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Netflix Watch Instantly is going international in 2010

Written by Rich Fiscus (Google+) @ 23 Oct 2009 2:35 User comments (8)

Netflix Watch Instantly is going international in 2010 Netflix will be expanding their Watch Instantly streaming video service beyond US borders for the first time next year.
During the company's Q3 conference call, CEO Reed Hastings said "with global studios and with global CE companies we are planning our first international effort in the second half of 2010."

He also indicated Netflix will be adding another US consumer electronics partner later this year, but couldn't name the company yet.

He talked about some ideas for future deals with both movie studios and ISPs. With DVD sales dropping the studios are concerned that cheap rentals are eating into early sales.

Hastings spoke about the idea of a sales-only window for DVDs. Under such a plan they would wait to rent DVDs until a certain number of days or weeks after it goes on sale.

He believes the DVDs released this way would sell better initially and Netflix could benefit from buying discs at a lower price when they do start renting them.

Addressing the concerns ISPs have voiced about the bandwidth used by streaming video like Netlix makes available to every subscriber, Hastings suggested they might be able to work out promotions which would make high end broadband plans more attractive to customers.

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8 user comments

123.10.2009 2:38
maomao001
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223.10.2009 3:46

I just wish they would expand it beyond Microsoft Borders...provide some Linux or PS3 support already!

323.10.2009 8:26

There was an article on (here?) and other places about MS paying Netflix for exclusive console rites. So, no Netflix direct to PS3 any time soon. You can just stream it to the PS3 from your PC really easy.
I just can stand downloading movies. It takes for ever. If Netflix is going to have an Instant Streaming Movie service, they will have to run a T1 Fiber optic Line all of the way to my house of the Movies will be Thumb Nail sized. No way will a decent quality movie, much less real HD movie be streamed instantly to my house.

424.10.2009 0:01

Originally posted by glassd:
There was an article on (here?) and other places about MS paying Netflix for exclusive console rites. So, no Netflix direct to PS3 any time soon. You can just stream it to the PS3 from your PC really easy.
I just can stand downloading movies. It takes for ever. If Netflix is going to have an Instant Streaming Movie service, they will have to run a T1 Fiber optic Line all of the way to my house of the Movies will be Thumb Nail sized. No way will a decent quality movie, much less real HD movie be streamed instantly to my house.
You could stream, but Netflix broke that when they went to Silverlight. Becides, if I am going to use a computer to stream to the PS3, I might as well just play from the computer. Also, while the lack of PS3 support can be explained as a bribe, the lack of Linux support is unacceptable.

524.10.2009 11:30

Originally posted by glassd:
There was an article on (here?) and other places about MS paying Netflix for exclusive console rites. So, no Netflix direct to PS3 any time soon. You can just stream it to the PS3 from your PC really easy.
I just can stand downloading movies. It takes for ever. If Netflix is going to have an Instant Streaming Movie service, they will have to run a T1 Fiber optic Line all of the way to my house of the Movies will be Thumb Nail sized. No way will a decent quality movie, much less real HD movie be streamed instantly to my house.
Now that I think of it I remember M$ saying something about streaming HD content through Live to make up for not having a Blu ray player.

624.10.2009 19:27

it's about time. hey companies: the internet is global. start *bleep* licensing globally, you douchebags. this is one thing that chaps my hide. wasn't the internet supposed to fix all this regional bullshit?

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725.10.2009 1:20

The Netflix streaming works beautifully with my Samsung Blu-Ray players that have it built in. I have the top tier Road Runner service, so connectivity is not a problem at all and the HD content looks HD; to the blind eye you cannot tell a difference.

825.10.2009 10:41

six60six - Watch the language.




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