Officially announced today, Netflix has made the decision to scrap all plans to separate their DVD-by-mail services in the form of Qwikster. This is great news for anyone who may have become frustrated by the change if they have a joint streaming and DVD-by-mail subscription, but what of the possible video game subscription upgrade?
It was only less than a month ago that Netflix announced big plans to split its services into two entirely separate websites. If you may not have heard, Netflix would have continued to be the sole carrier for streaming movies, while Qwikster would have become a completely new website designed for the purposes of DVD-by-mail with an optional upgrade to receive video games by mail. Well, now all of that has been completely tossed away and the sanity prevails.
The biggest complaint that was voiced and acknowledged by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was the fact that users would have to have separate logins, passwords, movie ratings, and billing information. Who would want to deal with that? He also stated that they were done with price changing, which means that there may not be a price drop foreseeable in the future, as some were hoping in response to the service changes.
So with all of the negativity surrounding Qwikster, Hastings released a new blog post confirming the eradication of Qwikster:
“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… We value our members, and we are committed to making Netflix the best place to get movies & TV shows.”
Hastings goes on to say how much content they have been adding which has been over “3,500 TV episodes from ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, USA, E!, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Discovery Channel, TLC, SyFy, A&E, History, and PBS,” but he failed to mention anything about the video game subscription upgrade. I would assume many would have had no problems with that change.
Many who subscribe to GameFly would have liked to have one sole place to get video games and movies, making it more simple to aggregate services. So why has Netflix decided not to mention this little piece of change that had some positive light?
Speak up! Would you like to see Netflix join in on the video game rental service or would you prefer to keep movies and gaming websites separate?
Source: Netflix Blog
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