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Re: Encrypted Media proposal

From: Mark Watson <watsonm@netflix.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2012 19:53:47 +0000
To: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
CC: Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu>, "<public-html@w3.org>" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <258B68B7-8CD8-45E5-897D-93AADFF34BCC@netflix.com>

On Mar 6, 2012, at 11:16 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 6:24 AM, Boris Zbarsky <bzbarsky@mit.edu> wrote:
>> On 3/4/12 11:10 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
>>> Further, for "on-demand" streaming services such as Netflix, the ability
>>> to
>>> time-shift is moot, as it's an inherent quality of such a service.
>> This is only true if the user can either pause or seek the stream; otherwise
>> there is no way to deal with interruptions during viewing.  I haven't tried
>> Netflix streaming myself, and I can't find any good descriptions of what it
>> does and doesn't do, so maybe it already offers those abilities, of course.

Yes, we support those things.

> Yes, I made a distinction between on-demand streaming and other kinds
> of streaming that may not allow pausing/scrubbing.
> Netflix's time-shifting is still rather limited, though - I can't
> time-shift to "when I'm on the airplane, without wifi", because the
> DRM prevents me.

No, it's not the DRM that prevents you. It's because it's just not part of the product we offer. We don't offer last weekends new releases either. Just a product decision we made, primarily for non-technical reasons.

> ~TJ
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