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I just saw Amazon's Fire tablet and it has the ability to wirelessly send movies to your tv without accessory. I have older tv and not sure if it would be possible to use this. It would be interesting to see what tvs this works with. I have to say this tablet is much more diversified than a Roku. You can do so much with it and take it with you and it is smaller and light weight. Color too. They are also pitching Amazon streaming package with it. It sounds very interesting.
@ScottZ Carefully cashing out this past year? Why this year? What has changed that made him do that? Yes it does look a bit suspicious. Others not just me are talking about it. @ Netflix I went to Randolph's blog and read the entire post. Basically he condones making things easier for Netflix despite how it impacts the consumer. He also goes on to explain how they used to like to experiment with consumers and offer services only to then pull the plug on the services. Sound familiar? This apparently was the only way they could learn and this is they way they still approach all of this. He is proud to say he disenfranchised his 95% consumer base by eliminating selling dvds. Apparently they couldn't do both. Much like walking and chewing gum. I have to say I don't think Hastings has learned much from this and is still approaching it the same way and yeah Randolph thinks this is pure genius. Sorry but I am not that impressed. Seriously I can think of so many other things that are actually difficult besides renting and streaming dvds. They have been at this how many years? They should have been able handle this much better. Has anyone talked to them on how to raise prices so it doesn't freak out customers all at once? Folks have fled Netflix when in fact their streaming only service didn't change price. That is the reality of bad communication with Netflix. They scared them away. I guess if I cashed out 46 million in stocks such a price increase wouldn't seem like a big deal so I can see why he just doesn't get it and still doesn't. Next he will be telling us to eat cake. To streamline a mailroom is I am sure somewhat complicated but in the bigger picture is it that complicated? No. They mastered this. They also moved into streaming and mastered that with the help of Roku. No wonder Roku added all those lame channels they saw the writing on the wall and to have all your eggs in one basket with Hastings at the helm must have been a bit nerve racking. But Netflix offered their software to other devices and Roku needs to diversify too. I hope Roku offers a Blockbuster channel. Netflix has yet to master the communicating part from the top down to consumers. Even Randolph couldn't gloss that one over. Netflix continues to offer services and then chucks them to this day. Have they never heard of testing out a service first before giving and taking it away only to have to deal with the consumer back lash? Well that is not the Netflix way apparently. Sheesh. Consumers have not been given a reason why we need to make it easier for Netflix and accept making it more difficult for us to manage our accounts. Why all of a sudden they now can't provide the same services they have been doing for years? Their goal is not to provide us with the best service but now their goal is to make it easier for them? Lets make it really easy for Hastings and let him retire and that is as easy as it gets. Let someone else take on this uneasy work. There have been what 27K complaints on Facebook alone and not a peep since he bombed with the apology except press releases they have some new movies. La la la la can someone take Hastings fingers out of his ears? The problem with Randolphs comparison is the fact that the situation is different now. There are bigger entities that are moving and can move into position and don't even have to wait for fire bankruptcy sale to do it like Dish just did. They also more savvy on many levels compared to Clayton at Dish. Can you say Amazon and how about Google? Right now Amazon nibbles away and are testing the waters in a bigger way with their new streaming plan. It is cheaper too. Hey and they can walk and chew gum at the same time. They have one site to manage it all at. Right now as a consumer all I can think of is Netflix could care less about all the effort us consumer put into our Qs and ratings and now they want to make it more complicated. What other surprises do they have in store for us? When? Really should I be investing anymore time and effort into Netflix interfaces? I don't think so. Consumer confidence is important believe it or not. I lost confidence. Apparently the Netflix organization is not robust enough to manage two services together anymore. Much too complicated for them. This is not a good sign that they can not adapt well when they do well we are now seeing the fall out from how they did the price hikes and apology and cutting the baby in two parts. Why is everything so difficult for them? They make it more difficult. Does this explain why it has been difficult to get popular newer content? Why must they insist on it being easy for them? Many will make it really easy for Netflix they will close their accounts and move on. I want to make it easy for Netflix too. I am diversifying and trying out other services to see if something else works better.Make up my own Excel spreadsheet with my own ratings so when a company pulls this again it will be an easy to transition to another content provider. If you think about it how easy it is to make up a spreadsheet it makes you wonder how difficult it really is for them to keep it all in one place instead of two sites. Checking out other services right now is what we all should be doing. Even the guy that runs this blog uses all types of services to see what the market has to offer. He has lots of money to spend on this so what he likes may not be what will work for your pocket book. He also doesn't keep all his eggs in one basket either. For many of us who are angry we made the big mistake of using Netflix as are primary content provider and we feel more than a bit betrayed. So test out Blockbuster, Amazon, Redbox and maybe get that Channel Master DVR with no subscription. Who know who else may enter the market place too. It looks like it may take take a year or so before everyone who wanting to take advantage of Netflix's blunder comes foreward with better plans and content. I am keeping busy researching the options and you should be too. If nothing else it may prove Netflix is better deal for you or maybe not.
