Now we're not saying we had anything to do with Netflix finally enabling its subscribers to watch Netflix movies online using the Google Chrome Browser. But, e-audience.com probably didn't discourage Netflix from moving in that direction.
This is the apparent beauty of the age: Good companies want to know what customers think. It's no longer: "ah look at that average-joe trying to tell us what to sell him; does he think he's calling the shots or something?"
Still, I would propose that good companies should probably be compensating customers in some fashion for stepping up, providing insightful information about their preferences and thereby potentially giving the same good companies an advantage in the marketplace over their competition.
We'll see if that happens before too long.
I use Google Chrome because it loads pages rapidly, probably setting the standard for page-loading speed speed as of present day 2009.
My problem: Netflix.com does not work with Google Chrome! It only works with Internet Explorer.
This is verbatim from Netflix's How It Works Page under "System Requirements":
"What are the system requirements to watch movies instantly on my PC or Mac?
You must have a computer running Windows XP or Mac OS X and an active broadband connection to the Internet.
Now, I don't know if Netflix has some kind of hand-shake arrangement with Microsoft to indirectly ding companies that code browser software that competes with Internet Explorer. But I'd say they probably don't.
Instead, I'd say the matter is probably just a numbers game for Netflix -- most people use Internet Explorer so Netflix looks to focus it's resources on serving the tastes of "most people."
I personally wouldn't moan too much about the current Google Chrome/Netflix incompatibility except that I am paying to use Netflix -- Blu Ray and Online Movie streaming. This contrasts a bit with Hulu, which I, 1) Don't pay to use and, 2) "Happily" let's you watch Earth Girls Are Easy or anything else they offer using Google Chrome.
I and probably many other Chrome and Netflix streaming users would like to see Netflix work with Chrome.
This is old news, but ComScore released a study in January which reported that the "total global Internet audience (age 15 and older from home and work computers) has surpassed 1 billion visitors in December 2008, based on data from the comScore World Metrix audience measurement service."
In light of that census data (nearly 7 billion people!!!) I find myself weighing the first number, "1 billion," again.
Now don't get me wrong, 1 billion is a ridiculous number of people. But I have to admit that I was kind of expecting a higher percentage of the global population -- say 25% - 33% or more -- to be online by 2009; right now, It looks like we're only talking about 13-14% at best.
Anyway, my estimates were high. But the good news is that I do see a clear remedy: I'll just have 3.5 billion people -- not including current global internet users -- convincingly "play dead" for medical authorities.
Thus in about a week or two, reports will show that, yes in fact 30% of the the global population is online! Whew, that was a close one!
I am a pretty big fans of download-able, electronic books.
I find them to offer us additional value over paper books for the following reasons:
But keep in mind, I said "download-able books." I didn't specify the electronic device I use to read said books.
See, the reality is that, for the last 4 years, I have had great luck just reading down-loadable books on a good old Desktop PC or Mac.
I've never bothered with buying a hand-held, electronic book reader; frankly I never new which of these readers was going to stick around and which was going to find a place next to our hypothetical collection of Cue-Cats.
TV Everywhere is a project formed as part of a Time Warner & Comcast partnership.
I am having a hard time believing that the Web is not the future of video entertainment.