Originally Posted by Ryan1
Oh, boy. The last TIVO I had was so many years ago, I hardly remember. But I miss it about as much as I miss my film camera and my VCR.
FYI, TIVO and all other DVRs may (and will) delete content depending on the flag set by the provider.
No DVR I ever saw ever did this, unless the user is silly enough to allow it to auto-delete old recordings to make way for new ones when it's running out of space on the hard-drive. Most DVR's, in fact, have the facility to set a delete-protect flag to prevent the user from deleting stuff accidentaly, that they want
Some DVR's that are tied to a content provider - for example, Sky Television here in the UK has it's Sky+ boxes, which are DVR's as well as receivers - have the facility to auto-delete pay-per-view items; in other words, they only allow you to time shift those.
And some content can be flagged in DVR's that have optical drives to prevent the user from transferring it to a DVD - but that it just standard DRM.
Originally Posted by Ryan1
Much of the content you record on TIVO (CSI... OK) has commercials TODAY. So you are arguing that we should all stick with TIVO, because Netflix too MAY one day have commercials? Really?!
The quality? Again, most cable/satellite channels are compressed considerably more than anything found on most modern streaming services, including Netflix. But hey, who am I to argue about quality? I can't even see the pixels on my 60" screen from 10 feet....
BTW, since I am speaking to Swedish Murder, I just finished watching Wallander (the British version) on Netflix. If you haven't seen it, it's a very good show -- often nonsensical stories, but well acted and directed, and it's possible the most beautifully set and shot crime show I've ever seen, by far.
And it all looked great on Netflix. Without having to reach for the remote to fast-forward the commercials....
Netflix doesn't have commercials yet
. The same way that lots of TV services didn't when they started up either.
The industry always plays this game: new services are kept cheap and advert free with great material that may be unavailable any other way. In fact, they are often loss leaders
- again, that's exactly how subscription satellite services were here in the UK. The receivers were subsidised (and still are 'free' with a minimum subscription contract), the channels were mostly advert and junk free and lots of them showed rarities that hadn;t been seen for years.
It all changed when the consumer base reached a critical mass.
You can expect that once streaming becomes the default and dominant way the viewers gets content, espescially if they abandon their DVD/BD players in favour of it - which means that actual disc releases will become a niche product - you will inevitably start to get unskippable trailers, ad breaks, onscreen logos and all the rest of the junk that infests every sort of broadcast content. WHich is what streaming really is - broadcast.
The cheap prices and clean content are simply loss-leader hooks to get that critical mass of subscribers. You won't get people switching from buying a DVD to paying a subscription that reflects actual costs with content that is infested with ads, even if they get the instant gratification 'click it and see it' factor. So you'll get the crap and higher prices after
most people have switched and have locked themselves into the brave new world.