A year ago I decided to try an experiment… I got rid of TV. I’ve been living off of an internet connection, free podcasts, and a $15/month Netflix subscription where I get HD and SD discs and unlimited streaming content. Granted, the selection for streaming content is slim-pick’ins, but it is still enough to suffice, and it is instant.
I read this article today about a $100 extender device from Roku (known for awesome audio extenders) that streams your Netflix content directly to your TV. Who needs cable when you can get all the optical media titles including long tail selections and streaming content for $15/month? The streaming quality isn’t that great, but at least I’m not paying what I did for cruddy looking cable, and I own the hardware (rather than having to rent it!).
Despite the minimal success of similar solutions such as AppleTV, this is a significant event. I can’t wait to see how successful the Netflix Player is, and if the difference between the Netflix customer base and AppleTV customer base is enough to make this widely successful. I’m also interested to see (and hoping) that this will help Netflix acquire a better selection of streaming content. Regardless – no complaints from me – this is awesome! Now, Netflix, bring on the high-quality streaming HD (I believe there really is such a thing)!