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First of all, Blockbuster is clobbering Netflix because they offer Saturday deliveries & in-store deliveries. But people who truly know Blockbuster will avoid them like the plague b/c Blockbuster CENSORS their movies and doesn't offer the broad selection that Netflix does.

HOWEVER -- everybody always lobs the same softball questions to Reed Hastings. Why does nobody ask him questions about the things that the customers really notice -- like the fact that no writers nor full cast/crew information is listed for any of the movies (Blockbuster lists the entire credits of their films). Why does nobody ask Reed about the horrible friends feature which used to be excellent? Why does nobody ask Reed about Saturday delivery?

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ONe more thought about Blockbuster: they also are gigantic LIARS because they truly don't offer "no late fees" in their stores like they advertise that they do. They charge you if you keep the movie past a certain date!


Reed's still lying about throttling only new releases. Is Henry Fool a new release? Every sequel inspires demand for the original. Fay Grim comes out, Henry Fool goes to very long wait. Awards shows increase demand for older movies, too. That's not even the issue. What people don't like is intentional delays from Netflix. If they want to impose limits, they should stop advertising unlimited service.


"But people who truly know Blockbuster will avoid them like the plague b/c Blockbuster CENSORS their movies and doesn't offer the broad selection that Netflix does."

Blockbuster doesn't censor movies. They have about the same selection and many things you can't get at Netflix. Try renting To Catch a Thief: SCE, That Thing You Do: Director Cut, or The Girls Next Door Season 2. They should both be renting porn and other region DVDs.


type-cast, the fact that you have to keep recycling those same three movies just indicates your desperation. if i had the amount of free time that you seem to, i could probably come up with two movies that netflix carries (and blockbuster doesn't) for every one you could come up with that blockbuster carries (and netflix doesn't). netflix carries over 75,000 dvd's, and blockbuster carries over 65,000 dvd's.

and i saw that thing you do, and they played that one song what must have been at least two dozen times throughout the movie. i sure don't want to hear it even one more time.

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"Blockbuster CENSORS their movies" -- no more than the studios let them (which they don't by the way). This is an old argument and while BB does not carry certain titles (which can be found on NF), the releases they do carry are the same ones sold by stores like Wal-Mart and through Amazon and DeepDiscount on the internet. If you check out imdb, you'll find that there are often multiple versions of the same film. One film that I finally got (through BBOL, by the way), was the widescreen version of Dr. Stranglove. BB carried both the pan and scan version and the WS versions. That's something you won't find on NF and the WS version was NOT censored. And, it took going to the dvd release information on imdb to find the version I wanted.

"Blockbuster lists the entire credits of their films" -- more misinformation; it is a partial listing. For a complete listing of film credits, you have to turn to a site like imdb.com. Of course you'll find more information than you'd ever want to know, but it is complete. In addition, a number of titles carried by BB have NO information about them.

On the other hand, BB does have more information than NF for many films, which is a nice feature. They have returned to indicating why a film gets a certain rating and showing whether a film is suitable for children. It isn't entirely accurate, but this is information that is lacking on the NF site.

"no late fees" -- Yup, they aren't late fees at all. A "fee" is a daily charge. If you keep a film past a certain date (when rented from a store), you are charged for the film. If you finally do take it back, you are charged a restocking fee. If you lose a film from almost anywhere, you are charged replacement costs, even from your public library. These are replacement charges, not a "late fee."

Even NF will charge you if you don't return a film after stopping your service, so the argument at Blockbuster are liars is a biased comment... and I disagree with the statement. And no, I do not work for BB or have stock in the company.

"Reed's still lying about throttling only new releases." I fully agree. This is what irritated me about NF and why I left. I was a heavy user and it didn't matter what I had in my queue - I got throttled badly and there is no excuse in the books for that kind of customer treatment.

"type-cast, the fact that you..." -- how about keeping the discussion on topic? Take your gripes about another blogger somewhere else. While he has a point, so do you, but to snipe away at each other has gotten very old. Stop it or you can get out and walk! Sheesh!


"Why does nobody ask Reed about Saturday delivery?"

What in the world are you talking about? I get NF discs on Saturday all the time. Wouldn't this be more of a post office problem for you?

As for throttling, I've learned to accept it as part of the game. I rarely put any new releases in my queue, since the majority of new movies completely suck. I'd rather watch a Phil Tucker flick over a Tom Cruise one any day. As far as I'm concerned, the service is still "unlimited" because I can still get a helluva lot of movies in a month, without spending any gas money on trips to the video store.


Still waiting for an update on Bollywood movies...it's been months since there's been a major Bwood update.


Blockbuster actually has 70,000+ titles not 65,000.


But it's pretty much a moot point. The titles both services are adding at this point are mainly to boost marketability. This is truly the obscure end of the long tail.


type-cast - "They should both be renting porn"

Ah yes... the next Q&A with Forbes will ask Mr. Hastings about why they do or do not rent "Long Jeanne Silver". (For the curious: http://www.google.com/search?q=rent+%22Long+Jeanne+Silver%22 )



Reed Hastings in the Fortune article:
"The opportunity for Netflix online arrives when we can deliver content to the TV without any intermediary device. We're working to make this a reality in 2008, investing $40 million in instant viewing this year alone. And we just hired Anthony Wood, founder of ReplayTV, to head up our efforts."

Barry McCarthy, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Eighth Annual Internet Conference in Las Vegas Wednesday morning (5/23/07):
"...Netflix has been working on a “solution” to deliver Internet movies to the TV for two years.

Asked for specifics, he said “we won’t discuss our box strategy until later this year or early next year.”

McCarthy said some type of device is needed to deliver movies to the TV... McCarthy said that because Netflix streams its movies, it can use a cheaper type of box that requires only a wi-fi chip, rather than a more expensive box that has a hard drive for storing movies."

Hastings - deliver content to the TV without any intermediary device

McCarthy: some type of device is needed to deliver movies to the TV


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Regarding Saturday delivery:

What I meant was Saturday SHIPMENTS from Netflix. What I meant was that Netflix doesn't SHIP on Saturdays, but Blockbuster actually DOES ship on Saturdays! This is a huge plus to the Blockbuster plan!


i think hastings might have mis-spoke.

“The big opportunity for Netflix online video arrives when we can deliver content to the television without requiring a laptop or a media center PC as an intermediary device,” Hastings told analysts. “We are working hard with various partners to make this a reality in 2008.”


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