Netflix to Deliver Movies Directly to TV

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  1. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Look out Apple TV and iTunes movie rentals...Netflix and LG are partnering to launch a set-top box to deliver downloadable movie rentals.

  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Now this has my interest.

    I'm not up to buying anime like I did back in college. :rolleyes:
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    I wonder what it'll look like. ...No where near as nice as the Apple TV, I'm sure. ;)

    This definitely supports the rumors of iTunes rentals and Apple TV updates at MacWorld.
  4. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  5. spazzcat macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2007
    This would make my year...getting tried of waiting to netflix to mail me movies. But only if they are in HD
  6. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    Blockbuster Online is awesome, but it will be interesting to see how everything shakes out with iTunes rentals. They will still have to expand their catalog considerably for it to really matter.
  7. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
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    HD is a must, but I think that Netflix has a good customer base to pull this off. It will be interesting to see how the competition with iTunes turns out.
  8. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
  9. evilyankeefan macrumors regular


    Aug 12, 2007
    Bummer that Apple and Netflix didn't partner. Would have been best of both worlds. But 2008 has just started. Who knows what it might bring.
  10. jackc macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    Good competition for Apple, they've got their work cut out.
  11. greendragon macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2006
    i think apple is behind the 8 ball on this movie rental-apple tv thing... best to align with some company...
  12. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Downloads are definitely the future for movies, that's why I don't think there'll be a winner in the Blu-Ray/HD DVD format war. I see them both taking a dive. Apple is in a good place to take advantage of this download age for movies, but I'm glad they'll have competition. The competition will lead to innovation and a better user experience. I just hope downloads don't take a day to complete, that's the biggest hurdle I see, though streaming offers a partial solution to this.
  13. howard macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    i just wish there watch instantly feature worked with mac.

    I emailed them to ask for that feature for mac, if any of you want it I would encourage you to contact them as well.

    as for the this... the idea sounds great, but lets see how it works in practice.
  14. OhEsTen macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2003
    Thats what I was thinking when reading the article. I love NetFlix, but that peeves me that they still don't support the Mac in terms of their "watch instantly" feature.

    I wonder what the computer requirements will be for this set-top box.... will it use a web browser? Or will it be another Windows only deal?
  15. OhEsTen macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2003
    I think you're right, but I don't think it's Apple's fault. It's very clear that the movie industry is reluctant to partner with Apple. They see their music dominance as a bad thing (which it's not for us customers), and they don't want to loose control of the pricing scheme.

    This whole thing is unfortunate, because if the movie industry partners with everyone but Apple, then we'll be left out in the cold since these services will no doubt use some sort of Windows-centric format.

    Currently, I think Apple's innovation is stellar. It always has been whether they've had competition or not. I just think they need to ramp up their QC.
  16. blindzero macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2006
    Netflix's movie streaming software be "mac compatible" but it currently doesn't work on a mac.
  17. mainstreetmark macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    Not having a reliable internet connection when I'm home, I'd be happy with a download+watch system. Instant-on might mean you could loose your movie feed right when Dr. Malcolm Crow noticed that his wife dropped his wedding ring, which suddenly wasn't on his finger. THEN what are you supposed to do?
  18. Stampyhead macrumors 68020


    Sep 3, 2004
    London, UK
    Woah, dang. Apple had better sign up a few mores studios than Fox and Disney if they want to compete with this.
  19. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Competition spurs innovation. This is a good thing.
  20. MarcelV macrumors 6502

    Jul 12, 2004
    It's missing portability.

    If it currently doesn't work with a Mac, how would they support the iPod. If you can't carry it with you on a plane or so, the market will be only limited. And of all portable players out there, the iPod is by far the most used. Not be able to support that is a huge issue.

    And if they use Play For Sure, with all the current issues, how can they make it as seamless as Apple can do?
  21. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    I totally agree. I read an article written by Micheal Bay..the director of Transformers who said the only reason M$ took HD-DVD's side was so that none of them would win. He said that M$ wants both to fail so that they can succeed with digital downloads. Mr. Bay also went on to say that he wanted his movie to be released in both formats and had a preference towards Blu-Ray cuz they had to dumb down his movie to fit HD-DVD but M$ pushed it's way in to making sure it was only released HD-DVD. It makes sense too. M$ wants Sony to loose at anything and everything :(
  22. slffl macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    How about they work on streaming movies to the Mac? I wouldn't need a STB if I could stream to a Mac.
  23. bdkennedy1 macrumors 65816

    Oct 24, 2002
    If this new service sucks as bad as the quality of the disks when they arrive at my door, then I don't see this as being an issue to Apple.
  24. ribbonthecat macrumors regular

    May 23, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Apple needs to hurry up and make their own damn TV.
  25. F.D. macrumors member

    Dec 21, 2005

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