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Netflix to acquire OnLive, offer streaming video games

techfun89 (2587195) writes | more than 2 years ago

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techfun89 writes "Netflix revealed today, that they are acquiring the cloud based OnLive gaming company for $1.1 billion. Netflix said that the Netflix branded online streaming of games will keep the OnLive interface intact, but will offer different pricing plans yet to be announced.

Netflix has indicated that the existing mini-console offered by OnLive for playback of video games on TV's will also support the playback of all Netflix content, making it an all in one multimedia device. There are some rumors that Netflix may try to offer playback of video games on existing game consoles (where movie streaming supported), but some manufacturers may try to block this feature."

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kind of figured (1)

Truekaiser (724672) | more than 2 years ago | (#39538785)

on-live was made just to be bought up like this from some company. it basically uses the old dumb terminal model, renamed as 'cloud this' or 'cloud that'. to run the game and then send the frames compressed back to you.. it's barely playable..

april fool? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39540653)

Has to be an April Fools gag?

bad for competition (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39541559)

This move, if true is bad for competition.. competition is what really brings the quality bar up, not so much on mergers, at least I think so anyway.

april fools indeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#39545863)

The last line said Foolish and there is April fools throughout the end of the article. At least it won't be one of those annoying ones where you don't know whether to believe the story or not. OnLive is doing fine by themselves, lets hope they never agree to merge with anyone, anytime soon.
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