Video-on-demand (VOD) giant Netflix is poised to enter the Australian market by March this year and is set to launch dozens of fresh titles from the other side of the world. Experts believe its debut will be decent at best, however.
Dominic White of Business Review Weekly reports that Netflix faces competition from home-grown services like Presto and Stan, which have access to rights-protected shows. Popular shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, according to a News.com.au report, won’t even show up on Australian Netflix since their rights are owned by Foxtel, which co-owns Presto.
Death of TV? Not Really
The growth of video-on-demand in English-speaking countries has been impressively huge, to say the least, leading some to believe that it would give TV the boot. Then again, for Jonas Hemmingsen, CEO of MediaCom Nordic, that’s not the case. In his article entitled Trends in TV & video on demand, he states that the younger generations care more about the content than the medium.
Movie Streaming: Fee or Free?
Given that the rise of VOD doesn’t necessarily mark the end of television, another pertinent question comes to mind: to pay or not to pay for watching movies online? For all their popularity, Netflix and the like are paid services, thereby making the content they offer rather inaccessible for those who may be on a tight budget and simply want some quality entertainment. Indeed, if you can watch movies online for free, and your choices are just as vast and exciting, why spend perfectly good money?
Free movie streaming sites like Viewlorium have hundreds of films to excite every type of movie enthusiast. Can’t get enough of movies like Dinosaur Island and Mega Piranha that feature creatures you can only imagine in your worst nightmares? You can watch these movies and others in the same genre without spending a dime. From educational documentaries to cult classics, you won’t run out of movies to watch and discover at sites like Viewlorium.
Exactly how paid VOD services will fare down the line is anyone’s guess. What is certain is that sites like Viewlorium will continue to offer video on demand free of cost for the foreseeable future. Whenever you want to watch English movies online for free, you don’t have to take out your credit card or sign up for anything. Simply open your free streaming site of choice, click a title that you’d like to see, and enjoy the film in all its cinematic splendour.
(Source: How Netflix, Stan and Presto will compete in Australia’s winner-takes-most video streaming market, Business Review Weekly, January 21, 2015)