Here at Unclutterer, we love innovation that leads to a less cluttered living space. We have mentioned Netflix in the past as a way to curb DVD clutter at home. Much to our delight, it appears that Netflix is taking their business model in a new and exciting direction with movie downloads straight to your tv. From The New York Times:
Netflix, the DVD-by-mail company with more than seven million customers, has a new strategy that may one day make those red envelopes obsolete.
The company wants to strike deals with electronics companies that will let it send movies straight to TV screens over the Internet. Its first partnership, announced Wednesday night, is with the South Korean manufacturer LG Electronics to stream movies and other programming to LG’s high-definition televisions.
The partnership will extend a novel feature from Netflix, announced a year ago, that allows paying subscribers to watch any of 6,000 movies and television shows on its Web site free. But that service can be accessed only with a personal computer.
This news comes at a time when the Unites States Postal Service is threatening to increase shipping rates on all soft edged envelopes because they are not sortable using their machines. According to the USPS, it has cost them around $42 million in labor expenses over the last two years. Netflix isn’t too concerned over the increase for various reasons, but the idea of receiving movie rentals over the internet takes the USPS out of the equation altogether.
I have a couple of problems with Netflix at the moment, one of them being that the system isn’t perfect. Sometimes I receive damaged discs that cannot be read by my DVD player. At other times, I have received the wrong disc. These two problems would be eliminated with the new service.
This new and inevitable direction that Netflix is heading will unclutter my mailbox and my entertainment center. I can’t wait for the day when I have a Netflix “channel” on my television with my queue viewable with a press button on my remote. This is just more reason to love Netflix.