Netflix: no plan to support BlackBerry, PlayBook

Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:01am EST

The headquarters of Netflix is shown in Los Gatos, California September 20, 2011.  REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

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(Reuters) - Online and mail-order video company Netflix has no plans to bring its streaming service to Research In Motion's PlayBook tablet.

"We don't have any current plans to support BlackBerry devices, including PlayBook," the company said on Twitter late on Thursday in response to a query.

Netflix has long been available for Apple's iPhone and iPad and devices running Google's Android software.

RIM's library of third-party applications lags those of Apple and Android but the Canadian company has increased its focus on developers in recent months in a bid to close the gap.

RIM upgraded the software of its poor-selling PlayBook on Tuesday, making it possible for app makers to easily move their existing Android apps across to the PlayBook.

The upgrade also enables a BlackBerry smartphone to remotely control the tablet, which connects to a television via a standard cable.

It was not immediately clear if Netflix would port its existing Android app across rather than create a specific app for PlayBook.

Netflix has more than 24 million U.S. subscribers, where it offers both a mail-in service and streaming movies and TV shows. It also has also expanded its streaming-only service to Canada and parts of Latin America.

(Reporting by Alastair Sharp in Toronto; editing by Rob Wilson)

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Comments (3)
BBUser wrote:
Independent of RIM status as a company, I as a Netflix CUSTOMER paying 7.99 per month happen to have a Playbook that I love and want to see movies on it. I also have a Blackberry smartphone and I don’t have any plans to change to another brand. Netflix is being rude to me indirectly. Netflix is disrespecting me as a customer because I am a Blackberry user. Netflix is casting me away because I am a Blackberry user. NETFLIX: you should put an Ad on your webpage/apps saying: BLACKBERRY USERS NOT WANTED HERE.
I have just cancelled my Netflix account, and until they provide an app for the Blackberry devices I assume they don’t want me as a customer.

Feb 26, 2012 10:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
tslocum1 wrote:
Netflix may be going down the drain anyway. In the face of new competitors and even old competitors like Blockbuster, Google, Apple, Verizon & redbox, Amazon, and Comcast, the writing is pretty much on the wall for them. That’s why I am in the process of transitioning from them to Blockbuster and Amazon Prime after they decided to jack up my subscription to $16 a month and other blunders they’ve made over the last year.

Feb 27, 2012 9:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
JimSo wrote:
Ughhhh… this is annoying. Not that Netflix is such an amazing service anyway, but this move just seems quite arrogant.

There is a petition to get Netflix to support the playbook:
http://www.change.org/petitions/netflix-offer-support-for-rim-blackberry-devices

Check it out!

Feb 29, 2012 10:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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