Originally Posted by krabbelen
I guess that is pretty good in USA, but it sounds pretty low to me. I am as far out in the sticks as I can be in NL (of course everything is smaller) in a village of 4000, and our service is nothing special, but we get 20Mb/s. My dad in a small town in the middle of the UK gets 35. Many cities in Europe have services providing 50 - 150 Mb.
ISPs in the US aren't that great. I wish I could get 12MBps. I get 3MBps, and it's not that stable at that rate either. I don't think they're very shrewd either. I've asked a couple ISPs what it would cost to run me pay them to run a line and been told "there is no procedure for that".
Originally Posted by jr_b
Netflix will not survive unless it offers up to date content from all studios.
That's not feasible at their pricing. If they offered newer items at a premium, I think that might be doable.
Originally Posted by cmvsm
Very surprising. I cancelled my membership last month, as the Netflix selection for streaming movies is horrible. They only have a handful of new titles to stream, and rarely add anything new from week to week. If you like B and C movies, there's plenty to choose from, but be prepared to be scrolling through to cherry pick. It's only $8 per month, but a wasted $8 is a wasted $8.
I think Netflix Instant's strength is TV shows. A night of watching How I Met Your Mother
(a show I didn't catch the first time around) would pay for itself vs. Amazon or Apple or any other method short of piracy or borrowing DVDs from someone I know, but I don't know anyone that has it. I've spotted a lot of other TV shows that I wanted to watch after I finish that series. For a while, I was blitzing through Top Gear
, that kept me going for some time, at a good price.
Originally Posted by jragosta
Stock price? Not so much.
Subscription statistics tell the story, though. And everything I've seen says that Netflix has been losing customers. So if you include all Netflix customers who sometimes streamed content in previous years, you'd see a very different story than what's presented here. It is absolutely absurd to pretend that no one streamed on Netflix before 2010.
They did well last quarter:
Whether it's a real turn-around is anyone's guess.
Originally Posted by alandail
The analysis is flawed. The only thing T changed is the billing model. I used to subscribe to Netflix just for th estqreaming, I never actually ordered DVDs. They changed the billing, I changed my subscription.
I think that's a valid point.
I pay less money but somehow that represents revenue growth for streaming?
It is, technically. At first, it was a bonus service, so the revenue might be countable as zero. I think for a while it was $3/mo add-on for streaming. Then people like you and me on the basic streaming plan, we're paying $8/mo. I don't think the numbers are lying, just that people looking at the numbers should keep facts like that in mind so they don't draw incorrect conclusions.
Originally Posted by bdkennedy
99¢ per episode is a rip off.
It's fine if you only wanted to watch a handful of your favorite episodes scattered around a series. It's not viable to watch a whole series that way though.
Originally Posted by Patranus
What I am tired of are people who have never created anything substantial in their lives telling copyright holders that they need to monetize their work using the Netflix model.
Anyways, why do these companies need Netflix to digital distribution? At one point the technology was extremely expensive meaning Netflix was the only game in town. Now anything with an internet connection can setup their own streaming library. Why does ABC need to put their content on Netflix when they can simply release a ABC app and stream their content directly to consumers?
Why do these production companies *need* Netflix? Netflix certainly needs them.
Doesn't anyone else get annoyed having a big pile of apps that all do the same thing but from segregated resources? I like having a single locus.
Also, keep in mind that a company's network and their production division are different entities. The ABC app probably only caries media aired on ABC networks. I think ABC probably sells original content to other networks too. I'm pretty sure Fox sells original TV shows to NBC at least.Edited by JeffDM - 6/2/12 at 3:46pm