Netflix: We're Sorry About The Huge Price Increase, So, Uh... Qwikster!

from the two-for-the-price-of-two! dept

Reed Hastings is very sad. I know, because today I got a very somber email from the Netflix Co-Founder and CEO (also posted here). He's sad about the very negative reaction of Netflix subscribers to the recent fee increase. He's also sad about something called "Qwikster" and red envelopes.

I was going to write up a post analyzing the causes of Mr. Hastings' sadness and how he plans to make things right, but then I saw this:
Exactly.

Frankly, I really don't understand the point of this apology letter. If you're not going to do anything to address the real cause of your (former) subscribers' dissatisfaction, why even bother bringing more attention to the issue? Seems like when you say you're trying to "make things right," it might be a good idea to actually try to make things right, not worse.


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    Richard (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 4:47am

    They can't

    Seems like when you say you're trying to "make things right," it might be a good idea to actually try to make things right, not worse.

    They can't - they don't have control.

     

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    Scooters (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 4:50am

    Understand the frustration, but...

    ... I'm siding with Netflix on this one (even if I don't agree with the split). This change is not of their doing.

    With all the years TD has been writing about the ills of Hollywood, how in the world could anyone sit and blame Netflix for these issues?

    Geez, why not blame the president for the actions of Congress.

    Oh, right.

    Carry one with misguided anger.

     

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    Scooters (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 4:51am

    Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    of all the features TD keeps adding, you'd think one day we'd get an edit option.

    "one" = "on".

     

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    John Doe, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 4:51am

    I got the Netflix email and am just as confused

    I love the part where they ask if Netflix thought we were mad that they were not split into enough parts. This has to be the weirdest move, next to New Coke, I have seen a company make. Why dilute their brand name?

     

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    ComputerAddict (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 4:52am

    Losing More customers

    Lets see they,
    - Jack up prices
    - Take things that are convienent and make them difficult to use for no reason at all.
    - Make up BS excuses about why they did it
    - Don't Seem to care about their customers

    List of Companies to Avoid
    1) RIAA
    2) MPAA
    3) Netflix

     

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    John Doe, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 4:53am

    Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    I don't blame Netflix for the price increase, but splitting the company is kind of stupid. As Mike has stated when talking about relying on the Apple app store, when you build your company on someone else's platform, you run a huge risk. In this case, depending on the movie studio's not to screw you with unsustainable licensing will be Netflix's downfall.

     

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    Anonymous Poster, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 4:57am

    Congratulations, MPAA.

    The very thing that was moving people away from movie piracy is now going to send people back to it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 5:00am

    ok, so this is 'someone read on the internet' happy hour discussion yesterday, but here goes.

    first off, yes this sucks for customers. but, i think it is also good.

    we've heard more than once (here on TD in fact) how the movie studios are using the DVD side against the streaming side, or the streaming side against the DVD to force Netflix into certain concessions.

    by splitting the company, they remove that leverage the studios have over the streaming.

    in theory (a hypothosis, for you scientific types), this will make the offerings of both better, at the cost of convience since there are two instead of one.

    ideal? no. potentially better? yes.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 5:23am

    Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    If the price increases are effectively forced on Netflix by others, why not explain this to customers?

     

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    RG (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 5:26am

    PLEASE

    First as all companies as soon as you get big enough you go brain dead. Will not even get into their android app that does not work but when you state "Most companies that are great at something" and use a company that is BK you sort of lose your ability to be taken seriously in the first place

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 5:29am

    If the studios caused the price increase, that I understand. To separate into two companies to prevent further leverage by the studios, that I understand. What I don't understand is why the streaming half has changed to those stupid horizontally scrolling menus with no ratings and no titles. EVERYONE hates it! Explain that stupidity away.

     

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    Blatant Coward (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 5:32am

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    Also when Starz demands to make their programming a "Premium Tier" of Netflix at 10$ per view they will be able to dump the streaming side soundlessly into the sea.

    Then bring it back as, I dunno, Netster or something a few years later.

    But yeah as @Wonderella said: I just got an email from Netflix's CEO telling me to - and I'm paraphrasing - "Please start torrenting".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 5:32am

    Re: Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    Because then Hollywood will just tear up the agreements and bye-bye Netflix.

    They have to toe to line in order to stay in business.

