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John Jebbia

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Phoenix, Arizona, US

Do you think there will ever come a time when a single service, whether it's Netflix or some other company will have EVERYTHING available to stream? I think I would pay tripple, or even quadruple what I pay now to be able to get that.

Jan 02 13 03:36 pm Link

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Jason Haven

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Washington, District of Columbia, US

Not unless a media monopoly happens.

Jan 02 13 03:37 pm Link

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PhillipM

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Martin, Tennessee, US

Nope.  F.T.C. will not allow that to happen.

Jan 02 13 03:44 pm Link

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Managing Light

Posts: 2018

Salem, Virginia, US

The market may fragment even more: for years, I've wondered when the studios would wake up to the fact that they could put their products on their own servers and cut out the middle man.  Including, in time, HBO, Showtime, etc., as more customers get accustomed to getting movies via the Net.

Jan 02 13 05:21 pm Link

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Looknsee Photography

Posts: 22434

Portland, Oregon, US

John Jebbia wrote:
Do you think there will ever come a time when a single service, whether it's Netflix or some other company will have EVERYTHING available to stream? I think I would pay tripple, or even quadruple what I pay now to be able to get that.

No time soon.  Eventually, the market will evolve and big companies will merge together and/or acquire little companies.  But not as long as they can be reasonably profitable the way things are now.

Jan 02 13 06:30 pm Link

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37photog

Posts: 694

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Managing Light wrote:
The market may fragment even more: for years, I've wondered when the studios would wake up to the fact that they could put their products on their own servers and cut out the middle man.  Including, in time, HBO, Showtime, etc., as more customers get accustomed to getting movies via the Net.

I think this is likely where it will go.  They don't want to bite the hand that feeds yet, because most cable channels are owned by only a few large conglomorates (Time Warner, Viacom, Comcast/NBC, etc) so they are better off receiving subscriber fees and commercial advertising off of multiple channels, rather than just one or two.  Plus the TV ad rates are currently much higher than web as the media buying industry is slow to adopt. 

Eventually though, I do think HBO.com & ESPN.com will likely start to air their own stuff direct to consumers, among other sites/channels.

Jan 02 13 07:37 pm Link

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hbutz New York

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Ronkonkoma, New York, US

Netflix continues to add, then remove titles for streaming.  I was right in the middle of watching Third Rock from the Sun when -poof- gone without warning; it was removed from my streaming queue.

Many classic films are never made available for streaming.  Amazon Prime offers free streaming for "many" titles, but now "many" titles have reverted back to pay per view, and some at outrageous fees.

It's all a scam.

Jan 03 13 04:25 am Link