Netflix just announced their new “Watch Now” feature allowing subscribers to see their movie rentals streamed to them within the internet. This is a direct a reaction to Blockbuster’s Total Access program allowing their subscribers to go back and get new movies from local Blockbuster stores, a feature Netflix could never compete with. Blockbuster’s franchise is just too big. However, as the net boosts and more folks are connecting their TV to their PC, streaming movies has become the future.
Streaming movies is just a service also offered by companies like Apple and Amazon, so Netflix is certainly in the first to ever try this, but they’re the very first company to stream movies together with renting DVDs. Subscribers can watch an hours worth of video per dollar their subscription costs. So, the $17.99 plan are certain to get you 18 hours of movie watching through Netflix.
So what’s the big deal about streaming movies anyway? Who would ever want to watch the full length movie on their computer monitor? Well, technology is finally catching up to produce this a possibility. First of all, broadband internet speeds are merely getting faster. Second, more and more people are finding ways to hook their computer to their television, even wirelessly. So, video on your pc doesn’t need to be confined to your monitor.
And what does all of this mean for the movie and DVD rental industry, and most importantly the consumers? Those who are depending on DVD rentals to generate income better start finding ways to stream their movies to their customers film in streaming. Individuals are beginning to want their videos and movies On Demand and as technology grows, the demand for immediate gratification will also grow.
For all your consumers out there, you might not be quite ready for streaming video just yet. Current offerings from DVD rental companies may suit you only fine. If that describes your preferences, then you’re still in the majority. Streaming video isn’t as popular as traditional online DVD rental services that have been offered by companies like Netflix, Blockbuster and GameznFlix. The shift to streaming video is going to be slow, but it’ll happen. Don’t worry, you won’t have to change until you’re ready.
What can we expect in the long run?
More products designed to get in touch computers to TV screens, especially wirelessly
Larger LCD monitors becoming less costly
Much more consumers is going to be using broadband internet at home
All major DVD rental companies will quickly offer video content directly through the net
So just settle-back, relax, and await the changes to happen. Streaming video might appear like an originality for the present time, but quickly enough everyone is going to be deploying it in one single form or another. Maybe someday your entire movies, videos and TV shows should come straight on the internet to your television screen.