Netflix set to offer movie downloads

June 20, 2006

Via Variety: An amazing concept: that content can be delivered online! I’m glad to see the flm industry getting on board with what the music industry seems to have known for some time.

Netflix VP of original programming Eric Besner revealed on Friday some of the online rental service’s thinking on the movie download biz, saying Netflix is planning to introduce a proprietary set-top box with an Internet connection that can download movies overnight.

Speaking at an Independent Film & Television Alliance production conference in Beverly Hills, Besner said the business model is still being worked out, but the download service likely would be offered in return for the subscription fee members pay for conventional DVD rentals. Service could launch as early as this year.

Users would add movies they want to watch to their rental queue online as they do now, and those movies would then be downloaded to the boxes overnight rather than shipped through the mail.

He said the set-top box is just one of the Internet plans Netflix is working on.

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