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Netflix 3D Streaming Coming Soon?

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says 3D streaming is "something we can do and we will be looking at."


Netflix 3D Streaming Coming Soon?
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Rachel Cericola · January 31, 2012

The rumor that Netflix will offer 3D streaming is certainly nothing new. But CEO Reed Hastings is fueling the fire, saying Netflix is indeed working on a little something for its 3D-capable subscribers.

In a conference call last week, Hastings said (via GigaOM) Netflix is renting 3D Blu-rays. He couldn’t comment on the popularity of that offering, only saying that disc rentals were down overall. “On streaming, that is definitely something we can do and we will be looking at,” Hastings said.

You probably shouldn’t hold your breath. After all, Netflix said it was planning to offer game rentals, and that is not happening. Hastings made that announcement during the same call. Netflix first said it would pursue that option during last summer’s Quickster fiasco.

There’s no word on how far off 3D streaming is (or if it will ever happen). For now, Netflix plans to keep popping up on more devices, as well as launch Netflix for Kids. Netflix is also working on creating separate streaming queues for families and adding more original programming to its lineup.

Will 3D Netflix streaming breathe any life into 3D? Sound off in the comments.



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