The day my 722 has the same abilities as my Roku, only then will dish gain my respect & loyalty. Besides according to this article they've not even set a price yet. What if their fee is $25 a month for this new service. The hoopla flags will be half mast for sure............
So let me get this straight, you want more than you contracted for to give "respect and loyalty"? Yeh, yeh, yeh,
I just signed up for blockbuster.com w/ a 30day trial just now and from what I've seen I don't think i'll be keeping it after 30 days unless the streaming has different content than NetFlix. (which i bet alot of it will mirror netflix's catalog) A lot of the movies have a long wait, short wait or unavailable.
Starz hooking up with Blockbuster through Dish may make Dish a viable alternative for streaming. Starz doesn't want to be part of Netflix because they pretty much become a middle man for selling Sony and Disney movies, and they are replacing themselves with Netflix (ie people would pay just $8 a month to Netflix to watch Starz movies, instead of $13+ a month to Starz.The business news is reporting that Starz refused to renew contract with Netflix and Netflix took a market hit today.
Let the streaming wars begin.
Starz hooking up with Blockbuster through Dish may make Dish a viable alternative for streaming. Starz doesn't want to be part of Netflix because they pretty much become a middle man for selling Sony and Disney movies, and they are replacing themselves with Netflix (ie people would pay just $8 a month to Netflix to watch Starz movies, instead of $13+ a month to Starz.
With conjunction with Dish Network, Starz could have both.
But streaming movies is going to get expensive for streaming companies, because studios will demand a lot more money. It worked for Netflix for a bit, it isn't working as well now. Dish can offer multiple platforms for the same material. Or they could mess it up.
You know that's the thing with streaming video. It's still really in it's infancy and as it continues to grow in popularity, everyone will start wanting to make a larger profit off of it. The one that worries me the most are going to be the broadband providers, since they really are the ones who can control the speed and amount of data we can download, and can set the pricing. All other hands out will be behind them.
The problem is that content owners and content providers (like Starz) aren't making the big money in the streaming realm. What they have learned is that the big money is still with their cable and sat and IPTV and FiOS agreements, NOT on line. So, now they are starting to require that users ALSO have a subscription to their services This is GREAT for Charlie as he already has relationships and agreements with those owners and providers and Charlie and cable et al. all have something else that Netflix never had and still doesn't have: LEVERAGE. Meaning cable and sat et al. can DUMP a channel at some point or even MOVE it to a higher tier at contract renewal time from their line-up if they can't get a decent on-line streaming deal. There is an incentive for both parties to work something out because you aint gonna see Starz just walk away from Dish or any other MVPD. The truth is, no one needs Netflix, but they all need the MVPD's.
This is bad for Netflix and most consumers as the streaming model at Netflix is NOT the future, unless Netflix can get even MORE $$$ to keep stars and a succession of studios who are also gonna want way more money because the studios way undervalued their content and didn't understand how huge Netflix would become. Well, now they know and it is NOT good news for Netflix. However, expect Blockbuster to do well as it is owned by an MVPD: Dish Network.
So, we had better hang on to those costly cable a sat subscriptions. We're gonna need 'em.