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Netflix Is Ending Its DVD-by-Mail Subscription Service ➝

Heather Kelly, reporting for the Washington Post:

After 25 years of sending discs of movies and TV shows to people through the mail, Netflix is discontinuing the DVD subscription business that started it all, the company announced in its Tuesday earnings report.

Another sad day for physical media.

➝ Source: washingtonpost.com

The Resurrection of Physical Media ➝

A great piece by CJ Chilvers, listing some of the advantages that DVDs and Blu-rays have over streaming services. Physical discs really are superior to streaming services. I can rip the discs and store the files in my Plex library for convenience, I never have to worry about a series or movie being pulled, and I only have to pay once to watch it as many times as I want.

➝ Source: cjchilvers.com

DVDs and Blu-rays Will Now Carry Unskippable Government Warnings ➝

Nate Anderson, writing for Ars Technica:

The idea isn’t to deter current pirates, apparently (the new scheme requires all legal purchasers to sit through 20 seconds of warnings each time they pop in a film, but will be totally absent from pirated downloads and bootlegs). It’s to educate everyone else. As ICE Director John Morton announced in a statement yesterday, “Law enforcement must continue to expand how it combats criminal activity; public awareness and education are a critical part of that effort.”

Unskippable garbage before the movie is one of the many reasons why I’ve ripped every DVD I own. I have a feeling that making movies easier to watch will discourage pirates far more than forcing them to sit through annoying government warnings.

(Via Daring Fireball.)

Netflix Splits DVD and Streaming Business ➝

Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings:

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. It’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 “Qwikster”.

On the surface this seems like an incredibly huge announcement, Netflix is officially splitting their DVD and streaming business in two. But, at second glance this is just the next logical step. Netflix doesn’t want to rent DVDs forever and eventually they’ll have a big enough streaming library to end DVD rentals for good. And, I think splitting their business in two will keep their customers happier in the long run.

There’s still a lot of people that don’t use the streaming service and only rent DVDs. Splitting the business in two will allow them to focus on improving the experience for each type of customer. If you’re still a fan of DVD rentals, it’s going to improve. If you really love Netflix streaming, it’s only going to get better.

Reed Hastings on an improvement to the DVD rental service:

One improvement we will make at launch is to add a video games upgrade option, similar to our upgrade option for Blu-ray, for those who want to rent Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 games. Members have been asking for video games for many years, and now that DVD by mail has its own team, we are finally getting it done.

If anything, I feel a lot happier about my decision to cancel my GameFly subscription.

Also, I think it was smart to keep the name “Netflix” on their streaming business but they really couldn’t come up with anything better than Qwikster?

(Via TechCrunch.)

Amazon Offers On-Demand Movies with Purchase of DVD ➝

Buy Now, Watch Now

From Amazon:

When you purchase select DVD and Blu-ray titles from Amazon.com you will also receive an Amazon Video On Demand standard definition version as a gift with purchase (see details). You’ll be able to instantly enjoy the video on demand version on your Mac, PC, compatible device or compatible TV when it is available.

I’ve always believed that if you buy a physical version of any type of media the seller should also give you a digital version to download at the time of purchase. Even if the digital version is lower quality than the physical version it’ll give the purchaser that extra push to buy from you and not someone else.

Instant gratification is a wonderful thing.