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@Brendan, It's even worse than that. As I understand Walmart gets the names and addresses of the people requesting claims, meaning they can effectively bolster their marketing list at a low cost. Good call for them.
I'm with the scores of others who point out HBO doesn't have to liscense they could likely make do by just offering stand alone purchases to people over HBO Go, Xbox, PS3, etc. Thus catering to cord cutters and cable fans alike. One wonders of HBO stupidly signed some non-compete with TWC/Comcast/etc. that prevents them from getting in on this potential goldmine.
Everyone seems to assume that this is because Netflix is about to spin off the DVD company (i.e. let it die in the hands of someone else) I'm less sure about this. I will be curious to see how the stock ends up being handled. Presumably as a wholely owned subsidiary, NFLX would still contain quickster. BUT, and here's the big but, by splitting like they did, Hastings has allowed another company to come in and buy the streaming service. I know what you're thinking: "He's nuts, how would splitting help that?!" Take a large company currently trying to focus on digital entertainment (like..say..Microsoft) who may be interested in a company (like Netflix) but not want the huge infrastrucure that comes with the DVD side of the business (the shipping centers, massive physical inventory, ect.) There's no way to really buy the company and not pay for something you didn't want (i.e. the physical side). Now (in theory) there is. MS (or any other company) could swoop in, buy Netflix, without buying Qwikster (or whatever it's called) and expand their digital offering. Now I'm not saying this is going to happen (and no I don't have any inside information :P ) but I am curious to see how the next few months shakes out. That being said, I'm glad I don't own NFLX stock, because it's in for a wild ride. Even if a potential sale is worth tons of cash, the company that'd be left would be worth almost nothing in 3 years.
As things go I feel they may be a little optimistic about those who stay on as both streaming and DVD given the outrage seen on the internet. The price hike may be a hard pill for many to swallow.
FWIW Mike I don't think they mean that "The Event" I think the mean this one: (Which was not that great.)
Amazon uses WP10 to stream things though. So techincally my Xbox is a streaming device but it's a giant pain in the butt. I have to open WMP, tell it to "Share video with the network" go down to my xbox, select the computer, hope it logs on. (Nevermind the fact that I use the Zune software to share my music, so now I'm sharing everything twice.) Until they build a streaming App for a device it's really only an accident that it does it.
Sad it came to this, but at least your allowing sign in via multiple sites. I'm tired of creating an account for everything I read ;)
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