Those are some of the questions you, or your friends and acquaintances, must have been asking of Netflix. What could be in store for the future?
Are they trying to eliminate, or at least decrease, the use of dvd’s? (We hope so!) Trying to force people to choose one-or-the-other? Streaming video or dvd, but who would pay for both? There are too many choices out there with iTunes, Xbox 360, Hulu and the others. Heck, BitTorrent is even an option. At our house, no great preference really, we don’t watch network television, except for news. Political news seems best delivered by Jon Stewart, so we wait to watch online. We don’t care which channel we use…as long as it is NOW! Honestly, the only reason we would ever use a DVD is when we absolutely could not get the content we wanted digitally.
Maybe Netflix is posturing for something down the road. Some big deal or merger. Will they expand content and get social? Are they preparing for an increase in shipping costs (for dvd)? Is there concerns over legislation or future bandwidth caps and metered broadband services (for livestream)?
All of these questions come to mind while pondering this recent move. Will the second quarter earnings statement shed any light on the future. We will just have to wait and watch and see.
As long as we don’t have to watch on dvd when it arrives in the mail…and we can livestream it!