Instant Watcher: ME AND ORSON WELLES (2008), which inexplicably had a quite limited release on DVD, was added to Netflix Watch Instantly streaming yesterday.
It's also available for rental on DVD.
I reviewed the movie last November.
In other news, earlier this week it was announced that the Hulu Plus streaming service has acquired exclusive rights to show Criterion Collection DVDs. Criterion has posted a FAQ on their Facebook page.
For my part, I don't have much interest in subscribing to a streaming service which has commercials. Indeed, it seems that Hulu Plus is turning into a hybrid where the web meets cable TV.
Hulu Plus says its commercials will precede the Criterion films, rather than interrupting them.
Netflix, which, thanks to the new emphasis on streaming, increasingly seems more like a huge "on demand" cable service itself, so far is holding steady against commercials, with an exec saying, "The topic of bringing advertising to the company's streaming service has been brought to the table from time to time over at Netflix but the arguments in favor of ads haven't been all that compelling. Every time, we shoot it down."
It's interesting that CEO Reed Hastings currently describes the company as "a streaming company that also offers DVD-by-mail."
Previously: Criterion DVDs Leaving Netflix Instant Play, August 24, 2010.