Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings is notoriously known for making abrupt comments, and here is one more from him concerning Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) devices.
Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) CEO Did Not Try The Blackberry 10 Device
In a TV interview given to CTVnews in Canada, when a reporter asked whether or not he has tried the new BlackBerry 10 devices yet, the CEO answered that, like many others, he has been a follower of BlackBerry from 1997 or 1998 through, but as of now he has not tried BlackBerry 10. The specific question has been targeted because the CEO has been known for trying new smartphones or tablets to keep pace with the technology
Hastings added that currently Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) does not support streaming on the BlackBerry devices, though he admits that the OS is a ‘unique system’ that should be utilized, but admits that there is not enough volume for entertainment (apps). As per the CEO, Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB) devices are used more from a business point of view than from an entertainment perspective. In contrast, users trust iPhone or Android more from an entertainment point of view.
These were his exact words:
No. Like many people I was a BlackBerry addict from 1997 or 1998 through to the iPhone but I haven’t tried it. We don’t currently support streaming on the BlackBerry, it’s a unique operating system you have to target, and unfortunately there’s just not enough volume for entertainment (apps). It’s a great device for getting work done but people don’t interact with it as an entertainment device the same way they do with say an iPhone or Android phone.
On being asked how he sees change in the attitude of Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) users regarding mobile, Hastings told that tablet-based and phone-based viewing is one of their biggest growth categories. The growth has been impressive on a yearly basis owing to increasing sales of such devices, but admits “big-screen viewing is still the majority.”
Answering the question related to his favorite shows on Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), which he watches himself, the CEO said being “exotic” he watches documentaries mainly. He also liked the Steve Jobs interview called “The Lost Interview”. Another show he watches is “Something Ventured”, which describes the roots of venture capital industry, and changes the industry has gone through over 40 years, and he also likes “House of Cards.”