Originally Posted by barrelbelly
So be it. All I am suggesting is for somebody, primarily NetFlix) to serve a user base of over 3 million users (some estimates)
of people who bought HD-DVD players capable of accessing the internet for Video Streams. If you already own a player capable of accessing the internet such as any Toshiba HD-DVD player. Why would you want to buy a ROKU player or Blu-Ray player just to do this?! This is a market that is just sitting out there dormant and buying cheap, out of issue HD-DVD movies. The HD-DVD machines are capable of doing this right now. And all they need is a HD-DVD disc to make it happen. Obviously NetFlix can make this happen all by itself by collaborating with Toshiba, other HD-DVD manufacturers and Microsoft to code the discs properly. And just what do you suggest. Buying more new equipment to breed with your existing EQ, just to do what your current EQ is already capable of? I sure wouldn't buy a Blu-Ray disc player just to get Streaming capability when I already own an HD-DVD player that can already do it (if enabled).
Plus I already own a Blu-Ray player (Panny DMP-BD35) for Blu-Ray movies. I'm not remotely interested in a Toshiba Blu-Ray player. If I was NetFlix, I'd be all over this opportunity with any Hi-Def player in the marketplace capable of internet streaming, in order to boost my overall subscription level. I would be saturating the marketplace with access/subscription discs just like the old internet companies (like AOL) used to do. That's just my take on this.
Q: How many HD DVD players and recorders, exactly, did you sell?
A: 600,000 players in the US and 300,000 Xbox 360 HD DVD drives. 100,000 units were sold in Europe. And about 10,000 players and 20,000 recorders in Japan. So about 1,030,000 units worldwide.
I think your 3M user base estimate is a little
The format is dead. If Netflix stopped serving HD DVD discs via mail almost 2 years ago - why in the world would they let these players stream their media now? Just because? These players are not marketable - they are no longer for sale. Why would Netflix attach their new, blossoming service to dead hardware? The format is no longer supported - even the manufacturer (Toshiba) has ceased all related operations - a long time ago.
Netflix is doing just fine as is, and technically, ~1/3 of all the HD DVD players sold already have do Netflix, since all of those HD DVD add ons are connected to xbox 360s that have had Netflix available for a year now.
You think Netflix is worried about ~600k standalone HD DVD players? When between the xbox and ps3 and other bluray players and TVs they have a market of like 30+M potential devices? HD DVD is a non-issue to them, even if the players are technically capable of streaming their service.
As the user above stated, if anything, the only Toshiba product to get it would be their BDX2000 bluray player or any networked TV they might release.