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Good and bad news for BlackBerry (BBRY): The good: The German government is giving BB10 a...

Good and bad news for BlackBerry (BBRY): The good: The German government is giving BB10 a thumbs-up, approving a deal to buy 5K Z10s equipped with Secusmart encryption tech for employee use. The bad: Netflix (NFLX) says it has no plans to develop a BB10 app. WhatsApp made a similar announcement in December, but recently changed its mind. (DoD policy change)
Comments (37)
  • So the good is they sell 5000 units
    The bad is some app that services mostly USA customers is still saying no we aren't making an app.


    Doesn't really seem like bad news.
    just means Netflix is waiting on the us market sales before investing time.


    That is fair.
    5 Mar 2013, 09:37 AM Reply Like
  • +1...I concur with your analysis.
    5 Mar 2013, 09:44 AM Reply Like
  • Don't be so sure about Netflix. Naysayers have counted big apps out before and now look--Skype, WhatsApp, others coming. I and others have Instagram on our Z10s and it works flawlessly.
    5 Mar 2013, 09:40 AM Reply Like
  • Who cares about Netflix? BlackBerry is for business, I don't know anyone in UK who uses Netflix.
    5 Mar 2013, 09:44 AM Reply Like
  • Or Canada, content is poor
    5 Mar 2013, 11:03 AM Reply Like
  • Most young adults i speak to don't use Whats App either,
    Every time the media has a negative comment it makes Blackberry more desirable to the informed masses ,that know, that every knock is a boost, Any one who has negative views is only due to the fears they possess . imo
    5 Mar 2013, 09:56 AM Reply Like
  • Death by a thousand cuts. Long BBRY, hoping the resurrection is sublime.
    5 Mar 2013, 09:56 AM Reply Like
  • The shorts are so desperate, they will say anything to try and drive the stock down. NFLX is no news. was it not said that only 2 percent care about apps when they consider a smartphone. Stop flogging the app non story to death. Ever heard the internet?
    5 Mar 2013, 10:06 AM Reply Like


    Netflix running on BB10 where there's a will there's a way!!!!!
    5 Mar 2013, 10:10 AM Reply Like
  • As ever, but I find watching video only just tolerable on a 7" screen, so you won't catch me trying to watch a movie on anything smaller, even if they were free!
    5 Mar 2013, 10:19 AM Reply Like
  • The BB10 has an HDMI port on it: just connect to a TV or monitor and you have a large screen. Ditto the PlayBook.


    The bar has been raised once again.
    5 Mar 2013, 10:28 AM Reply Like
  • That is why you have a HDMI port to connect your TV :P
    5 Mar 2013, 11:23 AM Reply Like
  • What is the user base of Netflix outside of the US?


