>NetFlix is far superior in terms of movie recommendations and ability to view a stream reliably. With YouTube, I can’t always get a reliable stream, especially during prime time. With that reputation, its not clear YouTube will succeed with their rental service. It has a lot of eyeballs, but I don’t think their servers can keep up with demand. NetFlix, on the other hand, I’ve had reliable service from.
YouTube Launches Rental Service, Undergoes Site Revamp – Web Services Web 20 and SOA from eWeek: “Although YouTube could expect its popularity to help its new video rental service succeed, Experian Hitwise analyst Heather Dougherty noted Jan. 21, it faces substantial competition in that particular area from the likes of Netflix, Amazon.com and Apple. ‘In general, Netflix has become synonymous with movie rentals online and appeared three times in the top 10 search term variations of ‘movie rentals’ for the 12 weeks ending Jan. 16, 2010,’ Dougherty wrote in a research note.”