    And that's a problem that Mike has well-documented.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 5:32am

    Good to see some pro netflix comments for once, i should have expected it here. Personally, i couldn't care less about the dvd offerings to begin with, dvd's are dying media, rapidly approaching becoming obsolete. (yay)
    It seems to me netflix recognized this and decided to cut off the limb early to minimize damage and maximize the money they can pour into new streaming content, which is the market they always planned on being in to begin with.

    DVD wasn't dying off on it's own fast enough, so they kicked it off the bridge. Hell if it's not in the streaming library that's easy enough to fix. fire up the vpn and hit demonoid.

     

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    Blatant Coward (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 5:34am

    Re:

    Website designer no have new fresh! idea, soon have no job.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 5:35am

    Re: Losing More customers

    Use the local Videostore in your town again if it even exists still.
    Support your local Economy.Help your fellow local folks out first.
    Why do you keep on going to strangers who are not people but Servers taking away people's jobs in your own town you live in.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 5:47am

    This new DVD service now has game rentals too? lets see how pricing compares to Gamefly and they may have a new customer...

     

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    Phillip Vector (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 6:02am

    Re: Re: Losing More customers

    Perhaps because they DO hire people? I know in Portland, Oregon, the Netflix center hires quite a few people. Much more then a local video store does.

     

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    Berenerd (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 6:06am

    Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    the only thing I blame Netflix for is failing at just telling the truth. The crap they sent us as if we were morons saying that its for the better for us, the customer, its just so very moronic.

     

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    jsl4980 (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 6:07am

    I think Netflix is doing the right thing, split out the streaming from DVD service. Let the DVD service keep itself alive as long as it can, but they know it's going to die. It's a good business move.

    However this letter from Reed Hastings was the dumbest part of the split. He thinks people are mad about the price increase because it wasn't communicated to them. It was covered in every form of media for a few weeks. Writing a letter a few weeks too late and confirming that you're jacking up prices isn't going to make fans happier. People are pissed over a 60% price hike, not the fact that the CEO didn't write me an e-mail.

     

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    ComputerAddict (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 6:11am

    Re:

    "not the fact that the CEO's Assistant didn't write me an e-mail."

    Fixed that for you.

     

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    Bruce Kasanoff, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 6:12am

    Netflix changes Qwikster to Blockbuster

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 6:14am

    The Oatmeal has a really good comic on the Netflix move.

    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/netflix

    Seriously check it out.

     

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    Richard (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 6:14am

    Re: Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    Yes - abuse could be curbed by moderating edits of more than (say) 20 characters.

     

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    Jeremy7600 (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 6:25am

    Netflix, from the beginning, intended to be stgreaming only. Couldn't do that when they started, broadband wasn't as ubiquitous as it is today, and people hadn't caught on to video over the web. Now netflix gets to where they want to be, streaming only. I'm down with it. Price split was expected by me. I knew they would eventually offer streaming by itsellf and they weren't going to give it away for free (by itself).

    I love netflix. I love the streaming selection. (I dislike the lack of subtitles on anime but I can get those on funimation) I don't think I will be any worse off except for the integration of the queues (seeing what's available on streaming from your dvd queue). I still have a dvd I haven't watched since august.

    I'm not going to complain. I'm still getting value I wouldn't get elsewhere. I don't want to waste my time torrenting episodes of tv shows that are on netflix when I want to watch something. Add that there are no commercials and you've got a bargain.

    I always thought "netflix" was a weird name for a dvd by mail company.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 6:41am

    Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    This is a company, not a government designed to be paralyzed by forcing it to fight with different parts of itself.

    If the product has become worse, it really doesn't matter who's fault it is. It's time to start looking at alternatives and perhaps start using them.

    I can blame him for splintering the company and renaming part of it after a character from SpongeBob.

     

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    Chris, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 6:42am

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    Completely agree... and with the mail service threatening to move to 3 days per week they will definitely have trouble. Might as well make the tough decision and split the business so they are less exposed later. This way if they have to close down quikster or declare bankruptcy on that side of the business it won't affect their main focus on streaming.

     

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    JEDIDIAH, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 6:45am

    Rushing towards the cliff...

    Trying to pretend that DVDs don't exist anymore won't magically improve upon the highly limited selection available for streaming.

