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Old 02-01-2009, 06:12 PM   #1  
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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings previously and repeatedly seemed to indicate they’d never introduce a pay-per-view video download model or higher tiers of video streaming. However, it looks like that topic has been reopened for discussion. In a customer survey going around, Netflix wonders if we’d pay an additional $10 a month to stream “HBO original series and movies.” Personally, I believe a higher tier or PPV is the only way Netflix will be license a large stable of current Hollywood blockbusters. So, I’m not entirely opposed to the idea. However, $10 seems a bit steep for this HBO content, especially with many of these shows available on DVD. Unless the tier provides currently running series in a timely fashion, say within 24 hour of airing, and timely big budget films, the pricing strikes me as a bit extreme. (Compared to what we currently pay.) Not to mention, Showtime’s delivering better original programming these days.
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They should offer a trial basis for a couple of months.
Maybe 50c a view and see what kind of audience they get. Plus, it will allow subscribers to decide if they really want to watch enough HBO stuff to make it worth plunking down a sawbuck a month.
Since so many of these series and movies are continuously repeated, you could burn through that money in a short time.
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One day the video streaming is going to run into a bandwidth issue. Not now but someday... Now before you jump on me it won't be individual users but total numbers
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That would ruin their business the only reason a lot use the streaming is because they love the idea of paying the 20 dollars and getting as much as you want to watch in that month on the streaming. To go ppv or even 30 cents a view would ruin the whole streaming business they have. If they do that then goodbye to them from me.
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I don't think it would ruin their business -- the titles currently available for streaming would continue to be available for free (studios are happy to license these titles for free because they do not otherwise receive much revenue from them). The ppv titles would be in addition to the existing titles.
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i would pay $10 more a month if it was like ALL hbos content and other new release movies. however I have hbo and if it was just the content thats currently on demand theres no purpose to pay for it twice.
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I wish they would add fox and scifi network programing to vid streaming, for no additional fee of course.
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$10 is way too high for HBO. I get HBO now for that price and they already have subscription on demand which is included with all the HBO channels (and HD too) that are included too.

At some point they likely will have to charge something for streaming as the bandwidth costs must be high but likely much lower per movie than mailing discs 2 ways. If/when they do start charging they will need to have a sliding scale based on the plan paid for. I can see charging more for someone with only 1 disc at a time versus someone who has a 3 or 4 disc at a time plan. I think they figure if you are streaming more you are taking longer to watch and return discs which lowers the mailing costs.
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No thanks. If I'm going to pay $10 for HBO content I'll just.....um get HBO. And watch it in real HD with real 5.1 sound.
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I just put my Netflix account on a 90 day hold. After six months I ran through everything I wanted to see on streaming, and all the Blu-rays in my queue were"long wait" or very long wait.

I am also waiting to see how the new 28 day moratorium on new disc releases plays out.

It is a small amount of money, but if I'm not using Netflix it will pay for a couple of new Blu-rays.

As far as premium services go, I think Netflix has to flesh out their existing HD streaming with HD audio.
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