Originally Posted by gtgray
Ah this is not really true. ISPs have a cost per bit, magabit, gigabit.. whatever unit you choose that goes down almost hourly. If you pay attention to the capacity and cost of capital goods it is a lead pipe cinch it will eventually cost nearly nothing to transport an infinite amount of bits. The other costs, like maintenance and customer service are already built in the model. The problem is really that the ISP are now Content owners and think like content owners. They understand that in this economy their value proposition stinks and they want to own content so they can either add value or protect themselves from content cost increases. But the pipeline business has a tremendous cost of delivery prospectus going forward. The new router and switches from Cisco are simply mind boggling in their speed and capacity. When 8 port consumer grade gigabit switches are $25 you know where transport cost are going.
Exactly, I don't think the bandwidth caps are sustainable. Or at least not the current caps. Sooner (or later) people are going to really start screaming about that. Netflix has stated that already, an extra GB of data only costs them $0.01.
As more and more people start consuming more and more bandwidth, and running into bandwidth caps, something is going to have to change. I suspect what will happen is as larger and larger portion of their customer base start running into bandwidth caps (and not just the "extreme" users), the caps are going to have to go up.
I mean just think of a situation with a 250GB cap and 25GB streaming movies common, before long half of your customers are going to have blown their cap in no time. Sooner or later somebody is going to "blink" and either up their cap, remove it, or advertise that they don't have one, and the arms race will be on again, for the ISP that will allow the most data through in a month.
Originally Posted by jeffkro
I guess I'm the only one to use redbox exclusively. You can't beat $1 rentals especially since there are probably only about 10 movies worth watching a year.
Except the selection is horrible. Even new releases, unless you're happy with DVD.
Originally Posted by GreenEyez
Well, not quite. Don`t forget that we are almost 10 years into the mp3 iTunes/Amazon era (which is the present for the average user), and you can basically find CDs (which get ripped to FLAC in our case) for basically any genre of music that exists, heck, i have a hard time not finding music released on CDs these days. For classical and jazz and some rock bands, you can also find SACDs, DVDAudio and some Blu Ray concerts.
Yeah, but nobody "rents" them, that's what I mean. My point was Qwikster will continue on, but their
selection will dwindle. I've seen this in my own queues for the past year or two, more and more stuff just going permanently unavailable or very long wait (and never shipping). It seems that lots of older, less common stuff, when the discs die, they just don't bother replacing them anymore. I expect this to continue for Qwikster.
Originally Posted by DougSmith
I think Blockbuster will demolish Quickster for exactly that reason. You can conveniently pick up movies any time you want as long as there is a store nearby - especially on weekends - which is when most people want to watch them anyway.
But that logic would mean Blockbuster should have demolished Netflix. As pessimistic as we are about Qwikster, there's no official word of any service or policy changes. If nothing changes, why would BB suddenly demolish a service formerly known as Netflix.