    The dual model at least ensured that Netflix had most things in at least one format if not another. Now Netflix is just a one legged dog. They just sawed off the other 2.

     

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    Andrew, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 6:59am

    Keeps the books seperate...

    Think about it this way, Stars wanted a crap-ton of money because they see how much Netflix is making. If they split DVDs off from streaming, they get to say "this is how much streaming makes" and can make a stronger case for lower prices.

    I think this was the purpose for splitting the pricing to begin with. Splitting the company is just the next logical step towards autonomy.

     

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    crosstalk, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 7:08am

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    this. Exactly. For the first time I have started thinking well if I want to get my movies I guess I will start downloading them, after this whole debacle.

     

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    A Guy (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 7:11am

    After they ruin Netflix by imposing more ridiculous conditions and price increases on it, at least the dvd mailer service will still exist in the form of qwickster for those whom want it.

     

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    Todd, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 7:17am

    Customers leaving in droves?

    Yeah, that email was pretty awesome. I hadn't cancelled my Netflix account up until that point - still mulling it over. Once I got the email that did absolutely nothing to "make it right," I figured it was as good a time to cancel as any. I hope lots of others did the same.

     

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    HothMonster, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 7:19am

    Re: Keeps the books seperate...

    agreed, this and they can also keep the revenue from the first sale part of the business out of the AA's hands.

     

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    crade (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 7:21am

    Re: Re: Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    or just maintain the history.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 7:27am

    Re: Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    They're probably not allowed to disclose any details of the horrid ass-raping they're getting now that Starz left and all the other content providers know they have them by the balls.

     

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    DCX2, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 7:29am

    "Huge price increase"

    My mother pays $15 a month for basic cable, the kinda that doesn't even have USA or Lifetime (her favorite channels).

    I convinced her to trade that $15/month fee for Netflix instead. Despite their "huge price increase", Netflix is still an insane value compared to cable. She can now watch pretty much any of her favorite shows, any time she wants, pretty much anywhere, and without commercials.

    I say that despite this "huge price increase", Netflix's service is still highly undervalued. So to all those who feel that Netflix is screwing them, I say...go ahead, keep the inferior service that is cable TV. Pay more for less. And the cable company will hike the rates and fees (again, and again, and again), so you can rest assured that Netflix will always have superior value.

    My next job is to convince my dad to drop his $100+/month HD cable bill in exchange for Netflix.

     

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    Scooters (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 7:33am

    Re: Re: Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    I concur with this with an addendum: Hollywood wouldn't work with Netflix, but would insist its "partners" not work with them either, just as they did with Redbox.

     

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    Matt (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 7:45am

    Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    Scooters wrote - "... I'm siding with Netflix on this one (even if I don't agree with the split). This change is not of their doing.

    With all the years TD has been writing about the ills of Hollywood, how in the world could anyone sit and blame Netflix for these issues?"

    I completely understand that the greedy media companies are responsible for this, but Netflix is at fault too. I understand that they are trying to get more streaming content, but raising the prices on the customers is the wrong way to do it. If you have a business idea you propose it to investors. If they think it is worth while they will invest in it and help you get going. You DO NOT charge the customers in the hopes you can provide a potential product in the future. That is what Netflix streaming service is right now. Potential. It is the way to go, and I prefer it over physical media, but until they can provide decent content it is merely just a bonus to an existing service, the DVD rental and not a separate service.

     

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    I am not a Troll, just shy, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 7:49am

    Re: Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    The studios would slam the door in their face, as they did to Google.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 8:00am

    Re: PLEASE

    Their Android app works quite well actually.

    I watch Star Trek the Next Generation on it while sitting in the parking lot at work.

    My daughter uses it to watch movies while we drive.

    It's fantastic.

     

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    WatchOut4Keith, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 8:08am

    Re: Re: Losing More customers

    Use the local Videostore in your town again if it even exists still.
    Support your local Economy.Help your fellow local folks out first.
    Why do you keep on going to strangers who are not people but Servers taking away people's jobs in your own town you live in.


