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silbaco
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join:2009-08-03
USA

Netflix

I don't know if we will ever see another price hike. It's only a matter of time before this company starts hitting up ISPs for money. Netflix has gotten big enough that within a couple years they will be able to force ISPs to pay them for the service, or threaten to pull the plug and devastate the ISP. ISPs can't block Netflix but Netflix can block ISPs.



Snakeoil
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said by silbaco:

I don't know if we will ever see another price hike. It's only a matter of time before this company starts hitting up ISPs for money. Netflix has gotten big enough that within a couple years they will be able to force ISPs to pay them for the service, or threaten to pull the plug and devastate the ISP. ISPs can't block Netflix but Netflix can block ISPs.

Depends on the ISP I guess.
Comcast owns NBC and has access to it's content. Hence they may do what they can to protect it.
Verizon has redbox, so I think Verizon could care less about Netflix. Sure they like netflix money, but if Netflix jerks them around...

I dunno if Amazon has made any exclusive deals with a ISP as of yet, or if they will ever.
Same with Hulu plus.
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PastTense

join:2011-07-06
united state
reply to silbaco

The substantial majority of internet connections are either provided by cable companies or Verizon's FIOS. Their premium channel offerings (HBO, Showtime, Starz...) compete with Netflix. The amount of money spent on these completely dwarf Netflix revenues. So I quite disagree.



jmn1207
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Ashburn, VA
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reply to silbaco

Both Netflix and the ISP are at the mercy of the content owners. In order for Netflix to keep up with the ISP, they will eventually have to increase prices to get the content that customers will demand, or else lose the content along with some disgruntled customers. The ISP always gives in to the demands and passes along the increased cost to the customers through rate hikes.

Netflix will not be able to keep popular existing programming at the same price level, because of the content provider's greed. They realize this, which is why they are creating their own content to try and add value to their service. The question is, will it be enough?



Guspaz
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reply to silbaco

I doubt Netflix could get away with blocking an ISP, as it would be considered a net neutrality violation, and many of the countries Netflix serves have net neutrality legislation or regulation.

On the other hand, we may see Netflix and an ISP sign a deal to include Netflix access with all ISP customer accounts, much like Bell Canada signed a deal with Microsoft to use Hotmail for all customer e-mail (on Bell's own domain).
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NotTheMama
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join:2012-12-06
reply to jmn1207

Given the "high" ratings for reality TV crap, they could probably setup webcams all over the world in "interesting" places and as long they're in HD, a large number of people will be happy to just stare at the screen for several hours every day ("ooohhh, look... a traffic jam!!!").
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tkdslr

join:2004-04-24
Pompano Beach, FL
reply to Guspaz

Blocking a customer ISP... would be breach of contract/fraud, much more serious.. A Criminal violation in most countries..

I..E.Collecting payment for service and refusing to deliver said service..


Kearnstd
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reply to NotTheMama

said by NotTheMama:

Given the "high" ratings for reality TV crap, they could probably setup webcams all over the world in "interesting" places and as long they're in HD, a large number of people will be happy to just stare at the screen for several hours every day ("ooohhh, look... a traffic jam!!!").

People watching is honestly at times more interesting than television.

Thing is most people would not want to watch those HD cams because what we call reality TV today is really just a live in game show(big brother, survivor, etc). Nobody would want to see a street corner in NYC unless the people had to do some silly contest.
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silbaco
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reply to Guspaz

Net neutrality doesn't work both ways in the US. ESPN has already granted access to content to exclusive ISPs without a single legal issue. Netflix is already doing some of this by only allowing ISPs who participate in their Open CDN to have SuperHD.



NotTheMama
What Would Earl Do?

join:2012-12-06

I think we should all resolve to call it "Normal HD" from now on.
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