@ ScottZ I was one of the ones it did affect so that is why I am upset. I too have scaled back my dvds and plan to experiment with Blockbuster dvd plan and Redbox for starters. I also just bought another Roku box too and the nice expensive one and basically for Netflix and I am peaved. Hastings cashed out his stocks and put Netflix in the red for it by the tune of something like 46 million. Any time a CEO cashes out a big chunk of their stock it is not a good sign at all. That is why they have laws forcing them to disclose it. Clearly you can't find everything in streaming but most times in dvd right now. If you want more choice you will want both. But Netflix is headed towards streaming only from the looks of it and that is only going to cost more money for the rights. Having two sites maybe easier for them but not the consumer. Too bad they couldn't get programers in there to solve it. Too bad he is in such a rush to separate to sell off one. I don't have a lot of confidence in what he is doing or plans to do at this point. He has lost at least a million customers so far and when the site is divided and the headaches sink in with consumers folks will be rethinking the whole company since it makes no sense. The way this all was thought out and the way he has approached the price bump and the apology is a red flag if ever there was one. He is so not up to managing this well. He makes jokes about his food being poisoned at an investors meeting. Well hey get a clue here Hastings yeah folks are mad and why are you getting paid the big bucks to make stupid decisions? It is not his company anymore it is the stockholders who own it. I think they are just as surprised at they way he has tracked this as his customers. I have invested a lot of time in my ratings and stuff with the interface and now it is going to be separate sites and stuff and this is a major pain and it is like we get way way less for way way more. I am voicing what many are feeling here about all of this and it you don't like it you go watch a movie.
Timing is everything. Hastings timing is just awful. First he waited to long to increase prices and then does a 60% hike. He does this as the economy is just awful. Folks are cutting back and looking for ways to cut back. When you have an increase all of a sudden of 60% folks pay close attention. The timing on that was poor at best. I really don't get how great Hastings is. I think he is foolish in many ways. He is self destructive in many ways. Why doesn't anyone wonder why he cashed out his stocks? He has hedged his bets just in case? His apology comes across as smug and double talk that meant really nothing much but "hey I am sorry you noticed what a messed up job we did and for that I am really sorry." Oh yeah he ran a production company and is so ingenious. It is hard to believe this is true after watching the video apology or lack there of one. He is like Quintin Tarantino they both need to step away from the camera and go back to their old jobs in a movie rental store. I have yet to understand why Quintin is seen as a movie visionary and I have yet to see why Hastings is so great at what he does. He communicates poorly. Uses poor judgement countless times this year with raising prices to thinking it is a good idea for him to film a lame apology. Many times guys launch a business only to have someone else take the helm to take it to the next level. I think Hastings maybe good and ADD enough to start this up but he doesn't have the skills to take it to where it can be. This is so typical. He also hasn't hired those who could have help him do it either or has not let go of the wheel long enough for them to steer it better. Oh yeah and he is soooo smart to have let customers leave since now he is getting making a 50% increase in profits from remaining customer base. For how long? He is now moving away from the platform that so many flocked to a cheap way for entertainment and moving into a more expensive way and complicated and now he can be compared apples to apples with others providers. The distinction between them are blurring. Plus folks like me feel he is selling one part of this which makes me want to check out options and not be holding the bag when he sells. If I like them I may switch entirely. He has literally pushed customers like me to see alternatives for many reasons. Not a good sign. He has relied on stupidos like Clayton at Dish to keep Netflix customers from straying. But the reality is others will see the gaping whole and fill it and be much more tech and business and consumer savvy than Clayton. Now Hastings has made customers question their loyalty so they are now primed by Hastings to jump to other services. How ingenious was that? Netflix board of directors needs to rein Hastings in and take the gun out of his hands so he doesn't shoot his other foot. Does anyone at Netflix have the _____ to tell Hastings no and stop him from making not only an idiot of himself but from ruining a good thing? I see now he is making all sorts of announcements to let everyone know he is working on stuff. Not the stuff we are interested in but what the heck he is in charge and moving