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I agree with mnxmfan. This announcement is good news for anyone who primarily wants to rent discs by mail. I'm so glad that DVDs will be sticking around for a while. The price increase for discs + streaming is a big jump. But I think this simply means that they're graduating streaming to be a full-fledged product, rather than a free add-on. It's not really that they're screwing anyone, it's just that the streaming sale is over.
What a shock! Another baby step towards streaming and away from DVD rental. This is their number one focus. Less DVD selection, less DVD promotion, less Blu-Rays, less replenishment of old disc stock. It will keep happening until the day they finally announce that they are phasing out mail altogether. Why am I still a customer? Well, where else am I going rent some obscure 10-year-old documentary? But soon I will give up on them. The great appeal of Netflix to me was that they had absolutely everything. They will lose this advantage as they move to an all-streaming model. How I wish they had a viable competitor!
I signed up with Netflix to rent discs, and I'm tired of sending more and more money towards their streaming business. Streaming is the future, but I hope Netflix streaming is not. We need a more open model, where any company can offer any stream to any person, at whatever price each company decides. All that is needed is a method for simplifying payments and for finding movies. Nobody should have to worry about whether they're on a PC, a PS3, an Xbox, or whatever device. And nobody should have to worry about whether Netflix (or some other company) brokered a big content deal for some movie they feel like watching. I'm getting closer and closer to leaving Netflix. But where else can I rent some obscure documentary released five years ago? That is Netflix's unique strength, but they may abandon it.
It's great to see this not just as a concept, but actually implemented. It really highlights just how silly the current laws are regarding content privileges.
This is so disappointing. Netflix has an agenda to move more and more to streaming. All I ever wanted was discs sent by mail. Every month, a greater percentage of my subscription fee is directed towards a service I don't want. Not only am I getting less bang for my buck, now I will be getting a more limited selection as well. If there were a viable competitor focused on discs by mail only, I would switch in a heartbeat.
Officially it isn't a competitor. But in a few years, all the major studios will offer paid streaming of their movies online. Google TV will provide a way for users to both locate and pay for these streams. What, then, is the point of having Netflix as a middleman?
It would be great to see Netflix supported on Linux. I'll believe it when I see it!
I think there are far too many deals and special arrangements in this business. If the studios are taking features off the discs, then Netflix should simply buy retail copies, open them up, and rent those. The ability to rent movies shouldn't be seen as a kindness of the movie studios. It is a right of consumers and of businesses to buy, sell, and rent products as we see fit.
I fully support the people using reviews to protest. It is a necessary step because Netflix is showing more and more that they do not listen to customers and that they are only interested in what they believe is good for Netflix. I understand that they have to run as a business, but some businesses do a much better job than others of communicating with customers. Some businesses take the approach of pleasing their customers as much as possible, in order to win their business and their loyalty. This used to be true of Netflix, but now they are completely profit driven, callous, and short-sighted. If you want help deciding if you should rent a movie, Rotten Tomatoes is a much better resource than the Netflix reviews.
The Maiden Heist looks promising. Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman, and William H. Macy!
Finally! I have been waiting for this to happen. I really don't understand the need for the disc. Surely the software itself can't be a very big download?
Sometimes it is convenient to be able to add a movie I have read about to my Queue, especially if I'm not likely to see it in theaters. I'm glad they add movies before they are released. I think it's funny how many reviews get posted on Netflix. Why bother adding your own review when a movie already has 700+ reviews?
It's great to see the original British series of Life on Mars available. It is one of the best shows I have ever seen. Hopefully the second half of the show will follow as well. The entire show is just two short seasons. They don't drag it out longer than what it needed to be. (As compared to what usually happens with a popular show here in America.)
For Netflix to succeed with their streaming service, they need to get support from as many hardware partners as possible. If one of the major media companies buys them, this could become much more difficult. If Microsoft buys Netflix, they would become a rival of Sony rather than a potential partner.
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I think that if Netflix has a copy of the DVD not being used at the moment, they should be able to stream that content to a customer without paying any studio fees. It's not really different than allowing a person to borrow the physical disc, it's just a little more convenient. Of course, this is a pipe dream because it will never be legal.
I perpetually have a full queue. I know I won't get to some of those discs for years, but anytime I come across something of interest, I tend to add it. I now have about 10 "Queue Overflow" lists broken down by category.
Banter, most of us don't feel that dropping $840 per year on cable is no big deal, especially when there are much cheaper options. I dropped cable. I miss certain sporting events, but it's just not worth that kind of money to see a few games. I pick up what I can over the air, or go to a bar. I look forward to the day that all games are available online for cheap or free.