The poor quality of U.S. broadband could be hurting Netflix (NFLX). Though a recent FCC report...


The poor quality of U.S. broadband could be hurting Netflix (NFLX). Though a recent FCC report claims 60% of U.S. households have broadband connections (defined as 768kbps or more), only 38% have connections of at least 3Mbps, the minimum level Netflix says is needed to provide DVD-quality video. Also, only 26% are estimated to have 6Mbps+ connections - Netflix claims 5Mbps is needed to provide HD video. Netflix provided disappointing Q3 domestic streaming subscriber guidance in July.

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  • heywally
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    As an ex-subscriber to NFLX streaming, what was hurting NFLX for me was primarily the content quality.
    24 Aug 2012, 06:17 PM Reply Like
  • FlohaugL
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    Pulling numbers out of your ***!!!

     

    Netflix suggests the following:

     

    Good quality (up to 0.3 GB per hour)
    Better quality (up to 0.7 GB per hour)
    Best quality (up to 1 GB per hour, or up to 2.3 GB per hour for HD)

     

    Video quality is excellent on my 2mbps connection!!
    24 Aug 2012, 07:05 PM Reply Like
  • SoldHigh
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    Lack of titles is what's hurting NFLX. Are any of the new movie releases EVER available for streaming? No, one must get the DVD/Blueray.
    24 Aug 2012, 07:29 PM Reply Like
  • orangeblood
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    As an ex-NFLX subscriber, what hurt was the delay in the availability of new movies and the lack of "quality" streaming titles.
    24 Aug 2012, 09:38 PM Reply Like
  • DOGS THAT BARK
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    Would be curious how many of these "ex" subscribers... subscribe to Hulu Plus and other services and pay for all the commercials.

     

    Is there another service that provides TV series with no commercials?
    25 Aug 2012, 07:51 AM Reply Like
  • FlohaugL
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    Right on!! The one thing I really - really love about Netflix is the lack of commercials!!

     

    The other guys (orangeblood and SoldHigh !) want NEW movie releases and HD video for $7.99 a month ... get serious guys!! If you want that, then pay the ~$100 per month for your satellite/cable service and quit complaining!!
    25 Aug 2012, 08:29 AM Reply Like
  • biobat
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    Hulu Plus and Netflix have completely different content and targets. I wouldn't say they're true competitors - more like complementary services. Plus, you can get Hulu on your TV for free with a simple HDMI connection to a laptop.

     

    Amazon Prime is other service that offers TV series and movies with no commercials. Their Web based UI sucks but if you have an Xbox 360, PS3 or supported BluRay player, the embedded app is every bit as good as Netflix was/is. Like Netflix, the content quality isn't the greatest but unlike Netflix, it's not meant to be a stand alone service.
    29 Aug 2012, 01:49 PM Reply Like
  • FlohaugL
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    His trying to herd US customers into the HD video data requirement is simply unnecessary and will only get you caught up in your ISPs data limits ... and additional charges$$$$!
    26 Aug 2012, 08:36 AM Reply Like
  • Joseph Poma
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    Even more reason to buy Coinstar (CSTR) (Owner of Redbox)! Despite the constant Gregorian-like chant coming from Jim Chanos and other permabears, DVD is NOT dying anytime soon.

     

    I'm not long CSTR in my own portfolio at the moment however I will be initiating a long position...soon.
    26 Aug 2012, 11:33 AM Reply Like
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