10 thoughts on “DVDs, On Demand, Netflix & Streaming Video By the Numbers”

  1. I love Netflix streaming. I joined Netflix for this service alone.

    You can already stream Netflix movies using Xbox 360. That is a killer application in my view for that game console but Xbox does not support Blue Ray player. PS3 does not support Netflix streaming. If PS3 did, I would have bought that instead of buying a Samsung Blue Ray player.

    1. My guess is that PS3 is the next platform to support Netflix. It would make perfect sense for them to do for it only increases the utility of that device.

      1. Hey Om, I got a feeling that you had something up your sleeve with that information. That next system is indeed the PS3 and not the Wii, it will be here very soon. Sony was smart enough to monetize off of a great platform with some revolutionary hardware for the mainstream buyers and newcomers.

        Anyways, you knew it all along, hehe – admit it.

        Cy, good to see this good article and your comments, take care – its been a while.

    2. Same here. My streaming device is my TiVo and streaming was the reason I signed up for Netflix. It has been nice to see the content continuing to expand so I’m actually hopeful that the rights holders are recognizing this as a opportunity and not a threat. My “man this service is great” moment was when Lost got added as streamable content.

  2. Netflix nearing a no physical media in postal mail ( plus no STB ), Slacker abandons its dedicated hardware, TomTom and other GPS morphing into iPhone apps only…

    Is it just me, or does everyone hate single purpose, proprietary hardware as much as I do?


    1. Todd

      I think people hate expensive single purprose hardware and that is becoming increasingly obvious. I think in the end we will see the emergence of a non-pc pc that is about entertainment and lifestyle usage.

  3. Netflix instant watch content is a really nice service (a few good items on Hulu as well), but you run out of good content fairly quickly. Most of the best stuff is still on DVD and, per your article, that’s probably the way the studios want it. The numbers have got to work out for them and the time it takes to receive a DVD in the mail and/or the effort to go to the rental store/kiosk are inhibitors to high volume use on monthly subscriptions. Unlimited streaming for a monthly fee doesn’t have those built in limiters, so if the world goes that way, seems like it’s either going to either be expensive or they will want to put caps on volume or studios will have to make less money. hmmm… wonder which path they’ll choose?

    1. True, I have been streaming Netflix content to my TV using the Roku player for about a year now and I ran out of good content very quickly. It took me about a month and a half to be done with their “good” movies and tv series. I thought the tie up with starz play would be good but that has been a disappointment more than anything. I have read elsewhere that, in future, Netflix will have a tough time acquiring digital rights from content owners. If that is infact the case, then I am not sure how netflix will succeed going forward.

      On the contrary, my roku box interfaces with amazon VOD content which has lot more content than netflix, although each movie costs atleast $3.

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