the pile forward if nothing else. He is trying to give the impression he is still in charge and has a plan and well I am not buying it and many aren't. I think we have just watched the beginning of a spiral downward of Netflix. We all watched how Hollywood Video and Blockbuster did it and no one stopped them. It was all in slow mo too. I think the sharks have smelled blood out there and are circling Netflix and really Hastings has put a big fat bullseye on Netflix. If they take Netflix down in many ways the more for them to split up between them. That red envelope is going to be bleeding customers and money this year. Folks who were satisfied may now be willing to check other services out as they come out and really that is what Hastings has created a climate of uncertainty with customers. This is where he really screwed up. All the theories of why he did what he did. Even days later folks are still scratching their heads. Yeah he is a visionary and he saw that others will get into this game with more money and he cashed out all while making it look like he is still in the game mentally. If this is him in the game mentally then Netflix needs new management to survive in the real world. He has been watching too many movies with happy endings from his eclectic offerings. If the board of directors care they will boot Hastings sorry buns to retirement and restore Netflix back to what it was and to put back the saved Q for starters. Then go soliciting back those customers that left with one free month of streaming.
Just finished the live stream of Dish’s press conference. Well I am not going to sign up for Dish bundle pure and simple. Clayton is a dinosaur of a CEO heading up a technology type produce that needs to adapt faster. Don’t see it with this anchor of a CEO. His executives are so classic it is almost like an old cartoon. You noticed the Blockbuster was getting the most questions. I feel a bit duped by Joe and his Dish crew. Yeah stay tuned…right. Here was a big opportunity and they had to use it for trying to sell an old concept with a few new features that most folks don’t want to pay the high prices for. OMG that marketing guy was sooo classic. Avoid the reality and just keep talking the talk. Wow where is Sinatra and the pack rat since the Dish pack rat is sooo dated in the product, the pitch and the response. Most Americans are feeling the pitch in the pocket book. They aren’t going in droves to sign up for Dish. They also are not going to wait either. They are going to figure out something else in the mean time. For me I think it would be wise to be me the DVR from Channel Master and use that until the streaming wars has a winner. Both losers right now. I hear some say well Netflix is the only game in town and I what I say to that is well until which part gets sold? Will it be before February or after? In the meantime I have to hassle with two accounts and my ratings disappear and more and more hassle for more and more money? If they needed more money they they should have fore casted a bit better and any fool, yeah fool knows you can't just jack the price up 60% without repercussions. Please some whining how hard it is to run a video empire George Bush wanna be. "It's hard it's really really hard". Well stop making it harder than it needs to be. There was no other reason to divide it up but to sell off a part of it. So that means if Amazon buys it up Bezos will decide how much you pay and he is greedy guy. He also was not that great in getting content and you think he will do any better with Netflix? Don’t think so. So really I think what all these guys do is look at the numbers and watch trends. If nothing else even the old guys at Dish understand that well at least their Board of Directors do and stock holders should be looking over the CFO's shoulders very closely on this. So when they see that this Dish bundle is not bringing it then they will eventually have to bring streaming albeit reluctantly at a decent price. If not then so be it. By then Netflix will be parted out in one way or the other. So what I am saying is maybe diversify so you won’t be stuck. Try Redbox right now. Also try a free 30 day Blockbuster dvd rental and see if these guys are all that they purport their service to be. Just keep Netflix streaming to hold on to your ratings etc for now and stream B content when you are desperate. I would also be checking out a way to tape TV shows right now too and maybe invest or save up for that Channel Master DVR this Xmas time which lets you tape two programs while you watch a third. Plus not subscription fees like Tivo. Wait till the dust settles with these bozos. It may take a year before it all hits the fan. I would also like to point out that the tvs they sell right now are crap. Poor sound and pixiling even at 240hz with streaming only to certain sites. The entire industry is basically telling us to put up and shut up. I went into Costo recently and they have scaled back their TV depart big time. No matter how big the screens got and how high the prices rose people were not that happy. That brand of tv they sold that starts with a V had the most repairs of the