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Netflix buys dvd.com domain

Cygnus
03-30-2012, 09:00 PM
If you go to dvd.com in your web browser, it takes you to netflix web site. Kind of odd for a company that believes streaming is their future to buy that domain hunh? What do you think netflix is up to? Are they trying to draw hits (and possible new members) to their site or do you think they don't plan on abandoning the format anytime soon?

Kosty
03-30-2012, 09:14 PM
Netflix Widening Gap Between Disc, Digital Services?

30 Mar, 2012
By: Erik Gruenwedel





Little more than six months after it infamously bowed and then scuttled stand alone by-mail disc rental service Qwikster, Netflix apparently is incorporating user-interface changes that further sequester physical and digital subscribers.

Specifically, one disc subscriber writing on reddit.com noticed that he or she is now directed to a dvd.netflix.com subdomain featuring substantially fewer reviews of a particular movie than is found on the streaming-only site.

Previously, movie reviews and rating — whether physical or digital — appeared on the same Netflix page.

“So, if I am a [disc] customer and go see The Artist in theaters and think it's the greatest movie I've ever seen, I can't go home and rate it 5 stars and begin getting recommendations for similar films that Netflix might have on Instant,” wrote myhandleonReddit March 27. “Also, as a DVD customer I can no longer read any reviews that people may have written while having the instant plan.”

That posting generated more than 120 responses — the majority negative.

“I’m just so confused why Netflix is so fascinated with destroying the value of their service,” wrote fspOr.

Fan site hackingnetflix.com reported that Netflix recently purchased the dvd.com domain address for an undisclosed amount.

Separately, Netflix is once again experimenting offering a sellthrough option for select titles.

Subscribers interested in renting Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy (Universal Studios Home Entertainment), starring Oscar-nominated Gary Oldman, can find a “buy now” link underneath the “Add to Queue” button. Clicking on the buy option directs you to a Universal ecommerce page — underscoring Netflix’s desire to curry favor with a studio without directly engaging in sellthrough.

“We’re always testing ways to improve Netflix for our members, but nothing further on this,” said Netflix spokesperson Steve Swasey in an email. “No DVD purchase opportunity at Netflix.”

Finally, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings March 30 posted on his Facebook page annoyance with the fact he couldn’t access HBO Go on his Xbox or Roku media player due to ISP provider Comcast disallowing access to the Time Warner-owned TV Everywhere platform.

Comcast has its own TV Everywhere platform called Xfinity TV.

“Comcast: I’m paying you a lot of money for HBO, so please let ...me watch HBO GO on my TV,” Hastings wrote.

Facebook friend Tim Napoleon responded, “I want to watch [Netflix original series] ‘Lilyhammer’ on Time Warner cable. Why are you making me get a Netflix account?”
http://www.homemediamagazine.com/netflix/netflix-widening-gap-between-disc-digital-services-26846

TowerGrove
03-31-2012, 04:53 PM
I love this part. This guy (Reedy H.) reminds me of Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau from the Pink Panther Movies, always a bumble.:rolleyes:

Finally, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings March 30 posted on his Facebook page annoyance with the fact he couldn’t access HBO Go on his Xbox or Roku media player due to ISP provider Comcast disallowing access to the Time Warner-owned TV Everywhere platform.

Comcast has its own TV Everywhere platform called Xfinity TV.

“Comcast: I’m paying you a lot of money for HBO, so please let ...me watch HBO GO on my TV,” Hastings wrote.

Facebook friend Tim Napoleon responded, “I want to watch [Netflix original series] ‘Lilyhammer’ on Time Warner cable. Why are you making me get a Netflix account?”

TowerGrove
03-31-2012, 04:54 PM
This part is interesting as well:

Separately, Netflix is once again experimenting offering a sellthrough option for select titles.

Subscribers interested in renting Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy (Universal Studios Home Entertainment), starring Oscar-nominated Gary Oldman, can find a “buy now” link underneath the “Add to Queue” button. Clicking on the buy option directs you to a Universal ecommerce page — underscoring Netflix’s desire to curry favor with a studio without directly engaging in sellthrough.

“We’re always testing ways to improve Netflix for our members, but nothing further on this,” said Netflix spokesperson Steve Swasey in an email. “No DVD purchase opportunity at Netflix.”

Malanthius
04-01-2012, 08:36 PM
There's still money to be made from DVDs. Less with Bluray. But there is still money there. So I'm not suprised. Doesn't change the fact that physical is on its way out. Might as make some money off it while they can.