First Look: Netflix running on BlackBerry 10!

By Kevin Michaluk on 10 Feb 2013 04:51 pm
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Netflix has not yet announced support for BlackBerry 10, but where there's a will, there's always a way. Hit play on the video above to get a first look at some BlackBerry Z10 + Netflix hotness.

This isn't official by any means, and it's an older version of Netflix than what is currently available, but we have it installed, it's running and it works! The way I see it, Netflix should just commit to BlackBerry 10 already. There are tons of Netflix subscribers within CrackBerry Nation who already own or soon will own a BlackBerry Z10 phone, and one way or another we're going to get our Netflix on.

With or without you Netflix this one is a done deal, so please, just make it easy on us and commit and deliver the goods to BlackBerry 10. PS: If you're wondering what case it is in thevideo, you can check it out here.

Kevin Michaluk Kevin Michaluk "Founder, Editor in Chief " 3922 (articles) 3285 (forum posts)
157 comments

Esgetn2hoT

Since this is a useless comment i may as well reply to it with something slightly more .... Relivant

I was actually on the fence with bb10 ...but i got a chance to play with a z10 today in real life and holy mother of god...... Get this phone..... Absolutely blown away..... Bb10 is incredible.... Dont worry about the lack of apps... Those are coming..... Holy shit on a cracker..... What a home run..... Wow...

Puz_zled

I've been using it for three days now, and you just summed up my sentiments exactly!!!!

Bolderholder

Not the most eloquent endorsement, but that works. That was funny. Lol.

nt300

This post should get a CrackBerry award lol, well said. And your reaction to the Z10 is SO TRUE..

I've met some hard-cover Apple iPhone users that refuse to try out the Z10 in fear that they might like it better.

SF71

This has to be one of the funniest posts ever. I love it. If you can't decide on what phone to buy after this post, you probably shouldn't have a phone.

pmccartney

I am pmccartney and I approve this message ;)

Blackberry_boffin

And I am the BlackBerry_Boffin and I also approve of this message.

vbittersweet

This made me smile... :-D good to hear that you are elated with your Z10! Patiently waiting for my chance to be elated as well.

Oscar_E

It would be great if when Netflix becomes active frame, That the video continues playing !!

clipskid

Can u post a link for the this older versions bar file? :)

jonduran86

Sweet! Would be awesome for Netflix to commit as well. See Instagram in the back as well with no mention

birdman_38

I would like to know why Netflix continually refuses to commit.

mnc76

I agree. Its a mystery. The PlayBook has almost 2 million in sales and they refuse to even make a simple Android port. They even refuse to let BlackBerry write the app for them. There are no-name BlueRay players that have Netflix built in to them but they still refuse.

Honestly, something fishy going on. They are a business whose sole purpose is to make money and that means having the widest reach for their product. And the argument that they don't want to have pay for supporting PlayBook/Z10 users doesn't make sense. BB users are no more in need of support than any other group of customers.

Playbook007

They won't get my business until they comply.....probably paid by Apple.

Rootbrian

"They refuse to let blackberry make the app for them"

Ahem, blackberry doesn't make the apps. NETFLIX has to make their OWN app.

igor9040

I called the Netflix CS, and I cancelled my subscription until they get the app for BB.
You have to let them know why you are cancelling.
They have to understand that we are the consumers. If half of the blackberry user would cancel they would pay more attention to us, The customer!!!!

axllebeer

* BlackBerry by choice *
Oh hell yeah! Now for the PlayBook.

avatsaev

Android port...............

eyhab27

Any reason that the android port works on the z10 and not on the playbook?

bizzyqu

I suspect they may have an early build of the jelly bean player

mrfreeze574

I understand this is the Netflix 1.8 apk.. I guess someone can just try it. Anyone??

Freeze out

koool1

Playbook does not have the memory and processing power of the Z10 either.

Abrante

Even my daughters KURIO runs Netflix. Though your post (generally speaking) is true. If you seriously were responding to what eyhab27 mentioned above then your post is completely irrelevant.

