The Value of Commercials in Free Streaming Services
The number of services that provide streaming media options seems to grow every day. In the past we have talked about Amazon Instant Video, and M-GO. Today we are going to be talking about a relatively new kid on the steaming media block Netflix. People I talk to about how to get rid of cable know of my fondness for the Roku 3 and if you have taken my advice and have picked up the awesomeness that is Roku 3 you may have noticed that netflix.com has become the Roku preferred provider for movies and TV; scrolling through the main menu on your Roku 3 you will find it under “Movies” and “TV” as well as listed with all of your other channels.
The more content options available to those that decide to get rid of cable the better and Netflix presents another solid option for cord cutters to stream their favorite titles. The fact that there is no commitment to a monthly subscription and that it seamlessly integrates with the Roku 3 make Netflix worthy to have added to your app collection but the price point and somewhat smaller selection keep it from being and industry leader for the moment.
To be completely honest, these days it’s difficult to find a worthwhile streaming app. While Crackle and such service with commercials have done well, they offer up some of the same content that is available to services without. While free, Netflix and others are cheap enough that it’s surprising to find Crackle possess as many commercials with every viewing. It makes a customer like myself wonder if the value of the commercials reflect the value of the product which I am streaming. Is that 7 dollars worth of commercial time that I’m having to sit through as opposed to the commercial free Netflix cost?