Here's Why Netflix Isn't On The Nintendo Switch

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Thanks to the Switch, Nintendo is currently on top of the world. After learning from the failures of Wii U, the company has bounced back in a big way by having more third-party support and also planning big-name exclusives in advance. It is one hell of a gaming machine and that won't stop happening anytime soon thanks to the number of indie titles currently available.

Funnily enough, the fact that it's a gaming machine is why Netflix and a number of other apps are currently not part of the console.


During a Q and A in Silicon Valley (via Mobile Syrup), Netflix vice president Scott Mirer revealed that Nintendo is currently focusing on games. Apparently, there are currently no plans for the system to have an extensive video player, at least not yet.

"In the case of the Switch, they [Nintendo] were very focused at launch not on video-use cases, but on gaming cases, video was not a priority for them. Whether that changes over time, we have a great relationship with them and look at the possibility of [supporting] the Switch. We each have opportunity cost around that, but at some point, it might happen."

Considering how Netflix and Hulu are in the Wii U, it's clear that streaming companies have some interest in the Switch. The fact that it is a best-selling console with handheld possibilities definitely doesn't hurt either.

Still, if Nintendo does relent, it would be cool to have the streaming service on the console. Imagine watching something like Stranger Things or Daredevil on the system. It would be pretty neat.

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