OnLive Not Competing With Netflix

December 8, 2010 -

In an article called Don't Believe What You Read: OnLive and Netflix, GamePro catches up with Onlive CEO Ron Perlman to set the record straight after both Reuters and the Wall Street Journal erroneously reported that Onlive had its sights set on competing with Netflix.

OnLive President and CEO Steve Perlman spoke to GamePro yesterday about those stories and said that his quotes about Netflix were taken largely out of context. The quote he is referring to is "OnLive can deliver any experience that Netflix can."

"The other part of that [quote] was something like 'but Netflix has such a huge library,'" Perlman told GamePro. Perlman added that it just wouldn't make sense for OnLive to compete with Netflix because it is a relatively small company with a handful of games and a limited amount of resources.

At an event earlier in the day Perlman told an audience that it is not an us or them scenario: "It's not us or Netflix, it's us and Netflix."

But Netflix aside, OnLive does plan to offer streaming movies at some point through a partner to be determined at the right time: "We have plans to partner with whoever the partners are that are the best [at providing] a complete entertainment experience. We will make movies available in time, but we have no agenda to compete with Netflix."

[Full disclosure: the author is a regular contributor to GamePro.com.]


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Re: OnLive Not Competing With Netflix

You might be able to compare "Watch Instantly" (Netflix) to a type of "Play Instantly" (OnLive).

But with the "Play Instantly" aspect, you might also compare it to Gamefly in providing rental games.  Had Gamefly provided a "Play Instantly" system, they might have been more competitive and profitable.  Of course, they only provide console games for rent.  And OnLive appears to be using PC versions of games.  So, it's an interesting trio of comparisons that can be made, as well as differences.

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