New Google Video-On-Demand Service Arriving Next Week!
What do you think about Netflix? I’ve used Netflix on and off for a number of years but have never been that thrilled with the service. I will admit that it is cool to be able to rent older classics or new releases that you may have not had the time to see in the theaters, but overall I wasn’t very impressed. The fact that you have to remember to log on to check if the DVD is already out was a bit of a hassle for me. Because I have better things to do, I would not login to check frequently enough and forget which movies to “look out for”, thus never renting the release. I guess you could call me lazy for not writing down the movies on a list and diligently checking, but I am sure I am not the only lazy person out there.
Well, Google may just have a solution to my little problem. Google will launch a new Video-On-Demand service next week that will work through YouTube (called the Youtube Store) to deliver movies as soon as they are released on DVD. This means you can see DVD releases through Youtube, as soon as possible.
The drawback is that the films will range from $1.99 to $3.99. Despite the price, this should be better than Netflix because users won’t feel pressured to find a bunch of movies to add to their queue in order to justify their monthly Netflix payment. Simply watch the movies you want, when you want to! Additionally, Youtube has always seemed faster than Netflix, so maybe the “Netflix time sink phenomena” is purely psychological. Please note that while many networks are on board with the Google service, Fox, Paramount, and Disney are not.