Rather than bitching, let's see if we can outline to netflix what would constitute an improved product here. Don't think about two companies or two teams, just accept there are two websites, each designed for a specific purpose.
Let's brainstorm about what would constitute a great product for streaming, and a great product for discovering and queuing up movies to watch later -- think about the way you use each product today. You get to describe the PERFECT products. Anyone want to engage with me on this?
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Let's brainstorm about what would constitute a great product for streaming
It really is simple: they need to stream new releases. If Netflix doesn't get around to that, then they will never be the market leader. But to stream new releases, they will have to ditch their subscription model and add tiered pricing.
To appeal to film buffs (a group that Netflix has crapped on for the last couple of years), they could strike deals with Warner Bros Archives and other niche suppliers and offer a PPV model for their titles. Warner makes $$$ from the not small # of people who like old movies but refuse to pay $20+ for a DVD-R but could justify paying ~$5 to view it.
And everything needs to be in 1080p HD and 5.1.
Spin...you and I both know that Netflix will never stream new releases at <$10/month all you can eat. They've painted themselves into a corner...
People always like to have options. Currently, Netflix has nothing to offer people who want to watch movies that came out this week or last week...hell even in the last couple of months. Those films will be acquired or watched elsewhere.