    Thank you for reminding me of this Mr. Hollywood exec, You have hypnotized me. "Yes I will go back to the old ways of doing things. I will drive all over town paying high gas prices and risk getting into an accident in the parking lot. I will go to the video store of limited selection and late fees. I no longer want to order things from the comfort of my own home.
    I will instead stand in line and enjoy filling out that membership form again, because I haven't rented a movie in two months. This time I will love paying $5 for new releases as opposed to a flat rate for unlimited movies. I will revel in the joy of realizing that all the copies of the movie I wanted are out for the night and so I'm stuck watching some scratched up old copy of date movie. I will enjoy having local high school students who work behind the counter recommend Porky's five to me. I will enjoy the embarrassment of the local folks having access to the database of everything I've rented for the last six months.
    I will enjoy finding out that the movie I want to watch is not available in state of the art format(because those are all rented) so I'm stuck watching it on the best technology that 1995 had to offer.

    I will enjoy going back and renting the same disc again and again because the disc is a TV series and I can't watch the whole thing in one night.

    Finally I will enjoy taking the video back to the wrong store. Oh whoa unto you progress! Go back to the evil that has spawned thee!

     

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    CommonSense (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 8:14am

    Re:

    I agree with you. I still keep my old original Xbox in the closet just in case I have to play a DVD, but honestly, compared to the streaming offering from Netflix, DVD's are a pain in the ass. I'd rather torrent something and copy it to a flash drive to plug into my Roku so I can watch it on my TV than dig out the DVD player...and I don't usually torrent things. I never even had the DVD offering from Netflix, so this whole change doesn't effect me. I can understand a bit of anger at the price hike, but let's be real here: Comcast offers a $99 one year deal when you sign up, and after that year it shoots up to almost or over double that, depending on what options you have. The fact that you got both streaming and DVD's from Netflix for as long as you did should buy them a bit of leeway...especially since we ALL KNOW the more successful they got, the more they'd be "taxed" by hollywood...

     

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    The Incoherent One (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 8:15am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    I rather enjoy my literary failings to be preserved in perpetuity.

     

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    The Incoherent One (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 8:16am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Understand the frustration, but...

     

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    The Incoherent One (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 8:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Losing More customers

    You have a local video store? After the blockbuster news there is only one left in my city (as of a month ago). My options are some sort of online stream, Netflix, or Redbox.

     

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    hegemon13, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 8:26am

    Brick and Mortar

    Took a step back to a brick and mortar store for videos at the new Family Video store that opened down the street. Going there made me realize just how much I missed the video store experience, while simultaneously reminding me just how much selection Netflix has in comparison. Each has their strengths, but for a guy who only gets through 2 or 3 movies a month, Netflix just isn't worth it anymore. I do still have the streaming, mostly for the kids.

    The video store had a huge marquee in the window that said, "Welcome, former Netflix subscribers!" The clerk said they had seen a big increase in business over the last couple months. Goes to show that convenience alone is not enough. That convenience has to come at a price that makes it worth it to the customer.

     

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    MoralMinority, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 9:03am

    Re: oatmeal

    Checked it out, but that site's a bit too crude for my taste.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 9:40am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    It would have been funnier if you said "preserved in pituitary."

     

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    jupiterkansas (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 9:46am

    Thanks to Netflix I've learned that the movies being made in other countries right now, which Netflix is streaming in spades, makes Hollywood films look like Disney kiddie flicks.

    Keep on streaming, Netflix.

     

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    econoline (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 10:07am

    rate movies twice???

    It is unbelievable to me that in his note he acts like having to go to 2 separate websites and rate each movie 2 times is somehow an advantage over the current system. Part of what makes netflix good is that it is quick and easy to use, the new method guarantees it will take twice as long to rate a movie.

     

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    BigKeithO (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 10:18am

    Re: Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    Keep in mind that the USA is the only country Netflix operates in that even has the DVD by mail option. Everywhere else is streaming only. If it is working everywhere else why not in the US?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 10:23am

    Re: I got the Netflix email and am just as confused

    my guess (and it is just that) is that when they started negotiating with the studios on streaming services the dvd service started getting dragged in. now imagine trying to negotiate for the new thing and suddenly the old thing that you have been doing successfully for so long is dragged back on the table. "studio exec: oh, by the way, if you want this streaming deal to work out you will also need to start paying us more for all those dvd's you've been sending out." that golden goose starts to look a little pale and sickly.

     

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    BigKeithO (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 10:25am

    Re: Customers leaving in droves?

    Why? I don't get why everyone is so upset by this move. Oh no streaming isn't free!! What did everyone expect?

