First Netflix raised their monthly prices which got fans into an uproar, but then things started to settle down some when they realized its still the best option. Then Netflix lost in the negotiations with Starz which takes a huge part of its library away and makes fans wonder which license will go next. Now they’re trying to make amends by actually making things a bit more confusion and also adding in video game rentals.
Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings posted a video on the company’s official blog in which he apologized for the how the new pricing plan was originally announced while also explaining why things needed to be done. He then went on to explain that the DVD-by-Mail service will actually be spun off of Netflix and into its own site called Qwikster.com.
Not sure why necessary, but you can watch the actual apology and announcement of Qwikster here.
Breaking it down though:
- Netflix will now be only for streaming movies
- Qwikster will be the same website and DVD service everyone is used to, but just in a new place and under a new name. So accessing your DVD queues and choosing movies will be done on Qwikster.com now.
- A video game option will be added for Wii, PS3, and XBox 360 games
Putting it out there even further, this now actually complicates matters for users of Netflix as it doubles what they need to keep track of. Check out his blurb from the Netflix blog:
Another advantage of separate websites is simplicity for our members. Each website will be focused on just one thing (DVDs or streaming) and will be even easier to use. A negative of the renaming and separation is that the Qwikster.com and Netflix.com websites will not be integrated. So if you subscribe to both services, and if you need to change your credit card or email address, you would need to do it in two places. Similarly, if you rate or review a movie on Qwikster, it doesn’t show up on Netflix, and vice-versa.
So in order to make matters easier, they’ve now been made more complex and confusing. Makes sense.
As for those in the New Orleans area, this may still be the only viable option. Red Box locations are very few and far between and well, their availabilty is limited for as long as the stores they’re located in are open such as the Wal-Mart on Veterans in Metairie.
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