Netflix is offering wireless users with low caps a rather simply bit of help in their efforts to play data-consumption limbo. According to a blog post by the company, they've released an update to their app for the iPhone that allows users to shut off cellular connectivity -- so that they'll only use in-range Wi-Fi networks. Netflix has repeatedly come out against bandwidth caps, noting that (on fixed networks anyway) they're completely untied to economic reality and exist simply to protect TV revenues. Still, they've shown they're adaptable in allowing users to deal with them, about a year ago giving users new video quality settings that allow them to consume less bandwidth at the cost of image quality.
Well the studios and content providers are strangling NF by not allowing good stuff to be streamed unless PPV. Even foreign/indie movies are shrinking lately on NF. TV content is mostly what NF has to play with in the future, which makes NF boring.
NF needs to start a PPV option with more recent/desirable titles. The studios may then be willing to play and maybe even give up some titles for the allucaneat service.
2012-Jun-1 1:43 pm: ·
RRedline Rated R Premium join:2002-05-15 Williamsport, PA
Actually, it's not an idiot button. I know several people who like to use their iPhone to watch movies while on WiFi. What's happened to them on multiple occasions is while watching the movie on WiFi they get disconnected for some reason and it switches over to 3G automatically and they use up a huge chunk (if not all) of their 3G data.