Apple TV heat gets Netflix streaming

Well it is not just Apple. Besides the old foe Blockbuster, Netflix has recently seen dedicated and planned moves from Microsoft, Amazon, Movielink, and Cinemanow that stream movies direct to consumers. Seeing the writing on the wall, Netflix today announced that from Tuesday it will start streaming movies and television shows directly to users’ PCs. Netflix will initially be putting up 1000 titles from NBC Universal, Sony Pictures, MGM, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers and others. After the rollout of the service in the next 6 months, Netflix will working on delivering movies to portable devices and TVs.

As for how much bang you get for your bucks – subscribers on the $18/month plan will be able to get 18 hours of free watching every month. Lower and higher priced plans get hours adjusted accordingly. Right now $18 plan gets you 3 movies, which can make upto 12 movies for the month or 18 -24 hours of viewing time. I am not sure what will be stand of Netflix on pre-roll advertising given the limited viewing time. Anyway, streaming was never the issue. Painless delivery of the movie your TV is what we need. Setting up the movie to stream, getting the laptop s-video port hooked up to the TV, changing the power options for your PC,….are just too many hoops you need to go through to watch a movie.

Today I was planning send out my last movie and finally say goodbye and thank you to Netflix for a service that I rarely used. I think I will stick to that plan. Apple TV seems delicious.



8 Responses to “Apple TV heat gets Netflix streaming”

  1. Wall Street Select » Netflix Announces Instant Movies on Your Computer Says:

    […] You can read more on the Netflix announcement from other bloggers(via Techmeme): Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:   Netflix Unveils Movies-over-the-Web Mike / Techdirt:   Netflix Streams Movies… At No Extra Cost Donna Bogatin / Digital Markets:   Netflix: Watch movies on your PC Pat McCarthy / Conversion Rater:   Netflix to Offer Streaming Movies Rafat Ali / PaidContent:   Netflix Launching Streaming Service; No Downloads Or Burns … David Rothman / TeleRead:   NetFlix’s new instant-watch movies online—and the browser model for e-books Vivek / StartupSquad:   Apple TV heat gets Netflix streaming Warner Crocker /   NetFlix To Deliver Streaming Video Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Netflix Unveils Streaming Video Service Free To Subscribers John Cook / John Cook’s Venture Blog:   Netflix in movie streaming business Marc Hedlund / O’Reilly Radar:   Netflix “Watch Now”  —  I just noticed an AP article … Hollywoodreporter / Reel Pop:   Daily Links: Who’s the chick in the box? […]

  2. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Blockbuster’s new plan; Buy Movielink Says:

    […] Blockbuster is planning to buy movie download service Movielink for $50 million, according to MarketWatch. Blockbuster seems to be the last of all the major companies to think of such a move. Netflix is already carrying out beta of its movie streaming service to be launched Q2/Q3 of this year. On the other hand Amazon recently made deal with TiVO to get a better handle of the TV market instead of targeting only the PC users. Apple, Microsoft, Walmart are just of the other companies looking to grab major chunk of the market share from Netflix and Blockbuster as users finally think of moving towards online movies. […]

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