    WhatsApp is great news, now they just need to figure out a way to integrate it with BBM!
    5 Mar 2013, 10:10 AM Reply Like
  • I think around 24 million in USA and 7million elsewhere (mostly in UK I believe). That doesn't seem to have slowed down sales there...
    5 Mar 2013, 11:16 AM Reply Like
  • Sorry, 27 million in USA and 6 million elsewhere.
    5 Mar 2013, 12:20 PM Reply Like
  • It makes sense for some big players to wait until user buy in is demonstrated prior to invest in developing on a new platform. The minute Netflix sees what size of US market they can reach through with BB10, chances are an app will be développés, you can bet on it.
    5 Mar 2013, 10:10 AM Reply Like
  • Netflix a shaky company itself will not develop an app for the Z10. Too funny and who cares. BB will outlive Netflix for sure so what a dumb heading ... "good news bad news"
    5 Mar 2013, 10:10 AM Reply Like
  • Well, some if not most of the Apps that works on Android can be ported to QNX OS using some programs. People can always find a way to get it work
    5 Mar 2013, 10:10 AM Reply Like
  • Netflix has been demonstrated to be running as an Android app on the Z10 - as BB10 improves its Android runtime environment. Even if Netflix wouldn't want to support early adopters of BB10, they will have a workaround.
    5 Mar 2013, 10:20 AM Reply Like
  • Hmmm.... do we care more about companies that could be replaced in two years.... or government purchasing behavior?
    5 Mar 2013, 10:23 AM Reply Like
  • From a BBRY perspective I would definitely say the government purchases are a big deal. This is how BBRY rose in the first place. Company gives phone, people use and like phone, friends of employees see and like phone. In the end positive exposure to the device potentially = increased sales.
    5 Mar 2013, 11:24 AM Reply Like
  • The Netflix news is not bad news. The app WILL eventually be available for Blackberry but not now. The same for Instagram. If Facebook or Twitter was not available for BB then I'd be worried. These two apps are NOT deal breakers. It's obvious that the press wants to spin this type of news as being devastating for Blackberry.
    5 Mar 2013, 11:23 AM Reply Like
  • The juxtaposition of this "good news vs. bad news" is a little flawed.
    I don't use Netflix.
    But an endorsement from a world player certainly garners some attention.
    The shorts are going to lose the farm on this one.
    5 Mar 2013, 11:23 AM Reply Like
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    5 Mar 2013, 11:24 AM Reply Like
  • Other popular IM (300m active users globally) called WECHAT is making its way to BB10 soon.
    5 Mar 2013, 11:24 AM Reply Like
  • I've never seen anyone use Netflix on a smartphone. Perhaps you travel and want to see Netflix content on your phone. If so, wouldn't you bring your tablet along to see movies on a bigger screen (that's assuming that you own a tablet)? I can't stand watching movies on a 13 inch screen, so I can't imagine watching on a 4 or 5 inch screen would be any better. I don't think any smartphone would be missing much for not having the Netflix app on it.
    5 Mar 2013, 11:40 AM Reply Like
  • al, with HDMI you can, I am informed above, hook it up to a tely, so don't forget to take one with you on your travels...
    5 Mar 2013, 11:57 AM Reply Like
  • WEllll I would be approaching HULU if Netflix is a critical item...key Nothing like the competition to give a kick in the behind .
    5 Mar 2013, 12:37 PM Reply Like
  • Who here bought a Blackberry to spend their time watching movies or videos on Neflix or surfing thru zillions of useless APPS.
    We have Netflix on our TV and watch it so little it looks like it will be put in file 13 soon,
    5 Mar 2013, 01:12 PM Reply Like
  • More bad news: I just learned that BB10 won't come with a Keurig app, so I won't be able to make coffee with it...
    5 Mar 2013, 01:17 PM Reply Like
  • TMobile is training now for the upcoming Z10 launch. When calling local store, they ask for your name and number and will call back Friday to tell you about availability.
    5 Mar 2013, 01:43 PM Reply Like
  • FWIW, I called a Verizon store in Rancho Cucamonga, CA to ask when they expect the Z10 to come in. The employee told me that they should get the phones in late March. I also asked if people are asking about it and he said yes. People are calling in asking and walking in the store to ask about the phone and availability.
    5 Mar 2013, 02:33 PM Reply Like
  • Seriously, who uses Netflix on their phones? I know of only 1 person who uses it at home.


    Anyway, Forbes released another "sell me your stock before BlackBerry goes bankrupt" article today.


    They might as well start a campaign "Help a Short in need" and donate stock to someone who's probably going to lose their job at the end of this month.


    Sorry, but ever lower daily volume on the run up to the quarterly reports means the noose is tightening on these guys. They're going to have to recycle every news article over the last 4 years to hopefully scare some new investors into dumping stock. Shorts just can't seem to meaningfully break past that $13 barrier.
    5 Mar 2013, 03:18 PM Reply Like
  • I agree, alext1379. The shorts may be annihilated.


    The next 2-3 weeks for Blackberry longs in terms of negative news is going to be like a guy having to run in a human path for 100 yards and along the path people from both sides are punching, kicking and tripping you as you sprint through to get to the other end.
    5 Mar 2013, 04:38 PM Reply Like
  • Isn't it silly to compare the German government approval for BlackBerry Z10 with the netflix app. especially that you can sideload netflix as shown above by rthinvy.
    5 Mar 2013, 06:00 PM Reply Like
  • I warned you all when the stock was @ $18.00 to sell because it would go to $10.00 before It goes back up, if it ever goes back up!


    Sell now and save your money, 2.00 or 3.00 bucks a share in the next few days, than think about getting back in!
    5 Mar 2013, 06:15 PM Reply Like
  • I don't want to watch a movie on a tiny screen.
    5 Mar 2013, 11:34 PM Reply Like
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