I’ve long had a love affair with Netflix. But perhaps more so than any other service, the relationship has changed over time. Not in a bad way, necessarily — it’s just different. And it’s different, because Netflix is different. It’s a service that keeps re-inventing itself.
That should be obvious to anyone paying attention. But it took this post by Felix Salmon to point out the obvious to me: in its transition to full-on streaming, Netflix is no longer about movies.
Said another way: Netflix has ramped up the “net” and wound down the “flix”.
It would be interesting to see a streaming service come along that catered to films. I would pay a solid ten bucks a month if TCM had a well curated collection that was available without a cable subscription.
I know Hulu has a deal with Criterion but they still put ads in the middle of the film which should have been a deal breaker for a company like Criterion that prides itself on preserving the intentions of the filmmakers.