Netflix Backs Out, And So Do I


If you’ve read my blog for any amount of time, you’ll see that I am a big fan of Netflix. It’s DVD by mail service revolutionized the way we watch movies at home. As for me and my family, we’ve been with them for almost 10 years. But all that is about to change.

No, they still deliver DVD by mail, but with broadband speeds they way they are, who wants to bother with that, right? I used to look forward to that red envelope in the box every few days. But when Netflix announced they would be offering streaming, I knew the time had come. I mean, we’re talking virtually no wait time here. It’s not that I’m impatient (although that could be up for debate) but with streaming media there are no DVDs to wait for or be broken, nothing getting lost in the mail and almost instant access to movies. The only way this works though is if the movies that are available are worth watching. This is why I was excited to hear Netflix was working toward focusing on streaming content and splitting the DVD by mail service out into a new company. But alas, they have chickened out of this approach due to those customers who complained.

There is quite a bit of discussion going on regarding Reed Hastings and why in the world he’s still CEO of Netflix. I have a feeling it will either be him going or me going from the Netflix family. I’m already looking at alternatives to Netflix in terms of how to get the media I want via a streaming method. I suppose only time will tell. But I’ll keep you posted here with what direction I move.

Bottom line, I’ve lost faith that Netflix has what it’s going to take to get streaming movies into the forefront and get some great content in their Watch Instantly service. If this changes and shakes the world with it’s amazingness, I’ll think about coming back.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen this SNL sketch on Netflix, you need to. It’s hilarious.


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