Netflix has announced the provision of time-metered access to online streaming movies.
The NYT reports they are rolling out the service to existing netflix customers at no extra charge. They report the quality of the stream can be very good, near-DVD, provided of course you have a reliable high-bandwidth internet pipe.
Its not the same as movie downloads, but there are numerous advantages, and Netflix says they expect to build a significant catalog.
The masses have yet to connect their computers to their TV sets. Only then will the decline of the DVD begin in earnest. Only then will the futurists’ fantasy of instant access to any movie, any time become a reality.
When that day arrives, Netflix, for one, will be ready.
Meanwhile, we (the Reeds) opted just last night to sign up for Blockbuster DVD’s-by-mail.