Netflix Blog: “So we realized that streaming and DVD by mail are becoming two quite different businesses, with very different cost structures, different benefits that need to be marketed differently, and we need to let each grow and operate independently. Itâ€™s hard for me to write this after over 10 years of mailing DVDs with pride, but we think it is necessary and best: In a few weeks, we will rename our DVD by mail service to â€œQwiksterâ€.”
Qwikster? All of the good names must have been taken?
TechCrunch: “Remember when everyone was freaking out over the Apple in-app subscription changes? You should. It was just a month ago. And while some of the fears that arose do appear to be very real, the two things most people focused on were Amazonâ€™s Kindle app and the Netflix app. Well guess what? Both received updates today, and neither includes the supposedly mandatory changes.”
That’s a relief. Let’s hope this doesn’t change.
Bloomburg Businessweek: “Programming from Netflix may enhance the appeal of a product that has been called a â€œhobbyâ€ by Apple executives and hasnâ€™t resonated widely with consumers. The Cupertino, California-based company is due to release a $99 version of Apple TV, $130 less than the current model, people familiar with the plans said last week.”
We’re already Netflix subscribers, I love the service, but a dedicated box for $99.00 sounds good. Add that to the list of Apple stuff I’d like to own.
LA Times: “In a deal that could transform the landscape for digital movie distribution, start-up pay-TV channel Epix is in serious negotiations to give Netflix exclusive online rights to films from its three equity partners — Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.”
We’re getting closer and closer to being able to stream movies on DVD release day. If anyone can pull it off, it’s Netflix.