Talks to embed Netflix service on Time Warner Cable set top boxes are on hold courtesy of the Comcast merger acquisition, a source informs Bloomberg. The piece notes that Comcast is much less likely to want Netflix on their set tops due to their heavy focus on the new(ish) X1 set top platform, which Comcast has increasingly linked to their own Streampix video services. Time Warner Cable had recently announced new "Maxx" broadband, cable and set top upgrades, but it remains unclear how many subscribers will actually get to see them before the deal is completed.
Are you saying that we can predict the future of a company with a legal product by referencing the failure of a previous company that operated an illegal product? Napster didn't fail because others came up with competing products. Napster failed because it's product involved using copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder. When the copyright holder asked them to remove the material, they refused. That's like defying law enforcement when asked to drop a loaded weapon.
People have been saying Netflix is going to start going downhill at various times over the last several years. But instead Netflix keeps doing the opposite and keeps increasing their subscriber numbers by leaps and bounds.
2014-Feb-18 10:14 am: ·
jmn1207 Premium join:2000-07-19 Ashburn, VA kudos:1
Re: Downhill from here
Netflix is the only option that is not bombarding me with commercials. I think I will keep it even if the cost increases tenfold, as long as the commercials aren't part of the service. Oh, it's nice to have the ability to fast-forward and skip ahead, too.
Just for a reality check Netflix stock price went from $6 to over $400 and it now has over 40 million subscribers. All their content is legal and they even produce their own content and some of it is excellent ex House of Cards where you can watch the entire season right away with no ads. Verizon Redbox etc do not produce their own content and certainly don't offer what Netflix does.
Not to mention that they are expanding oversea and in Europe people are literally begging to have it because their tv services sucks since there is no competition.
At least here we have some competition. Although there are similar services Netflix is number one and it is here to stay.
There is a difference between your own opinions and facts.
2014-Feb-18 11:05 am: ·
ARGONAUT Have a nice day. Premium join:2006-01-24 New Albany, IN kudos:1
Comcast may wish the deal fails. It it get approved it may be the beginning of the end. When companies get so big they lose sight of what is happening in the company. TWC got bigger did help? No they were having problems. Look at most of the banks that were too big to fail. Look at Kodak invented the digital camera then went bankrupt because they could not see film was a horse buggy. Comcast's biggest worry is they get regulated like the telcos. They may win the merger and lose the war. TWC may be hoping the end up like T-mobile with a big wad of cash when the deal falls through.