Wow, if getting spam is your criteria that must eliminate half the internet and most national businesses.
Not to mention that you may at some point in the last decade have agreed to have your email sold for marketing purposes, meaning you solicited the spam you're getting. Or maybe you're just the purest of web surfers?
This is exactly it. You find something you want to watch, you push a button, and it starts playing immediately. No downloads. No commercials. No piracy warnings. Netflix doesn't even wait for the internet connection to get up to speed. This is why it's a great service.
Re: Re: Re: Netflix could fix this if they wanted to
Apple is bigger than Netflix and could do the same thing, and Netflix is still insignificant when negotiating terms with Hollywood compared to cable companies. Cable is in the pipeline to get EVERY movie Hollywood produces, while Netflix's streaming choices are extremely restricted and still largely controlled by what Hollywood is willing to offer.
Also Netflix is also pretty new to this original content businsess, and they've been innovative enough at it without trying something technically that's different from the system they've already developed and people are used to.
i.e. you have a point about DRM but are working really hard to use it to villify Netflix. There are other services that offer digital downloads like Amazon, so you can vote with your wallet.
Blu-Ray would have done that to DVDs if it had been priced anywhere near DVDs. Blu-Ray players are still ridiculously expensive compared to DVD players, and the discs themselves are priced at collector levels, not consumer levels. Even Netflix and Redbox charges more for Blu-Rays - it just became a reason to add a surcharge.
Although another big part was that upscaling DVD players actually look pretty decent considering the source material.