Netflix Change Portends Streaming in Replacement of Discs
The way we watch movies has drastically changed over the last decade or so. Old giants like Blockbuster
and Hollywood Video
have been closing down left and right with services like Netflix
changing how we watch movies at home. There is no reason, however, to think that this is the end of how we will be getting our movies delivered.
Earlier this week, Netflix made news
by announcing that it will be removing the "Add to DVD Queue" option for those accessing the service via streaming devices. While this does not mean that Netflix is taking away the option to have DVDs delivered, it does show that they are trying to encourage their customers to utilize their streaming options and ditch the discs. They also introduced a streaming-only plan for their customers and increased the price of their plans that offer DVDs. These may be signs that Netflix plans on being purely a streaming service in the future.
Another sign that can't be ignored is the popularity of streaming services like Hulu. Support for streaming videos has been spreading to video game consoles, mobile devices like the iPhone
, streaming devices like Roku
players. With the ability to stream videos in HD on many of the devices, even Blu-ray discs are becoming obsolete.
If the streaming video trend continues, we may be seeing higher-caliber films being played on streaming services like Netflix (I'm talking about you Eyebots!
). This could mean lower costs if everything is eventually streamed. Eliminating the costs of buying and delivering the discs would give streaming services more wiggle room to lower their costs to their customers.
How do you feel about streaming services like Netflix? Do you prefer the DVD or just to stream everything?
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