It's true. People want an on-demand streaming service that won't take up space or require them to leave their home to buy it, or mess with clunky hardware. The technology is outdated, and while their DVD/Blue Ray business may be strong, I'd call them the exception to the rule.
Well, the ROI on buying a Blu Ray Disc and renting it is very good, you just need to rent it a couple of times and then, when it stos renting, sell the disc at a discount. But I think they realized the physical disc market is not going to grow much more (IMHO).
Has Netflix decided to join the new decade of the 21st century yet and start offering mail delivered Blue Ray discs? (Disclosure: I am not part of this demographic yet as I don't even own a Blue Ray Player). I noticed they offer Blue Ray-quality videos on their online video service but wondered about the mail delivery service itself.
As long as they continue to capture new content, they will continue to compete. The have the DVDs, so they should continue to rent them if people want to.
The competition in the streaming service is getting smarter and smarter, YouTube has been trying to create channels with new content, content that, if good, would be exclusive to YouTube.. not sure NetFlix can afford that.
"Netflix Inc reversed a customer slide by adding more than 600,000 new U.S. subscribers in the fourth quarter, and its revenue beat Wall Street expectations, pushing shares up 13 percent. The video rental company, which revolutionized the home video industry but in 2011 outraged customers with a surprise price hike and a botched attempt to split off its DVD-mail service, posted a 47 percent leap in fourth-quarter revenue to $876 million.That outpaced an average forecast for $857.9 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Earnings per share hit 73 cents, beating an average forecast of 55 cents."
As a fellow Canadian I'm sure you heard that on January 22nd, RIM released a statement about its new executives. Thoughts? Do you believe they can turn it around in 2012 or do you feel they'll continue to sink (on Monday their stock fell over 6%), or perhaps be purchased?
I am eagerly awaiting your response, and Alan Reiter's vblog about this news!
Looks as though Yahoo has crept up in the rankings of hoped-for comeback kids. Still, I'd have to agree that more time probably will pass before we see substantial turnaround among key players who are now foundering.
The ThinkerNet does not reflect the views of TechWeb. The ThinkerNet is an informal means of communication to members and visitors of the Internet Evolution site. Individual authors are chosen by Internet Evolution to blog. Neither Internet Evolution nor TechWeb assume responsibility for comments, claims, or opinions made by authors and ThinkerNet bloggers. They are no substitute for your own research and should not be relied upon for trading or any other purpose.
No year would be complete without a roundup of memorable social media meltdowns, from Facebook faux pas to epic Twitter tirades. We're not talking about ill-considered pictures, or posts that reveal you skipped the family picnic and lied about it. We're talking about big brands -- with much to lose.
You've heard the expression, "Out of the frying pan, into the fire?" Amazon lives in the fire. The e-tailer wins by keeping things hot for its competitors, employees, and itself, according to a new book.
Positec, a manufacturer of power tools for homes and commercial applications, achieves greater customer service flexibility and cuts hold times in half by using a cloud-based service to manage its call center.
Big-data and analytics tools enable marketers to understand customers as individuals, identifying unmet needs and addressing each customer as a "segment of one," says John Kennedy, VP corporate marketing, IBM.
Expert Integrated Systems: Changing the Experience & Economics of IT In this e-book, we take an in-depth look at these expert integrated systems -- what they are, how they work, and how they have the potential to help CIOs achieve dramatic savings while restoring IT's role as business innovator. READ THIS eBOOK
your weekly update of news, analysis, and
opinion from Internet Evolution - FREE! REGISTER HERE
Wanted! Site Moderators Internet Evolution is looking for a handful of readers to help moderate the message boards on our site as well as engaging in high-IQ conversation with the industry mavens on our thinkerNet blogosphere. The job comes with various perks, bags of kudos, and GIANT bragging rights. Interested?