Variety is the first to report on solid details of the long-expected Netflix digital download service, which “will be rolled out over the next six months.” Netflix chief Reed Hastings has previously complained that the terms attached to digital downloads were too onerous; it appears he is sick of waiting and will finally launch a hamstrung service that only works on a PC.
The service will be rental-only, with a certain number of hours of streamed content included with subscribers’ monthly fees. For instance, a $17.99 plan will be allotted 18 hours of viewing time. Rentals will not allow for transferring to other devices or burning to a CD, something competitors like CinemaNow already offer.
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