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...and boom goes the dynamite I saw the blog video. I read the email. I changed my Netflix Account Status from HOLD to CANCEL this morning. WTF are those Netflix guys smoking in the Los Gatos executive conference room? Peace, out (way out) formally known here as @dAVe
I, for one, did what I said I was going to do: put my Account on Hold and I voted that way. So far, Netflix has 2 months less billing out of me and I plan to stay away the rest of 2011. I've decided that IF I going to come back to Netflix it would be Streaming Only. I'm interested to see how the Starz licensing renewal deal goes and if the new season of Spartacus will be available on Streaming Only. If the Netflix/Starz goes in the crapper, then I'll probably switch my account from Hold to Cancel. I've had a Blockbuster Online account since 2004 so if feels great to not to have to pay extra for Blu-rays or wait 28-days or wait for postal system (swap mailers for shelf titles as long as the last BBstore in my town doesn't close).
Real life example of remote Place Shifting: I’m a DISH subscriber and rent (not owned by me) a receiver from DISH that has Sling technology built into it. Right now I’m at work and remote viewing a Live MLB game from the DISH receiver over the Internet to my PC. I have full control of the video feed, PAUSE/FFWD/REWD. I’m not sure in what way what I’m doing right now is any different than what Zediva offers as it pertains to the “different room” theory. In both instances the customer is paying for rental of equipment, video content and using IP delivery transport.
Perhaps the lawyers for Zediva didn't explain the technological implementation to Judge Walter - it's a remote site rental of both DVD player and DVD movie. I fail to see a 'public performance' issue. And what a load of grade-A BS is the 'threatened development' argument since the physical scalability is Zediva's configuration is simply limited whereas the digital streaming VOD via IP CDN's has massive exposure. IMHO, Judge Walter was hoodwinked but ultimately he did Zediva a favor by squashing a technology model before too much time & money was wasted on a dead-end road.
Do you know the way to San Jose?
With my Netflix account on "Hold" I've decided to try Redbox for the first time yesterday. The vending machines worked flawlessly as I picked up a movie at one location near my work place (1 block away)and then returned it this morning at a location near my home (9 blocks away.) They appear to have enough kiosks in my area so that it's not a problem but I have seen on many occasions people standing in line to use machines (I didn't have the experience... yet.) I'm not sure I would enjoy that routine but it's nice to know if/when Blockbuster takes the final bow there will be at least something of a consumer's choice to not paying $3.99-6.99 for PPV/VoD from DISH.
Seeing how the past few weeks have been periodically reported EPIC-FAIL for Streaming, I think the Chaos Monkey needs retooling (or at least a good spanking)
@gir "Or is it that they're choosing to not make subtitles available on older hardware?" Hopefully this is not the nature of Roku, the company. But this news does remind me of another company that developes user-friendly hardware but manages to keep their loyal customers buying "the next version" over and over again... (think Dancing Shadow Zombies)
Not that I expect this will have any impact on Netflix thinking/actions, I just placed my Netflix account on "Hold" until October 10th. I'll be returning by my one DVD I have from them tonight in the mail. What I am considering during this "trail separation" isn't whether I like or dislike Streaming. Netflix Watch Instantly has little impact with me. It was always an "added benefit" to my membership up until now. But now Netflix is presenting it via Plans/Pricing as if it does have some great pull, power or value. Sadly, for me, it does not have any of that. What I am considering is whether or not Netflix DVD/BD business is real or just talk. Netflix, for the first time, is now two-faced about physical media's future and I doubt their "efforts" about supporting DVDbyMail business model. They have until October 10th to convince me that they are serious about DVD/BD.
