February 02, 2009
| by Arlen Schweiger
Netflix is poking around again to see what its subscribers are willing to pony up for. This time it’s asking about HBO, and if you want the ability to stream the premium station’s movies and original series through Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” service—possibly at an additional cost, of course.
Netflix is sending around a survey that tells subscribers to “Imagine Netflix gave you a way to instantly watch HBO original series and movies streamed from the Internet to your computer or TV,” according to the site Hacking NetFlix.
In the next breath, the movie rental giant wants to know if, on top of your regular subscription amount, would you pay $9.99 more per month. Everything else with your account wouldn’t be affected, but now you’d get the likes of “Big Love,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “Meet the Spartans,” “Smokin’ Aces” and such at your fingertips.
You’d be able to stream them the same way you can with the other 12,000-plus mainly-catalog selections from the “Watch Instantly” service—to your computer, Roku box, Xbox 360, TiVo, or Blu-ray player (LG BD 300 or Samsung BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 at the moment).
So, since the knock on Netflix’s steaming service seems to be the selections, does the addition of HBO make the service more tasty? And would you shell out $9.99 more per month just for HBO? Who knows what else might be added down the road, as there seems to be plenty of possibilities. But, heck, you’re already doing a buck more per month for Blu-ray disc access. We’d hope the HBO stuff is at least in HD where available.
Whaddaya say, Netflix subscribers?
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.