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Mobile apps not popular for Netflix  (Source: Netflix)
Mobile users not interested in long-form video according to Netflix CEO

The number of mobile devices on the market today continues to grow – mobile devices like smartphones and tablet computers such as the iPad are booming in popularity.

Many consumers that own these devices use them for surfing the web and consuming media on the go. Netflix has a streaming offering that is very popular in the home with movies and TV content that can be streamed through device like the PS3 and to mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone. Netflix CEO Reed Hasting recently stated that the apps Netflix offers for mobile devices has had "very little" impact on business.

He notes that offering streaming on the PS3 and Xbox 360 had a huge impact on business for Netflix. He reiterated that the mobile apps the company offers haven't significantly affected Netflix's bottom line. Hastings also noted that Mac computers had a significant impact on Netflix business when streaming launched on the Apple devices.

These facts have lead Hastings to believe that consumers are primarily uninterested in streaming long-form video on mobile devices. The popularity of streaming on big screens shows the preference of consumers. Streaming media is a big deal for Netflix, Hasting considers the company a streaming firm that also mails DVDs

Hastings also commented on web-connected TVs while speaking at Web 2.0 Summit. Hastings figures that Twitter and Facebook will not see big gains in users from the uptake of connected TVs. He does expect about a third of the TVs sold to be web-connected this holiday season.

He went on to predict that be the end of 2012 just about all TVs sold would be web-connected.

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By Motley on 11/18/2010 12:46:07 PM , Rating: 2
I tried it, and I do watch netflix videos when I run out of movies to watch from physical media. I would stream more (a LOT more), but the AT&T mobile network (3G) really blows in many parts of my commute on the metra trains going from the suburbs to Chicago. The network is even worse in many places in Chicago itself.

I think netflix has the right idea, they are just ahead of the game. Watch what happens in the next few years as 4G (and the inevitable 4.5G) networks start roll out and then there actually is enough bandwidth to use it while doing your daily commute (train, bus... airplanes?).

That aside, netflix being available on the iPhone 4 is what sold me the phone over the competition. I don't often use it because of all the stuttering (Wish the streaming buffer was MUCH MUCH larger, say like 1.5GB? ;p) but I'm really glad its there.

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