     

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    P., Sep 20th, 2011 @ 10:46am

    Re: Re: Customers leaving in droves?

    It's not the price raise alone, it's now separating the DvD/Streaming to 2 separate businesses.

    Now if I want to watch a movie, I need to search two sites, and I have to maintain two queues... and if an Item on my DvD queue becomes available to stream, it isn't automatically be put on my streaming queue (most items on my queue get there that way).

    First Netflix raises the price, then the make it inconvenient to use their service. What's the next move? Require you to add postage on mailing DVD's back? Maybe charge you a cleaning charge on every DVD you rent, or charge you for damaged-in-the-mail DVDs...

     

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    AR (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 10:51am

    Twisted thinking

    When I first heard about the "apology" letter I had hopes that they got the message from all the consumer backlash. That was short lived after reading the actual letter. Thanks Mike for posting the link. While Hastings seems to get the point that they did something wrong, He still doesnt comprehend what they actually did that everyone is complaining about.

    !!!ITS THE PRICING STUPID!!!

    No one really cares that you didnt tell them about the price hike BEFORE you did it. They care that you HIKED THE PRICES.

    This "apology" letter just shows his continued ignorance and wont fix this. Using this as an opportunity to announce more anti-customer actions is just insulting. Splitting the company in two might be good for the company (or future companies), but its not good for the customer. Customers want convenience and low prices. Failure to recognize this will result in the failure of both companies, divisions ,subsidiaries, whatever.

    The price increasing may be due to the studios, but the latest move is all theirs. Not inter-linking accounts and/or websites is only going to result in even more backlash.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 11:11am

    The company made a business decision to split services from one to two.

    The company made a business decision to charge for each.

    So what? This is its prerogative. Don't like it? Take your business elsewhere.

     

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    pixelpusher220 (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 11:13am

    Re: They can't

    Even when they do have control they fail.

    My favorite part of the 'apology' was this:
    "if you rate or review a movie on Qwikster, it doesn’t show up on Netflix, and vice-versa."

    Seriously? Because a rating of a streamed movie is somehow different than a rating of a DVD movie?

     

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    AR (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 11:38am

    Re:

    "So what? This is its prerogative. Don't like it? Take your business elsewhere."

    And thats the decision that the customers (and investors) are making. If it was no big deal to Hastings, as implied by your "so what?" comment, then he wouldn't be making this pathetic "apology" to the remaining customers. I would hope that your not as clueless as you seem by implying that you dont need customers in order to have a business.

     

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    Adam G (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 12:02pm

    Netwiches and Netflix

    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/netflix

    Link/comic posted is Perfect example of it

    Buy your burger meat and lettuce across the street
    But buy your burger buns here!


    Oh yeah, you get them in the same looking container!

     

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    timmaguire42 (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 12:29pm

    Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    Nah. Maybe their service was under priced and needed to be adjusted to reflect costs, but trying to hide a 60% price increase within a service split has a whiff of insult about it.

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 1:07pm

    Apology

    Once again the quasi-bear dog things cut right to the heart of the matter.

     

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    btr1701 (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 1:10pm

    Re: Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    The thing is, it seems to me they're betting on the wrong horse, at least for now, and by the time their horse does catch up, it may be too late for them.

    They seem to be invested in the idea that DVDs are a passing fad and streaming is where it's at. But everyone I know pretty much prefers the DVDs, If for no other reason than the number of titles available for streaming is so ridiculously limited. Also, a lot of people still don't have their TVs connected to the Internet, and/or don't have a connection that's fast or reliable enough to make streaming worthwhile.

    The problem with the limited streaming catalog isn't going to go away any time soon, either. That's something completely out of Netflix's control. It's a function of all the ridiculous copyright bullshit the studios are engaged in and seem absolutely unwilling to abandon, even when it's clearly shown to them how they can make as much, if not more, money by doing things differently.

    Maybe eventually DVDs will fade away but that's a long time away, and in the meantime, Netflix is just driving their current DVD customers away in droves to Blockbuster and Redbox by treating them so shittily. I tried to log onto Netflix last night using my iPad app to add a movie to my queue, only to get a message: "Sorry, but the Netflix app is limited only to users who choose our streaming service. Please go to our web site and log on to upgrade your account."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 1:36pm

    Re:

    Congratulations on saying absolutely nothing.

