Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Netflix and Blockbuster video over Internet still not ready for prime time, but a viable a la carte VOD alternative to cable, telco TV

Reuters reports today that Blockbuster is joining rival Netflix in offering video on demand over high speed Internet connections as an alternative to renting DVDs.

This is clearly where viewing films at home is headed. But over the foreseeable, it's going to be logistically constrained to a small market segment: those areas where broadband connections offer adequate bandwidth to support downloading of standard and especially high definition video content.

On line delivery of video on demand provided by these vendors also offers an alternative to those who don't wish to pay for video programming packages offered by cable and telco TV players and instead prefer to take their video a la carte.

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