Netflix CEO on mobile device streaming: Not so Much
A couple days ago Mobility Digest’s David K wrote up a nice (cough) little article [read] stating that Netflix hasn’t made its way to Android yet because of some Security Issues. This article spun off into a flurry of comments by our readers and team members about the validity of that claim, but also discussed the need for long-form video and it’s place on mobile devices. It was fairly unanimous that it seemed pointless to stream movies to mobile device because of the small screen. Personally, I watch a lot of it because of how much I travel and because of the 4.3 inch Screen on my former device, the HTC HD2, and the brilliant screen on my iPhone 4. However, Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, who recently sat in on a Web 2.0 Summit discussion panel, stated that long-form video streaming has had almost no impact on Netflix’s business, and that larger screen alternatives like Xbox, PS3, and Mac have resulted in much greater growth.
So is the handwriting on the wall? Please say it isn’t so and help us poor traveling mobile geeks occupy our time while away from home and support long-form video streaming! As always we would love to hear your thoughts so drop a comment and let is know. For giggles, if you do stream long-form video content to your device, what was the last movie you watched? (Transformers doesn’t count – It came on the T-Mobile HD2)
Last netflix movie I watched on my iPhone 4 was “The Godfather”, first time I had seen it also…
Oh and I wasn’t traveling, just bored at work 🙂
Netflix streaming is good for one thing – keeps the kids entertained. That and of course, if you have tv out then it means something cause it saves you from getting another device (like a Wii or console to get it to your tv).
I agree, while traveling, access to streaming video is a simple pleasure to enjoy while waiting airports.
Ok just a quick off-topic question for you iPhone4 owners out there. Every time you watch a movie on that thing don’t you start cursing Apple for all the wasted space? I get so irritated with my wife’s phone. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the resolution is a revolution. I’m just saying.
@cjc: having come to the iPhone 4 via the HTC HD2 yes, I really miss the screen size. That is my only complaint with the iPhone. Maybe the iPhone 5 will be a 4.3 inch screen! I have not owned a Windows Phone yet, but comparing the iPhone to the HD2 is night and day from the stand point of it actually working. I NEVER got youtube to work consistantly with any ROM I flashed. Of course there is no Netflix for WinMo (streaming) and Skyfire has ended. I an just waiting for the next release of Windows Phone before I jump on board.
I tested Netflix on my Surround with “Tin Man.” I had a few bits of pixilation (probably the connection – next time I’ll just switch to wifi), but otherwise it wasn’t to bad.
while it would be nice, i question if the current infrastructure (and new no-unlimited data plans) can support wide stream streaming of movies.