Playbook007

It still has plenty of processing power to stream video.....I don't think that is the reason.

ad19

This should quiet some of the critics

green_ember

Forget Netflix! I just want my darn phone! Lol

MXBerry

Does this .bar runs on PlayBook?????

feldmen01

Nice. Still probably won't use it as I watch Netflix at home and have little use for it otherwise. I do understand the need for it though.

Good job crackberry nation!

aj_007

CrackBerry Nation rocks!!! Show them

igor9040

Cancel your subscription to Netflix!!!!

gord888

does this mean people will soon stop complaining about the lack of netflix?

slade632

one can only hope... but then there will be other things

vbittersweet

What?!? No Spotify?? No Billy-Jim-Joe-Bob's Magic Coupon Finder?? No FartMaster 8000. That's it!! I'm out!! LOL :-)

ad19

And another Easter egg, Instagram is the other running active frame

Thunderbuck

Hee hee hee... yes, I noticed that too...

IqWaN

i'm not sure if anybody else noticed, but the other active frame that was running was of instagram!!

IqWaN

gyubok

If that is what you call "runs pretty well", we're gonna have a problem here b1aze!

Bla1ze

I meant it runs well for what it is.. an unofficial, non-native app. Obviously not optimized. Realistically, you're just gonna find whatever you want to watch it and hit play. Of course I'd like to see it better but heyy.. it works.

Masahiro

As long as the videos are running fine.

WTangoFoxtrot

Would love to take this for a spin, where can we get the bar from Blaze?

compaqdeskpr

ok that's all great but......... does anybody want to point me in the direction of either this bar file or the apk and I will convert it myself? or at the very latest what version of netflix it is so I can search for it myself.

compaqdeskpr

i tried 1.8.0 and 1.8.1 and they both didn't work. :(

Willdroid1

What build? 561 doesn't work for me. Are you perhaps running a newer Android VM - like say Jellybean? Who you know eh?

SK122387

Pretty cool. You can tell it's not native though, since it kinda lags a little when he's scrolling.

It kinda sucks that a high end phone like the Z10 has to settle for an Android port. But hey, we'll take what we can get.

Marc_Paradise

I dunno, I've found that netflix is just like that - laggy when scrolling, even on an android device.

BuffaloMadMan

I don't understand how a major website sees this as ethical. I think BB will be the third os but these apos that are made for android and have not given the right of their software to be ported seems wring to me.

Bla1ze

Then maybe Google should fix that, don't ya think?

BuffaloMadMan

So crackberry does condone stealing software. OK thanks for the clarification. This is just going to drive developers away. No matter how you rationalize this stealing is stealing no matter how bad you want an app its not up to crackberry to determine if they developed for it or not. Its a shame because your sister sites would not put up with this garbage but because its Kevin its ok.and you can't just port an app free or not with out the devs consent doesn't matter about android license or not.

eternalemb

You're a f****n fa***t dude.

Oh, and your logic is flawed.

mapsonburt

Who said anything about stealing software? Do you really think Netflix will care if someone runs their PAID service from another client device? It opens up a bunch of BlackBerry fans as potential customers for their $8/month service.

neilwick

I think the point is that it's easily doable, so Netflix should get their act together and do an official port.

omegajimes

Off the top of my head, I'm 90% certain that Android apps are licensed for use on the Android platform, not on a device by device basis. BB10 runs Android in a Virtual Machine. The application isn't an Android app running on BB10, it's more like the Z10 running BB10 running Android which is running the application. Which is why it's a fast phone, but Android apps run so slowly.

I can't see any way that this is a violation.

BruvvaPete2

You are too dunce. Ethics? Wth?

dannyd86

Ethics?
were watching futurama son! got no time for ethics

Thunderbuck

I suppose it depends on how firmly you want to stand on principle.

I don't condone piracy. Especially when it takes food off a developer's table. If this were a paid app then I'd agree, no dice. In this case, though, it provides Netflix subscribers an additional choice of device on which to use their subscriptions, and I strongly doubt anyone is going to expect Netflix to support it, so it's hard to see the harm here.

Does a developer have the right to say which platforms they will and won't support? Sure, but with a mass-market, subscriber-based business I still have trouble seeing the harm.

thatplaybookguy

google steals stuff all the time, like YOUR data.

ddlax22

Ill just go with the instagram comment

THIS

Tbonist

Just shut up and take my money!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle Haag

Nice shirt there Bla1ze. :P

killa4luv

The. Bar file is ether out there now, or will be soon.

