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Netflix Splits In Two, Sending Streaming and Discs to Separate Corners

If you follow the entertainment industry at all, you've probably heard by now that Netflix announced on Monday that it was splitting the company into two pieces. Their streaming service will stay under the Netflix brand, and the popular discs-by-mail service will be spun off into a new brand called... (more)

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Sep 22, 2011 - BigScreen Reader  

Where to begin?

Netflix was the darling of everyone, it seems. Customers were loyal and happy. Netflix was happy to get added to every piece of hardware the could connect to a TV. Movie studios and TV networks seemed quite happy to provide their movies and shows.

Then came the price hike in August when they wanted more money for streaming movies to me, which followed a price hike that was done just 8 months earlier. Then came the loss of many movies in the streaming service and announcements of more losses coming this Winter due to failed negotiations with the content owners.

Now they want me to not only pay more money for streaming less movies, but they want me to maintain two separate web sites and deal with two separate companies on my credit card statement?

Who the heck came up with Quickster anyway? Did they not do a Google search on the name to see what meanings and uses it had? Baffling!

I'll be dropping streaming service when my account renewal comes up next week. The selection is too weak, and the quality does not match the Blu-rays I can get in the mail in just two days after sending a disc in. I wonder how long Kwikster will last before they kill it off? 

Sep 22, 2011 - BigScreen Reader  

I have almost 190 movies in my queue.

Less than 30 of them are available for streaming.

Guess which service I'm going to keep, and guess which one I'm going to cancel? 

Sep 22, 2011 - Ron Higgins VIP Member

I dropped streaming. The lack of content was the main reason, and the price hike certainly didn't help. As for the DVDs by mail service getting a new name? I'm kind of indifferent other than I'll probably still tell people I have "Netflix" because that's a name people know. I doubt "Quikster" (or however they are spelling it) will ever mean anything. 

Sep 29, 2011 - BigScreen Reader  

DISH Network has a whole new look for their entertainment options with Blockbuster limited time specials.

DISH Network is now offering all of their customers Blockbuster movie pass which they offer disc by mail just by getting the Dish Platinum package [...]. If you’re into streaming movies you will also be able to access this and stream 3,000 movies to your TV and 4,000 movies to your PC.

Working for DISH Network I can tell new DISH customers can get 3 months free of Blockbuster movies by mail and 12 months free of the Blockbuster movies pass with qualifying program package. 

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