Netflix expands online video service
by Brad Linder, posted Dec 28th 2007 12:58PM
Netflix has been letting users watch videos watch selected videos on a PC since earlier this year. The service probably cuts down on shipping costs for Netflix, while giving the company a foothold in digital distribution, which may or may not be the future of the video rental business.
But up until recently there have been a few restrictions on the service. You could only watch a limited number of hours of programming, based on your subscription rate. And the selection was somewhat limited. Now it looks like Netflix is addressing both issues. Some users are reporting they've received emails letting them know that they can watch as much programming as they like by clicking the "watch now" button next to selected shows. And the content library is now up to 6,000 movies and TV episodes, which is more than twice what Netflix appeared to have available this summer.
The service is still Windows-only, and there's no legal way to save shows on your PC for transferring to a portable device or for viewing when you're offline.
[via Zatz Not Funny]