Netflix added auto-complete to search last night, and I found it was really useful in finding movies when I didn't know how to spell the name.
What do you think of the new feature?
Ken writes, "I usually send my movies back to Flushing, NY (which is in Queens), and I just mailed one back to PO Box 2382 New York, NY 10116-2382."
Drop points are P.O. boxes where a Netflix driver picks up the envelopes late at night and delivers them to a distant shipping center for processing. There are more than 100 "shipping points" in the U.S., according to the Netflix Press Kit.
Blockbuster announced an online game and contest for the launch of the Cusack/Jackson thriller "Room 1408." Blockbuster will have an exclusive rental for the Weinstein movie "Room 1408," and the rental disc will have alternate endings.
The game is available online at www.1408themoviedvd.com through Oct. 31. Those who play "1408 Room & Doom" also have the option of entering the "1408 Room & Doom" sweepstakes. Prizes include a grand prize trip for two to New York City, which is the setting for the movie "1408," or American Express(R) gift cards. No purchase is necessary, nor is participation in the game or BLOCKBUSTER membership required to enter the sweepstakes. Entries must be made by Oct. 14.
Meghan on the Netflix Community Blog announced that Netflix has switched to a new search engine that should improve results, and they are also adding an auto-complete feature to the search box.
Over the next few days you'll see the first visible change on the site: auto-complete suggestions. As you type in the search box, you will see a list of movie titles that match what you type. Now you can find "Ratatouille" or "Koyaanisqatsi", even if you aren't sure how to spell it.
They switched to the new search engine last week, and the auto-complete feature should be available soon.
Variety is reporting that Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos is the recipient of the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival Trailblazer award.
In 2000, Sarandos joined Netflix and started to give retail life to a slew of films with little or no distribution.
Under Sarandos, the online mail order company's DVD library jumped from 2,000 in 1999 to its current 85,000 tiles, of which nearly 40,000 are shipped daily to 6.8 million subs.
Sarandos also spearheaded the company's original content initiative, Red Envelope Entertainment, which, along with its distribution partners, has released such films as this year's highly acclaimed doc "No End in Sight," Kirby Dick's MPAA expose "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" and Maggie Gyllenhaal starrer "Sherrybaby."
You can view a list of Red Envelope Entertainment selections on the Netflix website.
AAA (formerly Hart Sharp Video) will distribute theatrically starting in Gotham on Nov. 2, and then on DVD in January, all under its "Morgan Spurlock Presents" banner. Spurlock's "Super Size Me" was a theatrical phenom that became a DVD smash for Hart Sharp.
Pic, helmed by first-timer Matt Ogens (who also produced, along with Patricof and Charlie Gruet), chronicles the alternately poignant and amusing paths of the struggling actors who pay the bills by playing superheroes on Hollywood Boulevard. Central characters are Batman, Superman, the Hulk and Wonder Woman.
While this is not a stock blog, I'm wondering why the Netflix stock is suddenly breaking 20. The only major news is that Movie Gallery is closing stores, but that can't be the only reason. Any ideas?
Stock chart via Google Finance.
Disclosure: I do not own share of Netflix, Blockbuster or any company I write about.
The Chicago Sun-Times has a story about Redbox and the rise of DVD rental kiosks, A Hit Right Out of the Box.
It's really amazing that just three or four years ago, kiosk rentals weren't significant. They just weren't a factor," said Sean Bersell, an EMA vice president. He added that while a 1 percent market share nationally appears small, in some areas of the country, this number could be as high as 7 percent.
"Now, they are a growing segment of the market and are going to continue to grow," Bersell said.
In 2002, Redbox deployed a modest 12 kiosks in the Washington, D.C., area. Today, the privately held company boasts 4,900 locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Originally created in McDonald's Corp.'s venture lab, executives at the fast-food chain thought by adding value to the restaurant, they could increase the number of visits.
Have you rented from a DVD kiosk?
"I was dismayed to open my latest netflix and see an ad for Showtime’s show Dexter: The Return of Americas Favorite Serial Killer. It is hard enough to create a decent home and community, without inviting into it a mailing that glorifies serial killers. Please rethink your ad policy. I can chose to not watch shows like Dexter and I can ignore their ads on the highway. It is a completely different matter to find that I have allowed this ad into the intimacy of my own home.
I'd like to take the idea of "opting out" of violent movies on Netflix and suggest that Netflix let users select the genres that they can see on the website. I'm sure that some users don't want to be exposed to horror (like my wife), sexually explicit, foreign/subtitled, violent, gay or lesbian, sports, children's movies, etc.
Netflix already lets you set the "Maturity Level" (Account Profiles under Your Account), but would the experience be different if you only saw the categories of movies you were interested in?
Update: I have an open mind and I think I've happily rented from most genres, but some people really dislike (or great freaked out) by some categories, and we should respect that. The point is that Netflix could personalize the website to suit anyone's taste in movies. It also might be easier to find movies if the site only showed you the genres you were truly interested in.
I did forget "sexually explicit" (thanks, Fattyjoe) and added it to make sure I had sex and violence covered.
Mars Box is reporting that 5 out of 7 Blu-ray rentals have had serious cracks that have prevented viewing.
t’s just a theory, but there appears there might be a problem with older discs. This could be related to the age of the disc in which all Netflix Blu-Ray discs will eventually have the problem, or perhaps just a batch of first generation discs that crack going through the mail or some sorting machine. I say this because I’ve seen others with the same problem but the problem seems to go away. Perhaps they rent older movies at first and then move to new releases? Perhaps the first discs they rent are some of the first Blu-Ray movies available? I’m not sure, but I’ll update this post with any new information I get.
I've always wondered if the high definition DVD formats were more fragile than traditional DVDs. Has anyone else had a problem with Blu-ray or HD DVD discs from Netflix or Blockbuster?
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