Netflix to offer downloadable movies this year?

By Justin Mann on May 30, 2006, 11:02 AM
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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nathanskywalker said:
Now this is cool. I so hope they do this. Netflix rocks, and i would so totaly buy movies from them. Especially if they offer them in dl form.
canadian said:
I am happy with bittorrent. Its sad, I use bittorrent to get everything. I have a beta testing key legally from microsoft for Office 2007, but I still downloaded, and I am using a cracked one off bittorrent, just because its way easier.
bytemaster said:
I think this is great, and if anyone could do it well, it is probably Netflix.My only comment is that the author acts like legal movies are entirely new. Studios are trying out the method, while independent films, such as [url][/url] , are distributing legal movies for free.
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