September 25, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
Movie rental giant Netflix still has a ways to go before its online streaming choices approach its physical media library, but every little bit counts.
The company has added to its 12,000 TV and movie titles that can be streamed to your PCs and TVs by announcing deals with CBS and Disney-ABC this week.
With streaming capabilities to the likes of the Xbox, Roku box and LG’s BD300 Blu-ray player, Netflix is certainly embracing the less-traditional movie watching option, but one of the downsides many reviewers noted when the company began the streaming service is the lack of new release titles available, unlike, say, your cable’s video on demand (and Netflix’s 100,000 physical DVD library). On the upside, Netflix’s streaming is simply an added service for anyone who already has one of the unlimited monthly rental subscriptions.
The CBS and Disney-ABC agreements will give viewers new releases—just in TV show form. You’ll be able to watch the current season of “CSI” and “Numb3rs” for example from CBS, and Disney hits such as “Hannah Montana” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” so your pre-teen will be happy too.
There will be catalog titles available, like “Star Trek,” “Family Ties” and “MacGyver” as well. MacGyver would undoubtedly be happy with all of the gadgetry and tech advancements made since he was on the air, though he probably would have figured out a way to stream movies to your PC using some string, a couple paperclips, some matchsticks and maybe an Ethernet cable.
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