I’ve had my Netflix 3-Out account since 2003. I signed up for Blu-ray when Netflix started to carry them. I also opted-in when Netflix decided to charge an extra $1/month for Blu-ray Access. I opted-out of Blu-ray Access when, a few months later, Netflix decided to up the fee to $4/month. When Netflix decided to up the membership pricing back in Feb 2011, I downgraded to 1-Out/Unlimited Streaming. I suppose I could, once again, dial back my membership plan to Unlimited Streaming Only should these rumors prove to be true but this time AND FOR THE FIRST TIME I will be considering the additional option to just cancel my account with Netflix because 1) while Streaming Video is somewhat convenient (and Netflix is King of Streams) it is also my least favorite way to enjoy watching movies on my HDTV and 2) the content licensing deals are far too volatile for my leisurely video watching past time. Hint: Netflix is a self-proclaimed “primarily a video streaming company” – nothing in this published statement gives me confidence that they will strive to be a superior DVD/BD disc rental system going into the future. Netflix can wish the future Internet will support TrueHD 1080p/24hz quality with DTS sound, and perhaps it will, but right now the Internet, Netflix’s Achilles Heel if you will, can’t come close to the performance of a HDMI cable sourced from a Blu-ray player. I spent serious money upgrading my home theater system to the 21st Century, why on God’s green earth would I settle for pushing miniscule-bitrated, grossly compressed video to it and call that a good use of the technology? To put it another way, would I rather eat fast-food or a steak dinner? formally known here as dAVe
I agree that dishonline is stupid and also I think their virtual lack of implementation of the greater Internet within the ViP receivers/DVRs is horrendous. Having said that, their built-in Slingbox tech inside the ViP922 is freaking awesome and pretty much negates any reason for me to surf to crappy websites for content when I can just Sling it off my DVR, be it Live TV or DVR Recordings. But, then again, D* does have that "whole house DVR" thing going it's way...
A physical HDTV with Apple & iTunes inside? Pass. Check that to "Hells no!" The last thing I want to do when I turn on my HDTV is to be constantly downloading & installing the lastest iTunes software. Excuse me, I just threw up a little bit in my mouth...
I have 3 Netflix Ready Devices and, in the order of use-preference, they are: PS3, Roku and Wii. My additional comment/question to this post is Rayburn's reference to PS3 with regards to MLB.TV requiring a PSNplus account "... for access to MLB and others" (video time reference 13 mins 21 sec) Can anyone here verify that is a true statement? I'm not an out-of-market team fan so MLB.TV is useless to me because of live-game blackout restrictions. I'm also wondering who "and others" are that would require a PSNplus account; Hulu+?
Thanks for the heads-up, @piper! I've had "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover" in my "Saved DVD" queue for years. In fact, I have 2 other rather obscure titles that now say "Coming Soon" to Instant!
Let's see if I understand the situation. HBO/Showtime produce original content (OC) for broadcast on their respective channels. Then, around a year later, they market DVD boxsets to sell. We, Netflix subscribers, then get to rent them! Seems to me if HBO/Showtime really want to redefine/refine the "economic chain" the first thing they should do is stop marketing seasonal DVD boxsets. Then they can whore out their stable of OC shows via their own websites which still require consumers to have a cable/DBS subscription plus the Premium Channel subscription. Then, about a 5 or so years after the OC shows have wrap and have been thoroughly squeezed to the last perceived dime to be made, then and only then should HBO/Showtime start selling output deals (sans digital options, of course) to other cable-only networks. After all, cable/DBS has to be protected first from the big, bad internets. We'll call this part of the economic chain "situated correctly within the distribution channel." Of course, by this time the OC shows are completely stale and smell like fish parts sitting in the kitchen garbage. No one cares any more who won what award for whatever show that was produced by HBO/Showtime ten plus years ago. It would be around this point in the grand scheme of things that HBO/Showtime might be interested in hawking there worn out wares over the internet. First in line would be Own-It options (AppleTV, Amazon, etc.) then when the selling frenzy has subsided a rental PPV or OnD option might be next. Sadly, it's at this point when Netflix is standing at the door hoping to sign a multi-million dollar deal for their streaming customers.
Oh, this is going to be a whole "barrel of monkeys" type of fun. Good thing I've got a bunch of spare login's laying about. formally known as dAVe
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