- 11-24-12, 12:58 PM #26
Ok so I just impersonated my girlfriend on her behalf of course (like she had a choice ) to a Netflix CSR. I have to say its difficult to tell if they try to relate to you to provide better service or if they really do. Anyway this guy said his mother had a PB and she wants him to make it happen. Long story short he says that there is agreements that need to be signed etc...which maybe true but and complained that other platforms have had it for awhile it wasn't fair to leave PB unloved, back to the agreement excuse. Then I tell him that Plex is on PB but Netflix should have their own app. He wasn't aware that Plex was on PB. Hopefully they see this as competition and get an app to us.
Apparently they have tons of innovations coming but if it doesn't include BB10 then bye bye Netflix not like I owe them anything.
- CrackBerry Master
11-24-12, 02:04 PM #27
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There is something about the way a Blackberry device works that precludes it from getting Netflix....
...My guess is that it's something about the security or some type of secret sauce RIM would have to provide.
...And RIM isn't going to do that.
It boils down in the consumers mind that a Blackberry simply doesn't have the functionality a Droid, Iphone or WP has...
...A consumer simply asks the person selling a Blackberry if it can do A, B & C.
...The short answer is NO, it can't - the consumer could care less WHY that is, that it can't do it is enough for them to walk away.
It's only those of us who love Blackberry that spend time trying to figure out why our loved device seems to always be the odd man out....
....With those popular APPS that ARE ( not might be ), in reality, the STAPLE of a smartphone platform TODAY.
....RIM has the market share it has TODAY not because of what their devices can do but because of what their devices CAN'T DO.
When BB10 comes out the device will either be able to use the popular APPS the other devices can use or it will not....
...The only option for RIM at that point will be an attempt to brag about features such as "peek" and "flow".
...The average consumer will immediately think peek and flow from what Application?
- 11-24-12, 03:12 PM #29
When you look at the question from a logical point of view, it kind of puts things into perspective... and you could also try to look at it in a positive way.
Let's say, there was no Netflix app on the Playbook because...
1) The market for the Playbook is extremely less than BlackBerry smartphones
2) They already knew BlackBerry 10 was coming so they were waiting to code for that instead of the Playbook OS.
I think waiting for BB10 would be a smart move because on day one (or whenever the Playbook gets BB10) they'll have both fields covered (tablets & smartphones)
If I was a multiplatform app company, I wouldn't have wasted my time with the Playbook to be honest. I think being ready for BB10 is where the big prize is at. I would like to believe that Netflix is one of those companies that has been secretly been working with BlackBerry Devs to be ready for launch.
- 11-24-12, 03:26 PM #30
What else do they need to implement to make that happen other than some time developed for the app.. I don't believe they have to add anything else to their infrastructure. Geez, you have Western Digital and Asus Oplay Media Boxes with Netflix on them.. and you can't make an app for 2 million playbook users. Sorry I just don't buy it.. from a company whose business is not doing well right.. still doesn't make sense to me.
- CrackBerry Master
11-25-12, 10:47 PM #31
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A sale is a sale and given that RIM said it would "help" Netflix by sending over it's own team.......
...That tells me it's something about the way Blackberry is designed that prevents it from running Netflix like everyone else can.
...So, if there is no downside as to the cost of building the app - what's the hold up other than the tech to stream Netflix is beyond the berry?
- 11-26-12, 12:40 PM #32
Re: Why Netflix is not on Playbook?
Heck my toshiba blue ray player has a netflix app. I don't know if Netflix is going to build an app for BB10 but I do know BB10 will have play on. With play on you have access to many shows,movies,networks and even subscriptions to services like Netflix and Hulu plus are available. So even if Netflix does not buils an app for BlaxkBerry10 , You will still be able to watch Netflix on BlackBerry10.
- CrackBerry Master
11-26-12, 08:21 PM #33
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And I do not agree. If people want to watch their programs primarily on a tablet and not their computer or on tv, then it is an acquisition vehicle.
The reason is solely that there are not enough PlayBooks out there to make the development of an app worth it. If they feel there will be 40 million BB10 devices, including Playbooks, then that is a different story.
11-27-12, 07:51 AM #34
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My guess.. First look at the user base of Netflix..
- Then Silverlight issue.. BlackBerry does not support Silverlight and Netflix uses Silverlight
- BB and Netflix markets do not match besides NA where BB Netflix user % is so low that RIM paying money for those few does not make sense.
- BB does not support Netflix streaming.. So my guess, Netflix needs to alter it's streaming type to support BlackBerry.. which they will not.. So additional development costs for RIM.
- Apple uses it's own developed streaming protocol and Android uses the one dev'd by Apple.
Anyways.. I don't care enough to validate my statements above.. might be wrong.. But everything is shifting to HTML5.. so with BB10 there should not be a problem..