Posts Tagged ‘Streaming Video’

Netflix Launches Streaming-Only Plan in the US

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Netflix announced its new streaming-only service today. For $7.99, you can watch unlimited streaming video from your internet-capable TV, device, or video game console.

“We are now primarily a streaming video company delivering a wide selection of TV shows and films over the Internet”
Reed Hastings, Netflix Cofounder and CEO

The pricing of the DVD plans is going up by at least $1. The $1 hike is for the one or two disc options. The other ones increase slightly more. See the updated pricing list below for details.

Streaming videos are definitely becoming more popular, and evidently Netflix’s streaming customer base has been growing. Canadian customers already had access to stream-only service. It will be interesting to see how well Netflix does with this new US plan. It would have been nice to see the pricing remain steady, but the increase isn’t terribly steep at the bottom tier.

At $7.99, Netflix is competing directly with Hulu Plus. I think Netflix is the better value between the two, so we’ll see if the market agrees. Netflix’s streaming content is not as extensive as its DVD collection, but according to Netflix the streaming options have been steadily increasing. Even so, I think I am interested in keeping the DVD option a bit longer.

Netflix Now On iPhone

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

As Blockbuster is heading for Chapter 11, Netflix is making headlines the right way. You can now stream Netflix on your iPhone and iPod Touch. For subscribers with an $8.99 plan or higher, the app is available at “no additional cost.” The app is available over Wi-Fi or 3G. If you stop the stream it will resume where you left off. You can even resume playback on another device, say a video game console like the PS3 or Wii.

Netflix has been making great strides lately. Even if it bowed down to some of the larger movie studios who mistakenly think a 30 day delay will improve sales, Netflix is clearly showing it has what it takes to survive. Blockbuster can’t claim anything of the sort. Netflix is available in a number of places already, and the list is consistently growing. Once it hits Android, Netflix will be hard to displace. From all appearances the Android version is forthcoming. How do you use Netflix? I currently have it on disc, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, and of course streaming on my laptop. There are DVD players and even televisions that come with the app too. Are you excited about the iPhone version? Let me know in the comments.