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Philip Masiello
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03:59 PM on 09/26/2011
I said it last week. I thought it was a very smart business decision to separate the streaming and the dvd rental. A poor CUSTOMER decision, but a very good strategic decision. After Netflix announced their intent, the world was calling for their demise. Now, a deal with dreamworks. This is potentially a game changer for all parties involved.
05:04 PM on 09/26/2011
I can't see how you can call this deal a "game changer" when all Netflix has done was ink a deal with Dreamworks ANIMATION. To date they have released 22 movies and over a third of those movies come from three series (Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda). Sorry, but I don't see adding 22 movies as being quite the "game changer" as you.
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DeerWhisper
03:53 PM on 09/26/2011
It's great if one likes animated films. I do not.

We've dropped our Netflix membership to streaming only and support the area economy by renting DVDs from our local Family Video.
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nick1936
04:03 PM on 09/26/2011
where did you find a family video ours are all gone . we really miss the back room.
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04:15 PM on 09/26/2011
you naughty............................LOL...
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thaggas
Here's my microbio. Fan me maybe.
03:49 PM on 09/26/2011
Netflix is getting rid of DVDs altogether. A lot of people are posting on here, that they don't like logging into both sites. I guess people are going to have to choose between Quikster and Netflix. The good money is on the company that doesn't require the US Postal Service, replenishing damaged DVDs and a name that no one can spell.
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Rose Morris
04:02 PM on 09/26/2011
Or we could do without both. I pay for premium satellite service, so I watch most of my movies there and on TCM, which has letterbox whenever possible. I've got the public library, where I can check out movies and TV series; and there's always amazon for buying DVDs.

Broadband in my area of the country isn't all that great, so I won't waste money on streaming movies.
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Olderandwiser55
getting older and wiser....
03:48 PM on 09/26/2011
Wow, nice...a step up from starz that turned them down.
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usmcqtco
This is a republic, not a democracy. Let's keep it
03:47 PM on 09/26/2011
Doesn't matter what they stream. We don't want to watch movies on our computer, so we get the DVDs by mail.
03:49 PM on 09/26/2011
Umm, ever heard of Roku? Xbox? TV's with internet apps?
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simplesins
A step left of center among right-leaning corn
03:53 PM on 09/26/2011
Yeah, what the heck is wrong with you USMC? Go run out and buy a couple hundred dollars worth of specialized equipment so you can watch Bridesmaids on the TV you already paid good money for. And keep in mind that if Netflix pushes itself out of business because of it's own hubris, you will have a dandy paper weight and/or doorstop.
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philp71
chris
03:53 PM on 09/26/2011
umm if you have an, apple TV or anything like it, Xbox360, PS3, Wii, Internet ready TV, Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod, you can watch with out a computer it helps to be informed to make an informed opinion
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Rose Morris
04:04 PM on 09/26/2011
We half-blind folks need something bigger than an Apple product to see TV (lol). And if one's broadband isn't reliable or the fastest download speed isn't availble to him/her, streaming is worthless.
03:42 PM on 09/26/2011
NETFLIX = AOL
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alterego55
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03:38 PM on 09/26/2011
I effen hate Netflix.
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04:22 PM on 09/26/2011
why??????????????? no porn?....I love it...to each his own
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missy mitten
03:37 PM on 09/26/2011
The problem with Netflix is there are various different companies on the horizon that have them beat in various aspects. Take Amazon. Amazon has Netflix beat on new releases. Yes, it's a pay per view model, but typically it beats Netflix on new releases by about a month. Amazon typically has streaming new releases the day they are released on DVD whereas Netflix, for whatever reason, usually doesn't have them for weeks and then they aren't streamed they are DVD only. On top of that there is usually an availability wait.

Take the X-Men First Class movie that my friend was insistent upon watching. We watched that last Tuesday on Amazon whereas it doesn't even come out on Netflix until the seventh of October and then it's through the mail, probably with a "long wait" attached to it.

