Netflix Trying To Measure Interest in iPhone Streaming
I have to admit, the concept of Netflix streaming video content like hot feature films and new blockbuster releases sounds pretty enticing. And, apparently, the people at Netflix think so too. As a result, the company is polling subscribers to get a sense of how great the demand really is for video streaming to the iPhone.
The online DVD rental service has previously been rumored to be developing a Netflix application for Apple's popular handset. Of course, the news of this "poll" would seem to suggest that the concept of a Netflix iPhone app remains just that - a concept. But if the poll results are favorable, the concept could, indeed, become reality very soon.
If you haven't been privy to the survey, the poll itself teases the potential service with the following attention-grabbing setup: "Imagine that Netflix offers its subscribers the ability to instantly watch movies & TV episodes on their iPhone. The selection availability to instantly watch includes some new releases, lots of classics and TV episodes. There are no advertisements or trailers, and movies start in as little as 30 seconds. You can fast-forward, rewind, and pause or watch again... for no additional fee."
After a pitch like that, who would say no? Then again, we haven't heard a word about potential pricing, streaming over a 3G connection, or other nuts-and-bolts aspects of the yet-to-be rolled out service. In theory, it sounds great. And it also sounds like Netflix is moving a head with the plan to bring video streaming to the iPhone... and maybe even the iPad - although no one has uttered a word about a possible Netflix iPad app. Of course, that would seem to make even more sense than an iPhone streaming video service at this point.