Tag Archive: DVD

Amazon’s $35 External DVD Drive Will Make You Feel Young Again

Feb. 13, ‘13: The optical drive in my iMac is getting moody, and there have been a few times when I wished I’d had an external disc drive around to use with my MacBook Air. So I added the $35 AmazonBasics DVD drive … Continue reading →

How Hollywood is inadvertently helping Netflix kill the DVD

Jan. 30, ‘12: In this case, it’s worth it for Netflix to play along with ridiculous rules like “no new Warner Bros. releases in your queue for 28 days.” As I explain at ReadWriteWeb: …Because Netflix actually has the same goal that the studios do: … Continue reading →

Reality check: DVD and Blu-ray are still clobbering iTunes and Netflix

Oct. 31, ‘11: While we breathlessly debate Apple’s potential to reshape the TV landscape or Netflix’s communication gaffes, it’s a little jarring to be reminded that digital is still barely one-fifth of the U.S. home entertainment market, while physical media still represents the vast … Continue reading →

Netflix: 10 years in 3 charts

Oct. 25, ‘11: Netflix’s subscriber loss last quarter was so rare that it had only happened once before during its span as a public company. Netflix IPO’d in May 2002, steadily gaining subscribers every quarter until Q2 2007, when it lost 55,000, finishing … Continue reading →

Netflix’s plan to kill the DVD is working

Oct. 24, ‘11: Things are unquestionably messy for Netflix right now. It is losing subscribers. It is still in clean-up mode after a PR disaster. Its stock price is getting hammered. Is is making an expensive bet to grow overseas. But despite all … Continue reading →

Netflix loses 800k subscribers and another 20% in stock price

Oct. 24, ‘11: Netflix’s nightmare Q3 is in the books. And shares are getting hammered after-hours — down more than 20% — as the company says it expects to lose more U.S. streaming subscribers next quarter because of its price increases and DVD split-up. … Continue reading →

Qwikster or not, Netflix still needs a plan to kill the DVD

Oct. 10, ‘11: Netflix has ended its plans to separate its DVD business under the “Qwikster” name. CEO Reed Hastings writes on Netflix’s blog: It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going … Continue reading →

Here’s where Netflix screwed up this whole Qwikster thing

Sep. 20, ‘11: Netflix communicated change poorly, again. And it made customers feel like they weren't Netflix's priority, which is unusual.

10 things to remember about Netflix while scratching your head about Qwikster

Sep. 19, ‘11: Most important: Netflix DVD shipments "have likely peaked" and the company's DVD subscriber base is declining.

Netflix wants to get rid of its DVD business so badly that it’s changing the name… to Qwikster

Sep. 19, ‘11: Netflix's latest move to get its customers to forget DVDs is to rename its DVD service: Starting in a few weeks, it will be called Qwikster, and will also include a videogame rental option.