Netflix to Offer Streaming Only Option?


Posted February 20, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Mail order DVD-providing company Netflix says that in the future it might provide tech-forward customers with "streaming only" subscriptions.

"Right now, the power of the service is that hybrid message, the best of both [streaming and DVDs],” Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings told Bloomberg's. “So we’re putting most of our wood behind that. But we recognize at some point in the long term, the streaming will be good enough that an appreciable number of people will find streaming is all they need.”

That sounds good but our current telecommunication infrastructure is made up of lots of copper wire -- the same thing Alexander Graham Bell used to talk on the phone -- so I wonder how feasible streaming HD movies will be for the majority of "normal" people who want to be entertained with minimal hassle and/or buffering.

I love Netflix streaming. I'm lucky enough to live in a fiber-optic-equipped neighborhood, so I have U-Verse Internet and TV; and Netflix streams flawlessly through my Xbox to my LCD. My only issue with the service is that there just aren't enough flicks available to stream! Until they fix that problem (and it's probably an issue with the entertainment companies, not Netflix) I'll keep my hybrid subscription. But what do you think? Do you stream or still use old-fashioned discs? 


Netflix to Offer Streaming Only Option?


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