Netflix Signals The End Of The DVD...

, one of UseHalf’s original energy savers has delivered the ultimate home movie solution: Any movie, any time, delivered instantly over the internet to “Network BluRay” high-definition DVD players for $8.99 a month. Over 800 (and counting) of the 12,000 available movies & TV shows are in stunning High Definition.

This combination may be the iPod + iTunes of movies: the beginning of the end of the distribution of high quality video entertainment on plastic discs. Crucially, and unlike the rival Roku player, these BluRay players simply replace your old DVD player, and play your DVDs and BluRay discs. But once you try Netflix online, you might never buy another plastic DVD again.

Here’s why: Unlike music which is typically “consumed” repeatedly, most video entertainment is watched just once, occasionally twice. Only are kid-vid and favorites played repeatedly. This explains why people own lots of music but have cable service and video subscriptions like Netflix and Blockbuster by the millions. So Netflix’s HD video-on-demand is the right product with the right model.

Currently there are only two Network Blu-Ray DVD players that can perform this incredible stunt. The
LG-BD300 or the Samsung BD-P2500. Both are top-rated, high-feature BluRay players and cost between $300 to $350. We love our LG unit (the HD pictures are stunning) and we’re sure the player list will grow.

UPDATE: LG has just introduced High-Definition TVs with Netflix HD built in. For many, this means they may never need to upgrade their old DVD player.

So what do you have to give up to get the ultimate Video On Demand?

iPods vs. CDs

We love iPods (and all MP3 players) because they help reduce the 20 billion CDs & DVDs produced each year. It's about the music or the movie, not the plastic it's been printed onto for the last 80 years. It's piece of plastic - get over it.

CDs must be made, packaged, shipped, stocked, purchased and brought home. How 20th Century.

OK, CDs sound better than today's iTunes downloads. For classical and some other kinds of music that matters - but not for most, and not forever. Apple's iTunes already supports "lossless" standards that make your iPod sound as good as the CD you ripped - and we think iTunes downloads will shortly have a "good as CD" download option.

"Collecting" CDs? You're joking...

You can buy a good MP3 player for the price of 6 CDs and the music is cheaper. Just Do It.