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" "5.1 (or better) surround-sound." I'm not sure what you are using, but Apple TV has 5.1 sound." I've got the Apple TV, and while it has 5.1, there is still a lot of content (even relatively -new- content, including popular movies from 2011) that doesn't have surround sound.
I don't think the investors are being hard on Netflix. If I were at the helm, I'd do the following: 1) Slow the beating on the DVD business - sure, things are moving to streaming, but there is no reason to beat your DVD customers over the head making them feel like second-class citizens. 2) LISTEN to their DVD customers about what they prefer (in addition to availability of titles) about DVD content vs. streaming content, and figure out how to add it to the streaming product. Two suggestions: DVD extras, and 5.1 (or better) surround-sound. 3) LOOK at the content of what people are renting on DVD and streaming. Are more streaming customers watching TV shows because they WANT to watch TV shows, or because there are so many fewer movies available on streaming. Determine if more money needs to go into requiring streaming rights to movies as opposed to TV shows. JohnnyO
I found this interesting: "Netflix customers are streaming about 30 hours per month on average." I probably stream 4-8 hours a month. For the average to be 30, there must be lots of folks streaming for 5-6 hours a day, every day of the month!
I'd guess the analyst's idea of broken is different than mine. He is probably focusing on business, and by the snippet above, believes that they "broke" something by the large price increase. As mentioned above, I think Netflix was quite willing to risk the loss of hybrid customers. Could they have better hit a sweet spot by only raising rates 45% instead of 60% and still met their financial goals? Who knows. I'm still satisfied with Netflix.
Interesting. How do debit card fees enter into this? I thought the whole idea behind the legislation was to lower cost to merchants. This is the reason some big banks are starting to charge users debit card fees. [Of course, in the last two days, a number of banks are backing off, since not all banks went along with the idea -- similar to the way airlines start to raise fees, and fall back if most don't go along.]
I often enjoy the special features - especially on movies like the Lord of the Rings, or the unexpectedly great features on Valkyrie. Frankly, seeing DVDs and BD discs without them was one of the reasons I started to watch streaming videos, figuring if I can't get special features, I may as well go for convenience.
As a longtime Blockbuster by Mail customer, I say -- "Finally!" Now I'm a Blockbuster customer for Blu-ray and DVD, and a Netflix customer for streaming.
Wow. Just one foot-in-mouth move after another. If I were working at a competitor to Netflix, I would be chuckling all month at their missteps.
I was all set to drop Blockbuster discs by Mail, but instead stayed with that, and also stayed with Netflix, but dropped to streaming only.
Pretty good comparison. I went with the split decision. BB for Blu-ray by mail (my turnaround time is exactly the same between Netflix and BB), and Netflix streaming on my Apple TV.
I will keep the streaming (the reason I joined just 7 weeks ago) and drop their disc plan. I get the sense they didn't really care about disk customers anyway. I'll get my Blu-ray and DVDs from Blockbuster by Mail as I have for the past 5 years. My grandfathered costs for 3 Blu-ray discs at a time is identical to Netflix, and I get the sense that Blockbuster values my business. Even for new customers, if you want Blu-ray, it is $2.00 more per month for 1 disc out. One additional value you get from Blockbuster is that they get new releases 28 days earlier than Netflix or Redbox. Also, I find their web site easier to navigate, but that could just be familiarity.
I too, am a current Blockbuster by mail subscriber. At least in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, disc delivery for both BB and Netflix takes about the same amount of time (about 1-2 days). It is a shame the stores have closed because the ability to swap at near-by stores was convenient. For me, the ability to get new releases without the 28 day penalty, plus the better (IMO) web site and queue management with Blockbuster is worth the extra $2/month. Since Netflix seems so want to kick physical media to the curb, I think I'll continue to support BB for my Blu-ray and DVD by mail business, and give Netflix my streaming business.
For those interested in checking out the DVD/Blu-Ray by mail competition, realize that the Blockbuster By Mail service is still running just fine. My 30-day free trial with Netflix just ended last week. I was expecting to drop Blockbuster after I watched one last Blu-ray disk sitting in my living room. Now I'm not so sure. Their prices are a little higher than Netflix, but Blu-ray is included. After 30 days with Netflix, I find the BB web site and Q management much better than the Netflix equivalent. Blockbuster Netflix (with BD) --------- ------------- 1 out: 11.99 9.99 2 out: 16.99 13.99 3 out: 19.99 17.99 I do enjoy the streaming though, and Netflix is still the big man on campus in that area, with (I believe) the largest selection, and the largest selection of devices on which you can stream through to a TV.
Wow. Just Wow. Who's in charge over there? Forget about the price increase, they are basically separating the services, and the blog post doesn't even mention Blu-ray. Really weird. At this stage, I'll definitely be sticking with my Blockbuster online/by Mail subscription.
Sure - people in areas with poor Internet connectivity. Lots of areas still out there with very poor Internet connectivity across the US.
Sweet. I wonder if it will tie in with BlockBuster Online accounts?
I agree with Doc Forbin above. I think "Don't want" is a bit sensationalistic for the conclusion, but I won't be interested until: 1) the movies I can download take 15 minutes or less, 2) they can be kept around as long as a BBO/NetFlix rental discs 2) they contain all the extra features as rental discs 3) have picture quality equal to rental discs 4) Cost -very little- more than rental discs (maybe worth 15% more on the rare occasion) Between BBO and a BB store 6 minutes from my home, it will be quite some time before downloads are useful/reasonable/desireable to me. By the time DVD downloads are reasonably fast, I'll probably be watching HD discs.
I almost always watch the extras - especially on movies like the Lord of the Rings or Apollo 13.
Toggle Commented Dec 20, 2006 on Do You Watch Extras Discs? at Hacking NetFlix