IFC Entertainment and online rental service Netflix announced a partnership yesterday to offer 53 IFC titles for streaming online.  This is good news and bad news.

The good news is it that it makes some of IFC’s great titles easier for people to see. Older stuff like John Sayles’ The Brother From Another Planet and Return of the Secaucus Seven, James Toback’s When Will I Be Loved, Errol Morris’ The Thin Blue Line and Gates of Heaven, plus some more current foreign titles including Susanne Bier’s Brothers (Jim Sheridan’s remake starring Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal opens soon), Hou Hsiao Hsien’s Three Times and others.

The bad news is that Netflix’s streaming service leaves a lot to be desired. It’s available at no extra charge to Netflix’s unlimited subscribers (and was recently made available on Sony’s PS3), but the video is at times sub-YouTube quality (at least on my internet connection) and navigating within a movie is sketchy at best.

It works in a pinch and it’s very convenient, but it’s not up to par for videophile types. Nevertheless, it’s yet another way somewhat obscure films are being  made available to the masses. IFC has already experimented with offering their films on VOD concurrently with a theatrical realease and this is an interesting attempt to keep their strong catalogue of films alive. In the changing landscape of indie/foreign film distribution, I hope it works for them.

Source: Variety

7 Responses to “IFC/Netflix: Wonder twin powers…ACTIVATE”

  1. I’ve been streaming Netflix on both my PC and Xbox 360 for nearly a year, and it has mostly been very smooth and high quality. Both machines are HDMI-ed to a 50 inch plasma and most movies are crystal clear. But then maybe my connection is more reliable than yours.

    Best,

    Tim
    http://www.DocWilde.com
    Home of the Frogs of Doom!

  2. Thanks Tim. I get a lot of compression artifacts, but I think it’s my sluggish internet connection.

  3. Craig, if you run on the XBOX or PS3, the program allows for load time to get the best picture quality, unlike the “stream now, regardless of quality!” Internet module. I don’t know why it’s so hard to give people an option to let it load up in HQ on the computer (just like YouTube does), but let’s hope that gains traction in the future.

  4. Vic, where can I find this setting for the PS3?

  5. It goes automatically on my XBOX. I assumed the programming was the same for the PS3. Maybe I’m wrong.

  6. Since I devote posts to Netflix Streaming, I welcome this but as stated and noted, the quality is highly erratic. Their HD selection is limited but hopefully growing — SWEET CHARITY looks spectacular. The major problem is the streaming still skips on my super hi-speed system. It’s not a substitute for your dvd’s yet.

  7. I love the convenience of it and I particularly like watching old TV shows. ROCKFORD!!

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