I have had a Netflix account since its inception way back when. I used to be allotted 3 DVDs per month and I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Then they added streaming, while the original content lacked depth it was an amazing leap in legally being able to obtain content. Then came Hulu, OnDemand and a million other sources of streaming content. Until very recently I only dreamed of a day when fresh new content would be available on all my devices at the same time streaming from the internet. Now with Netflix’s bold move I see that day fast approaching.
Netflix and an Apple TV are a great combo.
Currently I use many mediums to watch the content I desire and it is exhausting to locate the content, if at all and expensive to maintain access. I have a folder on my iPad labelled video and I have 20 applications in it. They include Netlfix, VLC, HBO, NBC and Xfinity. Now these are great applications, they allow me to view content from my iPad anywhere I have a internet connection.(Xfinity even allows you to temporarily download some content) HBO is one of my favorite applications, it contains recent movies, amazing TV series and the application alone has a decent interface. Notably they have recently upgraded the application to allow AirPlay, Apple’s technology that allows you to beam content from your iOS device to your big screen TV should you own an Apple TV or other AirPlay device. The downside to HBO is the only way to get it is by purchasing the upgrade to your cable subscription which means you have to have a cable subscription which makes the free application expensive. The Xfinity application delivers a good selection of content but not all the OnDemand content makes it to the application.
Netflix has for a while been the leader in the online content race/game. Unfortunately while they can get new DVDs rather quick, the streaming library is more bleak. Should Netflix be able to purchase the ability to distribute the content they license online the game will begin to change. Another major change that is needed in the future of TV is the time delay between theater and streaming availability and network cable and streaming. Netflix has taken what I believe to be a huge step towards reducing the delay in TV on cable to TV online. They simply have skipped cable TV.
Netflix’s new series “House of Cards” is a brilliant, well funded, directed, acted, produced, reviewed TV series that Netflix created. Netflix has proved that they are able to create content that we the viewers want and they delivered it to us how we want it. We want it here and now. Netflix released the entire season in one day and it was available to stream from day one. That meant I was able to watch it on my iPad while traveling the same time anyone else had access to it anywhere else.
Should Netflix continue to develop their own content and increase their licensed content, TV as we know it will change. I have been saying for several years that I would pay $80/mo for online access to TV shows and Movies as soon as they are released. That means the same time the average cable viewer could watch the next episode of “The Walking Dead” I could too. Also, when a new DVD hits the shelve at midnight at Walmart I could begin streaming it online.
Netflix’s House of Cards
This would reduce my clutter of applications from the above mentioned 20 to 1. I would also only pay for internet and Netflix reducing my monthly expenditures which is always good. What do you think? Do you see the future of TV as I do?