Skip to comments.Netflix-Relativity Deal: Another Nail in Blu-ray's Coffin
Posted on 07/07/2010 1:48:37 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
Tuesday's announcement of a content-streaming deal between Netflix and Relativity Media, the latter a Hollywood production company that makes mainstream flicks such as "Get Him to the Greek," "Grown Ups," and "Robin Hood," is welcome news for subscribers of the movie-rental service. It means that Netflix members will be able to stream Relativity titles to their TVs and computers sooner than before. Rather than waiting (in some cases) years after a movie's DVD release before they can watch the title online, members will only have to wait months.
OK, if you're the instant gratification type, that's still a long wait. But online streaming is moving in the right direction, and the Relativity pact is likely the first of similar deals between Netflix and Hollywood. Previously, recent films (such as the 2010 titles above) might have been entangled in long-term agreements with pay-TV channels such as HBO, Showtime, and Starz. The new agreement shortens the streaming delay considerably, albeit for a select number of titles.
If you're not familiar with Netflix, here's how it works. Subscribers pay $9 per month to stream more than 20,000 movies and TV shows, and they can also rent one DVD at a time. For an extra $2 a month, they can get Blu-ray discs too. (Pricier options let them rent multiple discs at once.) Netflix has more than 13 million subscribers.
Netflix's two-tiered approach to movie distribution--discs and streaming--is appealing to consumers, most of whom probably have a DVD player as well as a streaming device, be it a set-top box, game console, Internet-ready TV, or Blu-ray player, in the living room. And while Netflix got its start by delivering shiny plastic discs via snail mail, it has made it clear that online streaming is the future.
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Thanks for your expanded comments. It’s now obvious that you’re not someone who just can’t see the difference. There are a number of such folks around. ;-)
I have a fairly new Panasonic Blu-Ray player myself, but now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever played a DVD in it. I must do so right away to test the upconversion. Maybe I’ll see good results like you.
MM (in TX)
Every single case has involved someone making copyrighted material available for upload. I have yet to hear of a case against someone who only downloaded.
Maybe I missed something, but barring that, it is all about allowing uploading.
>>I have an upconverting DVD player and the results are pretty good. Titles are cheap and plentiful.<<
I used to be a real Audiophile, and then a Videophile. Now I care more about the content than the quality. Don’t get me wrong, quality matters, but if a person really appreciates a particular movie or song, they can appreciate it on a transistor radio or a 70’s 19” color TV.
My wife and I dumped Netflix about 4 years ago because there just wasn’t enough good stuff to rent that we had not already seen.
P.S. - THX is da bomb!
p.p.s. - I’m using the fast video wire, whatever that’s called....so it is pure digital signal transmission from Blu Ray player to TV, no muzzie analog.
HDMI, I assume? BTW, I too have plasma as my main set. Some of the new LCDs and LEDs look pretty good, but plasma still wins for pure fidelity of image.
Blu-Ray on a 1982 Zenith Standard Definition TV?
That is wrong on so many levels...
Yeah, but it’s kind of like putting a Ferrari engine in a Trabant...
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