Well... this would probably be something I would take into consideration before applying for the whole Netflix for 360 thing as I have a Gold account already... however being that I live in the UK... we aren't getting this feature at all.
Microsoft once again showing how much is loves it's brethren "across the pond". Least they could have done is hooked us up with like the BBC iPlayer or something.
I'm sure this is a big response to quality streaming media being viable way before Sony thought it would and they will have trouble recouping dev costs on Blu-Ray. The bad thing is you can still use TVersity to stream Netflix from your PC to the Xbox so your just adding a step. They should just remove their movies completely or allow it all, There will be other competing devices that stream content from netfilx to your TV that isn't Sony, it just wont be a console. This move just comes accross as bad PR in my opinion.
HAHA, makes sense ......... Sony should be ashamed though, not because they had to remove the Movies, because MSFT has managed to be ahead of them in delivering media, especially when so much of Sony's business revolves around media (movies and music).
Its a case of sour grapes.
There is like an official Netflix blog up about this... Major Nelson had a link in his Twitter. You can find it here :-
They are hoping to have the titles licensed and back up for 360 users shortly... I'm guessing that shortly is when Microsoft fork over a couple of million to Sony for the privilege.
Makes sense, I mean you can still get these movies from Netflix in the regular DVD format and play those on the 360, so I don't see all the bitching at Sony when people could be bitching at MS for advertising that they offered all of nextflix movies on demand, streamed.
Sony never promised that, MS did.
shacknews is reporting that this is a temporary situation and that all that's required is xbox 360 licensing for columbia pictures movies:
no idea as to the validity of that but check out the story.
Im still shocked that the gaming system (xbox 360) managed to beat the home multi-media player (ps3) to actually steaming a large amount of HD content.
Sony screwed up again? Ah well back to watching my awesome blurays on my bluray player (ps3) I'll keep my xbox for gaming!
Here we have a conflict of interest. Sony isn't just in the gaming dept. It's also a movie distributor etc. Therefore Sony has a lot more to lose with this. It's called competition my friends. Since video games and movies are two different things, you would think that Sony went too far with this. But since Microsoft is introducing the new NXE with Netflix feature, it starts to make sense.
Man, An Evening With Kevin Smith Part 1 and 2 are hilarious!!! That's damn sad...
I find it funny how many people are holding this against Sony specifically as if this is something only they are capable of. It sucks to be sure but anyone who thinks Microsoft wouldn't be doing the same thing if it was in the movie business and this was on the PS3 instead is kidding themselves. This is the way companies do business in the US and has nothing to do with Sony specifically.
My guess is that the reason some titles are available while others aren't is that Sony is only able to restrict the rights on titles it owns. Like in the games industry, often the publisher (in this case, the big movie studio) often owns the rights to the work but sometimes, the producer of that works owns it while the publisher just distributes it. In those cases, it would be up to the producer who gets to view it how and when. I believe Super Size Me was owned by the indie company who made it which is why its up there.
Don't get me wrong, I think this kind of this is stupid and only hurts consumers. But the fact is the console makers don't care about consumers, they care about money and they'll do whatever they need to do to ensure they make the most of it that they can. Sony is doing it now, Microsoft does it in other ways (lousy DRM and poor build quality) and Nintendo does it in other ways (also DRM and things like restricting resale of Wii Speak.) They're all guilty of it in some way.
Like PXAbstraction said, I really can't see why people are all too surprised at this move. From a business standpoint, this is only a logical thing to do. I don't see this move as being anything different than Microsoft saying they want nothing to do with Blu-ray. You can bet that if Blu-ray were not a Sony product, an external if not internal 360 player would already be available.
EDIT: @jakob187 - Looks like you are out of luck on this one unfortunately, here's the official word from the Netflix website:
"Foreign-language titles always display subtitles in English. English language titles do not have subtitle options. None of the movies & TV episodes that you can watch instantly offer closed captioning."
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