Written by Rejean Bourgault on Wednesday, 09 March 2011 22:24
Dear reader, I am a new member of Netflix. Normally, 5Deka tries to stay away from the day to day technologies; however I can't resist on this one. I have to admit that I have been very impressed by the overall quality of the experience from getting the membership and the speed to access to watching my first streamline video with Netflix. Now I understand why Fortune Magazine, in their December 6th 2010 edition called Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, as the top 2010 Business person of the year.
A few things really amaze me. Getting access to the library took at most 5 minutes from the second I decided to join (no possible comparison to the number of days/weeks required to get Cable or Satellite TV for the first time). The second thing that surprised me was the different options of devices available to access Netflix. We first used our home PC to access it and create our user ID. Then we decided to use our Wii console to access it through our large HDTV (we could also have used our XBox360 or a PS3). Once we were done, my daughter used her MacBook to log into it too. Bottom line in 15 minutes, we had 1 PC, 1 laptop and 1 HDTV connected and ready to watch videos in the comfort of our home.
We started to watch the movie Date Night on our PC that we had seen on the airplane the previous week. We stopped the movie, in the middle of the generic. Once we connected with our Wii later on, we got the option to resume the movie or start it from the beginning. We selected the first option and the movie resumed to the middle of the generic where we stopped it.
5Deka, sees Netflix as a breakthrough in business model, which demonstrates the convergence of multiple technologies that were predicted 20 years ago. This is not surprising that large brick and mortar video rental stores have been going bankrupt for the past few years when you consider the convenience of this solution.
Note: Samsung just introduced a new plasma television which will have a direct Netflix connection, bypassing the need for internet access device, such as a PC, an XBox360, a Wii or a PS3.
The Future is Exciting!