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Netflix set-top box?

01.03.2008

After effectively turning the home video market on its head, Netflix is looking to take the next step in getting you your movies. The company announced today that it will release a new set-top box later this year that will allow subscribers to download movies directly to their TV. Netflix currently has a "Watch Instantly" program that is free for subscribers but is limited in users because of technology constraints (I've tried it and it can be a hassle). The new box, which arrives without a catchy name (Netbox? Flixbox?), will be manufactured by LG Electronics and will be available in late summer/early fall. The box will still require a computer that will select the appropriate titles to be delivered to the box that hooks up to your TV. Apple is rumored to be working on a similar movie rental service through iTunes for the Apple TV box but they have not confirmed that plan. Amazon currently offers some Tivo owners the option of downloading movies to their TV through their Amazon Unbox service. Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, also hinted that video games may be in the company's future as well as they look to expand beyond mailing DVDs. So far the company has spent a whopping $40 million in research and development in new markets.

Extra Tidbit: Can we just skip the HD-DVD/Blu-ray nonsense and go right to HD video downloads?
Source: Business Week

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3:40PM on 01/06/2008

real over fake

I have to strongly agree with all this [link] sentiment.

I really think this is a prime example of technology bringing us further apart...theaters and video stores are physical--they connect us to the real world and to each other in our community. I'd hate to see that go away.

I also love my DVD collection and how pretty it looks on my shelf.
I have to strongly agree with all this [link] sentiment.

I really think this is a prime example of technology bringing us further apart...theaters and video stores are physical--they connect us to the real world and to each other in our community. I'd hate to see that go away.

I also love my DVD collection and how pretty it looks on my shelf.
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8:06PM on 01/03/2008
This means that places like Best Buy, Circuit City, and so on will have no point. We are coming to a point where nobody will be able to afford anything because they won't have a job.

Yes, lets just download them and not go to a physical store where people are working.
This means that places like Best Buy, Circuit City, and so on will have no point. We are coming to a point where nobody will be able to afford anything because they won't have a job.

Yes, lets just download them and not go to a physical store where people are working.
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7:34PM on 01/03/2008
Can we just skip the HD-DVD/Blu-ray nonsense and go right to HD video downloads?

YES! That is what I am doing. The technology is in place, it just needs to be distributed in an easy and cost efficient manner. All you folks who are buying HD-DVDs are in for it. Blu-Ray may be around for a while for those who like hard copies of movies, but HD-DVD is practically dead already. I personally am waiting for the downloads for the next wave of purchases.
Can we just skip the HD-DVD/Blu-ray nonsense and go right to HD video downloads?

YES! That is what I am doing. The technology is in place, it just needs to be distributed in an easy and cost efficient manner. All you folks who are buying HD-DVDs are in for it. Blu-Ray may be around for a while for those who like hard copies of movies, but HD-DVD is practically dead already. I personally am waiting for the downloads for the next wave of purchases.
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1:18PM on 01/03/2008
Personally, I don't care who bitches or what the hassle is, if I want to see a new movie (and I mean seriously) then I'll go to the damn theater to see it. I'm personally against downloading theatrical films.
Personally, I don't care who bitches or what the hassle is, if I want to see a new movie (and I mean seriously) then I'll go to the damn theater to see it. I'm personally against downloading theatrical films.
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12:54PM on 01/03/2008
Fuck downloading movies...they'll never take my precious DVD's, their beautiful box and cover art and [link] special features....
Fuck downloading movies...they'll never take my precious DVD's, their beautiful box and cover art and [link] special features....
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12:20PM on 01/03/2008

UH-OK

I dont know the whole point to why NetFlix has done so well is copying. People use it to copy movies alot, less people actually watch the movie and send it back, they copy it and send it back. On top of that the tech would have to grow huge to allow 40gb downloads (size of hd discs) and then where do you keep them? On a 500gb drive thats like 12 movies in HD that is why the discs will always remain, easier to store and can watch it when you want.
I dont know the whole point to why NetFlix has done so well is copying. People use it to copy movies alot, less people actually watch the movie and send it back, they copy it and send it back. On top of that the tech would have to grow huge to allow 40gb downloads (size of hd discs) and then where do you keep them? On a 500gb drive thats like 12 movies in HD that is why the discs will always remain, easier to store and can watch it when you want.
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11:25AM on 01/03/2008
I'm with you, skip this BR/HD-DVD crap. That will never happen though...too much money to be made.
I'm with you, skip this BR/HD-DVD crap. That will never happen though...too much money to be made.
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11:20AM on 01/03/2008
I'm with you on the extra tidbit, I think by the time the HD-war is over an HD download technique will be the bright new tunnel for people who can afford the HD market.

I've done the 'watch instantly' option for netflix. It is rather limited, it can only be on a PC and only with Internet Explorer, but it is pretty quick and the selection has slowly been getting wider.
I'm with you on the extra tidbit, I think by the time the HD-war is over an HD download technique will be the bright new tunnel for people who can afford the HD market.

I've done the 'watch instantly' option for netflix. It is rather limited, it can only be on a PC and only with Internet Explorer, but it is pretty quick and the selection has slowly been getting wider.
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