Goodbye, Qwikster! Netflix announced today that they were ending their plans to split their DVD by mail option as a separate service called Qwikster. On their blog, CEO Reed Hastings wrote,
"It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs. This means no change: one website, one account, one password… in other words, no Qwikster."
It took this popular DVD rental company almost a month to realize that maybe creating two separate services for customers who like to use both might be a bad idea? From shutting down their Community feature to the price increases and plans to take away the profile features (though they dropped that idea), it seems like Netflix is good at coming up with bad ideas.
So what's in store for Netflix in the coming years? We compiled our best "bad ideas" for the company to try next:
DVD Rewind Service
Remember when video stores would charge you if you didn't rewind the VHS tapes that you rented? Well, Netflix is proud to announce that starting in January 2012, they'll be offering a separate service where you can mail in your DVDs to be rewound before they send it back to you to send back to Netflix. And for only $9.99 a month!
Wait, what? You don't have to rewind DVDs? Oh crap.
The best thing about Netflix is that its completely virtual: you can choose, select and even stream the content you want all online! But now the company will be taking a step forward into the real world by opening up a chain of physical stores throughout the nation. Of course, this will be a separate service called "Blockbuster."
They say "social media" is the future, so Netflix is happy to announce a partnership with Myspace! Now you can sync your Myspace profile with your Netflix account, which means your queue can be inundated with glittery gifs and a rotating playlist of your favorite Justin Bieber songs.
With DVDs by mail and Internet streaming services, Netflix is proud to be the next generation of how people view content. So it only makes sense that we'll now be offering a third option: laserdics! Since sending these oversized and fragile discs may be cumbersome, the new Laserflixster will only be available via FedEx.
Home Movie Streaming!
Watching old home movies aren't just for awkward visits with your grandparents anymore. Netflix will now offer the chance to stream those totally embarrassing childhood videos straight from the Internet, anywhere you go! You'll never be able to escape the awkward years caught on tape. NEVER.
Good luck, Netflix. We look forward to seeing at least one of these happen in the future!