Remember when “Netflix” and “Streaming video” were virtually synonyms? Yeah, those were the days. Then, in the course of three disastrous months, Netflix jacked prices by 60 percent, announced it was splitting off the DVD business, and then announced that, no, actually, it was going to keep DVDs in house after all. The wacky moves sent investors fleeing like rats and confused customers looking for alternatives – alternatives like Amazon Prime Instant Video. The service offers unlimited streaming and Amazon has signed several new content deals since Prime Instant Video’s launch in March. But is it a Netflix killer? Let’s find out.
All the angry Netflix protestors can put down the pitchforks and relax, DVD rentals aren't going anywhere. Following an intense consumer backlash opposed to the idea of spinning off its DVD-by-mail business into a separate entity, Netflix this morning said it no longer plans to do that and has scrapped Qwikster before it ever got off the ground.
The consumer outrage over Netflix's recent price hike and even more recent announcement to spin off its DVD-by-mail service into a completely separate business has been well documented here and elsewhere on the Web. Now that the dust has had some time to settle, are subscribers ready to forgive and forget, or at the very least move on? Researchers at Piper Jaffray seem to think so.
It’s no secret that Microsoft has intentions to make the Xbox 360 a more robust home entertainment device, and the rumors have been that they intend to do that by getting more video content. According to Bloomberg, Redmond is in talks with Comcast and Verizon to get pay TV content on the console. New streaming offerings could be announced as early as next week.
Marc Randolph is one the visionaries behind Netflix, the company he co-founded along with Reed Hastings back in 1997. Randolph spent some time as Netflix's CEO, as an executive producer of the company's website, and served as a member on its board of directors up until 2004. Now he's on the outside looking in, just like the rest of us, but his perception is different than most everyone else sitting on the sidelines.
Netflix is in desperate need of positive PR, and that's exactly what the streaming service is getting after signing a multi-year deal with DreamWorks to receive exclusive access to first-run films and select TV shows. And according to a report in The New York Times, Netflix even edged out HBO to secure the deal, which ranks as the first time a major Hollywood studio shunned pay television in favor of Internet streaming. Ready for the wet blanket?
Surprise podcast! Nathan, Alex, Alan, Amber, and Gordon gather in the podcast pod to discuss the Qwiksterization of NetFlix, the de-Apothekering of HP, the UI updates of Facebook, the why-don't-we-have-access-to-the-Diablo-III-closed-beta of Diablo III, and people who don't have anything nice to say. All this and more in Episode 179 of the No BS Podcast!
Plus, we take a few questions and topic suggestions from the peanut gallery, and Gordon's Rant of the Week!
A note: We noticed in editing that our mics seemed to cut out intermittently. Sorry about the audio issues; we're trying to figure out what happened.
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Angry Netflix customer, meet Dish Network's Blockbuster Movie Pass. Blockbuster Movie Pass, meet angry Netflix customer. Now that you've both been introduced, let's sit and talk for a moment and see if this is a relationship worth pursuing, shall we? Whoa there angry Netflix customer, put your credit card away, let's get to know each other first.
As part of the Facebook F8 conference, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took a break from sawing his company in two in order to announce Netflix integration on the massive social network. Users will be able to share their Instant Streaming picks with friends automatically, but there’s just one problem. US users won’t be getting access to the feature due to a law from the 1980s.
On the surface, Netflix’s recent stumblings could lead one to believe that CEO Reed Hastings has taken a swig of HP CEO Leo Apotheker’s crazy juice. Raising prices? Splitting off the DVD business? What kind of craziness is that? Today, one analyst issued a note saying that rather than being the crazy kind of crazy, Netflix’s moves may instead be a more sneaky and clever kind of crazy, intended to make the video service a juicy acquisition target for Amazon.