Quality and Speed
This is what might sell it for people right here. The quality of the picture that delivers to your device and the speed in which it gets there. From the demos that we saw yesterday, Netflix does look very impressive. The speed from selecting a movie to it playing on the screen was almost instantaneous but this again may well be due to the 50mb internet connection that I have here at HeyUGuys South London Towers.
In comparison, LOVEFiLM is just as fast to load but the big difference is the quality of the broadcast. Netflix has an HD option which you can tick to allow the system to increase the quality of the stream. The player will then buffer the content (while it’s still playing) to allow you to view in HD and the quality really is excellent and so Netflix wins this one hands down.
The PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360 consoles will both output to full 1080p for picture on Netflix while the Wii will broadcast in 480p but this is due to the limitations of the device. No HD as yet for LOVEFiLM but not doubt this will come along in due course. Netflix also broadcast there streams in 5.1 surround sound which is another win for the new kids on the UK block.
For those of you wanting to know which is the best when it comes to all things LOVEFiLM or Netflix I’m afraid I don’t have a definitive answer for you. It all depends on what you’re looking for in your streaming provider. If it’s cost, LOVEFiLM wins by £1, if it’s quality, Netflix wins it but more than likely it’ll be down to choice or platforms when the cost is so similar.
LOVEFiLM currently have a large selection of movies to stream and the same can be said about Netflix. The big BUT at the moment however is that if it’s choice you’re after, you need to be signing up to the LOVEFiLM DVD Subscription service which is by far and away the winner when it comes to offering choice. Simply have a look at the graph detailing filmmakers and actors and you’ll see just a few examples right there.
Streaming movies is very much in it’s infancy but I love the fact that Netflix has now come onto the scene in the UK. They are a massive player and with LOVEFiLM now owned by Amazon, the competition can only be good for the consumers. 2012 will prove decisive and LOVEFiLM have the advantage of recognition and 2 million subscribers already. The expansion of Netflix’s library will be a significant factor as they have the ground to make up.
We haven’t even looked into other providers like Sky Go but with all these new technologies, things are only going to get better. Who will win in the battle for supremecy…. only time will tell!
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