The online streaming movie giant Netflix has announced moves to allow households to stream to more than one device at anyone time, the multi-member plans should be up and running in the next few months.
The new and exciting service will allow more than two different users to watch different movies or programmes at the same time, something that most households have been crying out for; given the sheer volume of different devices that can access Netflix.
Some of these devices include:
- Streaming video players
- Games consoles
- Networked Blu-Ray players
- Networked HDTV’s
- Mobile devices
- Personal computers
With many households having two, three or even more of these devices it has been impossible for multi-viewing to take place, much to many customers frustration.
If the new multi-membership plan takes off then Netflix have said that it might pave the way for a “family level” type membership.
What will this new technology cost customers?
At this stage Netflix have not announced any pricing details, and the company have been keen to state that they do not perceive it to be a big income generator for them.
Perhaps they see it as a way of keeping customers from selecting alternative streaming suppliers, as the company have been under huge pressure in recent times with large volumes of their customer base jumping ship to try out some of the newer streaming options.
After all it wasn’t so long ago that Netflix executives really upset many of their loyal customers with some wacky ideas relating to changing the subscription options. This alone was thought to have made hundreds of thousands of their customer base literally switch off and choose an alternative streaming supplier.
It was thought that when the movie giant botched attempts to split their DVD and streaming business, the company was at risk at losing as many as 30 per cent of it’s subscribers. This development came just one day before their share price hit an all time high, of course since then it has been under some serious pressure and currently hovers around the $70 mark, a big change from the high’s of the late 200 dollar area!
So maybe now Netflix can give something back to their devoted customers, of course there is no such thing as a ‘free lunch’, so subscribers can expect some kind of charge for this new service; however it would be nice to think that it won’t be too much.
If Netflix can get this right then it might well put an end to the many different family arguments over who is watching what and when.