Monday, October 10, 2011 at 10:20 am.
Netflix is “still considering” game rentals
Netflix is “still considering” game rentals, a rep says by email.
That was one of the questions I had when looking at Netflix’s decision to reverse its DVD business spinoff under the “Qwikster” name. As you recall, part of the name change was to allow the company to expand its service offerings, and it had already announced plans to rent videogames in the mail.
This isn’t an enthusiastic “yes, we will still rent games!” but it also isn’t a quick “no.”
My guess is that game rentals may still be a good idea for Netflix, as many Netflix customers already own videogame consoles (and use them to stream Netflix movies). But it’s possible the game-rental business isn’t worth it, either.