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At long last Netflix for iPod and iPhone is here! Even though I do have an iPad I was very excited to finally see Netflix for the iPod touch and iPhone. After having been released today it is already the talk of the web. So why is this update such a big deal? Well for one if you don’t have an iPad you can watch movies or tv shows instantly on your iPod!

Many people don’t have iPad (I know hard to believe right?) but they do have iPhones and maybe even a Netflix account. With Netflix now available on iPhone and iPod it really opens up the mobile capacity for people. Netflix has been around since the early 2000s and has quickly grown large in many ways. In recent years they have introduced instant play, an on demand ability to watch movies and tv shows right on your computer.

Now the instant play ability has grown tremendously. Not only can you watch movies on your iPad (and now iPod and iPhone as well) but devices such as the Roku box and gaming systems like the Wii and xbox 360 also have Netflix compatible capabilities. Instant play has revolutionized the way we watch movies. But what does this all mean for traditional stores like Blockbuster?

Well it could mean they are on their way out. One of the biggest hassles of renting a movie is having to, not only making sure you have it back on time, but also making sure nothing happens to the DVD itself so YOU don’t have to replace it. With instant play movies both issues are eliminated. Not only do you not have a physical DVD to keep track of, you don’t have to worry about retiring anything.

Now with instant play being on so many devices and becoming more and more portable we may see movie rental stores phase out. While right now there are some movies and tv shows that cannot be accessed on instant play alone, in time I believe it will. Another reason I think that more movies will become instant play is because it will dramatically cut down on pirated movies. Some people rent DVDs only to burn them and resell them on a DVD black market of sorts. Sure instant play won’t discourage pirates for long but it could give a fighting chance. Instant play can be watched almost anytime anywhere meaning soon even new movies will become available online until we see the eventual disbandment of brick and mortar rental stores.

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