Netflix strikes new deals

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  1. sdirv

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    Netflix streaming via the PS3 is suppose to move from having to use the disc to load Netflix to having it built in sometime this month (October).

    We've been promised DD5.1 before the end of the year. I'm hoping for closed captioning too.....CC is currently available through Netflix on some titles when viewed with a PC.
     
  2. sdirv

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    This is a great question. I've seen people talk about title selection, picture quality, and a variety of things with Netflix.

    I've been a subscriber for a year. When I signed up they touted about 16,000 titles available via streaming. Due to MANY new deals/contracts signed with studios Netflix now claims to have nearly 40,000 titles available.

    So....if "you" were a subscriber a year ago or more, "you" may want to check Netflix again, more than doubled the number of titles available for streaming in the past year.

    Picture quality is another issue people talk about often. Netflix top end quality on many/most of it's streamed programming is 720p, which qualifies as HD.

    But "your" ability to get that 720p stream depends on your internet speed. A provider may tell you that you have "high speed" internet. Which doesn't mean your speed is high enough to be able to receive a 720p stream.

    You need internet service with at least 3mbps sustainable speeds to stream without pauses for rebuffering, For an HD stream you probably need closer to 6mbps service.

    I had 12mbps service and was using DirecTV's VOD service with great results. I could start an HD download in an a few minutes could start watching without ever getting a rebuffering pause.

    When I added Netflix I upgraded to 20mbps service (I live in PHX so the higher speeds are available and don't seem to be outlandishly priced when things like bundled discounts are considered). Probably don't "need" 20mbps to stream Netflix, but I've got mulitple Netflix capable devices in my home so have the ability to stream to more than one at a time and even still use the internet without screwing things up for myself or the family.

    I added a wireless BR player upstairs and quickly saw that I was getting rebuffering pauses on HD programming, so upgraded my older G router to a newer N router. Problem solved.

    I've seen people ask about Netflix streaming programming in 1080p. Unless the internet "pipe" that most people have somehow/sometime becomes significantly larger, I don't (personally) see this happening.
     
  3. Stewart Vernon

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    Just a random check...

    They didn't have episodes of Chuck or NCIS available for streaming.

    They also didn't have the movie Sunshine (the sci-fi one).

    My father joined and I was trying to search for things to recommend to him to try... and I kept trying stuff that didn't turn up. There were more, but I forgot them all.

    I'm not knocking Netflix here, just pointing out that it is valid to say there is a lot of stuff that they do not yet offer for streaming.
     
  4. sdirv

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    Would you have better luck finding things to watch if you were perusing their database instead of searching for specific titles you want to see??

    With @40K titles available for streaming currently, I tend to use the streaming service more than their DVD rental....
     
  5. Davenlr

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    NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles are available via PlayOn streamed to a PS3 or SageTv
    CHUCK is available on HULU streamed the same way.

    You can stream Netflix and the above with a PLAYON background server on your PC, to a PS3 or other media extender (even MediaShare on your DVR) on the same network.
     
  6. Stewart Vernon

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    My father has been using it and finding things to watch. He has been happy with it on his iPad.

    I haven't decided yet... so I've been randomly searching for shows I know I like to see if they have them... and that's how I discovered a bunch of things that they don't have.

    Like I said, I wasn't meaning to bash them... as they do have a lot... But it is also true that they are still missing a lot, and depending on what your tastes are, some people will have a harder time finding things to watch than others.
     
  7. Stewart Vernon

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    Looks like Netflix is in the process of updating their Web site for a new pricing plan.

    Unless I'm misreading something... it looks like it will be $7.99 for a streaming-only plan and $9.99 for streaming + unlimited DVDs.
     
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  9. Stewart Vernon

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    I visited that link... but it seems to be just talking about a rumor of Netflix offering this in the US.

    Some parts of the Netflix FAQ still refer to the $9.99 pricing model, while others refer to a $7.99 streaming-only package... so I was wondering if anyone with a Netflix account knew anything for sure.
     
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    I would guess that a streaming only option might be good for someone who likes to go to the video store or kiosk to get movies, but also wants access to the big online library. Also, maybe a family that is getting streaming, so little Billy can watch reruns of nick and disney cartoons. Also, I think that there are some people who do not like the idea of sending discs through the mail -- If the disc gets lost, they might make me pay for it -- and that sort of thing.

    The problem is that the pricing model for streaming with mail delivery is so close to streaming only that streaming only may be a small niche audience.
     
  11. sdirv

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    The stuff I read indicated that from time to time Netflix is/has been trying a variety of plans and pricing. Nothing that they advertise, but subscribers would see the plans/pricing when they go to the screen allowing them to make changes to their plan.
     
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    I just checked my plan and it's Unlimited (1 out at a time) with streaming included for $8.99. The only change I could make was to add more DVDs out at a time.
     
  13. Stewart Vernon

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    Do you currently have a DVD in your possession?

    I'm wondering if they won't let you drop to a streaming-only plan while you are in possession of a movie.

    My father didn't see that option either but he has a DVD he just received... so I was wondering if he cleared out his queue and sent that one back, if it would give the $7.99 option they are advertising on the main page before you login.
     
  14. olguy

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    No I don't have one. But just ordered a bunch:). All the Inspector Lewis. He's about my favorite English detective.
     
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    At this time I doubt Netflix is going to offer a streaming only option as the currant 1 disk out at a time is currently very cheap with the online streaming option running as well. IPTV is the future like it or not. There will always be the few that desire a psychical copy though it will become increasingly harder for them to get one. IPTV has a few DRM advantages as well, like it wont be as easy to copy with any good quality.
     
  16. Stewart Vernon

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    But they are offering one... It's right there on their main page when you go to it. Very clearly says $7.99 for streaming only.

    My only questions was if this was something for new subscribers only, or if existing customers were presented with an option to switch over to this.
     
  17. dpeters11

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    I don't have the option of switching. The one thing I can think of, it is an option in Canada, and www.netflix.ca redirects to .com. But they also have a smaller selection, many US TV shows that are available for streaming here are not available there.
     
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    The streaming only option is in the test phase right now. They ran the test phase in Canada first and then started the test phase in the US. Also, important update. Netflix is going to the 1080P streaming. I believe it will hit the PS3's first. This is probably one of the reasons Roku is getting ready to hit some of there boxes with the update firmware for 1080P that don't have it yet. There are some first generation Roku players that only received 720P.
     
  19. olguy

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    Just went into my account and clicked on Change Plans out of curiosity. The streaming only for $7.99 was a choice. And my plan of 1 out + streaming is no longer offered. I had added Blu-ray a couple of weeks ago and did not see the streaming only at that time.
     
  20. coolman302003

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    A new plan for watching instantly, plus price changes to existing unlimited plans: http://blog.netflix.com/2010/11/new-plan-for-watching-instantly-plus.html

    If your in "Your Account" and you click on "See membership terms & details" it will give you the new information about what your new monthly price will be. They are unfornately NOT grandfathering in current customers with there old pricing. :(
     

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