Tag Archive: Movies

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 →

Netflix outbids HBO for DreamWorks deal

Sep. 26, ‘11: Netflix’s biggest real problem right now is that its streaming library isn’t as good as it needs to be, especially if it’s expecting to wean its customers off DVDs. The latest upgrade: Starting in 2013, Netflix will have access to … Continue reading →

Why Dish Network’s new Blockbuster streaming package is no threat to Netflix

Sep. 24, ‘11: One big reason: Because it’s only for Dish Network subscribers. And based on this chart, that’s not something Netflix should be worrying about — most people aren’t Dish subscribers, and Netflix is growing much faster. (Also, who has any warm … Continue reading →

Moneyball for tech startups

Sep. 23, ‘11: Moneyball, the film based on Michael Lewis’s excellent book about the business of baseball, opens this weekend. If you haven’t read the book or seen the trailer, the basic idea is: Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane — played in … Continue reading →

Netflix is now open to considering selling video-on-demand

Sep. 21, ‘11: Netflix, you’ve likely heard, is splitting off its DVD subscription service, which has a good selection of newer releases, from its streaming subscription service, which doesn’t. One option for Netflix to add more newer releases to its streaming library — and … Continue reading →

“Urbanized,” another great documentary from Gary Hustwit, the “Helvetica” guy

Sep. 20, ‘11: After tackling graphic design and typography with Helvetica and industrial design with Objectified, filmmaker Gary Hustwit’s latest documentary is Urbanized, covering urban design, city planning, and cities in general. I saw the U.S. premiere tonight and loved it. It’s smart, interesting, and well-assembled. Definitely … 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.

Netflix investors overreact to new forecast: The streaming numbers are what matters

Sep. 15, ‘11: Netflix investors are selling off this morning — the stock is down 15% — after the company issued new subscriber guidance for Q3 (PDF), reflecting the reaction to its price increases, announced in July and effective for existing subscribers on Sept. … Continue reading →