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News for Netflix customers
CNN | Wed, January 6, 2010 | DGHoodini

Posted on 01/06/2010 1:45:43 PM PST by DGHoodini

Just read a small story about Netflix.

Netflix just cut a deal with Time Warner, not to rent Time Warners new releases for a month after release. This will give Time Warner the ability to sell more copies of their new movies for a month, to customers who "just can't wait" to see the new shows.

In exchange for this concession, Time Warner, will sell the DVDs to Netflix at a dicounted rate at the end of that month.

And here comes the point that most interests *me*. They (Rime Warner) will allow netflix a greater level of access to Time Warners library of movies to be able to stream them for Netflix customers! :o)

Netflix expects to cut similar deals with other studios as well in the near future.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: deals; dvd; hollywood; netflix; nwtflix; rentals; timewarner

1 posted on 01/06/2010 1:45:47 PM PST by DGHoodini
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To: DGHoodini
Streaming is the future. It has it's good and bad points.

I still hate Time-Warner though.

2 posted on 01/06/2010 1:51:33 PM PST by Clinging Bitterly (MMM MMM MM!)
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To: DGHoodini

We already have to wait 6 months before they are released on DVD...so now it’s 7 for TW ones?


3 posted on 01/06/2010 1:52:41 PM PST by Fawn (When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.)
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To: Clinging Bitterly; DGHoodini

I like streaming - when I can get it. Netflix, among others, don’t stream outside of CONUS.


4 posted on 01/06/2010 1:53:31 PM PST by Jemian (I believe there's a hell, but I didn't know it was down the street with a dome on it." Abe Lincoln)
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To: DGHoodini

Isn’t it beautiful watching The Art of the Deal? And when Netflix sees they have irked some customers, the Deal will be altered so that hopefully, everyone is happy.


5 posted on 01/06/2010 2:03:17 PM PST by Dasaji (On a beach somewhere in my head...)
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To: DGHoodini

Basically, TW and Netflix just told their customers to bend over...

Guess I’m heading to Redbox.


6 posted on 01/06/2010 2:06:36 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: Clinging Bitterly

Big Netflix fan - we find enough in the streaming to make it a nice fill in between movies and tv shows that come via mail.

Tied into a HD Tivo its a low cost alternative to cable with a good selection under $20 a month.


7 posted on 01/06/2010 2:08:25 PM PST by sbMKE
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To: DGHoodini

Eh, I’ll wait the extra month for more of the oldies streaming to my tv.
New movies mostly suck anyways.


8 posted on 01/06/2010 2:10:26 PM PST by mowowie
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To: Fawn

Personally, this isn’t a problem for me. It’s been a long long time, since there’s been a movie out that I couldn’t wait 7 months, or even 8, to see. Fortunately for me, I’m reletively new back to Netflix, and I have found enough content in their present ‘Watch Instantly’ to last me through till good weather, without having to go to the Post Office, or even my mail box. So, I don’t mind waiting till then to get to see the stuff they only have on DVD, like 9The Closer’ seasons, from the beginning, and a few others that I’m somewhere through. I emptied out my DVD queue, mid Decemvber as I saw a sow storm heading my way in a few days time, and have not added a movie to it since. I’ve been quite happy with my Netflix account and have no intention of quitting it. In fact I prefer to get all my movies streamed, but How can I possibly get them to pick all the ones *I* want them to start streaming? >8o)


9 posted on 01/06/2010 2:10:59 PM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: MediaMole
You were saying ...

Basically, TW and Netflix just told their customers to bend over...

Oh..., no really big deal there... for that one measely month (just 30 days), people can always get it on BitTorrent... LOL...

10 posted on 01/06/2010 2:11:46 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

Or any other streaming sites.

Personally, I love Netflix and my biggest problem has been that they don’t stream a lot of newer movies.

This solves my problem.


11 posted on 01/06/2010 2:14:26 PM PST by netmilsmom (I am Ilk)
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To: Fawn

With every major movie like Avatar, Blind Side, and Lovely Bones(DVD quality) already available free on the internet, I wonder how successful this move will be.


12 posted on 01/06/2010 2:14:57 PM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: Star Traveler

That’s right, movies are free on the internet.

Silly me, paying for a service that actually MAKES money for the movie studios.


13 posted on 01/06/2010 2:16:50 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: MediaMole

I don’t think sdo. I think it was a smart move. Sure there’s an extra months delay, but if there’s a lot more streaming content, and it comes about that Netflix cuts similar deals with several other studios. That just means all the more content for me..and just a couple of clicks away!

I guess I am just past the point where I need to have seen the “latest and greatest” as soon as possible. There’s decades of movies in them thar studio libraries, and hopefully I’ll be mining them for gems in the near future.

Anne Margret! I wanna see you in my streams.


14 posted on 01/06/2010 2:19:25 PM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: MediaMole

Don’t get me wrong... I really do like NetFlix and have for quite a while. It’s got a great selection and there’s stuff there that you just can’t find anywhere else. You could run all over town in all the video rental places around and never find half the stuff that NetFlix has laying around...

I’m just saying that if they want to “mess with ya”... then you can mess with them, too... :-)

But, actually, even with all the free stuff on the Internet, having Netflix is way too easy of a service to use to give that up...


15 posted on 01/06/2010 2:20:41 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: sbMKE; Jemian

Unfortunately my net connection, 3g wireless but barely, will only carry a HD stream on it’s best days.


