Rumor: Netflix App Just Needs Nintendo's Approval to Launch on Switch

A customer service rep told an interested fan it is “locked and loaded,” but it still needs Nintendo’s approval before it can deploy.


Netflix is a popular app that is part of the package when you buy numerous devices, and even comes built into a lot of smart televisions. You can download it for your tablets and phones, stream on your current consoles (including Wii U, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4), kick back and enjoy a viewing party on PC, and probably plug a USB cable into a rock and catch up on your queue in the remote Amazon jungle. You can’t yet enjoy it on your Nintendo Switch, however.

That situation may be about to change. A Netflix customer service representative reportedly told GoNintendo community member KamehamehaX that Netflix is “locked and loaded” for Switch. Before an app can appear on Switch, however, Nintendo must grant approval. That’s the last step before you’ll be able to use the popular service on Nintendo’s sensational hardware.

Although GoNintendo’s story doesn’t do more than report the rumor, KamehamehaX commented to say that “I submitted the screen capture of the chat log with the rep to RMC this morning, so at least I have proof that the rep said it.”

It’s worth noting that customer service representatives have a long history of getting things wrong, but this claim is still credible, given the Netflix app’s ubiquity and the Nintendo Switch console’s current popularity. Nintendo may simply be waiting to let the service reach the device until some other moving pieces have settled into place (such as competing streaming services, or Nintendo’s online service that is due next year).

What do you think? Are you hoping the Netflix app will reach Nintendo Switch sooner rather than later, or are you content using the versions that are already available on your other devices?

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    September 19, 2017 11:03 AM

    Jason Venter posted a new article, Rumor: Netflix App Just Needs Nintendo's Approval to Launch on Switch

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      September 19, 2017 11:06 AM

      Can't say as though I really care if Switch has it or not since I have so many other devices that are as good or better for watching Netflix content. But if Switch was my only console I'd definitely be pretty frustrated with the lack of media playing options on it.

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      September 19, 2017 11:15 AM

      This complete trash. I cannot quote anyone, but I can say with confidence that Netflix has some work to do.

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      September 19, 2017 11:16 AM

      I doubt a customer service rep who spends their day answering what happened to a customers latest show is gonna have the info

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      September 19, 2017 11:25 AM

      A customer service rep told an interested fan
      LOL what is this?

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      September 19, 2017 11:36 AM

      that'd be so nice. my ps4 is mostly a netflix machine right now but i really prefer how quickly the switch responds from sleep.

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        September 19, 2017 11:37 AM

        (and i'd like to put away the ps4 controller so i don't have as much shit sitting out)