Netflix subscribers woke this morning to an email from CEO Reed Hastings which begins as a heartfelt apology and quickly spirals into yet another knife in the back for the company’s beloved DVD by mail service, which is now being spun off onto its own service as -- wait for it -- Qwikster.
The end of August tends to be a slow time on the news desk, as last minute vacations are crammed in, as sleepy vacationers slowly get back in the groove of things, and as parents start bundling their kids off to school once more. Who has time for the news under those circumstances? Well, here's the stories that were heating up our thermometers this week, burning up the wires.
Major networks like Fox, ABC and NBC have made it easy for people like me to stay tuned to the latest television shows without spending a penny on cable, or even physically owning a television set. However, Fox's decision yesterday on how quickly it posts new episodes to the web seems to have sparked a trend, as networks like ABC are considering following suit.
Netflix is testing a seperate children's section on its website, designed to be used by kids all by themselves. Apparently, certain Netflix members have found a new tab labeled "Just For Kids" on the main menu of the website. The tab is the gateway to the new kid-optimized pages.
No details yet on when, or if, this will be rolled out to the entire Netflix subscriber base, many of whom are still smarting from last month's price increase.
When you show off your iPad to someone, you probably bring up Netflix or Hulu as one of your "check this out" apps. But, aside from the initial wow factor, it turns out that we don't actually watch Netflix or Hulu on our iPads much at all. According to the latest numbers from Nielsen, people who enjoy streaming video from Netflix and Hulu enjoy doing it on almost every other kind of device besides an iPad.
It appears both services are eager to be in the App Store, and we all seem eager to put their apps on our iPads, but no one seems sure of where we go from there.
We doubt you could have missed this week's release of Lion, even if you aren't a early adopter who likes to jump in at the get-go. Oh, no, we're sure you didn't miss that. And who could have missed Netflix and the backlash? Well, we've got a few suggestions for users of both, plus a few other tasty treats just in case you missed it.
Netflix announced two separate tiers of pricing last week, separating their disc and streaming options and raising the ire of customers, who are now ready to separate their wallets from the service with all the ferocity of an F5 tornado. Is there really life after Netflix?
Customers have been raising a fuss since Netflix raised their prices last Tuesday. Granted, a 60 percent price jump is difficult to justify, but the biggest question has been why. Netflix originally stated that the increase "better reflects the cost," and some of us may have scoffed at that; however, this may be exactly why we are now paying more. When costs go up, prices tend to go up, and the biggest costs to Netflix come from the six major movie studios in Hollywood.
There was no Lion release party this week, like so many had predicted; and there were no hardware refreshes announced. But just you wait! shouts the rumor machine. Next week things are gonna go big big big. Well, we did get Spotify this week, which was a definite plus, so what the heck else happened in the land of Apple? Check out the top ten hottest news stories and get an eyeful yourself.