Wednesday, September 28, 2011

More Netflix thoughts

Netflix I just don't understand what planet you are on when you make decisions, but it felt like everyone but Hulu had thrown in the towel on competing (albeit indirectly) with you, and how Amazon is storming in to compete on streaming and Blockbuster is swooping in to offer a vertically integrated experience for the people baffled by your splitting in to a less convenient two websites for your product.

The degree to which this service decided to fuck itself just makes me sick.  I don't know that I can think of a worse handling of a strategy than oh I don't know say HP.  Netflix's stock is down around $127 from it's high of $295more than half of the market cap wiped out by arrogance and as near as I can tell abject stupidity.

Am I still a customer? For a little while, we just don't know what to do.  My wife is going to start the hulu plus trial on the xbox next week to see if it's got some entertainment for her.  She watches tv shows on streaming and has an iPad so this is a decent option for her, we are expecting parents so we will start our Amazon Mom trial here soon which is a free year of Amazon Prime and 30% off diapers (oh sweet jeebus the diapers are coming!)  But all of this comes back to these services where not on my radar before Netflix decided to tear itself apart.  Not even sort of worth overcoming the inertia to look, now they are.  That my friends is a far fall from grace for a company that hardly was on the radar in 2009 and had exploded since then.

I'll let you know where we end up if we end up anywhere, the dvd's by mail is way too convenient and way too many tv shows are only on DVD so we would drop the anemic streaming before the DVD's (especially with the Starz deal going away).

6 comments:

  1. I don't watch movies and tv much so it's all good for me. :)

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  2. You're about to have a massive collection of kids shows and movies, trust me - you're gonna need em.

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  3. There's always piracy ;)

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  4. You should post pics bro, sounds good. thanks for the information!
    will follow.

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  5. I'm absolutely amazed that Blockbuster has held on and is still trying to be competitive... Netflix better watch out, the giant they defeated may come back to sweep their legs out from under them.

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  6. I was tempted to try netflix, until I realized it was crap.

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