Netflix iPhone app that lets you scan movies by barcode now LIVE!
August 3, 2011 11:14 AM   Subscribe

Netflix iPhone app that lets you scan movies by barcode now LIVE!
I'm excited to show off my new iPhone app--Q Scan for Netflix! Despite some setbacks with the development process and changes in the Netflix API, I finally have the app live. With Q Scan for Netflix, you can easily scan a retail DVD or Blu-ray barcode to add the title to your Netflix Queue (instant or disc/DVD). Q Scan can come in handy when you're walking through a retail store and notice a new release you've been meaning to watch--now you can quickly check to see if it's already on Netflix!

I'd really appreciate any feedback and am glad to share this with the community. And, what you've been waiting for, a few promo codes:


If you use one of the above codes, please post it so others know.

Thanks, John on twitter @qscanapp
Role: Developer
posted by jdlugo (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

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posted by thinman at 8:21 AM on August 4, 2011

How's this going to be impacted by the API changes coming in October?
posted by phearlez at 3:02 PM on August 9, 2011

Phearlez, that's a great question! By asking this, you probably already know how the DVD/disc portion of the API is going away. In fact, Netflix has already started removing documentation about these APIs.

I will still be able to maintain the current functionality of the app for instant queues, but am looking into improving the social and sharing aspect of the app (not just marketing features like the app currently has). For instance, I sometimes just want to watch something on Instant and am sick of watching Arrested Development for the 50th time--so, being able to see what my friends are currently into has a pretty big appeal to me and I imagine it would to others.

Are you a developer using the Netflix API? If so, what do you think of the changes?
posted by jdlugo at 5:32 PM on August 9, 2011

I am a developer but I do not use the Netflix API. I think the changes are horrific, though the writing was clearly on the wall when they lopped the functionality off their own native iPhone app.

I think the social aspect is an excellent one, though in addition to being able to suggest things it would be nice to be able to track how accurate someone's friends were in their suggestion. A more simplified version of how Netflix has their customized star rating system.
posted by phearlez at 12:14 PM on August 12, 2011

Yeah, the changes are frustrating. Lucky for me, this is just a fun side-project.

That's a really good idea about doing the post-suggestion analysis--so keeping track of whether a not a user actually watched what was suggest by their friends? Hmm...I wonder if I could get information about whether a user watched an entire movie/tv show. Of course, the simple approach is just figure whether they add it to their queue or not based on the friends suggestion.

I'll keep my ear to the ground on this! Appreciate the feedback, john
posted by jdlugo at 7:02 AM on August 16, 2011

In case anyone ever stumbles across this in the future...

I have made a free (ad supported) version available on the App Store: Q Scan Lite for Netflix
posted by jdlugo at 4:22 PM on August 22, 2011

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