Amongst playing games, browsing the web and sending email, one of a tablet’s chief uses is for streaming video. And one of the best apps for streaming video, without a doubt, is Netflix. Despite the company’s recent foibles, Netflix is still one of the most popular streaming video services around. Unfortunately for PlayBook owners, it sounds like the app isn’t heading to RIM’s tablet anytime soon, if ever.
Netflix on Friday announced the company has no plans to brings its streaming service to Research In Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook. “We don’t have any current plans to support BlackBerry devices, including PlayBook,” Netflix said on Twitter.
One of the PlayBook’s biggest criticisms since launch was its lack of applications compared to other offerings such as the iPad and Kindle Fire. Netflix’s decision not to develop for the tablet may just echo an industry-wide sentiment toward RIM’s struggling device.
RIM recently gave its tablet a much-need boost by releasing PlayBook OS 2.0. With it, the company enabled a new feature that allows app makers to easily transition their existing Android apps to the PlayBook. Perhaps if there’s enough demand, Netflix will choose to go this route sometime in the future, but we’re not holding our breath.