Netflix, the company that offers DVD rentals by mail and online streaming of movies and television shows, removed the ability for members to manage their DVD rental queue from its iPhone and iPad app last year. This move, which was decried by many if the comments on the company’s blog post announcing the change was any indication, left a hole that several developers have worked to fill. And one of the many options now available for iPhone and iPad users is Q’ed by Imaginary Spinor, a capable app that will let you manage your Netflix queue to your heart’s content.
Of course, you need a Netflix account to use Q’ed to begin with. Once logged in, you can view and edit your current DVD queue. A single tip screen will pop up when you start using the app to let you know that you can use pinching gestures to collapse and expand visible lists to different views. This is one of my favorite features of Q’ed since I can easily switch to an abbreviated view to facilitate a quick update to my queue or browse it with more information visible at my leisure.
Imaginary Spinor’s demo video shows these gestures as well as the app’s interface and other features:
Movies available for instant streaming are marked with a playback arrow on the DVD cover art image. Tapping on one of these will switch you to the official Netflix app to watch it, a requirement imposed by Netflix.
While it’s still possible to manage your queue through the web using Safari, a dedicated app can offer more direct access and convenience and is my preferred medium and Q’ed is more than up to this task. In particular, if you have a DVD-only membership to Netflix that does not include streaming, Netflix’s own official app that offers streaming only is useless to you and Q’ed is a worthwhile option to manage your queue.
Q’ed debuted in the App Store last month and was initially available only for the iPhone but was updated to a universal version with an interface optimized for the iPad a few days ago. Q’ed costs $1.99 and is compatible with the iPhone 3GS and up, the 3rd-generation iPod touch and up, and all iPad models and requires iOS 3.2 or higher.