Pass the popcorn, and the iPad


I've been a Netflix customer for several years now. No matter what I do to cancel the more aptly named "movies-delivered-by-the-postal-carrier" service, I just can't shake the habit. Now, the folks who gained fame sending digital video discs in red envelopes are taking the pulse of some of their customers to see whether they should make an app for that on-demand movie habit. The app would work on the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad, scheduled to be available at the end of the month.

I'm all in. I swallowed the company’s last baited hook that consisted of all-you-can-view, on-demand, online flicks. I've reduced my movies by mail from five at a time, to three at a time to one at a time. I've been known to hold onto a movie long enough for two sequels to be produced, screened in theaters and offered as box sets. But hey, I've never paid a late fee, and I do occasionally click into the company’s online offerings. It's the ultimate on-demand service.

I can't wait for it to be an option on my iPhone. I’d better be sure my portable charger is always juiced up, as I have a feeling I'll be watching more films on my phone. Perhaps Netflix will live up to its name to a greater degree sooner rather than later, as delivery via the Internet will become the company’s primary distribution method.

The iPhone/Pod/Pad survey isn't available to just any customer; the company is offering it to a subset of their customers. Maybe you'll be one of them.