A ludicrous rumor making the rounds this week claims that Netflix
However sexy it may sound, the story fails at every turn.
Apple and AT&T
There are workarounds, of course. Netflix could only offer some streams, as it does through Microsoft's
Would such a service still be worth it? For an iPhone owner on the go, limiting streams to Wi-Fi boxes the user into stationary sessions within a router's range. Whether at home or at the office, there are probably better streaming gadgets than iPhones, with their puny screens.
This could also be problematic for the iPhone's battery life. There's a big difference between streaming a two-minute clip on Google's YouTube and watching a two-hour flick. I also can't fathom watching a full-length feature on a tiny iPhone or a Wi-Fi-equipped iPod touch. Then again, Sony
Don't assume that a streaming partnership between Apple and Netflix will never happen. If rumors of an Apple tablet device are true, adding Netflix streams would be a great way for Apple to turn the heads of multimedia aficionados, after alienating them with its ho-hum Apple TV.
However, I'm not expecting to stream my Netflix digital library from my iPhone anytime soon. Neither should you.
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