     

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    mikey4001 (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 2:04pm

    It's still a pretty good deal for a lot of people

    Honestly, for the price of a mediocre steak sandwich and a pint of beer you can get both sides of Netflix. If it's true that they're adding games, it's still the best entertainment value I have access to (short of a library card), even if it does cost twice as much as last year. You can barely play a computer game for less than $15 a month anymore. My wife and I watch a lot of movies, and if the Better-Half wasn't addicted to the Vampire Bill Show, we would probably cancel cable before Netflix.

    I understand being upset at the price hike, as well as the way it was handled, but the level of anger seems disproportionate to the level of insult. Especially because it's not entirely Netfix's fault. If my Netflix subscription keeps me and the wife away from the movie theater or the bar even just once a month, it has more than paid for itself. I'm not trying to sound like a fanboy, it's just that based on the way the internet's collective head has exploded over this, I feel like Netflix deserves at least a little bit of understanding. It bottles the mind that someone would complain about Netflix "abusing" their customers, and then say they're going back to Blockbuster.

    Also, I'm not sure I understand all of the plastic disc hating going on. Streaming is great, sure, but if you have even a halfway decent home theater setup, then you know that the quality you can get from a disc is far superior to even the rare "HD" stream from Netflix. The disc selection is superior to the streaming options and the quality of playback, particularly for blu-ray, is superior as well (at least in my experience). I always considered the streaming to be a good bonus, but not a substitute, even if it is responsible for me sometimes sitting on a single disc for a month.

     

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    Decline, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 2:12pm

    People blew up way too much over the price jump. Stupid thing to get so upset about. Simple as that.

     

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 2:43pm

    *pulls out the tinfoil and makes an admirals hat*
    It is a secret plot to save the USPS.
    The new company will have to negotiate a new fee structure with the USPS that will generate enough revenue to keep them going. The excess will be siphoned off by congress, and moved through a series of pet projects until it is delivered to Hollywood in a truck. They will drive several decoy trucks to avoid detection, but the main truck with the money will pull into a parking structure and head to the secret subbasement, behind the fake wall, and back up and dump the contents into the giant pool of money that the Hollywood gatekeepers enjoy playing Scrooge McDuck in.

    Its a business, its putting itself out of business. Its getting help from the media companies who enjoy the ability to claim its pirates killing their business model and not their total disregard for consumer demand. Someday they will die off and hopefully we will have better replacements... but I doubt it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 3:47pm

    Precisely; this used to be the closest thing to delivery on terms I was acceptable with and which would work with the increasingly metered and crappy internet in the under-infrastructure invested suburbs I'm stuck in for a time.

    In all likelihood I'll probably end up canceling the 'netflix' part of the account if it doesn't have a REALLY low price. I value that service at far less than what the old media idiots are willing to sell at.

     

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    AW (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 7:27pm

    Re: Re: Understand the frustration, but...

    Netflix stated that the price increase was in no way related to increases in costs on the supply side. They stated that they were increasing prices to make more money and felt the price was still a good value, which it was, honestly. Splitting the company is their fault. The stockholders don't like it and the consumers don't like it. It's a bad move all around and needs to be rectified.

     

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    Aerilus, Sep 20th, 2011 @ 8:56pm

    If netflix was serous about streaming and keeping prices low they would have used some of their profits to buy themselves some lot space a director and some cast (were in a depression they could have gotten a bargain) if for nothing else than to have a bargaining chip with hollywood. at the most they could have had exclusive content that they could have licensed and used to get a seat at the big boys table, now they are licking hollywood's scraps and begging for more.

     

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    nasch (profile), Sep 20th, 2011 @ 9:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: Customers leaving in droves?

    I'm thinking someone will come up with an app or plugin or something that somehow integrates the two queues. I hope so anyway.

     

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    The Future, Oct 10th, 2011 @ 11:29am

    Netflix

    This is why I use Mixvid.net free movies free games free music. you cant beat that!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 11th, 2011 @ 8:51am

    Re:

    idk man, good theory and all but here is how I see it:
    A. they use it as an opportunity to charge way more, two companies after all;
    B. it doesn't make any difference at all because it shares a common parent company which only results in making it more difficult;
    C. all of the above.

     

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