Kandoo-BB

It's just hard to get excited. what version works? Why does it work and were do you get it? These answers are missing from the blog...why?

dakidnel

Now that's what I'm talking about, now I could definitely get myself a z10 when it comes available in the USA, now make it official and bring Instagram with it too..

Kandoo-BB

Does it work on Playbook???

glamrlama

I will most likely NEVER run Netflix on my device. Can we now move on to other more important things? If this means apps will come (even if we drag them kicking and screaming) and Android is open enough to allow virtually any app to run in the BB10 OS then this is a win.

/Device agnosticism or bust!

birdman_38

I think you're missing the point completely. Netflix has developed an app for all other platforms (even Windows Phone). But they refuse to do so with Playbook 2.0 and BlackBerry 10. It's not fair to BlackBerry device owners.

bull_thumper

Bla1ze, how did this happen? Did The Doctor pick you up in the TARDIS and took you the future to get Netflix and that other picture program !?

crimsonking

Hey Blaze, is that the flip case?

Motorhead777

that is the dock charger case. lol

crimsonking

Lmao ... US here ... Out Of the loop ...

Bla1ze

It's the Transform hard shell case - http://t.co/6YHERLxV

ab345

This is great and all, and I don't want to sound too much of a downer, but where are the banking and broker apps!! I really hope these are coming no banking no Z10!

birdman_38

That's one of the biggest beefs for current owners and prospective buyers right now.

Playbook007

RU kidding me.....just go bookmark your bank site, or on their site take their mobile app....not that hard. I have the Royal Bank, TD, CIBC and Scotia Bank already on mine.....NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE AN APP AND MOBILE APPS ARE ALSO FOUND ON WEBSITES....NO NEED TO BE IN BB WORLD! WHY DO YOU THINK WE HAVE A GREAT BROWSER AND A SUPER HTML5!...Wasn't yelling....just some people are to dependant.

tharrison4815

Normality I wouldn't think that Netflix on a phone was that big a deal as I would use a tablet for that, but considering the Z10 has an HDMI output it's actually pretty awesome.

BruvvaPete2

True this. No need to power up my PS3 now.

Marc_Paradise

Me, I'd rather power up the PS3. That way I can still use the phone while I'm watching whatever it is I'm watching...

BruvvaPete2

True multi-tasking on the Z

thatplaybookguy

you cant watch a movie and talk on the phone, when the phone rings, the movie pauses....

Playbook007

Ahhh....yes but if you can DNLA link to your TV, you can still use your phone while it streams video...MULTITASKING in its true form.

theninjew

If Bla1ze is showing off Netflix, shouldn't have the post been under his name? (Had to be a smartass :P)

annon91221

I like it...and also the flip case...

mabaseball28

Now I understand that all of the unreleased apps are being shown on the Z10 because it will be the more popular phone in all likelihood and it is already in consumer hands in some places; but what about the Q10? If there are no official apps released and bb10 users need to rely on porting is the Q10 out of luck because of the more squarish screen?

BruvvaPete2

With this breakthrough people will still whine and complain. Oh no! It's not native. This is the end!

Bilaal

Think maybe the next "First Look" video should be of Instagram.

Jimberry Storm

What a sigh of relief, thanks Blaze.....thought I would see who in your instant queue....lol

BB_Bmore

This is fine but Crackberry is becoming more like BlackBerry..they tease and then give you no information at all.

Its like a kid showing off a toy rubbing it in your face and refusing to tell the other kid were they got it from.

With that said...GIMME BACK MY BALL! IM GOING HOME!!!!!!

fragment137

Netflix was one of the deal breakers for me... awesome to see that it works even as a port!

GENERALNATTY

The scrolling is laggy, just like android ports on the playbook. But i suppose if the video runs smooth its ok. More quality bb10 native apps are still needed though, just the essentals. In 2011 the android app selection really sucked. A apple appstore with 200k apps from a couple years back is still better quality than the 700k apps android has today. So as long as bb10 focuses on getting the popular titles and starts proving that the blackberry app world is gonna be a money maker for developers many of which are making very little by the rampant pirating on android. Blackberry will be caught up within a year.

myturn

The year is almost up!

