Newsweek has a nice scoop on TiVo and Netflix trying to team up to offer movies on-demand through the TiVo service and a broadband connection. No more waiting a pesky two days for that lovely red envelope to come.
Sure, that's progress. Who wouldn't want convenience? But part of the reason I love Netflix is forgetting what I put on my list, getting the DVDs in the mail and tearing them open to see what came. It's the same reason I would sign up for every free catalog I could find when I was 8. Yeah, that's pathetic, I know.
The Bells and the cable companies can't be happy about this. But they'll figure it out, eventually--probably buying into one of the services themselves. They'll just take a long time to do it and get called dinosaurs in the meantime.
The real loser is broadcast TV, which is already bleeding viewers to video games and DVDs. Make rentals even easier, and everybody will be watching the latest sitcom on disc instead.