Google Might be Working on a Movie Streaming Service to Compete with Netflix

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  1. dgstorm

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    So, this morning's big rumor is a bit of a stretch, but their is some logic to it, so it's worth considering. Google+ user Hugo Seijas recently took a Google Opinion Rewards survey. He posted a question he found on the survey that was very odd. It asked, " “Do you have a Google monthly movie pass?”

    Since that service basically doesn't exist, his answer was obviously no, but the fact that the question is there suggests Google could be working on it in the background. Otherwise, why would it be on the survey to begin with. Perhaps the survey is also meant to be taken by Google employees, and there is a team/division within Google working on this, which would make the question relevant for testers.

    That last part is just speculation, but either way you look at it, this seems to suggest that Google might be working on a streaming movie service to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime. What do you guys think? Could Google create a solid competitor to Netflix?

    Source: Google+
     
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    I am in. I have never liked the way Netflix just would change schemes on their loyal customers at the drop of a hat. And their current $7.99 for no HD 1 device, $8.99 for HD 2 devices etc.... leaves a bad taste in my mouth too. IDK they just seem like a crappy company to deal with in general.

    I would welcome a streaming service from Google. That would rock.
     
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    Im in, but eventually with these streaming services the cream needs to rise. Right now as a cord cutter we have a list to choose from and combined can become more expensive than cable.

    1. Netflix $7.99
    2. Hulu Plus $7.99
    3. SlingTv $25
    4. HBO Now $14.99
    5. ShowTime $10.99
    We are at $67 and when you factor in the price of high speed internet ($40.00) we are back where we started with $100 cable bills.
     
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    I think if they combine it with google play music it would be a home run. Kind of like amazon prime.
     
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    I believe most internet that is usable for goes around closer to $45.
    While looking at a channel line up for an undisclosed cable provider, what would be deemed cable is around $75, with HBO at $20, and Showtimes at $16. So its still a better bargain to cut the cord till the local bandwidth is swallowed up and the quality of the video is turned down and/or buffering.
     
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    Honestly I don't believe this is the case. I think google is just testing people who use the rewards app to make sure they are being honest in answering questions. There was a question they asked a few weeks ago that asked something about visiting a certain amusement park type place, and I accidentally answered yes even though I'd never heard of the place. The next page was a response from google saying this place didn't exist and they were seeing if I would answer honestly or not.

    If anyone has the app and gets asked this question, try answering yes and see what happens.

    Of course if they ARE planning a netflix type streaming service (which I wouldn't be at all surprised) that would be awesome and I'd definitely be interested.
     
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    Right. That's why I laugh at the cord cutters, but most of them are getting by using pirate sites and friends passwords to subscription services.

    It's also funny how much more people cry about their $100 cable bill vs. hundreds for cell phones for the family despite cable delivering more and superior content.
     
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    I'd bet money on it. People made a big deal about "fast lanes" limiting competition for Netflix when the real barrier is $$$ to purchase content. Google and Amazon (and Apple) have the cash to build a competitive service.
     
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    The only way I can see this really taking off is if they can get the contracts with the movie companies to get new releases as they come to DVD/On-Demand/Etc.

    That's what's been hurting Netflix for quite some time. I'm a fan and user of Netflix, but I'd pay a few bucks more a month to get the same content I get from netflix + newer releases. That said, I doubt we'd see them strike a deal with House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil, or some of their other great original content, but a guy can dream...
     
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    It's prohibitively expensive when On-Demand services and places like Vudu charge upwards of $7.99 for a new release. Even then, DVD sales still make up a decent chunk of change for the studios so there really isn't a consumer friendly deal to be had for Netflix.

    I don't know if Netflix still has the mail delivery system, but as far as streaming options you're never going to see a bunch of new releases unless you're paying over $30 a month.

    Now if Netflix added an On-Demand section where you could stream new releases for $6 per movie, then you might have something. It's kind of amazing how we went from bricks-and-mortar stores renting DVD's for $2 but now streaming from tv is $6. I really should hit-up Redbox more.
     
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    But most of us already pay for internet service on top of cable/satellite so I'm not sure that the price for internet should be added into the comparison.

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    Sign up for the redbox deals if you haven't already. Free rentals & rent one get one frees pretty often.
     
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