The DVD is dead! That's what video rental service, Netflix, is basically telling everyone. Why is the old optical disc dead? Because it's getting in the way of streaming video.
It's no secret that Netflix wants to be everywhere — on every device. So it comes as no surprise that the movies on demand giant is partnering up with several prominent electronics companies to put a dedicated Netflix button on TV, Blu-ray and other set-top box remotes.
Netflix is pretty serious about becoming your #1 choice for streaming entertainment. Serious enough that they're locking horns with Hulu by offering up $100k per episode for new TV shows, which would allow them to compete more directly.
Comcast has plenty of reasons to not like Netflix's popular streaming service. Not only does it compete with Comcast's own video on demand services, but it does so using Comcast's internet services. But them charging an extra toll for delivering Netflix doesn't seem right.
Apple fanboys love to one up Android owners by pulling the old "We have more apps than you" line all time. iPhone owners have been enjoying Netflix on their devices since the summer. Netflix for Android was last heard to be "coming soon" in August. It won't arrive until early next year.
Netflix's streaming service is flat-out awesome. It lets you stream movies and TV shows to your TV, computer, phone or iPad, all for a pretty cheap monthly fee. The problem? It may be too awesome. We knew that they sucked up 20% of internet traffic, but did you kow that it's a mere 2% of Netflix customers accounting for all that bandwidth?
Just how popular is Netflix's streaming video service? Well, a new study shows that Netflix accounts for 20% of peak internet bandwidth in the country. That is a lot of bandwidth!
Last week, Netflix announced that streaming video on demand to a PlayStation 3 would no longer require a special disc be sitting in the disc tray at all times. Today, the same goes for the Nintendo Wii, which also ditched the disc requirement. Progress, certainly, but why did anyone ever have to use an optical disc to access network content at all?
We love us some Netflix, we really do, but having a current selection isn't really what its known for. Thanks to a new deal with NBC, hopefully that will change. Another thing to change? I may start watching SNL again, now that I can watch it Sunday instead.
Netflix has invaded TVs, home computers, iPads, the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and even the Wii, and now the service is finding a home on iPhones and iPods. The only place we're still waiting for Netflix? Android handsets.