bunch and folks finally said hey we want value not just a low price. A lot of folks got sucked into that vortex and came out chewed up on the other side. Who knows who Roku will make a deal with? I am going to straddle the fence for awhile here and let them all try to sell to me. Maybe get back to reading more this year too. After watching older B content on Netflix you really want something more. What Netflix and the others need to remember is most folks don’t watch daytime soaps and tv anymore because there is so much boring B rated tv. Now the soaps are leaving. Yes too much of B rated content can turn folks off. I can turn on my free day time tv right now and stream through my antenna but hey it is not worth my time to do that. So is it true with streaming online with crappy content. It is interesting since many folks who used Dish were like retired and even those folks are feeling the squeeze and buying Channel Master DVRs. I was reading online and even these folks are not that impressed with the high costs of Dish. Their bread and butter are leaving the folds. They think the younger middle class will fork out the dough for it and we all know they won’t but Clayton has to learn the hard way. Some will but most will not. Blockbuster will be Dish's saving grace if they allow it to take the lead here. But the old guard runs Dish and they will literally have to remove the death grip they have on dish one finger at a time. When this Dish bundle or bungle thing doesn’t pan out Clayton will be retiring. It was funny since most of the reporters wanted to talk about Blockbuster not Dish. Clayton get a clue here. Makes you wonder about the whole industry when you have clowns at Netflix, clowns at Dish and clowns at Amazon not to mention Hollywood Video and Blockbuster. They keep on going despite themselves only because someone hasn’t done it better. I can see why the movie content owners have lots of fun messing with these guys. The more the merrier for them. Tease them along. Instead of investing too much in these streaming services this Black Friday after Thanksgiving might be the time to buy a tv to stream to or maybe buy that small tower just for your tv to stream to in your entertainment center. Hey you could set up your own pod for Diaspora social network too which hopefully will be more user friendly this year. Two good reasons for having your own server. Get yourself a big tv monitor and tower and find your own content. That would open lots of doors. It was sad and ironic to see Netflix announce there are partnering with Facebook. These are the same guys that didn’t buy the twitter name for Quikster. Yeah they are so socially hip and on top of this. But Facebook? “Gag”. If a housewife can see the holes in all of this then it must really be bad.
Well I have another option I am looking into if Blockbuster's announcement won't be including a unlimited streaming plan. Did you know that they make DVR like a Tivo that don't require a subscription? Yeah I have had my eye on this one and gets good reviews too: Channel Master CM-7000PAL - Digital TV tuner / HDDr I recently bought one of their digital converter boxes which is much better than the other boxes I have purchased. The clicker is superior for sure. They sell for 250ish to 300. If I sell my old Rokus since really the only channel on the Roku which was worth watching was Netflix so if I won't be streaming Netflix I won't be needing them. Sell the Rokus on Craig's List to help pay for the new DVR. Roku must be scrambling too with all of this bad press and actions on Netflix's part. Then when I just have to have a new release head out to my local grocery store for Redbox. Even if I paid cash for the DVR in one year I will have recouped the cost of it since I was renting 3 dvds at a time at the cost of about 25.00 a month. If I sell the Rokus for 75.00 I will be able to break even in maybe 8 months. I really do believe more trouble is ahead fro Netflix and if the content sellers don't burst their bubble by refusing to sell content to them then the telecom companies will put a cap on streaming and start charging more for dsl and that will get them. But right now they want to make it really more problematic for me as a user with two sites so that is also going to get them with users. Can you rely on Amazon, Google or Blockbuster to offer better deal. Not so much right now and until they do you can use a dvr without a subscription to do it. I do think I put lots of movies in my Qs that are not my first second or third picks but the best ones I can find and I spend way too much time watching stuff that isn't that great. Instead I can do it for free after 8 months with network tv with my free antenna. I also have tons in my Q that have yet to be released and that has been growing and growing. Also you can save your Q pages on a word document when you switch to know which movies you wanted to watch. You also can save all the dvds and streamed movies you have already watched on word document too to know which ones you have already watched and how you rated it. So moving your information is possible and not all is lost when you migrate away from Netflix.
