Netflix's response to Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard has certainly been positive.
So they are using Microsoft looking around for a way to spend their billions in a profitable market as a vindication of their own subscription model. That's a stretch. Vastly different circumstances.
Actually they are trying to find a bright spot: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/0...
Breaking News: A company running a subscription service says positive things about subscription services.
Basically yes. He's pounding his chest about subscription services that Netflix made popular 14 years ago. Basically saying see I told you so subscription was the way to go. I vastly disagree with that notion as option's to purchase and own should always be the majority now and forever. I don't want the illusion of owning something or pay monthly just to use something when I rather own it.
Same. I got game pass but I’m letting it expire. I don’t like the idea that I have to keep the subscription live just to finish a game. I’d rather just own a physical copy
Yeah I'd rather own 1 game for $70 rather than use that money for a subscription service to play hundreds of games. Same thing with DVDs. I'd rather buy every single show and stack up DVDs.
If everyone actually read the EULA on the vast majority of games, you'd realise you don't actually own it at all. All you have is access outside of subscription. Subscription is the way to go, as the companies will tell you, so you never own any of it, and only have access to it (especially with digital only platforms, and as long as you're paying) Slowly they have been trying to kill the second hand market with this, as they don't get a penny if you sell a game on to someone else, which in the big wigs eyes is looked at as 'lost revenue' Once this all becomes the norm, I'll just hit my physical backlog of games and be done with it, which ever ones are still active... as I stated, will I still have access to them anyway?
Cable TV and before that newspaper delivery popularized subscription services. 😉
@CobraKai - ohh you mean the physical copy that only has a beta version of the game that you have to download to play. I dont get it what year are you guys living in? Do you also buy all you movies and series on bluray?
This is especially true in the case of Netflix. Their streaming quality is mediocre at best compared to most of their competitors, and the absence of physical purchase options means their garbage streaming is the only way to watch their shows. It's a shame. At least with videogames you're getting the same quality product with digital purchase. @Patrick I would rather buy SOME games and SOME tv shows. I think, ideally, there will be a combination of both. 90% of my media consumption is through streaming, but I still buy movies and TV shows from time to time. I'm subscribed to Gamepass, but I still buy games.
90% of poeple just play the game and then never touch it again... If you really want to play it for along time buy it
@Optimus Of course I buy all my movies and series blu rays. What the hell kind of stupid ass question is that?
Netflix has dipped their toes into gaming and maybe they are thinking of inking a deal with MS for some of those mobile games now. That's the only aspect I can think of that would be mutually beneficial.
After finding out they jacked their subscription price to $21 Canadian a month I won't be dealing with Netflix any more.
Same. The prices keep going up, so I cancelled. This is why I hate subscription services. Eventually prices go up - NEVER down. And when that's the only way you can watch or play anything, we're screwed.
Yeah my price went up as well... by $1. How dare they. /s But I also read that it was only for new subscribers and existing ones were locked in for the next two years. So i wont really see that increase until 2024.
Streaming is the new cable.
I cancelled my Netflix service when it went from 7.99 to 9.99 now I stream everything on Amazon Fire stick no monthly payments. able to download Hulu and Netflix, Disney plus Free No monthly service payments.
Prices for everything keep going up. It's not like physical game prices aren't going up.
Gamepass will surpass that sooner than later
The brotherhood supporting the brotherhood.
Netflix worked because at the time video piracy was much more in strife than gaming is or was. All under one roof (back then), Netflix had a great amount of content from all the studios at little cost. It saved a part of the industry some what. Microsoft have only done this to save themselves and potentially poach content from other providers. Good and/or bad - it's having it's effect and followers and we will see how it effects content to come. Netflix has a spotty rep with some users for average content or good content that gets canceled early - which Microsoft kind of already has for other reasons so let's see. I hope for the best.
It saves you a lot of money, I'll tell you that much.
Subscription models are a hit in western countries, but in the eastern part where majority of the population have low income and which is the reason why investments made by these companies in this region doesn't yield desired results. For example, Netflix's lack of success in India is 'frustrating', says CEO Reed Hastings. Apart from that, there is a lot of piracy and laws are not strong enough in this domain.
All I care about is in 20 years, I can turn a box on, Out a disk in, and play a game ...... But seems we are going far from that... (no.. Emulators are never the reason to argue a point) Besides, well, physical media being but a pain, It seems at least the pain was, back when , Games were actually finished... Think about it. Sub, Scrub, FUD. Like the film I never liked, a Never ending Story. Netflix is a sub to what? Original Content.... Lets see where gaming subs end up... A finish that will never be.... Im guessing.
I only just started gaming on console again, and every game requires some sort of online download just to start the thing. I question if any modern games -- physical or not -- will be playable on anything besides PC in 20 yrs.
Would anyone care to explain why is this a big deal?
You will own nothing and like it.
^ People forget this. We are the proverbial boiling frog. A little at a time, just as with lockdown measures, the goal is achieved and the dumb masses are oblivious. When I make a purchase, I like to own the product and retain the right to use it, whenever I like, for as long as I like. This is not what we're being offered anymore, we have zero rights or ownership relating to games these days - and that's not okay with me.
I just hope me or my kid aren’t around when “oxygen as a service” becomes a thing. Could happen when we colonize Mars lol
Don’t understand what it’s got to do with Netflix and why anyone should care what they think.
If you want to know how dystopian a future of subscriptions is you just need to look at the Amazon exclusive streaming of Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0. Basically a company which has zero input into the production but decided to take a 6 month streaming exclusive so that you can never buy the Blu-ray to enjoy the movie in the best quality and sound. I can just imagine Netflix funding games to rob titles off certain platforms or force streaming and eventually content will be released unfinished or lacking in proper support just because they think it's not a commercial success than originally thought.
MS gaming will go all subscription in the future. They do it with all of their "digital goods". Netflix, one of the biggest sub. service providers acknowledges this. People will cheer for this acquisition and cry about it later.
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