Netflix to start offering downloadable movies in 2005

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  1. Scott L

    Scott L Producer

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    Saw this posting in the videogame forum, thought I'd bring the info here.

    http://money.cnn.com/2004/04/05/news...oads/index.htm

    First iTunes makes downloading music legal, user-friendly, while keeping the studios happy, and now it looks like Netflix is doing it for movies. Sounds good to me! [​IMG]
     
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    Eh.. somehow, this sounds DiVX-esque to me ;( I'll wait and see.. with so many formats trying to battle it out in that timeframe (HD-DVD/BluRay) it'll be interesting to see what kind of compression you'd get, because downloading a DVD, even over a 3MB connection, would be take a good while. And then you'd have to have a burner.. or watch on your PC? Eh.
     
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    I was hoping they'd research providing the movies in WM9 with DRM to save bandwidth. I was guessing the market for this would be those who have HTPCs or those don't have a decent enough system and wouldn't mind watching a movie on their PC.
     
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    I think there is probably some demand for this such as college students. A large selection of hard-to-find titles would help tremendously.

    I'd also say one big potential threat would be the current video-on-demand, especially if the selection increases and it acheives DVD quality.
     

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