This article explains how Netflix and Roku have been avoiding the cap limits on broadband for quite some time. All the more reason that finding a dvd provider locally or will mail them to you just incase the telecom industry gets even greedier. http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Like-Netflix-Roku-Underestimates-PerByte-Broadband-Threat-112113 They have made cap limits in Canada but haven't done it in the U.S. yet but it could. Another reason why Netflix's CEO cashed out his stocks earlier this year? So this is another reason why the CEO of Netflix is just out of his mind to spin off the dvds to rebrand it under Quikster. I really think he has his money now that he has sold his stocks and he really intends to sell off the rest when possible and be done with it. So Dish along with Blockbuster could be where folks eventually flock to when telecom companies apply the squeeze on streamers? They know you are really connected with your dsl online content and it will be hard for you to let go. I wonder if we can avoid the poorly deteriorating phone lines we run dsl on right now and can surf the net with a dish perhaps? Yeah telecom companies have put in new T1 trunks in but all those small lines out from them are like held together with duct tape and the cost to upgrade them is prohibited. The local Clear wireless internet services don't cover much yet and the speeds are slower. So really I would be figuring on dvd rentals as back up plan if the dsl telecom groups approach this like another segment in their group did, the cable companies. They also didn't listen to their customers and also over charged folk where they left in flocks.
Now what I really need is a program that I can take all my ratings of movies on Netflix and store them on my computer. It would allow me to interface with Blockbuster or whomever so I don't end up renting a movie I have already seen. Right now I want a separate program on my computer so when the games begin again with these companies that I as a consumer am not left in the cold after spending so much time rating all these movies. I also rely on the Netflix program to tell me which episodes I have already watched and now when I switch I will have to refigure it out. It Netflix can pull this baloney other will too. We need a stand alone program that will interface with these existing programs online. Maybe such a program exists out there right now but I have no idea. I beginning to prepare for the migration. Any ideas of how to do this easily and bring your info with you? How about printing up a list of all the movies you have watched and streamed is one way. Maybe putting them into a spreadsheet? Then you can search by title that way? I wish there was a less time intensive way to do this.
Well Blockbuster may very well be launching their streaming service this Friday from reading articles like this: http://business.financialpost.com/2011/09/19/dish-reportedly-set-to-unveil-blockbuster-branded-netflix-rival/ Friday should be very interesting. I intend to check out my local Blockbuster this weekend either way to see if they really have enough current releases in stock for when I drop off my dvds for a free dvd. If Netflix doesn't change course this week I am likely moving entirely over to Blockbuster and that includes streaming as well. I have also read where Netflix CEO has cashed out a lot of stock this past year in the neighborhood of 46 million. The same amount that the company paid to buy additional stock at something like 230.00 ish per stock. He got out before he knew the stock would drop to 130.00ish now. All you Netflix stock holders got holding the bag for this CEO and now he is going to part it out and retire from the looks of it. Not a good sign with Founder/CEO cashed so much stock out in one year. It sounds like the content holders were not going to sell to him and he knew it and cashed out and now separating dvds and streaming so he will have one game playing and my guess is he may very well let Netflix die a good death since no way to get the best content and keep the dvd part spinning for awhile. Now that everyone is streaming it should only be a matter of time where you will subscribe to Sony to get their movies etc. The middle man like Netflix streaming will not be needed. But what content providers fail to get here is folks are strapped and they aren't going to pay Hulu prices for every content provider. WE already have a way too many passwords and user names to manage as it is. Many are not buying the crappy new tvs for a small fortune with poor sound etc with wireless only going to certain content providers. They wait like me and will do work arounds like hooking up computers to screens to avoid it all. I think consumers have proven that they are holding onto their money until the prices come down and the services are better. The question is how long can these tv manufacturers and content providers can hold out until their bottom line forces them to actually give consumers what they want. What happened when HP sold their pads for 100.00? Everyone wanted one then.
Well Blockbuster may very well be launching their streaming service this Friday from reading articles like this: http://business.financialpost.com/2011/09/19/dish-reportedly-set-to-unveil-blockbuster-branded-netflix-rival/ Friday should be very interesting. I intend to check out my local Blockbuster this weekend either way to see if they really have enough current releases in stock for when I drop off my dvds for a free dvd. If Netflix doesn't change course this week I am likely moving entirely over to Blockbuster and that includes streaming as well. I have also read where Netflix CEO has cashed out a lot of stock this past year in the neighborhood of 46 million. The same amount that the company paid to buy additional stock at something like 230.00 ish per stock. He got out before he knew the stock would drop to 130.00ish now. All you Netflix stock holders got holding the bag for this CEO and now he is going to part it out and retire from the looks of it. Not a good sign with Founder/CEO cashed so much stock out in one year. It sounds like the content holders were not going to sell to him and he knew it and cashed out and now separating dvds and streaming so he will have one game playing and my guess is he may very well let Netflix die a good death since no way to get the best content and keep the dvd part spinning for awhile. Now that everyone is streaming it should only be a matter of time where you will subscribe to Sony to get their movies etc. The middle man like Netflix streaming will not be needed. But what content providers fail to get here is folks are strapped and they aren't going to pay Hulu prices for every content provider. WE already have a way too many passwords and user names to manage as it is. Many are not buying the crappy new tvs for a small fortune with poor sound etc with wireless only going to certain content providers. They wait like me and will do work arounds like hooking up computers to screens to avoid it all. I think consumers have proven that they are holding onto their money until the prices come down and the servies are better. The question is how long can these tv manufacturers and content providers can hold out until their bottom line forces them to actually give consumers what they want. What happened when HP sold their pads for 100.00? Everyone wanted one then.
