Netflix and ABC Apps Available at iPad Launch
Bolstering the reputation that the iPad is already getting as a great media consumption device (if not the best media creation device), Apple has approved the official Netflix app for the tablet, and it will be available in the App Store as of April 3rd, or "Day One" as many Apple acolytes think of it.
The app allows streaming TV shows and movies from the catalog of Netflix titles they already make available for instant viewing. It also allows users to browse and manage their movie queues, and even to pick up where they left off watching a film or show on their computers.
To use the app, all you'll need is a Netfilx account and an iPad (good luck there, at least if you haven't already pre-ordered one), but the app itself is free. No word yet on whether the sucker will work over the 3G network once those iPads ship, but the WiFi version is still pretty sweet.
Also in time for the iPad launch, ABC has released the ABC Player for iPad, which gives users access to shows like Lost, Grey's Anatomy, and Desperate Housewives. The ABC Player is free as well.
As for the future, plenty more should be jumping in. According to PC World, CBS has already announced that they'll be experimenting with media delivery to Apple's new tablet, and the NY Times is reporting that Hulu should be delivering an iPad app as well, though it may use a subscription model.