In a Q&A with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings
reveals that the company does not have any "short term" plans to bring video viewing and/or streaming to the iPhone and iPod touch. Netflix is instead continuing to focus its efforts on its core TV-based business and consumer electronics such as Blu-ray players and video game systems associated with that medium.
Reuters: Any plans to work in partnership with Apple and the iPhone?
Hastings: it's something that's likely to come over time. But nothing in the short term. (With) movie watching, we are not focused on mobile yet, but (instead) on the TV, on Blu-ray and on the video game consoles. We will get to mobile eventually, including the iPhone.
Hastings' comments conflict with a relatively recent report
claiming that the company would "soon offer" its streaming service, known as "Watch Instantly", on the iPhone and iPod touch.