Netflix to offer downloadable movies this year?

By Justin Mann on
Legal downloadable movies? It's inevitable, with the stunning success of online music stores such as ITMS, though the legal and technical limitations of the Internet haven't made it easy. Movies by nature are behemoths in size, but despite that, Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, has commited to having downloadable movies in 2006. For any bad that can be said, it is a novel idea and one that will probably be embraced, with people on fast connections potentially able to get a movie within a few hours, as opposed to waiting a few days. Though DVD-quality movies would still take ages to transfer and the bandwidth bills being made atrocious, some might settle for lower quality video. Media companies offering TV shows and other video streams have met with success, and that success will probably carry over to full length films on the web.

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