Still waiting are you. I am>>>>……..

xBURK

Can I please ask what case you have on the Z10 in this video? Love it
Thanks for the article.

CDLacey

I believe Bla1ze is using the BlackBerry Transform hard shell. You can buy it from the CB store here:

http://ca.crackberry.com/blackberry-transform-hard-shell/4A123A13567.htm

1oo1

What are the haters gonna do now? Skype announced and in the works, netflix side loaded.
Hopefully that quiets them down

JMDBERRY

Note to self: "Dude, you're getting a Blackberry Z10!"

JMD

emstardeluxe

And parents everywhere rejoice at having Dora the Explorer on hand for unforeseen waiting around

CDLacey

Dear Netflix: No excuses.

From: People who want to give you money.

koool1

I refuse to sub to Netflix again until they commit to BB10.

Waiting Netflix...

pythons

now THAT was positive!

soren203

Plot twist: Its an android Port

freighter1

Yes, it's an android port, but it doesn't look that laggy, seems smoother than running the native ios app on my iPhone 4. If only bell would allow the z10 on my smartphone data plan....

jimmy_a

What kind of fan site shows off how they got Netflix (and Instagram) to work on their Z10 but doesn't show their readers how to do it??? 1.8 Port doesn't work! Wack! Perhaps N4BB will have some more info on this. #Crackberryfail

Sudden_Berry

Give us the .bar so we can bask in the netflixy glory!!!!

birdman_38

Kind of ironic there's a Netflix advertising banner that graces the top of this page.

walt63

Oh the beauty of the technology behind serving up display ads.

1oo1

Heard of Google ads aka targeted advertising?

kraems17

Nice work Bla1ze. Just tried to sideload the following .bar files, and none worked for me. 1.8.0 and 1.8.1 builds:

v1.0.246.0
v1.0.561.0
v1.0.573.0

Would love to know (as would my 2yr old daughter!) what version you were able to get working. Thanks.

Bravo209

I hope Hulu comes too, in fact Ill email them right now and push for this.

rajdeep.malhi

where can i download the bar file?

BB_Bmore

What's with the secrecy here? Not cool CB

Has CrackBerry been hijacked by BlackBerryScoop!!?? OH NOOOOOO!!!

kozmonaut

this is a fake review, designed to get web-hits.

Bla1ze

Yes, an elaborate hoax. I Harry Potter'd the whole shebang, you're onto my trickery! Bippity boppity boo or something magical like that.

BruvvaPete2

You're such an idiot! I've talked to toddlers who have more sense than you.

BruvvaPete2

Side nite: I'm seeing a lot more BB commercials these days. They're sponsoring Dragon's Den too! (Canadian Entrepreneurs Pitch their business ideas for investment from established businessmen and women)

Jonathank

I have a question, can you play the movies right from the actual website since it has such a powerful browser?????

mrfreeze574

It could no problem, but netdicks blocks it.

Freeze Out

Mel25

Bla1ze is funny lol.

Brianflys

What do you mean, he's funny? Funny like what? Funny like a clown? Does he make you laugh? Huh, does he, you lousy muddafukka!?

w0lfgang

Netflix? Skype? Instagram coming soon? You're really trying to make CB boring aren't you? What in the world will we bitch about now? Oh, I know....hey Kevin, the frames for your glasses look stupid...yeah, now we shall all turn our whiny disdain toward YOU....bwahahahaha

MozThaGreat

I still can't believe Netflix or hulu isn't available on the Playbook. Netflix is available on the Vita and the Nintendo 3ds. Yes, the 3ds. I've come to conclusion that RIM/BlackBerry either pissed somebody off or Apple and/or Google are paying developers to not make content for other competing platforms like BlackBerry. BlackBerry offered to foot the bill and build the native app for Netflix and they still basically denied. I doubt we'll see an official app for the Z10. I can only do so much with youtube and NFB on my PB.

