According to Netflix’s official Twitter account, the streaming service currently has “no plans” to extend its streaming service to the Nintendo Switch.
Hey there! There are currently no plans for Netflix on Nintendo Switch. We appreciate your feedback on it! *JF
— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) January 14, 2018
Although the tweet has ignited controversy, there may be less to this than meets the eye. It’s unusual for a customer service account to give out information related to features. Usually, news related to apps and features is put out by company executives — or at least by public relations departments.
Even if Netflix isn’t coming to Nintendo Switch, there are millions of reasons why Netflix may change its mind — five million of them, in fact. Nintendo’s portable gaming platform sold nearly that many systems in the United States alone last year. Those sales figures made Switch the fastest-selling game console in US history.
Switch’s hybrid design has been a big hit with gaming fans. Nintendo’s tablet-like device lets you game away from the TV. When at home, you can place Switch in a dock, detach the game controllers and enjoy a full HD big screen gaming experience.
Hulu already has a Switch app out. Using the Hulu app, Nintendo’s customers can access all of Hulu’s on-demand videos as well as Hulu’s live TV streaming service. It’s likely only a matter of time before Netflix joins the party.
Chris Casper is a former tech industry product manager who escaped from California for New Mexico. Now he writes about science and tech while searching for the perfect green chile sauce.