16 posted on 01/06/2010 2:21:56 PM PST by Clinging Bitterly (MMM MMM MM!)
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To: netmilsmom

Yeah, I think NetFlix is great, too... I’ve had it for a long time now...


17 posted on 01/06/2010 2:22:17 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

And now since my DH has hooked a computer up to the plasma, I love it even more!


18 posted on 01/06/2010 2:23:56 PM PST by netmilsmom (I am Ilk)
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To: Clinging Bitterly

Are you talking about wireless to your broadband service coming into your house, or wireless within your own house (being your own network)?

I know of a wireless service that I was looking into for a relative in Claremore Oklahoma, because wired and cable doesn’t go to his house. I believe he got something from Verizon instead, but that’s a poor option (the way I see it) because they put a cap on the amount of bandwidth you use in a month. If you exceed their “number”, they cut your rate down to the rate of “watching grass grow”... LOL...

He’s just in a bad location for broadband service. Is that your situation or are you saying that your “in-home network” won’t carry it?


19 posted on 01/06/2010 2:26:35 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler

it isn’t “free on the Internet”... it is “easy to steal on the Internet”


20 posted on 01/06/2010 2:29:20 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: DGHoodini

looks like a good deal all around, except for the people who “got to see it now”.


21 posted on 01/06/2010 2:30:48 PM PST by Chet 99
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To: netmilsmom
Yeah, that sounds cool. I haven't gotten that hooked into the big screen TV yet, but I'm hoping to do something with the Apple TV but I think that I'll have to use a "NetFlix Ready Device" of some sort...

So, it will probably be both hooked into the big screen. I'm hoping that it's all wireless and I'm pretty sure it can be done that way with the Apple Airport Extreme router that I have. I've already got 25 mbits down on my broadband, so that's no problem... :-)

22 posted on 01/06/2010 2:34:27 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: DGHoodini

A supplier makes a deal with a distributor to enhance the profitability of both. Works for me.


23 posted on 01/06/2010 2:40:44 PM PST by jimfree (In 2012 Sarah Palin will continue to have more relevant quality executive experience than B. Obama.)
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To: DGHoodini

For me, the back catalog isn’t that much of a draw. I generally get disks for new releases, TV series that aren’t on streaming and a few oddball things. I’m a watch it once and never think about it again person. There are only a few dozen movies I own and actually watch again.

Improved streaming selection is good, but with looming ISP bandwidth caps, there may be little future in it.


24 posted on 01/06/2010 2:41:37 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: Chet 99
You were saying ...

it isn’t “free on the Internet”... it is “easy to steal on the Internet”

Quite true... :-)

I know it "doesn't fly" with the studios, but I use it in a fairly casual way, myself (i.e., with BitTorrent).

For example, I could watch one of these programs on TV though Hulu or some other similar service, for free, just like I would watch it on my own TV for free (if you don't mind the commercials, of course).

But, then again, perhaps I might watch it for free on my DVR, because I have already recorded it and it's sitting there. Then I don't have to watch the commercials and can speed through it. But, then again, that very same show that I could see on Hulu or on my DVR (through cable), I could get on BitTorrent, too. So, what's the difference with them all -- well..., BitTorrent, if you watch that show from that souce -- you're "stealing". If I watch it through Hulu, I'm "okay". If I watch it on my DVR, I'm "okay" again.

But, I could take it off the DVR and put it on a DVD, or even put it on my own computer hard drive and look at it that way, and "keep it" for as long as I want. That's getting a bit more "cloudy" and "questionable" doncha know.

So, I really don't care which way I do it... so that's my casual way of doing it... LOL...

Again..., with Popular TV Show "X"

Mind you, this is all the same show that I'm talking about... :-)

25 posted on 01/06/2010 2:50:35 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Star Traveler
My home network is over a standard Linksys 802.11g router but the ISP is Clearwire. I'm in their first market in the US and it is the legacy "pre-WiMax" system which runs from 1.5-2 MBPS down, when it is working well. If the conn. would hold a solid 1.0 over time it would probably stream HD okay, and indeed I watch some of the Fox series' that way and it's more often than not OK. But for a pay service to deliver a lot of movies it would be a disappointment. I think you're in PDX so you could get their 4G via Clear.com or Sprint. It is very fast but I hear they don't offer "unlimited" and the premium (or slowdown) kicks in at 5 GB. That is practically nothing if you play video streams. At least I don't have a limit.

We do have cable here that runs from 10-12 MBPS down but it is lots more $$ per month. But for various reasons I won't do business with a cable co. but as a last resort.

26 posted on 01/06/2010 3:29:31 PM PST by Clinging Bitterly (MMM MMM MM!)
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To: Star Traveler
I used to do Netflix but we just didn't watch enough movies to justify the expense. I am more often tuned to news and other portrayals of the real world the wife likes her ghost/paranormal shows (which are phony if you ask me).

The other day someone came stumbling in with a DVD of Blind Side and we did watch that. They didn't say where it came from and I didn't ask, but the FBI splash screen said something about breaking the disc after viewing it. I guess not everyone is compliant with those promotional copy policies. What a shocker.

27 posted on 01/06/2010 3:49:02 PM PST by Clinging Bitterly (MMM MMM MM!)
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To: Star Traveler

We have a PS3.
My nephew has an Xbox.

Netflix quality is great on both.

With a tower connected, we can watch YouTube and Hulu though, so that’s a plus.


28 posted on 01/06/2010 4:40:43 PM PST by netmilsmom (I am Ilk)
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