Netflix is now allowing certain movies to be downloaded and watched offline. It’s perfect if you’re on a plane or on the road when you don’t always have access to a fast internet connection. Netflix allows you to choose between standard or high quality. Standard quality is lower resolution, smaller size, and faster to download. The high quality is much more sharper, a larger file size, and you need a longer time to download. Here’s the official announcement from Netflix.
James Cameroon announced today it will be releasing a fifth element of Avatar in 2023. Avatar sequels are scheduled to be released in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023. Avatar remains the most successful film of all time taking in 2.7 billion dollars. It was released in 2009. It seems like a long wait to see all of them.
I recently tried to run a Netflix DVD on my Ubuntu desktop only to see this annoying little message, “Could not read DVD. This may be because the DVD is encrypted and a DVD decryption library is not installed.” What’s going on? I already installed “ubuntu restricted extras, libdvdread2 and libdvdread4.” Why is it still not working?
Here are 3 little steps to get the Netflix DVD’s to play on my Ubuntu desktop. I included the installs for “ubuntu restricted extras” and “libdvdread4” just to be absolutely sure the steps work in all versions of Ubuntu.
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras sudo apt-get install libdvdread4 sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh
The last step of running the install is the most crucial. Well, enjoy the movies.
You can now watch movies at Walmart.com on the very same day when the DVD comes out. Wal-Mart bought Vudu.com eighteen months ago and is now poised to serve over 20,000 movie titles online. ABC.com breaks down the price structure like this:
Movies are available at Walmart.com to rent for $1 to $5.99 or to purchase for $4.99 and up. Wal-Mart is not offering subscriptions, making its service more similar to Apple Inc.’s iTunes, which charges $3.99 to rent newly released movies and $14.99 to buy a movie.
In addition to Netflix, another competitor streaming movies and TV shows by subscription is Hulu.com, which now offers a premium service for $7.99 a month with more back-season shows and more movies. Without a subscription, Hulu viewers can watch shows and movies free in exchange for watching advertising.
The online streaming companies, Apple, Netflix and Hulu, now have legitimate competition from Wal-Mart. And it’s cheaper.
Netflix customers are up in arms about the recent price increase. I currently pay $10 a month for DVDs, as well as access to the online streaming service. I like to have both, but Netflix wants to increase it to $16 to cover the cost of its DVD business. Remember, Netflix started out as a DVD mail-in business.
I would consider dropping the DVD service, and subscribe to the online streaming service only. But, there’s a problem. Not all titles are available for streaming. I think many customers would choose streaming if the titles were available. Since they are not, customers feel like they are being screwed by Netflix.
If there was ever a lesson in keeping your customers happy, this was it. Netflix should have listened to its customers. I suspect many loyal Netflix customers will cancel their subscription including myself. I don’t know how Netflix could justify a 60% increase in price, especially in this economy.
And, what’s the point of having Netflix with only half a service.