Once the bastion of cheap DVD rentals, the victor over the war against Blockbuster and thousands of local DVD rental stores, Netflex is getting out of the business. At least that’s what they hope will happen.
Netflix is pushing their customers intoonline rentals of movies rather than renting DVDs via the US mail. It obviously sees steaming media as the wave of the future, but it’s got some serious problems in the present.
In order to view Netflix movies streaming online you’ll need to have:
- A high-speed Internet Connection
- A PC capable of running Netflix’s software (often more of a problem than it should be)
- A Roku, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Apple TV or WII
The biggest problem with their streaming is the quality of the video itself. My personal experience of watching Netflix movies on a WII or PlayStation has been poor at best.
Given time, I’m sure it’ll improve, but with Internet ISPs pushing tiered pricing this model may end up being much more costly for the end user.
The pricing? Instead of paying $10 per month for all-you-can-stream online movies and endless DVDs via US mail, the services have been split into two separate plans. For unlimited movie streaming service, you’ll pay eight bucks a month. For unlimited DVDs, you’ll pay eight bucks a month. So if you still want both, it’ll cost you $16 a month total.
- Netflix Under Attack For Price Hike (wired.com)
- Netflix Changing Streaming and DVD Plans [In Brief] (lifehacker.com)
- Netflix Alternatives: Other Places You Can Get Streaming Media, DVD Rentals (pcworld.com)
- Netflix Customers Subscribe to Unlimited Screaming (blogs.wsj.com)
- Is this the chance Netflix rivals have been waiting for? (slashgear.com)