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It occurs to me

It occurs to me that maybe Netflix's now three-day-old "shipping system failure" is a ploy to get me to use their "play now" streaming option.

Maybe I'm just paranoid. Is their shipping system failure a nationwide thing? Does everyone now have unprecedented empty spaces in their "at home" list?

Here's why I'm not interested in their "play now" option:

a) The required viewing software contains suspect DRM components that reportedly can mess with other digital media on your computer, however legally acquired.

b) I have this huge honkin' flatscreen TV because that's how big I want to see my movies. And I don't have a spare computer lying around to hook it up to, and if I did, it wouldn't have the remote control or the surround-sound system that my DVD player makes use of.

Yeah, yeah, I know physical DVDs are a thing of the past and I should just let them go. Virtual content--pay for it but don't own it! It's the new way!



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Aug. 14th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
I actually got a Netflix disc today. I think they're being cautious and telling people the glitch is worse than it is so they can underpromise and overdeliver.

I've had very good experiences with Watch Now, although a lot of what's Watch Now-able is probably on hulu and you might like their DRM system better. Also, I have a smallish TV and a big honkin' monitor so I'm fine watching on the computer (which is pretty much my habitat anyway).

In the Wall Street Journal um, today? yesterday? there's a review of the box Netflix will sell you for $100 to play Netflix on your TV. The review says that's all the bloody thing does, but it does it very well, in case it's worth spending money on this.
Aug. 14th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, a box. More wires, another remote control, and one more stupid thing to become obsolete while sucking up electricity and controlling my entertainment life.

Yeah, that'll happen.

Aug. 14th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
I'm right with you re Occam's Surge Protector (gadgets should not be multiplied inappropriately). However, I think it actually makes sense for the primary method of distribution to be disks rather than streaming, because it's going to get awfully crowded in my sky if everybody's streaing movies all the time.
Aug. 14th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Movies, passing through your body constantly.

Aug. 15th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
i'm with you! i still buy cds and dvds. i can't only download.

Aug. 15th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Remember when CDs came out and over time, everyone replaced every vinyl record they loved with its CD version? Or when DVD replaced VHS and people all rebought their movies? Or when iTunes started, and everyone re-rebought their music yet again?

It's just going to keep heading that way, I'm pretty sure. Download-only, viewable only on a proprietary device, and when that device is made obsolete, rebuy what you love enough.

Makes you kind of nostalgic for books, doesn't it?
Aug. 15th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)

i still buy books... at first i was excited about being able to buy e-books but there's the same issue - unless i buy an ebook reader i can't sit comfortably on my couch...also, i can't share the books or sell them/give them away if i'm done with them...

but yes, i fear that everything will eventually go electronic.
Aug. 15th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
With books, if no electronic version is available, I buy the paper book before pirating the text--I try to be fair, to the artists if not the corporations. (I did the same with Dr. Horrible, by the way--bought the iTunes then torrented a version that would actually play on my non-Apple device...grrr...).

This approach only works with really mainstream books, and forget about non-fiction that depends on illustrations, tables, or fancy formatting.

With music...well, I don't have a pattern. I stopped listening to music a couple of years ago (trauma thing) and am just getting back to it. Last night I totally bittorrented a copy of The Ramones' greatest hits, so maybe I'm more of a pirate at heart than I think.
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