The online movie rental industry is at war; Netflix and Blockbuster are trying and trying to outdo each other.
I have tried both Netflix and Blockbuster, and found that the services are very comparable. They both have minimized the amount of shipping time the extent of movies available and so on to the maximum extent. They have recently had to find unique ways to out do each other. Blockbuster used a resource that Netflix could not match, and that is the availability of stores to return movies and check out new ones. Netflix was then faced with a situation. They had to find an equally enticing reason for people to choose them over Blockbuster. It took them a little while, but it is this writer's position that they have done it. Netflix has come up with what could be the future of movie rental. They have begun to put movies online, available for download. They currently only have about 1000 movies, but I am sure they will begin to expand the number of movies they have available.
Now, most people do not enjoy watching movies on a small computer screen, but thanks to increasing technology the line between all forms of technology are growing smaller. We have a phone now that also is a GPS, camera, word processor, Ipod, etc. Along the same lines the separation between television and computer is gone as a simple HDMI cable attached to a plasma television allows you to see your computer screen on your television. This means that in the future when you want to rent a movie you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to go to the movie store, or wait three days for the movie to come in the mail, you simply log onto your Netflix account and download whatever movie you see fit.
This melding of media forums (computer and television) raises questions about how far
the trend could go. Someday will we simply have one media tool? I see a future in which our television, phone, GPS, camera, stereo, computer, alarm clock, remote control, door lock, photo album, light
switch, video game system etc. will all operate off of one basic platform or device. Right now the leader in this trend appears to be visionary companies like Netflix and Apple - the future will show
who takes the lead.