The Netflix Question


There was a scamper when Netflix came about offering streaming movies to watch on tv. The scamper was not about the rush to subscribe to Netflix. The rush was about the compulsion of owning what is downloaded. In simple words, people want to have a copy of the movies that they watched from the Netflix provider.

This comes as a form of a habit. The easy dubbing of vhs and dvd movies have made people habitually fond of owning copies for themselves, not only as a means to get their money’s worth, but to enjoy the success of  beating copyrights and copyguards. The more complicated the copyguards were attached to the movies, the more attraction these very same movies had.  It’s a challenge, that’s what it is, a challenge.

The good part of this challenge is that it egged the people to buy or rent more dvd’s. In that short a time, moviemaking flourished, so much so that even the theaters became more profitable even  against their worse expectations.

Comes now the blue ray format that made movies exhilarating and more enjoyable to watch with its amazing resolution, fantastic sharpness, and breathtaking colors. The people now has a new challenge, one that seems insurmountable, what with expensive BD media, faster frame speeds, and voluminous data processing. the new challenge for the people is not anymore the bypassing of copyguards and copyrights. The expense in removing these is too much for the enthusiast to consider.  Besides, there is no BD rental stores around now, ever since the idea of streaming the video online was introduced, mainly by Netflix.

Streaming video is very much like ‘flashing” the video data, or the data that produces the movies come into the tv only to display the image and produce the sound, and afterwards disappears in a flash. In other words, there might not be any data to copy or download. Likewise when the streaming video enters the computer desktop, it resides momentarily in the ram memory and does not visit the hard drive core memory. Hence, it cannot be copied.

But of course, the challenge is still there, and it gnaws at everybody who wants to have a copy for their own collection. So how would they do this?

The assault to streaming video, and thereby to Netflix, is done by forcing the video signals to slow down so that the ‘grabber” can grab the data and send it to the hard drive. But all kidding aside, as if I were kidding, if the vhs and the dvd format can be copied, then perhaps convert the BD signals back to vhs or dvd speeds.  And there you go, softwares were devised to convert the signals. Connectors were designed to input the signals to the desktop via usb ports. The idea is to grab the data as it streams by.

But then again, slowing it down to vhs or dvd spoeed just about removes the brilliant colors, the beauty of the motions, and the sharp images of the blue ray format. So, video editing software comes to the fore to do their job of restoring the captured video to blue ray proportions.

The question for netflix, therefore, is how long a time before these thingamajigs of connectors, softwares, gadgets and the like will flood the market just to capture streaming video signals.


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Don’t get me wrong, though, such methods that I described to capture streaming video  is tedious, and is usually a waste of time.