Reader Aiden has an interesting suggestion: a DVD-only plan.
Given that there is a lot of coverage about the increasing costs of streaming and how this will inevitably be passed onto Netflix subscribers how about a story supposition that Netflix return to its roots and offer as an option, a physical media my mail service exclusive of streaming.
The appeal of netflix as a substitution for regular or cable tv is that the subscriber only receives the content that they want to view,and when they want to view it, by dint of the preferences expressed by their subscribers Netflix stock sufficient physical media for the media that their subscribers are looking for, thus arriving at an optimum level of inventory, unlike the cable subscription model whereby in order to access the media the client wants he is forced to pay a relatively large amount of money for a lot of content most of which they do not avail of.
By paying huge amounts of money to secure the streaming rights of just released media Netflix is substantially changing their business model - the drive is now not to manage the inventory at a minimum to satisfy client demand but to occupy the space between the media companies and their clients, to be the go to media company for consumers for the latest release blockbuster and or TV series -- AKA the 21st century version of hollywood video and yes blockbuster.
I would like to see an option from Netflix for physical media only - given that the next Starz contract will probably be 200million a year instead of 40 million, if you don't want to avail of instant gratification then there should be an option. -- call it the slow lane service if you like.
What do you think? Would you like a DVD-only plan without the streaming feature?