The Next Step for Netflix: Streaming Only?

We've been keeping a keen eye on all this set-top box and Internet streaming business, we're fairly certain the next big step for Netflix to secure their name in the world of streaming media is to offer a streaming-only service. Wait, they're already on it? Sign us up!

About every Netflix user we've talked to have stated something similar along the lines of: "Man, I really wish Netflix would offer me a cheaper disc-less plan." Yeah, we hear ya. These days where broadband is as prevalent as peanuts, most can get by with near 720p streaming with no choke on their home networks. Kinda makes the whole notion of physical media seem dated, no?

Well, luckily Netflix has already started considering the option, giving our neighbors up north a taste of a streaming-only portion from Netflix before bring it to the U.S. in the next coming months. Because its current pricing structure charges its fees based on the number of DVDs you can be loaned at one time, killing the disc-by-mail service altogether would significantly reduce the cost of service.

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So what's the plan gonna be, Netflix? We think even if the monthly cost drops $2-3, Netflix will be seeing a number of new customers signing up given the rush of set-top boxes released in the coming months. Maybe then Hulu Plus might be willing to drop their slightly higher $10 per month cost for their service of bringing streaming TV to the big screen.

[Via Obsessable]