Netflix's Internet option low on content

Netflix's Internet option low on content

There are 8 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 12, 2008, titled Netflix's Internet option low on content. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

As my family looks to control spending, one option is to lower our in-home entertainment costs.

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Gurnee, IL

#1 Nov 13, 2008
One thing Eric forgot to mention: many broadband Internet Service Providers, especially Comcast in the Chicago area, are cracking down on heavy downloaders. If you download more than 250Gb per month, I believe, now, you are subject to getting booted from Comcast. The DSL companies are also looking at doing this. Most people doing even heavy Internet browsing, posting, emailing, gameplaying etc., are still well under 50Gb per month. But downloading or watching online LOTS of movies or other video content, or transferring big files in or out frequently, can cause one's family account to cross the threshhold. I think a typical 2 hour Netflix movie is about 4Gb. And use of Roku, or using the Netflix Play (online) option, counts.
Larry Lu

Santa Maria, CA

#2 Nov 13, 2008
Don't get to excited... With ISPs such as ATT & Comcast imposing CAPS for per month use of your Broadband. Your going to get your service cut off, pay extra usage fees if you use this a lot...:-(
Bruce B

Marengo, IL

#3 Nov 13, 2008
What about Vudu?
john q

Chicago, IL

#4 Nov 13, 2008
One of the BIG things it LACKS in my opinion is SUBTITLES as well as the DVD special features and extras. PLUS THE QUALITY SUCKS, its like watching VHS tapes.
Richard Friedman

Wilmette, IL

#5 Nov 13, 2008
I am enjoying my Roku. At $100 it is a bargain. So far I have been catching up on episodes of 30 Rock. Quality is quite acceptable. Of course, a bigger selection would be nice, but the price is right.

Since: Nov 07

Morton Grove, IL

#6 Nov 13, 2008
Eric, you've said everything but the reason, the movie studios want to sell DVD's at $24.95, or more for some of these box sets. They don't care for royalties of cents per viewing for streaming or rental. They tolerate that demand, but they do everything they can to throw obstacles in the way as the hard media is the seller for them.

Elmhurst, IL

#7 Nov 14, 2008
Nov 19 is the official start date of real content for you and the kids to curl up with some popcorn! This report was done a bit early but on track!

1. XBox360 will be the Roku box instead.
2. Netflix $9 per month subscription.
3. Annual $50 gold card with Microsoft for "xBox Live"
4. After one month in December 2008 pull the plug on Comcast TV since they deserve it for charging $60 per month for more crap on top of the free airwaves. We are held hostage by Disney, ESPN - All the same company.
Content like Disney children programming should be there on a 1 day delay.
Rob K

Stockton, CA

#8 Nov 14, 2008
There is a tiny quantity of download movies compared to mailbox disks for one reason: Netflix wants everybody to sign up for the expensive several disks per month plan.
Lets take a run of the mill, non priority item: Magnum PI t.v.
The first year series 22 of the episodes are available by the mail.
Only only eight of these can viewed online.
The online availability is just to whet your apatite and temp you to sign up for 8 items at a time for $47.99 instead of $08.99 per for simple unlimited online. If you want to see them all you will pay through the nose.
Same with a zillion other episodic examples. If for instance you are fond of a PBS series on anthropology you must sign up for a more expensive plan in order to see them all.
All private companies wants to increase their profits, which is fine. Netflix is an example of one whose love of money seems to me proportionately large compared to its affection for its customer base.

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