Engadget has a story noting that Netflix has just agreed to delay new releases from Warner Brothers for 28 days after they are released for sale before offering them up to subscribers. Netflix is expected to settle for similar agreements with additional studios soon as well. Now the rumor is that these agreements are in order to allow a much greater selection of titles to go direct to instant streaming, but that is not confirmed yet.
So the question is, which would you rather have? The new release movies as they are released? Or would you rather wait a month to have it available for streaming instead? I don’t think this would be as bad of a deal if we could cut the time between when a movie is released to theaters and when it is released for sale. I, personally, hate watching movies at the theaters. Especially if they haven’t upgraded to digital. It would be nice if the blu-ray discs were released in sync with the theatrical release. Then, I could see waiting a month for them to get to Netflix.
How are these deals going to affect Netflix’s customer base? Are we going to accept this quietly or are we going to raise a big fuss? “They” always bring the piracy question, so let’s ask it. Will the additional titles available make up for the additional wait time? I think that for the most part, the majority of the Netflix customer base will not even notice the extra delay. Those that notice it will end up doing one of three things:
- Go along with it, accepting the additional month,
- Return to piracy to obtain their new hit releases or,
- Switch from Netflix over to Blockbuster Online
You can find the original post over at Engadget.