BobBob wrote on Sep 18, 2012, 14:29: Netflix and Hulu are useless. I can get all the latest movies and TV shows for free on DVD at the library.
I don't even have a DVD player in my house. And the closest library to me is 8 miles away. Not to mention Hulu is predominantly for TV shows, both classic and modern (a day after they air). Those aren't on DVD's at the library.
I love Netflix. Its biggest troubles can be laid squarely at the feet of movie and TV studios who overr-charge them for streaming licenses in order to put them out of business because they are a competitor, and they have a model that actually gives the customer what they want.
This. Comcast owns NBC and they have their own moneymaking VOD scheme so they are content-owners in direct competition with Netflix plus Netflix is beholden to them to carry their streams. As net neutrality gets increasingly watered down I see trouble ahead.
I'm thinking the studios want to get their own content delivery schemes set up now. Think of Netflix as Steam: they were the first and they had time to improve it into something people really love and the movie studios are the Blizzards and EA Origins starting to hawk their own crappy services. Too late to the party but they'll just take their ball and go home if people don't play by their rules.