Netflix only says how many customers have left like 1 million. What they neglected to talk about is how many customers changed their accounts to a cheaper plan. I bet a sizable number did this which would also impact revenues in a big way aside from customers that left.My guess is the impact from both have been significant. After all is said and done how much profit are they actually making on their customer base? Right now they just lost a million customers and has that quick drop wiped out their profits for this quarter and next? They didn't own the Twitter name at all for Quikster and the website name only very recently. It makes you think they are scrambling to divest themselves from the high cost of dvd mailing etc in order to keep Netflix alive after so many customers jumped ship after that ridiculous price increase. They decided this and announced it before end of third quarter before they even had the domain names secured. They can't possibly have the websites ready since they didn't say when this was all going to take place. The irony here is only a salesman would believe his own baloney response and that is the sad part of this is the way the CEO has just made things worse and no one could stop him. Did he actually watch the video before he foolishly released it? Why didn't anyone or board of directors stop him? Where the heck is the board? Not a peep. Yeah I am mad at the price increase and how he has made a good service bad but now all I can see is he is going to run this company into the ground much like all the other companies like Hollywood Video etc. Why does this sector attract such delusional leaders? Hollywood Video was great and they just denied the reality of streaming until it was too late. Blockbuster did the same. Netflix is headed down the same delusional path. By the time they figure out how they messed up and waited too long to give the CEO the boot it will be too late.
I think about all those ratings I have done that help me know if that is a movie we have already seen. Now I have to start over with Quikster. I would have to go to Netflix and first check to see if it is in streaming and then go to Quikster to see if they have it in dvds.What a headache. Then if the movie is now available for streaming the rating I have for it in dvds will not show in streaming? What a fudging headache. Then try to remember what rating I gave it. Then when they pull a movie from streaming I don't know to add it to dvds. So have me running around in circles because why again?
Well I can think of so many companies that sell different types of services and they don't need multiple names for each type of product. Makes no sense. Amazon is a perfect example of that. So clearly they tend to distance themselves and then sell it. So should I be investing time effort giving ratings to a interface that is going to be sold to who knows who? Nah. If I have to manage two sites for dvd and streaming well why not switch at least dvds with Blockbuster.Give them a try. I think moving my 2 dvds at a time account to Blockbuster for now and get the first month free. If you drop off the video at a store you get a free movie and hey they might just have a new release on the shelves too. But 14.99 for two dvds at one time. Plus they don't charge extra for BlueRay dvds. I think I need to diversify so I have more options. Stream for now with Netflix for 7.99 and then rent dvds with Blockbuster is a better deal. If you don't want to drop dvds at a store once in awhile then you can pick the plan without that option and pay only 13.99 for two dvds. Also Blockbuster may very well take advantage of the situation and offer unlimited streaming while so many Netflix customers are fuming. Easy sell. They are getting a lot of calls from Netflix customers or shall I say ex Netflix customers. It should be interesting to see what Blockbuster numbers are at the end of this month and at the end of December if they go regular quarterly periods. But once a customer switches to another company or stradles the fence with one account with each one it is much easier for customer to take full advantage of new offerings and to switch entirely to a better deal. Plus the company's practices have been vetted by the consumer so not too many surprises unless you have the CEO of Netflix running the company into the ground. This Friday Blockbuster intends on an announcement. You don't have to jump ship this month on Netflix, you can always do it next month and that should really make an impact on 4 quarter earnings. Who knows others may also put their hat in the ring on this. One door slams shut with Netflix another door opens with .....
