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Old Sep 21, 2011, 01:48 PM   #126
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What I'm saying is I think they should tier it all. Netlflix, just make those deals happen with HBO, Stars, etc. I'll still pay the $8-$20 for unlimited insta-watch of older A-list/mediocre content, and bill me when I want to rent Rio or Thor or Transformers 3 just out on DVD.
I could see that -- I think if Netflix offered a base plan that had unlimited viewing of some content and charged for rentals on new stuff, they would offer a really compelling service. Their streaming technology works better than Hulu and the others -- if they offered the same service Hulu offered at the same price, it would automatically be more appealing to me....
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 03:37 PM   #127
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There are only two reasons NFLX would split the streaming and DVD businesses like this.

1) Netflix management can't figure out how to compartmentalize two seperate cost structures for two distinct businesses within the same company. Under this scenario NFLX management would probably need help putting on their shoes in the morning, as they would be idiots.

2) NFLX is looking to sell the DVD business.

As Reed Hastings isn't an idiot and NFLX management shows some wherewithall I'm going with number two. Within 3-5 years, Qwikster gets sold to some guy who's content with sucking the marrow out of the physical media business for another 15 or 20 years until it becomes unsustainable*.

*I don't think it will, but that's an entirely different discussion.
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 04:29 PM   #128
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I could see that -- I think if Netflix offered a base plan that had unlimited viewing of some content and charged for rentals on new stuff, they would offer a really compelling service. Their streaming technology works better than Hulu and the others -- if they offered the same service Hulu offered at the same price, it would automatically be more appealing to me....
My thought they had a compelling product before they ruined it...
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 04:31 PM   #129
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2) NFLX is looking to sell the DVD business.
It's more likely that Netflix will sell it's streaming business to Amazon.
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 08:53 AM   #130
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Or not. Make up your minds guys.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/10/n...streaming-und/

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Old Oct 10, 2011, 11:35 AM   #131
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Right, I just saw that too on Reuters. Wow, these guys at Netflix are running a good brand into the dust trying to make a move that will impress their shareholders. Forgetting that to have a share price you need to have customers.

Netflix drops unpopular Qwikster DVD plan:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...7992EB20111010

Really, why don't they get some customers in for a chat before they make their next brilliant move. If there are any customers left.

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Old Oct 10, 2011, 11:42 AM   #132
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My goodness this company has lost it's mind!!! Doesn't a big company like this actually think HUGE changes like this through before they announce them? I bet the stock tumbles even more because of a lack in leadership ability.
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Old Oct 10, 2011, 03:44 PM   #133
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Well on the Brite side they are not splitting the business. Wonder if the games section will fall under the other section?
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Old Nov 4, 2011, 07:41 PM   #134
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they only stream garbage anyway
Is right, I'm in australia so i don't get access to the DVD side of things, however any tv show and movie i wanted to watch, were only available on DVD. there wasn't a lot to choose from (for what i was interested in anyway).
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Old Nov 4, 2011, 09:29 PM   #135
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Is right, I'm in Australia so i don't get access to the DVD side of things, however any TV show and movie i wanted to watch, were only available on DVD. there wasn't a lot to choose from (for what i was interested in anyway).
This is not unique. They have to package the dross in some way, to turn a profit.

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Old Jan 26, 2012, 12:16 PM   #136
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Netflix's CEO said yesterday that they've canceled their plans to offer videogame rentals. That seems to be the last ghost of their spin-off plan.
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Old Jan 26, 2012, 12:39 PM   #137
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Netflix's CEO said yesterday that they've canceled their plans to offer videogame rentals. That seems to be the last ghost of their spin-off plan.
That was the most bizarre part of their 'plan'. If the market was really worth pursuing, then why not just buy Gamefly?
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Old Jan 26, 2012, 12:41 PM   #138
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i will give netflix credit for realizing that they were making a bunch of stupid mistakes and then going ahead and adjusting those ideas when their customers reacted. shame that video game rentals won't happen but i'm not surprised either. given how many restrictions there are put on games these days i'm shocked that a used/rental market is possible still.
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Old Jan 26, 2012, 09:52 PM   #139
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I was sort of excited for the game rentals too. I have GameFly and love it but the only thing I hate about it is the amount of time it takes for the send and return of games. They are by no means fast shipping like Netflix. But then again they don't have near as many distribution centers as netflix.
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Old May 18, 2012, 12:39 PM   #140
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The damage Netflix did to its image wasn't permanent.
Netflix Customer Satisfaction Rebounds
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Old May 18, 2012, 12:44 PM   #141
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The damage Netflix did to its image wasn't permanent.
Netflix Customer Satisfaction Rebounds
I think once their CEO finally closed his mouth and stopped saying anything people started to forget about him

I kept the service, both streaming and DVD
I did cut the DVDs from 3 to 2 to offset costs

But RedBox is becoming far more convenient for those moments you want to see a movie
The Netflix streaming catalog is weak, and even though the DVDs arrive quick, it isn't as quick as the RedBox around the corner
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Old May 18, 2012, 12:52 PM   #142
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I still use Netflix but only one disc by mail at a time--and have no problems with their service. I buy some blu rays and the rest of the movies I watch I get via iTunes--or Amazon. I use Amazon Prime free streaming too. There are enough choices now that you don't have to be limited to one service to fit your needs.
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The PR damage might not have been permanent, but their stock price dropped about 70% last summer and hasn't moved since. With the streaming wars really just starting to heat up I don't think Netflix will ever get back to where it was before.


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As long as this means more titles will be available for streaming, I don't mind.
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I bailed on Netflix. It started taking me so long to find something to watch. Before I cancelled I was watching the most garbage acting I've seen because I couldn't find anything.

Have they improved their selection in the past few months?
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