Netflix in position to surpass HBO in paid subscriber count by year's end

By Shawn Knight
Oct 21, 2013
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  1. Netflix is in prime position to overtake HBO in terms of paid subscribers in the US, a significant milestone for a web-based “television provider.” The video streaming service, which started life as a DVD-by-mail rental provider, likely reached 31 million...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,896   +611

    Has anyone else kinda stopped using Netflix for movies and now just uses it for TV shows? I've found their movie selection to be so lacking I don't even consider them a source for movies anymore, and as a result I don't watch many movies. Maybe their interface just needs better browsing. Us old folks (used to Blockbuster stores) are used to New Releases to mean new movies that used to be in the theater that are now available to view at home. On Netflix, 'New Release' means new to Netflix, which means it's probably a B movie that no one would ever pay to see, or something old that is now available to stream.
  3. Pioneer

    Pioneer Newcomer, in training

    I almost never watch movies alone except for those rare occasions where I am watching television and it catches my attention. Let alone the ones on Netflix for the reasons you mention. I like using it for watching a series in consecutive order, a luxury that television airing times can make difficult.
  4. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,259   +216

    I've found it to be hit and miss lately, but getting better. I've seen a variety of titles pop up on Netflix that are also in the new category at Redbox, so it's not like there is a massive delay in some cases.

    The problem generally isn't Netflix and their choices - if it was up to Netflix they'd have every new title the moment it is available on DVD. What titles they are allowed to show, and when they are provided, is totally up to the studios and locked into their contracts. While there might be ways to renegotiate for quicker and more widespread availability on streaming, as long as a particular studio doesn't have an exclusive with (or interest in) a competing streaming service. But the cost of those more open terms would probably mean a substantial bump in what we pay for Netflix service, and consumers always resist rate increases - considering how many people consider Netflix one of the alternatives to help avoid cable companies and their ever-increasing rates, it would be counterproductive for Netflix to hike theirs too.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,096   +1,186

    Which provides the weakest stance against piracy.
  6. Netflix is only allowed to show the films there are able to buy with the 7.99 of the suscription.

    I hope someday they sign with bbc like hulu did, those kind of programs is what netflix lacks.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,896   +611


    Oh, I know why they don't have the newest movies. I understand I'm paying for 30 days of unlimited watching with the same amount of money that would get me 2 new releases at blockbuster. I just wish they had a section for movies that were in the theater, even if it was a few years ago.
  8. p51d007

    p51d007 TechSpot Booster Posts: 267   +35

    Watching movies on netflix is only good for the first month or two after you get it.
    I use it more for watching a tv series during the summer when the weather is bad. Just fire up a series (1/2 ones are the best, 20 minutes each). No commercials, you can watch the entire series in an afternoon.


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