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noor

i want to see

lion king
toy story
juno
naria 2
dark knight
the note
the devil wears prada
knock up
kung fu panda

then i will drop my dvds

hot titles and popular movies

Marc

Right now a 1 at a time plan with unlimited streaming is only $8.99, so unless they are planning on jacking that up there isn't much room left in that range for a streaming only plan.

sirfuller

They would need to add alot more newer releases as well as more TV shows.

noor

they need to gives us more hot shows and hot movies then what they adding then i go will to stream

new shows

new movies 2008

if that happen i will go for it

now i am waiting

Karl

Right now, I tend to watch TV series through Watch Instantly. The chief problem with this at the moment is that not all episodes of some series are available instantly, presumably due to rights issues. If Netflix can make complete copies of classic series available, that would be a huge step in the right direction.

Tino

An inferior product for $10 a month? No thanks.

I'm still waiiting for a pro-streaming advocates on this blog to show how to get the deleted scenes from The Office (which take up about half the DVD) via streaming...

jedipunk

Instead of streaming, I would prefer them to just deliver the DVD to me over my broadband connection. Pick it out a day ahead of time and have it download in the background...with better quality.

Tom Miller

Why would I want to pay more than I am right now? I get unlimited streaming and 1 DVD at a time for $8.99! If I want a streaming only plan, then I will just empty my DVD queue, and go streaming only for the same price, but still have the option to have a DVD in the main if I wanted to. It's a no brainer!

spavis

more a la carte tv-on-dvd style licensing deals. both for completed shows (the wire, dark shadows, buffy etc) as well as more currently running network show like they're doing (ncis, csi, dollhouse, dexter, flight of the conchords).

And I'd love to see them sign deals with smaller production companies and cut out networks entirely. If Mutant Enemy Productions (joss whedon's company) could sign a deal and do shorts of series' directly to consumers that would be a dream come true.

David Grenier

At the risk of sounding facile, they would have to stream every single title they carry, and never expire them. That's the only way I would drop my DVDs. Both the storage capacity buildout and the negotiations with studios make this unlikely for the next decade or so. Still, it'd be nice if titles never went out of print (I'm looking at you, Last Days of Disco).

I think there is a fair number of people out there - the Redbox crowd - that just wants new releases and popular movies. They might be happy with limited streaming. But I'm not sure they are really Netflix' core customer base.

Ad Hustler

To go streaming only I would want the vast majority of their titles available via streaming. In fact if they did that it would make me super happy. I dont care about getting the DVD but I do want to watch all the movies in my normal queue.

dAVe

Dropping DVD's is not an option for many reasons. It is streaming technology and content library that remains in question.

kat

Until Watch Instantly adds all the special features and options from DVDs, I refuse to make the switch. I hate not having director's commentaries, or behind-the-scenes options, or even the basic menu screen that a DVD offers. Watch Instantly feels like I'm only given a portion of a larger product. No subtitles, no language options -nothing. Just stream or don't. No thanks.

Kenny

What does $10 get me? The current selection? I pay less for unlimited streaming and 1-DVD right now.

I'd pay $10/mo -- even $15/mo if the content vastly improved.

Matt

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nolahd

if they wanna charge for streaming only for $10 a month, they better include hbo, showtime throw in espn, and work a deal with the wwe for wwe 24/7 all for $10 a month (with atleast allowing me to use 2 settop boxes)

ill use that instead of the dvd plan for that price.

nolahd

also for those extra services like wwe 24.7 hbo and showtime they could offer them at a cheaper price seperate (like starz play) for users who don't want netflix movie streams but just the one lower priced feature

ZeroCorpse

Streaming Only should be about $7.49 if we look at their current pricing plans.

However, this worries me that they're going to hike all their prices across the board, and make $10 the bare minimum with no DVDs, working upwards in price from there.

I don't like where this is heading.

nolahd

sorry for 3rd post, but forgot to add that it better include a better qualty starz, because starzplay video quality sucks.

also surround sound would be nice, and 1080P hd at around 4mb-8mb per sec streams for people with higher end connections. also a larger cache for pc viewing and work on getting devices with more ram for caching movies for watching on tv. the 64MB in the roku player is too small. 2GB-8GB flash mem is more like it (like the blockbuster box has)

TJ


They HAVE to add new releases in order for me to do that. Also, stop making stuff expire. Just leave it up!

PLB

If they are thinking about this now - just keep thinking. Streaming is the future but here now in the present there are still problems. NetFlix should continue with the current free streaming service for another year or so. During that year they should:


1. Improve the service - add subtitles and captions, add multi-channel sound, add menu navigation.


2. More HD - the NetFlix database structure and its API do not recognize HD yet. All new content should be HD encoded. The non-HD encoded movies are currently watchable but inferior in image quality to non-HD movies on cable TV.


3. More content - We still haven't seen Amazon content much less YouTube. The DVD library has 100,000 titles the Instant Watching library only about 12,000. You get access eight times as many movies now than the proposed streaming service.


