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BlackNMild2k1:

--- Quote from: S-U-P-E-R on September 19, 2011, 05:32:39 AM ---Hell yeah, video games!

I wonder if they're changing the branding of the physical DVD service so they can sell of that part of the company...

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Same red envelope, different name on the front.


--- Quote from: Ceric on September 19, 2011, 08:25:33 AM ---As long as I just migrate over on my DVD side of things then yeah I love to get games too.  I loved Gamefly but with the time sink that is my son I couldn't justify it anymore.  Though I would hope they fully emulate Gamefly.  Being able to just buy games you wanted at use price with a disc you've proven works is great.

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When I first joined Netflix (back in 2005 I think... before streaming) they used to have a "keep it" option where they mail you the box. Since they are separating the company and doing games, maybe they will bring it back.


--- Quote from: Morari on September 19, 2011, 10:35:41 AM ---This is sad. Why discard the brand recognition and loyalty that has been built up for over a decade? It's obvious that they're looking to essentially phase out the disc-based model. It has far more overhead, and supposedly less public interest. Separate billing, separate queues and ratings? Separate names and even companies? It's not a good move for the customer, but does show obvious intent relative to the future of their disc based services. If they were serious about maintaining their mail services, they would at least keep the billing and interface integrated. From there, what each customer see as being available could be based on exactly what subscription plan they have (streaming, just discs, Blu-Ray, games, etc).
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I agree that to a certain extent. The websites should stay somewhat integrated. Ratings on one site should carry over to the other and Netflix and Qwikster can be separated like tabs within the main website. Click on the Netflix tab and you are searching through streaming options, Qwikster tab and you have all your disc options. 2 sites graphed together yet separate.
They should also keep the billing as one thing too, but I'm sure there is a business reason for that too.

I understand sorta why they are separating them, Netflix the streaming service is attempting to go world wide with service already expanded to Canada & Latin America and attempting to hit Europe at some point soon too. Splitting the business streamlines the amount of content they have to maintain.


--- Quote ---The next move will be to scuttle the disc-based service altogether, claiming that it doesn't make enough money. Of course, Netflix will continue to offer a lackluster selection of streaming content that only works on certain systems, costs them an arm and a leg due to studio greed, and doesn't distinguish itself from the competition in any fundamental manner.

I guess I'll be seeing envelopes branding with that retarded Qwister name before too long. I expect this is the beginning of the end for the service however. It might take two or three years, but this is it right here. I hope the new Netflix enjoys pandering to the competition, begging to be allowed to stream content and paying extra for it not to expire on them mid-season.

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Netflix streaming is everywhere, but hopefully this split allows them to get rid of that 30 late rental crap that allows Blockbuster to have all New Releases on Day 1 while Netflix and Redbox suffer.

and yes, the name Qwikster does sound pretty dumb.
I think I would have preferred Qwikdisc & Netflix. It flows better, rhymes and describes the services much better.

here is the Netflix blog post that announced all this
http://blog.netflix.com/2011/09/explanation-and-some-reflections.html

Ceric:
Netflix has been pretty clear from the start that they wanted to go to streaming only even when they were just discs.

Though about 3 years from now none of us will care about this one way or another.

Morari:

--- Quote from: Ceric on September 19, 2011, 11:19:59 AM ---Though about 3 years from now none of us will care about this one way or another.

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...and why is that?

Ceric:

--- Quote from: Morari on September 19, 2011, 03:40:17 PM ---
--- Quote from: Ceric on September 19, 2011, 11:19:59 AM ---Though about 3 years from now none of us will care about this one way or another.

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...and why is that?

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That's about as long as it takes for a people to just accept something or for a service to die.

Morari:
True enough, I suppose.

I'm pretty sure that I'd care if the service died however. I don't subscribe to any sort of television service and am too far out for over-the-air signals. I rarely ever purchase films or video games due to the high costs. Netflix is the only avenue of dedicate entertainment that I have. I would certainly care if it ceased to exist, especially after being a very happy customer for about six years now.

As it stands, this doesn't effect me much at the present time. I dumped the streaming content the second they split it up due to the twice increased cost. I'll just have to put up with a really dumb sounding new name. From my perspective though, it seems pretty clear that this is the first step in phasing out the disc-based side of the business. That is the problem... or will be.

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