Netflix Splits DVD Mail Service Into Qwikster

Posted: September 19, 2011
Netflix Splits DVD Mail Service Into Qwikster

Netflix announced today that they were splitting their DVD mail service into a separate company called Qwikster so they can focus on their online streaming content. Along with the recent price hikes, Netflix is under even more scrutiny from loyal fans. Kevin Pereira and Dan Frommer dive into this latest news and how it could affect us as consumers.

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  • MaceMan2091

    Sucks to be some of you who have caps on bandwidth. I pay 50 bucks for unlimited.

    Posted: September 26, 2011 4:04 PM
  • RealMrDowntown

    I literally dropped my DVD plan this morning for a Streaming only, The movies I really want to see are always 'very long wait' and Ive seen dvds at Walmart before netflix even had them. I prefer to stream everything

    Posted: September 25, 2011 8:31 PM
  • natedoggcata

    Bars and tone ladies and gentlemen! LMAO!

    Posted: September 25, 2011 4:24 PM
  • baffoni

    This is a bad/bad move for netflix if nothing changes. I was going to keep streaming and DVD, but if they are splitting, I have no more reason to keep the streaming part: "HD" on streaming is not as good as BluRay and barely competitive with DVD, I have to wait for it to stream _when I start to watch_ (so far, no pre-loading/caching appears available in any of the various devices in my living room), and the selection is no where near that of DVD/BR selection. If I want streaming, I'll go to another provider that gives me a decent selection and quality. The only thing they have going for them is I haven't seen much penetration into the DVD/BR/TV players for non-netflix, so it is HTPC/laptop/custom for the other players.

    Posted: September 25, 2011 2:34 PM
  • Kerri_Kabuki

    I live in the country where the only options for internet are dial-up or satellite and I have a very small daily download limit with satellite. So basically...streaming is pointless to me, and netflix has horrible movies on their streaming service anyways. And what's this crap about dvds going by the wayside...? I don't care if I could stream movies anyways, I like having a hard copy. This is starting to to sound like what kindles and ebooks are doing to bookstores (but as an English/creative writing major, that's a completely different depressing issue).
    I wasn't too mad about the price hikes, but I think with this, I might just finally call it quits with netflix.

    Posted: September 20, 2011 10:29 PM
  • Mashpotaters

    I don't see Qwikster buying Gamefly. Gamefly recently bought Direct2Drive, and I just don't see them getting bought out after buying D2D.

    Posted: September 20, 2011 4:44 PM
  • niahflame

    two words - bandwith cap. DVDs aren't dead! Far from it. Comcast and ATT are trying to block Netflix because they have their tv services.

    Posted: September 20, 2011 3:04 PM
  • JOE NATION 2.0

    You know what, call me old fashion but I actually buying my movies from the store. I really think that streaming has taken away a lot jobs. Instead of buy them at a Blockbuster, Hollywood video, etc., all you have to do is download from a computer. I still buy d.v.d.'s even though I haven't bought one in a while. I've never used netflix and I never will.

    Posted: September 20, 2011 12:50 PM
  • Henchwench

    To be honest, the number one reason I am PISSED about this streaming crap actually has nothing to do with Netflix. The ISP I currently have to deal with has a bandwidth cap of 250 GB per month. This may not seem like a huge deal, but I have 3 gamers in the same house (patching anywhere from 1 - 2 MMOs each, not to mention re-downloading games after a system wipe) and a 4 year old who will happily watch the same thing again and again and again.

    If you're not careful, you'll hit that cap REALLY quickly - and then if you hit that cap twice, they'll happily cut your net connection. I don't want to have to up my connectivity to fricken business class JUST so I can watch a billionty episodes of Man V.S. Food or something. It's stupid and I do NOT like being forced through a square peg just because I want to watch DVD's without having to constantly watch my bandwidth like a hawk. It's aggrevating.

    Posted: September 20, 2011 9:36 AM
  • CareyGrant

    Netflix streaming is a joke. Their selection is pitiful and until broadband in the US also ceases to be a joke (run by govt. authorized monopolies who do nothing but rake in billions while doing nothing to improve service) streaming won't mean squat.

    I currently have a very good set-up at home with a very fast broadband connection and Netflix streaming still doesn't work right.

    Posted: September 20, 2011 9:31 AM
  • Lexicon4000

    What Netflix wants to do makes sense, but they just lost StarzPlay, which means the few good, and new, movies they had will be going away when the contract expires. We've seen no action to indicate that this will change. Which still wouldn't be such a bad thing, if they had left the websites as one entity. Now, if something in my queue is available on streaming I can see that, but with the change I'll have to manage two websites. Which is cumbersome. And since they will be operating as two "business entities" there is really no value for me to stay with their streaming. When they have dicked us around in the last few months and Hulu also only offers TV shows. Bottomline: Cancel. I like the idea of going to simply streaming, but the contracts aren't in place to make that happen yet.

    Posted: September 20, 2011 4:33 AM
  • jiggamanjb

    So I want to watch Thor in HD, explain to me this Notflix, how is your streaming service going to do this for me when your new arrival is Back to the Future? Their service just get worse and worse.

    Posted: September 20, 2011 12:06 AM
  • jtcressy

    well, if this means the prices will stay down instead of knocking it up to a pain staking $14-$16 a month, then it would definetly be worth splitting the company.

    Posted: September 19, 2011 8:47 PM
  • UnDeadAngel

    xD Gotta love live TV!

    Posted: September 19, 2011 8:08 PM
  • xCh0z3n-0n3x

    hopefully the streaming service will have the good movies now!

    Posted: September 19, 2011 5:59 PM