Is online streaming worth the same as you’d pay for cable?

I don’t think so but it looks like HBO and Neflix do according to a survey that’s being sent around to some Netflix streaming customers.  According to the survey, you’d get access to watch HBO original series and movies streamed to your computer or TV (via netflix set top box).

I’ve yet to see a an interent stream come through at the same quality level as my HD signal which would be the bar for me if the price was the same.  Sure there’s a bit of additional flexibility to use many more devices, but you’d also be sacrificing the ability to use your DVR.  On demand somewhat offsets that need, but the playback controls you get with a recorded program are considerbly greater than with the typical tv show streamed – using hulu as an example.  It’s possible that there would be some different rules to apply here, though given the parallel pricing proposed, I’m betting not.

4 thoughts on “Is online streaming worth the same as you’d pay for cable?”

  1. As an owner of the Netflix Roku box, I've gotta say no. I mean, sure it's cool and all, with 400ish movies in my queue to watch. But it often times-out, for 30 seconds to 2 minutes during a movie. I'm on a 1.9Mbps DSL line, so there are limitations, but if cable did that, people would scream.

    I like the Roku a lot, but it's only $7.95/mo to Netflix. If it was cable pricing, no way.

  2. exactly … QOS (quality of Service) is a core function here not being met by streaming services and needs to match the premium tier of cable if the pricing is the same.

  3. I think you're right to point to quality as a limiting factor for Netflix (and HBO) for now. On the other hand, the basic Netflix Watch Instantly option is still very limited by content choice. I'm curious to see the results of this.

  4. I think you're right to point to quality as a limiting factor for Netflix (and HBO) for now. On the other hand, the basic Netflix Watch Instantly option is still very limited by content choice. I'm curious to see the results of this.

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