Netflix: the more extreme stream

Netflix: the more extreme stream

Years ago, I was predicting that you’d be able to watch whatever you wanted when you wanted.  I figured you’d either watch free TV supported by ads, or you’d be charged by the movie or TV show, and be billed at the end of the month.

Well, Netflix has made it better than I thought (even if they don’t have quite everything yet).  You aren’t charged by movie…you pay a flat fee.

It’s $8.99 a month.

All the movies and TV shows you want, streaming to your computer (or TV) $8.99 a month.

Yes, that’s bad for the DVD industry…but I also think it is bad for premium TV channels.  It’s a good thing they’ve all figured out to put on original programming.  True Blood is enough to keep HBO in the picture, just as Dexter is for Showtime.  But are you going to pay thirty a month to add a premium channel that is just movies?  That’s a challenge in the Netflix world. 

Of course, part of that depends on Netflix having the movies and TV shows you want to see available streaming.

It’s already been good  You can read about some of my recommendations in my Flixtream this! series of posts.

Starting September 1 of this year, we’ll start seeing the results of a new deal they’ve signed (at a cost of one billion dollars!) with Paramount, MGM, and Lionsgate.  MGM has been for sale for a while, but that’s not this.  That situation has been causing problems for the James Bond movies and the Hobbit.  Presumably, this influx of money won’t hurt…but I’m not sure that it exactly goes into the movie-making pot.

It’s also important to note that MGM doesn’t own all the classic MGM movies any more.

However, this covers a lot of interesting movies.  On September 1st, The Godfather movies will be available.  Yep, watch them whenever you want, as part of that $8.99 monthly fee.

In the next few months, we’ll get Iron Man 2, as another example.

The way that it will apparently work is that the movies will first appear on Epix, which is a pay channel.  90 days later they’ll appear on Netflix, and be there for about a year and a half, and then, apparently, to basic cable (but I don’t know that they’ll leave Netflix at that point).

 Let me list some other movies we might get:

48 hrs, Oliver Reed and Jack Palance in The Adventures of Marco Polo, the original version of The Amityville Horror, The Angry Red Planet with Les Tremayne, Big Top Pee Wee, Blue Velvet, Bowery at Midnight with Bela Lugosi, Sissy Spacek in Carrie, Count Yorga, the Indiana Jones movies (!), the Vincent Price movie The Last Man on Earth (I liked it better than the Will Smith version, I Am Legend), Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, Octaman (with makeup by Rick Baker), Queen of Blood (with the inimitable John Saxon), Roadie (with Meat Loaf), The Running Man, Scanners, Secret of the Incas (with Charlton Heston), The Thing with Two Heads, Top Secret, Universal Soldier, Valley Girl, Wargames, The Wild Angels (with Peter Fonda and Bruce Dern), Yongary Monster from the Deep, Young Sherlock Holmes, Zone Troopers…and Showgirls.

Believe me, that’s just a slice!  You can see the whole list of Epix movies here:

Remember that you can see Netflix movies on your TV with a Roku box, a Wii disc, and many other options!

Sound like it’s worth $8.99 a month?  😉

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.


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