Netflix CEO Predicts Streaming will Jump Ahead of Cable in 3-5 Years

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Eoraptor

Pretty much what the Choir said. In an organic free market, yes, Streaming would crunch the dinosaurs of cable (and sat). Because frankly, TV has become a vast, barren wasteland of stupidity and pseudo-reality crap. Just look at the number of OTA digital channels running old programming like MyRetro TV channels and how well they do compared to their prime time and cable alternatives. In a free market world, people would shut these over-loaded crapfests off in droves for the kind of content we used to have, be it vapid sitcoms or heady drama, whatever floats your boat.

Honestly, my building offers $14 a month analgogue cable (that's 2-72 for your digital neophyte types) and of that, i can probably count on my hands, with fingers left over, shows I "watch." (shows, not channels, just shows) And that's only 72 channels at a substantial discount. For someone who is getting 250 channels and in the same situation, paying $100 or more a month? The math simply doesn't work, all that so-called content and only a dozen or so items you're really interested in seeing. it's a well documented fact that consumers want ala'carte and on-demand items, not fed broadcasts, but the cable/sat companies insist on their lie of "we can't do that yet" to preserve their business model.

So in a free market economy, yeah, this would wither and die on the vine faster than a Cuecat, with people switching in droves to on-demand web broadcasts of only what they wanted to see. Sadly, the Cable companies already own most of the pipes, and letting their heavily invested model die is not an option. So you'll continue to get 95% crap and pay for the privledge as they do their level best to kill any form of competiton (whither not Google TV, Apple TV?) with extreme predjudice.

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Deblackmon3

Has anyone thought of filing an anti-trust movement against ISPs? Every major company seems to be putting them in place, all at the same time, all with the intent of driving another market to the ground.

I'm not a law major, but that's just sick business practices.

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Phrish

 

Hahahah... wiped out another post with 6 ads back to back. Not po'd so much as amused. =)
LMAO attempt 2 at this... 4 ads back to back. Thank you copy & paste!!

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Well I wrote something eloquent RE almost quitting Netflix to Blockbuster before they recanted the Quickster debacle. But in the end, I'm a Netflix stockholder. To the abyss with you, Mr. Hastings! You wiped out 80% of my Scottrade "play" money! Grrrrr... (happy I don't have serious money in Netflix stock).

 

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kixofmyg0t

I especially love the Battlefield 3 ads. MaximumPC is "sponsered" by Battlefield 3 which is why I dont trust PC reviews of the game vs MW3. 

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ABouman

MaximumPC is in no way, shape or form "sponsored" by Battlefield 3. Those ads that you see promoting Battlefield 3 are the only "sponsored" agreement we have with them, and ads in no way, shape, or form determine any review or score.

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TechLarry

Not if the ISP's have anything to say about it.

The cable companies are already punishing streaming customers by instututing caps and now even charging extra for certain types of data such as, you guessed it, entertainment media.  THEY want to be providing the media, not having it come down their precious networks from somewhere else.

Unless someone knocks the cable companies down off their unfair-business-practice thrones soon, the future of streaming is dim IMHO.

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JohnP

Cox Communications this summer lost my cable subscription ($100/month) to streaming video and their telephone service ($20/month) to Ooma ($3.40/month). They have to be hurting...

I didn't have any ads show up but I am using adblocker...

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Phrish

This the same CEO that singlehandedly destroyed roughly 80% of his company's value with his stupidity? Don't know how he still has a job...

To previous poster: die spammer! =)

To webmaster: nice programming to take me to an ad when I hit submit to post a comment. Wipes out what I just wrote. Annoying.

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ABouman

UGH. I know. Same thing happened to me yesterday - and ironically enough, again just now when attempting to reply to your comment. I've filed a bug ticket about it, so hopefully it should get fixed a.s.a.p.

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Phrish

Thanks, Amb. =)

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