I’m pretty tired today, but I need to post. So, here’s a brief thought.
Why is Netflix, the company that made its name on disc-by-mail rental services, deciding to stop pursuing disc-by-mail rental? Is there some other mail service that’s out-performing Netflix? Here’s what’s confusing me:
It’s more expensive to pay for each movie rented than to have a monthly disc-by-mail plan. This was one of the main original reasons to switch to Netflix. The main advantage of going to a store or renting online from iTunes, etc. was that you could get a specific movie right now.
That IS a benefit, and I think it’s the only one.
Also if we’re talking about a brick and mortar rental store, or a Red Box machine, you run into issues of availability, and you have to drive somewhere to get a movie. Can you look up availability online and have a machine hold a movie for you? I have no idea. I could do that when the local Blockbuster was still open, so at least I didn’t have to go to the store and chance it.
Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and others have streaming plans. This is a great idea except the available films to streaming libraries seems pretty limited right now. The day before Netflix’s streaming and disc-by-mail services split into two separate services, I dropped streaming. It was a nice free feature, but I only really used it to watch obscure movies while waiting on my discs to arrive in the mail.
Why would I want to go to this as a primary viewing method? I also have to have a good internet connection. While I’ve got this at my house, I don’t have this everywhere I go. If my home connection slows down, the image quality degrades. And it’s not Blu-Ray quality anyway, even if it’s HD.
For me, discs have these pros:
*Higher Quality Image
*Doesn’t depend on the internet (i.e. 3rd party service availability)
*Many more titles to choose from
*Cheaper than rentals, online or otherwise
and these cons:
*Have to wait 1-2 days if I want to get a specific movie right now.
Some may think a con of discs is that you can’t watch them on your cel phone. This isn’t the case for me, because I don’t think watching movies on cel phones is good. Maybe some comedy makes it through, but the power of movies just isn’t realized in that medium like it is in others.
So anyway – yea… what gives? Even if they had half the subscribers to disc-by-mail, why would Netflix want to get rid of it?