 8X and Nokia Lumia 920. Users will also be happy to see that the black bars present on the previous version of the app have now been eliminated.

Netflix previously had a Windows Phone 7.5 app running on Windows Phone 8 devices, a company spokesman said. With the latest update, the app is now fully compatible with Windows Phone 8.

Users seem to be pleased with the update, many of whom offered up positive reviews in the Windows Phone Store.

"Excellent. Very high quality on a fast network. Latest update supports 720p on HTC 8X," one user wrote.

The Netflix app is free to download in the Windows Phone Store. Users will, of course, need a Netflix account to take advantage of the app.

Meanwhile, Netflix this week made Arrested Development fans happy when it announced it would release the highly anticipated fourth season on 26 May. At 00:01 PST (08:01 GMT), 15 new episodes will be posted to the streaming site.

The TV and movie subscription service also last month announced that users can now link their Facebook accounts to Netflix to share with friends what they're watching.

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