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Using Netflix to Replace Premiums like Starz/Showtime

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by cariera, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I brought up canceling D* a few months ago and my wife and son said no to that. Now my granddaughter spends a lot of time here and has all those kids shows on constantly.

    By myself, I could be happy with NF. Or could I be? I dunno. What the hell, it's only money.

  2. moob

    moob Legend

    Nov 19, 2008

    If the premiums were cheaper...say, $5 a month, I'd resubscribe to them as well. But at the prices they charge, I'll pass. I don't need to see any movie or tv show that badly.
  3. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    I sub to Premiere and use Netflix.
  4. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    It won't be $8 much longer if I was a betting man. We'll see. A bunch of deals coming up for them and they will have to pay through the nose (like they already have for some deals) to keep content.

    I WANT MORE CowboySooner

    Oct 3, 2006
    Northern plains
  6. Christopher Gould

    Christopher Gould Icon

    Jan 14, 2007
    the link has a quote from netflix stating the they cant change the contrat on the fly
  7. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    I do too. I gotta get rid or Premiere.

  8. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    I keep the premiums for their original series. I don't want to wait for them. I use Netflix for some streaming, but the lack of DD 5.1 (my BD player doesn't offer that w/ Netflix) limits my use of it.
  9. la24philly

    la24philly Hall Of Fame

    Mar 8, 2010
    its about a 40 dollar increase for the premiums F that, they show the same movies all the time. and sometimes theires nothing on any of them that i like.
  10. Satelliteracer

    Satelliteracer Hall Of Fame

    Dec 6, 2006
    I think you're going to see some BIG changes in this area pretty soon where Netflix won't have any of this premium content. Just my guess, but there's a reason why no HBO and Cinemax stuff is on there. Very limited Showtime stuff (old old stuff) and I'll bet the Starz parameters change as well. Just my opinion, no inside information...just a guess.
  11. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    To be honest, the Starz arrangement always puzzled me. You can get Starz content basically for nothing (minimum $8 streaming plan that had no premium for Starz). Never understood the business model from Starz perspective.
  12. Ira Lacher

    Ira Lacher Icon

    Apr 24, 2002
    The premiums could offer streaming of their content as an added bonus . . . nah, that would be too subscriber-friendly.
  13. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    It comes down to choices.

    PPV, Blu Ray, Netflix download, premium Movie Channels....lots to options out there.

    I sse the Netflix on my Blu Ray players as another option - not a main one - but occasionally it fills the need. It's certainly less expensive than a premium channel.
  14. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    HBO & Cinemax do with some providers.
  15. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Gold Members DBSTalk Gold Club

    Feb 23, 2007
    Uxbridge, MA
    The crap seemed to hit the fan when Netflix made a deal to produce it's own show last month.

    If I were HBO, or any of the other premium cable networks for that matter, I would not have been happy reading that. If Netflix is going to get directly into their business, they will become less and less co-operative.

    Reselling rights to old stuff might make sense to their bottom lines, but allowing what is now a new revamped competitor access to their new stuff doesn't make sense.

    IMHO, in a about 5 years IPTV will be a lot more common than it is today, and the landscape will be very interesting for sure. I wouldn't be surprised at all if even D* gets into it at some level (in addition to the VOD they already do). Streaming App anyone?

    I have Netflix and a WD Live Plus, and I love the service. I have no problem waiting 90 days with the money I'm saving using them instead of the premium channel fees.

    Should be fun to watch (no pun intended) how all of this plays out. :grin:
  16. georule

    georule Hall Of Fame

    Mar 31, 2010
    That's one of those "it's all fun and games and 'free' revenue. . . until someone gets hurt" (i.e. people start cancelling their subs thru their cable/sat provider). Then accounting wakes up and starts yelling at people.
  17. QuickDrop

    QuickDrop Hall Of Fame

    Jul 20, 2007
    As the original poster's link shows, you don't really need any inside information; you just need to read the newspaper.

    Original Showtime programming is being severely limited; Starz programming is being delayed. HBO is on record that they don't want their original programming streaming from Netwflix, unless possibly if Netflix allows them to charge additional subscription costs at $10 to $15 more above current Netflix subscriptions.

    In terms of subscribing for movies, Showtime has already been crippled, due largely to Epix. Their one advantage is they show most everything in the original aspect ratio, though it's mostly "catalog" titles. (Ironically, Starz films are often the worst for Netflix on demand because they often provided pan and scan sub-par transfers.)

    As a compliment to DirecTV, Netflix succeeds in two ways. First, their mainstream catalog titles and recent independent films on demand choices are more varied, usually easier to access and use, and cost nothing extra over the actual Netflix subscription. Second, if you also subscribe to discs, you can eventually get numerous programs that, because D* doesn't carry the parent channel in HD, are in much more watchable and better quality than what is currently being offered by DirecTV. The only other real option is bit torrent.

    Most likely, services like Netflix don't provide everything you want from a television service but increasingly they pick up the slack when television services don't provide everything you expect them to deliver.
  18. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    What do you think On Demand is?
  19. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Something like that. I think they were thinking they would entice people to buy their service. Uh, no. The only time you even see Starz is at the beginning.
  20. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    Starz has always had a wierd way to devalue their programming. Look at the encore channels. They allowed Dish for years, and now DirecTV, to include them in a package. I'm sure they get a small royalty but it devalues the Starz brand/package and they seem OK with that.

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