Netflix Change to DVD & Streaming

By: Jaime McCutcheon Email
By: Jaime McCutcheon Email

At the end of the work day, kicking back to watch a movie is a way to relax for Brandon Odom. The speed of new technology makes it easier than ever.

"It's right at your TV. You download it and you just watch it instantly where with the DVD, it takes two or three days to get here, and then you can watch it," says Odom.

Odom is a big fan of streaming movies through Netflix. “That kind of goes along with the times really."

But a post this week to Netflix's blog had thousands posting a response, and many angry and fearful Netflix is moving to go to all streaming and do away with DVD’s.

A Netflix spokesperson says that's far from true. It's just a little button that's going away. Through streaming devices, like Odom's X-Box, we can now only add movies to our instant queue and not our DVD queue. But no worries, we can still add DVD’s through the Netflix website.

Although DVD rentals are up, Netflix tell us the streaming movie side of the business is growing at a much faster rate. That means a growing burden on our internet providers.

Joe Seda, Vice President of Network Operations for Cox Communications, says, "it does take a lot of our bandwidth. We believe movie downloads take about 25% of our traffic, our bandwidth, and that's been increasing."

Cox Communications is staying ahead of the growth and demand. "We continually upgrade our networks. We are investing over a million dollars every year in the backbones and in the processors and servers we use to provide the internet service to our customers,” says Seda.

That will keep Brandon Odom streaming movies, and some relaxation, straight to his TV.

Netflix’s spokesperson tells us there are no current plans to phase out DVD’s. With streaming movies growing, many have commented on the lack of selection for streaming movies. Netflix’s spokesperson says they are constantly working on new deals to grow the number of movies offered.

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