Netflix: BlackBerry does not have the volume
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has shuffled away any inquiries during an interview about the video streaming service supporting BlackBerry 10, or any BlackBerry devices for that matter while visiting Toronto yesterday.
Known for being a bit of a gadget guy and trying new technology out to stay up-to-speed on things, Mr. Hastings was asked if he had tried any of the new BlackBerry 10 devices yet. He acknowledged that he had not, and that he was a BlackBerry addict up until around the release of the iPhone. “We don’t currently support streaming on the BlackBerry,” noting that it is a “unique” OS, “unfortunately, there’s just not enough volume for entertainment [apps].”
Claiming that users of BlackBerry do not interact with their devices in the same way as an iPhone or Android user (or Windows Phone apparently), the BlackBerry does not have the volume demand what would warrant support.
It strikes us as a bit odd of a position to have though. Netflix supported Windows Phone from the beginning when that platform had no volume what-so-ever. BlackBerry has a solid 80 million strong user base, even if just 10% were to sign on to Netflix, that certainly would not hurt its volume. Plus, the architecture of BlackBerry has changed, BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) is no longer part of the equation on the new BlackBerry 10 devices. So, any obvious technical hindrances that might have existed before are gone.
Since Mr. Hastings is a claimed gadget guy, it might take someone actually handing him a Z10 and Q10 to use for a while. Until such time however, you may as well resume breathing and return to “getting things done.”
source: CTV News
2. semipro1337 (Posts: 59; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
lol ya android ftw! you enjoy watching a full movie on a 4 inch screen and Ill enjoy watching it on a 3d movie projector in my living room, using netflix.
Common sense FTW!
3. FlushGordon (unregistered)
I'd like to see you bring your projector in an airplane or bus...Common sense FAIL
5. semipro1337 (Posts: 59; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
Dont need to. I can bring my n7, my laptop. or my ipad. Infact I can take those things anywhere I can take a phone.
Common sense, once again prevails
Maybe you have a hard time fitting a tablet in your purse, so i can understand why you rely on a phone for movies.
6. FlushGordon (unregistered)
What you prefer doesn't reflect what majority prefers...e-diot
Do people want to lug their tablets and laptops all the freaking time?
7. semipro1337 (Posts: 59; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
never seen anyone on a plane watch Transformers or any other action movie on an iphone, infact I only see tablets/laptops for that purpose. I can see how lugging around a 2 lb tablet would be difficult for a little lady like yourself tho. My bad.
12. guest (Posts: 89; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Both of you obviously don't fly much. The wifi speeds are too slow to stream anything! LOL
15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4625; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"The wifi speeds are too slow to stream anything!"
Are you sure that you are talking not nonsense?
16. guest (Posts: 89; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Yep I fly 100k miles a year used to be with United now AA neither of them have onboard wifi that can stream netflix. I was able to get Voip a few times but nothing stable enough to have a conversation for just a few mintues. Streaming radio was ok but it would occasionally cut out as the airplane changed vectors.
18. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4625; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Reading your comment #12 I thought that you where saying that WiFi as a technology is not capable to do that, now I understand what you mean.
25. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
I saw a movie on my Z10 and I don't need Netflix to do it. Even if Netflix was on the Blackberry I still wouldn't waste my money on those crappy movies. Blackberry world has the best movies or Popcornflix which is a free blackberry movie app has some really nice movies all for free
9. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4625; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
@semipro1337 as you have said before:
"I think its good that what you think doesnt really matter...."
4. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 487; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
He must have been turned down for a job at RIM once upon a time.
11. Droiddoes (unregistered)
Who wouldn't want a RIM job?
8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4625; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
I agree with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings that BlackBerry does not have the volume.
10. Droiddoes (unregistered)
Netflix sucks dog ass anyway, don't know why I still pay for it. FFS they're removing South Park at the end of the month. Luckily they are constantly adding Power Rangers, Cartoon Network shows and TED talks that I have ZERO interest in.
24. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
You shouldn't pay for it lol Vudu and Hulu plus is way better for renting movies. They have crazy good movies that just came out of the theaters.. In particular Vudu is my favorite
13. guest (Posts: 89; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
Windows phone probably got it because either microsoft paid them or it was fairly easy to get netflix working on windows phone since it works on windows computers. Just a guess.
17. papss (Posts: 3452; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)
as a consumer I could care less how M$ got netflix, all I care is that I have it. if it were that easy RIM would have bought it too, my guess is that it was an easy port since its a kernal of windows... another great reason to own a WP8.. hate all you want but its here in the big number 3
19. Izoe (Posts: 95; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)
It's just as easy to port it to blackberry probably even easier. Have netflix on my Z10, sideloaded from android. streams fine. Interacting with the software is a bit Laggy so just needs optimization. i doubt it would cost netflix a lot of money just to do the optimization. I feel their probably trying to put the squeeze on Blackberry. Only explanation that makes sense
14. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
They just need to stop "hating" on blackberry and give them a damn chance!
28. apiskula (Posts: 441; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
They had a chance back in the day. People have moved on. Nobody wants those garbage phones and products.
20. apiskula (Posts: 441; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
HAHAHAHA this is so funny. There you go Blackberry fanboys. It proves that the product is garbage and not everyone supports it!
23. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
No it proves that Netflix CEO is a hater and a loser like your ass.. The idiot didn't even use the device. It shows how up to date he is with the newest and greatest phone out now. You are same just like him.. I'm sure u never used it but u have a huge mouth that needs to be shut down hahahahahahaha
26. apiskula (Posts: 441; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
For your information I have used it. It is horrible just like the other Blackberry devices. So don't tell me fanboy. He is a smart CEO and will not support failures. And you think Blackberry is the greatest phone out right know? Wow you must really be smoking some good stuff. The phone is not selling at all punk!
21. Xtasy (Posts: 270; Member since: 13 Jan 2013)
I cancelled Netflix years ago and never going back.. They suck! Blackberry world has better and more updated movies.. But than again I only saw a full movie on my Blackberry Z10 one time which was great but it will kill the baterry and I rather watch a movie on my big screen lol
27. apiskula (Posts: 441; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
You must be in bed with that failure Thorsten...You are a complete tool and its awesome to see a smart CEO not support a garbage device
22. apiskula (Posts: 441; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
Where are all the fan boys now? Blackberry sucks and they are failing. Smart CEO's see this and would not waste time developing apps for it
29. isprobi (Posts: 121; Member since: 30 May 2011)
If Windows Phone has enough volume then so does BlackBerry. But if Netflix does not want the business so be it. Since the Android port can run on BB10 it is certainly not a question of whether it can be done. "users of BlackBerry do not interact with their devices in the same way as an iPhone or Android". What does that mean? Maybe BB users don't hit the Home button as much since there isn't one.