4. Better Content - A large part of the current streaming content is worthless. Who watchs old Gene Autrey movies? Currently Watch Instantly competes with only Internet streaming services but if it is to charge cable TV like rates it will be competing directly with HBO, ShowTime, and Comcast. NetFlix has what appears to be second tier Starz license. Starz on cable comes with six or seven 24 hour a day movie channels and its OnDemand has 75 movies available at any one time. Many of these are available in 1080HD. New Starz movies seem to appear first on cable and only later on NetFlix.


I have Starz on Comcast cable as do many other NetFlix customers. Starz content may indeed be necessary but it is not sufficient.


Jg

I would assume that adding newer titles is Netflix's most difficult task, given the logic that new movies have widely-sought-after licenses. Expiring titles cannot be avoided with the way licenses are structured these days, unfortunately.

Maybe

Can I close this tag?

Daryl

That is a tough question. I think they would have to bring maybe 1/2 of their DVD library over to streaming for me to consider dropping the DVD shipments completely. Like Tom Miller said above, I might drop to a 1-at-a-time plan instead.

Some top titles I'd want to see streaming:

Trailer Park Boys (series)
Burn After Reading
Rachel Getting Married
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Who Killed the Electric Car?
God is Great, I'm Not
Entourage (series)
Six Feet Under (series)

...and a lot more

Maybe

Yes, I can. Hooray!

kh

As others have pointed out, one disc out plan with streaming is already cheaper. This tells me that it's not really about a streaming only plan as much as it is about charging for streaming, which they have been giving away up until now.

Beds are Burning

can i please set fire to an andrew jackson each and every month?

TJ


I would switch to streaming-only and I would even pay the same price I'm paying now if they offered new releases and closed captioning or subtitles. Netflix would never have to spend another dime on postage for me.

Here is my Wishlist for Netflix Instant Watch, maybe someone from netflix reads these things.

1. Closed Captioning or Subtitles. I'm not deaf, but I do have an auditory problem and I do use captioning or subtitles for 99% of what I watch. If there is any kind of accent, I absolutely cannot watch without subtitles, so I just wait to rent the DVD. Please, please please netflix?

2. New Releases, New Releases, New Releases

3. More Variety/More Content in general - most of the stuff on there is old, not interesting, not highly rated. You have to pick very carefully through a bunch of garbage to find something interesting to watch.

4. More full seasons of TV shows and not just random seasons. If you have Season 4 of XYZ show, please have seasons 1-3 available to instant watch too.

5. I'd like an option to have Netflix email me when something in my instant queue is going to expire. Hulu does this and it's great!

6. A "wishlist" of items you'd like to have available for instant watch. This way Netflix would know what people want and could then email you when that show or movie becomes available via instant watch.

Wade Menard

For those saying that they are already paying $8.99. Keep in mind that will be going away as more content provider deals go live. I don't think the DVD only prices are going to change much (pending improvement of the US Dollar's worth).

Gran

I'm still waiiting for a pro-streaming advocates on this blog to show how to get the deleted scenes from The Office (which take up about half the DVD) via streaming...

You are talking about DVDs. Extra features are a DVD thing. Netflix does not stream DVDs. They take movies from a tape that the distributors provide them. The tapes do not have extra features.

Gran


They HAVE to add new releases in order for me to do that. Also, stop making stuff expire. Just leave it up!

New releases will never become available on streaming. New releases are for the DVD distribution market. Then comes the pay-per-view/cable market which is where Netflix would come in.

Stuff has to expire because that's the only way distributors and studios will work deals. They do not sell open-ended distribution rights.

DaveB

No! The only thing that would even get me to consider dropping the red envalopes for streaming-only, is if they moved theit entire DVD library to streaming, including new releases available ON THE RELEASE DATE.

Tino

"You are talking about DVDs. Extra features are a DVD thing. Netflix does not stream DVDs."

Exactly. So why would I pay anything extra for streaming? It is a vastly inferior product.

Gran

Exactly. So why would I pay anything extra for streaming? It is a vastly inferior product.

You missed the point of the post. Some would pay LESS is they chose to drop the DVD option. So, a lesser product for less money.

Steve

Netflix streaming is already a great service at $8.99 !
1. Add many more HD titles(bump up top quality for those who already pay for 10Mbs cable)

2.Stream the whole catalog of dvd's for $15
(if you really Need the dvd extras rent the dvd physical medium somewhere, this is trivial)

I never want to see a dvd disc again. The future is now with NetFlix streaming ...take it by storm!

Panda

A streaming only plan fails for me. If I'm watching a series via stream and I come across "This episode not available for streaming." I get SOOOOOO very annoyed. First season of Dr. Who? First half only is streaming. First Season of Dead Like Me stream everything but the last two episodes. Second season of dead like me is mixed so that you HAVE to get the disks to watch all the episodes. No benefit to streaming. I can't tell you how much this annoys me.

MrMe

they would need to increase the available films by 260% at least half of the available dvd's they have, or this is pointless. A movie here and there and the many websites and torrents, are free and can do more.

I know though they only get what the studios offer them, so this will not change anytime soon.

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