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Netflix's Big Premiere

Netflix recently unveiled its online delivery service, which will allow members to watch movies and TV shows on their PCs at no extra charge. In an interview with Reuters, Chief Executive Reed Hastings explained that the "instant viewing" feature is basically an extension of video sharing already made popular by sites like

Reuters reports:

Its instant viewing feature, available only on computers that run the Windows XP and Vista operating systems, plays back DVD-quality digital files almost instantly after subscribers install special software from the Netflix site, a process that takes about 20 seconds.

To see the rest,

Online movie viewing time is awarded to Netflix subscribers based on their rental plans, with entry-level subscribers getting six hours per month and those with the most popular plans — three DVDS at a time — getting 18 hours per month.

Wow — 18 hours per month! Netflix is such an innovative company. This is sure to crush the competition from Blockbuster's Total Access plan ... at least for the time being.

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Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I went home last night all excited about this...won't happen until JUNE! :(
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Ooooohhh...gonna get me some yoga in the office!!!
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 10 years
No love for Linux lovers, eh? Typical.
beanbagchair beanbagchair 10 years
Vista runs on Macs today. So does XP. Neither run on my Mac, though, and I am never in the mood to install a foreign operating system just to watch a video file. There are plenty of cross-platform solutions for copy-protected video that could accommodate this instead of whatever Netflix has put together. It upsets me that I'm paying for a service I can't take advantage of. Don't fail to let the human factor be a factor at all. --Andrew Bird, "Tables and Chairs"
mmmmmm mmmmmm 10 years
Hey, vista comes out for macs in about a month...don't get your panties in a bunch
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Interesting idea, but leaving out the Mac users could be deadly.
beanbagchair beanbagchair 10 years
Leaving out Macs make me ever-more inclined to switch over to Blockbuster service... Don't fail to let the human factor be a factor at all. --Andrew Bird, "Tables and Chairs"
kimretta kimretta 10 years
Argh, too bad I have a Mac! Now I just feel like I'm paying for something I can't use.
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