Here is one option to this mess Netflix has created. Since I already will have to manage two sites one for dvd and one for streaming how about considering Blockbuster for dvds. They have a 30 day free trial. For 14.99 you can get two dvds at a time and no charge for BlueRay ones. Also you can drop them off at Blockbuster store and get a free dvd at the same time. Hey you might hit it just right and get that new release when you return a dvd to the store? When you return that one to store they will release the next one in your Q. They also get new releases a month ahead of Netflix. Then add on the 7.99 for streaming with Netflix for the same amount you would pay for Netflix two dvds and unlimited streaming. If you don't drop off dvds to the store then it drops from 14.99 a month for 2 dvds to 13.99. Pretty much the same price of Netflix but you can get BlueRay disks and newer releases. The sales guys at Blockbuster say it isn't out of the realm of possibility that Blockbuster might take full advantage of the situation and do unlimited streaming as well since lots of folks are calling them. Also Blockbuster is going to make announcement this Friday. So stay tuned. So you could get a free month from Blockbuster right now and try them out and see how they operate. Or do it next month change your account settings and see if Blockbuster makes a run for Netflix's streaming customers too.
I think maybe I need to stop streaming the old content Netflix provides and cancel my streaming and dvd service. They have lots of documentaries and foreign films but not what I really want to see. Instead rent current flicks from Blockbuster or use Amazon VOD or other online service and just use my Sony blue ray dvd player to stream with. Sell my Rokus and invest in one of those color nooks and start downloading books and magazines. I don't think they make you wait weeks for that content. Watch my local tv and reality shows and go to matinees when I have an itch for a good movie instead of waiting for them for months to be released on Netflix. The waiting times for dvds that are popular are weeks and weeks and no one talks about how lame that is. No you don't just put movie in a Q and then they ship it. It feels like they have two disc of one movie and it takes forever to get them. I think I am going to cut the Netflix umbilical cord and fill my hours with content I am really interested in not just what Netflix has to offer and get it on Netflix time schedule but on my own. Use Redbox at local grocery store again. Who knows maybe someone else will come forth to fill the gap Netflix has just now created. I think we need to discuss options here and good ideas of options to make it clear we do have options which clearly the CEO assumes are too limited and we are stuck with his lame policies. I hate monopolies.
Also Netflix emailed me this morning about the changes and told me to go to their blog to make comments. You can only post a comment if you are on Facebook. Oh give me a break. Not everyone is on Facebook either and I am just fed up with Netflix approach to their consumer base. Also they wanted me to clear my cookies and cashe to post a comment. Guess what I lost my comment and started over then to learn I have to be on Facebook to post. Totally lame for a blog. OMG who is this founder listening to if anyone at all? Certainly not us consumers. Thank god there is this site to post to. Also when I called Netflix this morning the staff had no idea about all of this and they are just now learning some. They may have figure out how to mail a dvd but they are clueless on how to deal with customer base. Astonishing really.
I am floored by what I have learned today. I had no idea my rates will go up today. I rent 3 dvds and stream and when it was announced two months ago our rates weren't going up they were just splitting off a streaming only. The founders non explanation explanation is more of the same. Does he listen to anyone or is he so egotistical that whatever he thinks is right is right? He may have brought this baby into the world but at this rate he may also take it out too. It was a blow that Starz left the fold and fewer new releases but we said ok. The huge increase for some two months ago was blunt too. But today that takes the cake. Now I am paying 4.00 more for less? How does that make sense? He also doesn't explain when this all takes affect. All I get from this is I will need more browsers open and it is going to be more of a hassle because they now want to add games? I am not renting games I am renting movies. They should have spun off the games. But much like network tv the youngest audience seems to have the CEO's by the nose ring. I don't get it since I know I watch more tv and spend more money on products than my adult children. I am their target market whether they want to listen or not. I just bought another newer Roku and wished I had just bought a cpu to stream to my older instead. I now have a reason to seriously find what options I have out there and keep my eye out for a better company. The whole reason I avoided cable was due to the sneaky practices and well Netflix is not different from what I am experiencing now. My billing date was today and just changed my 3 dvds to 2 for now to avoid a 4.00 increase on top of the other increases which will buy me some time to see if another company wants my business and willing to treat me better and actually has a logical explanation. None here at Netflix for months now. What a huge fail by management. It is almost comical. Dude seriously are you serious?
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Sep 19, 2011