I wouldn't at all be surprised if BlackBerry gave up on the tablet market all together. At least us customers won't be tortured any longer with the wait.

thatplaybookguy

Apple and Google ARE paying companies to not port to blackberry. FINALLY, somebody sees the light besides me. anti trust lawsuit anyone....against apple and Google

Playbook007

I have seen that for years.....At least Bell now has the white and black Z10's in their own display case front and center....WOW things are changing. As for Netflix.....who needs them, have a PS3

WwCaMeL

Now to have WSJ Live on the Z/Q10 and Playbook, this would make me happy in my pants.

As well, my dependance on my iPad and iPhone would finally be reduced to zero.

rafiks

what would really be cool is XBMC!!!!!!

uncaringbear

Netflix Canada is constantly begging me to sign up for their service. I almost gave in and signed up for the free trial, but then why the hell should I give money to a company that wants to make inroads into the Canadian market yet won't even support the largest Canadian mobile company?

mikelinton

For all the people who are bitching about Netflix not supporting Blackberry, here's an article published a little while back that kind of sums it up. http://untether.tv/2012/why-netflix-wont-support-the-blackberry-playbook/

It basically explains Netflix doesn't need to support any more platforms. The viewer base on Netflix has pretty much plateaued and Netflix is on just about every OTHER device. Chances are you already have something in your house that you can watch Netflix on. I have a PS3 and a BluRay player (in my bedroom), both support Netflix. Most new TVs have it built in. It's a basic business case - developing Netflix for the Blackberry isn't going to add many, if any, more Netflix subscribers - so why bother? It's less to do with the platform itself, and more to do with the fact Blackberry is just late to the Netflix party. The Playbook was 'late' compared to other tablets on the market, and BB10 obviously just came out. If that had all happened 2 years ago, it's likely we'd see Netflix - but Netflix is starting to lose traction and money, so they're doing what they can to save money. And when you consider what they give you for the price, it's amazing they even make ANY money.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not defending Netflix - just saying the business case makes sense. I'd LOVE to see Netflix on my Playbook, on the Z10 would be cool - but a 4" screen does not a cinema experience make (but over HDMI when I'm on the road would be very handy).

BB really needs to push developers right now to get some of the promised apps to market at launch which will just fuel the fire for other developers to do the same. Given the boys at CB showed it off in this video, I don't doubt it'll happen one way or another.

Playbook007

Yes it would cost them millions to write the App or at least port it over.....I say Bullshit to that article....since the PB and z10 have HDMI, it would make complete sense

MozThaGreat

After reading this article I do have a better understanding of why Netflix and other developers might not be supporting BlackBerry. It is true that people who want Netflix on a Z10 or a Playbook have other ways to view Netlfix. I still can't help but feel like BlackBerry is being singled out. There have been devices to come out after the Playbook that support Netflix right out of the box. For example the Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, The Playstation Vita, etc. What I don't understand is why they support the PS Vita, when 9 times out of 10, the same owners have Playstation 3s! I Don't don't see how that scenario is any different with BlackBerry. And I'm more than willing to guarantee that Netflix will support the next buzzed about platform no questions asked.

Netflix aside I really hope BlackBerry goes through their app library with a fine tooth comb cause I've been hearing a lot of bad things when it come to the "70,000 apps" that are in BlackBerry World. I'd rather have 70 flawless apps than 70,000 useless ones.

compaqdeskpr

Alright so who knows when we will get the Android 4.1 on our Z10?

pmich

The scrolling through the list of shows/movies was VERY laggy unfortunately. 0:28 - 0:31

mrspic

Sure a bit laggy but this is not the "made for BB10" release"...so, you take what you can get at this point :)

Cheers!

thatplaybookguy

Bla1ze, I know exactly where you got it from but I just signed an NDA and I will not reveal where and WHOM gave it to you. I happen to be in the Know as well....

sleekskyline120

I smell a conspiracy.... Dun Dun DUUUUUUuuunnn

Rootbrian

Hehehhehehehee... Now the complainers can't complain, but blame netflix for cocking out. Lol

Roger Garcia1

NETFLIX FOR BLACKBERRY 10
Found this. Have not tried it and take no responsibility.
http://www.blackberryos.com/downloads.php?do=file&id=1198

niravzaveri

Good last line... Marketing hmmm... :D
PS: If you're wondering what case it is in thevideo, you can check it out here.
:D lol.