Netflix really needs to step up their game if they want to keep people around.
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peachfuzz
my favorite color is pinko
03:54 PM on 09/26/2011
I'm willing to wait awhile -- we had to wait for cable to get the deals and then they repeated movies for years relentlessly at super-charged premium prices... and not on my timetable; I can't tell you how many half movies I saw. New does not equal better. If I have to see a movie right away, I'll go to a theater. For anything else, I can wait a year or more. I just want to pre-view movies cheaply -- if it's a keeper, I buy the DVD for a decent price. This is actually a much more honest way to give studios money -- people picking the titles they like instead of bulk studio deals made with cable channels telling you what to watch for their captured dollars.
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missy mitten
04:04 PM on 09/26/2011
More options for more people, in my opinion. You and I are sort of opposites in a way - I've never bought a DVD before and usually just watch a few new movies a month since I never go to movie theaters. Then sometimes old TV shows that Netflix streams like Lost or X-files if I happen to feel the urge for more television.
03:24 PM on 09/26/2011
Netflix needs to survive until 2013 first. Amazon is now putting on the pressure and by separating the dvd and streaming services they have gotten rid of the thing that makes them unique (Amazon and Walmart are unlikely to get into disc rental because that could cut into disc sales - especially blu ray, which streaming cannot compete with quality wise).
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simplesins
A step left of center among right-leaning corn
03:42 PM on 09/26/2011
I agree. There are a load of places where one can get streaming, many with better choices than Netflix, and if as rumored some of the large studios get into doing it themselves, Netflix becomes even more redundant. So they took the one thing that made them unique and a sort-of 1-stop shop for 'cinema' needs, and jettisoned it. If I'm going to have to enter different log-ons and passwords anyway, I might as well do it with companies that haven't groin-kicked me twice in the last six months.
03:19 PM on 09/26/2011
Still sucks. Keep my queue unified, jerktards.
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Marlyn
To live with a cat is to live with cat hair.
03:25 PM on 09/26/2011
"Keep my queue unified." ???

I agree. For those of us who do both DVDs and streaming, splitting the queue would be a real annoyance.
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robdaemon
03:43 PM on 09/26/2011
The queues being separate isn't the issue.

Them being separated by a website is the issue. I will not log in to two separate websites to handle this.
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LafnBacstage
Your projections are not my reality
03:18 PM on 09/26/2011
Streaming video may be the way to go for folks in populated areas where the communications infrastructure is robust, but he DVD still has a long life ahead.

My buddy is a contract courier for the US Postal Service in rural America. He claims that the mailed Netflix DVD is one of the primary reasons why postal service still delivers mail in remote areas of the country. Many Americans in the outback are too financially challenged to subscribe to cable and IP providers, but they still want their little red envelope.
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simplesins
A step left of center among right-leaning corn
03:27 PM on 09/26/2011
Just to be clear- it's not a matter of being financially challenged. It's a matter of the availability. It simply cannot be had in rural America. My options are dial up or satellite, and cable and DSL which would be cheaper are not anticipate anytime in the near future. In addition, the satellite comes with download restrictions, and watching a 90 minute movie uses roughly 75% of that allowance. If, like me, you use your internet for work, watching a movie could pose problems as they measure the download in a rolling 24-hour window, so you can't say, "Oh, work's all done and I've got download left, let's watch a movie." Plus the way a satellite sends the signal means a lot of herky-jerky movements, buffering, stopping, etc., not to mention loss of the signal completely if a cloud goes by, meaning you've used a chunk of your download and now get to start all over. For this I pay $75/month for the middle tier service.

I subscribed to both the streaming and the DVDs (my daughter used the streaming in LA). Now they get neither. My daughter can stream my Amazon Prime and I'll get my movies from Blockbuster.
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usmcqtco
This is a republic, not a democracy. Let's keep it
03:50 PM on 09/26/2011
We own a vacant lot in the rural area near where I went to high school, and cable service is simply not available there, as there is not enough housing density. When we move there some day we will have to rely on satellite service. But I still like my DVDs in the mail.
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elpostmodernanchorbaby
03:17 PM on 09/26/2011
I miss mom 'n pop video rentals :'(
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bliss infinite
What the hell am I doing wasting my time here?
03:43 PM on 09/26/2011
Casa Video in Tucson AZ.
Two floors of anything you can possibly want.
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elpostmodernanchorbaby
03:45 PM on 09/26/2011
2 Floors?!?!?!!?!? ...I SO want to conceive a child at Casa Video.
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cjohns58
Vet, Ind, Christian
03:17 PM on 09/26/2011
More low quality stream relying on your internet service.
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Marlyn
To live with a cat is to live with cat hair.
03:21 PM on 09/26/2011
My streaming quality is fine. I'm on Cox cable, watching on an iMac.
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InfinteShibumi
Just breathe...
03:32 PM on 09/26/2011
An iMac? Whoa.
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philp71
chris
03:56 PM on 09/26/2011
Haven't had a problem. I have the cheapest option dsl. So internet plus DVD/Streaming still is under 30 dollars a month not bad at all.
03:16 PM on 09/26/2011
Boycott Netflix.
Desperstely offering garbage to justify the price gouge.
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03:12 PM on 09/26/2011
I could not care less about Dreamworks, or animated movies. Please, Netflix, give us the REST of season two, and all other seasons, of the Canadian show Heartland.