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Netflix-Relativity Deal: Another Nail in Blu-ray's Coffin
pcworld.com ^ | Jul 6, 2010 | Jeff Bertolucci

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.

Content Cornucopia

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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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
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To: Uncle Miltie

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)


51 posted on 07/07/2010 3:31:04 PM PDT by MississippiMan (http://gogmagogblog.wordpress.com/)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

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.


52 posted on 07/07/2010 3:45:23 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Moonman62

>>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.


53 posted on 07/07/2010 3:47:47 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: MississippiMan

P.S. - THX is da bomb!


54 posted on 07/07/2010 4:00:13 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Arizona: Just doing the job 0bamacrats won't do!)
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To: MississippiMan

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.


55 posted on 07/07/2010 4:02:18 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Arizona: Just doing the job 0bamacrats won't do!)
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To: Uncle Miltie
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.

MM (in TX)

56 posted on 07/07/2010 4:14:30 PM PDT by MississippiMan (http://gogmagogblog.wordpress.com/)
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To: Nowhere Man
Dunno about Net-Flix, but I notice the same thing as you on my 1982 Zenith. B-D I got a Blu-Ray for Christmas so I hooked it up to our biggest set. B-)

Blu-Ray on a 1982 Zenith Standard Definition TV?

That is wrong on so many levels...

57 posted on 07/07/2010 4:39:23 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: GreenLanternCorps
Blu-Ray on a 1982 Zenith Standard Definition TV?

That is wrong on so many levels...


Well, that is our main set, we bought it new in 1983, been in use everyday since then. It's an old System 3, came out in 1978. The previous models, Chromacolor II's are reliable too, some have been in use since the mid 1970's. I have an old Chromacolor model from 1970 as well.
58 posted on 07/07/2010 7:11:29 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: Nowhere Man

Yeah, but it’s kind of like putting a Ferrari engine in a Trabant...


59 posted on 07/07/2010 7:50:35 PM PDT by GreenLanternCorps ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Jimmy Carter".)
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To: GreenLanternCorps
Yeah, but it’s kind of like putting a Ferrari engine in a Trabant...

That would be a cool thing just to do for "sh&*s & giggles." I thought the same thing when I wanted to try it on my old B&W Sony from 1964.
60 posted on 07/07/2010 8:28:34 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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