Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Format Clinger

Netflix: a cornucopia of streaming goodness
We originally subscribed to Netflix when Blockbuster was the dominant name in video rentals; two of the latter's outlets were within walking distance of our house. Blockbuster adapted to the format switch from VHS tapes to DVD's but could not survive the transition to video streaming. Now rental stores are no longer to be found.

Each member of our family regularly streams Netflix' video offerings to computers, tablets, and smartphones, but we still maintain the DVD-rental plan at an additional cost of $10 per month. (Most recent releases, such as Hope Springs, can only be viewed on DVD.) At most we watch one disk per week, however, and the cost of the subscription is increasingly hard to justify. I give it a year.

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