Why I wouldn’t use Netflix online
(Even if I could receive it)
Netflix are launching an online on-demand film viewing service, bundled into the normal subscription plan. If you pay US$18 a month (for unlimited DVDs) you’ll get 18 hours of online viewing a month.
Here’s the thing. If Netflix post me a DVD, I can:
- Play it on any TV in the house.
- Enjoy high-bitrate picture quality (albeit in standard definition)
- Watch the film and all the special features as many times as I like
I can’t do any of these things with the proposed online service, which only works on a Windows PC, has to fit down a home broadband line (which will at least, halve the technical quality) and the viewing time is limited.
It’s just possible that if I absolutely had to watch a new release immediately I could view it online, but that assumes I’m a big fan of the film in question, and so I would have probably already seen it in the cinema, and would already be in the queue at HMV to buy the DVD anyway.
Carl Howe has a bunch of other reasons why this service (which has grabbed a lot of headlines) might not be a success.