[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2011/02/2031Kd.jpg[/newsimage]Netflix's runaway success all but guaranteed others would vie for a slice of the movie streaming pie. The latest company, suggests rumors, gearing up to spar with the popular service is Amazon. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/amazon-may-jump-into-video-streaming-subscriptions-soon-39586/](http://www.myce.com/news/amazon-may-jump-into-video-streaming-subscriptions-soon-39586/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
Amazon clearly has the best catalog of titles for streaming, Netflix has exactly zero new release titles.
I expect the MPAA will be heavily involved in setting subscription streaming prices, since one of their chief gripes and reason for refusing new titles to Netflix has been the low cost. If the studio doesn’t get it’s flat fee per title, the service won’t get the title.
Studios are too dumb to look at the total amount of income, instead they focus on the “per use” charges. I frankly doubt we’ll ever see a low-cost subscription price for new release titles.
Vudu has thus far avoided any major studio ire, but their per-use prices are too high for most folks.
Perhaps all mobs should offer new releases at a small per-use premium on top of the general subscription?
At any rate, Amazon may be wet behind the ears in this ring, but it’s a 1000 pound gorilla vs the 150pound seasoned vet. And to top it off, amazon is worldwide, whereas netflix is US only …
It’ll be an interesting match.
Amazon may be worldwide, but the MPAA won’t allow worldwide distribution of movies. Besides, different companies own rights to a given movie in different regions. Amazon’s streaming will be limited to North America, although they could launch additional services in different regions.
Amazon already does stream on a pay per view basis. What they are considering is offering older and ‘B’ movies in an unlimited on-demand way like NetFlix is doing. I doubt their catalog(s) will be much different.
[QUOTE=CDan;2573372]Amazon may be worldwide, but the MPAA won’t allow worldwide distribution of movies. Besides, different companies own rights to a given movie in different regions. Amazon’s streaming will be limited to North America, although they could launch additional services in different regions.[/QUOTE]
Very unlikely to seen our side the US going by Amazons MP3 sales. US and a small bit of Europe…