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Comment Re:"It's the content, stupid" (Score 1) 456

That is a bullshit comparison. Most of those films are available for RENTAL or PURCHASE on Amazon, not as a part Prime video. You might as well compare Netflix to Amazon's DVD/Blu-Ray selection while you're at it.

We may be talking past each other. Here's my line of thinking:

"Hmm, $(MOVIE) sounds like it might be pretty good. I'll give it a try. Bummer, not available on Netflix. Bummer, not available for free on Amazon. But they'll let me watch it for 48 hours for $3.99. Fine, whatever."

Here's yours, which is apparently shared with quite a few other people in this thread:

"Hmm, $(MOVIE) sounds like it might be pretty good. I'll give it a try. Bummer, not available on Netflix. Bummer, not available for free on Amazon. Wait, OMGWTFBBQ WHAT IS THIS BULLSHIT? $3.99 FOR A DRM-INFECTED STREAM THAT PROBABLY WON'T PLAY ON THE OVERCLOCKED PDP-11 I BOUGHT ON EBAY AND INSTALLED LUNIX ON? FUCK YOU JEFF BEZOS I'M TELLING RICHARD STALLMAN ON YOU"

One of us gets to watch the movie. The other gets admitted to the ER ahead of the guy with the broken collarbone and the lady whose kids have the flu, because hey, it's not every day they see a 260/195 blood pressure reading

Comment Re:"It's the content, stupid" (Score 1) 456

(Shrug) I'm a Prime subscriber. I don't make a distinction between "Amazon" and "Amazon Prime," so that may be causing some confusion.

Are you suggesting that Netflix should offer the movies that Amazon offer for payment as inclusive in their all-you-can-eat plan or are you suggesting they introduce a mixed model where there are some premium movies on netflix?

The latter. They should offer 48-hour rentals of movies that aren't available for free streaming.

Basically I'm saying Amazon's model is more useful to me than Netflix's.

I don't expect something for nothing, and I don't expect everything for $12/month. But I when I want to watch something and am willing to pay for it, it would be nice if someone other than the Pirate Bay would make it available. Currently Amazon does the best job at this, and Netflix isn't even trying.

Comment Re:"It's the content, stupid" (Score 1) 456

I'm not seeing that. In the top 20 films only one is available on both Netflix and Amazon Prime (Pulp Fiction) and then one is only netflix (Hoop Dreams) and one is only Amazon Prime (Apocalypse Now).

What are you not seeing? The list is composed of well-regarded films that are available on one or more of the popular streaming services, and it turns out that for all practical purposes, "one or more services" means Amazon and not Netflix.

If Netflix's management doesn't see that as a catastrophic risk to their business, then it's time for their board of directors to step in.

Comment Re:The price hike is minimal... (Score 3, Insightful) 456

Their selection is really terrible, and if there's something good then chances are you may have to pay extra for it above and beyond the subscription.

No, their selection is most definitely not "really terrible."

But yes, you typically have to pay a couple of bucks to rent access to A-list movies for 48 hours. But at least you have that option with Amazon.

Comment "It's the content, stupid" (Score 2) 456

The real reason for people leaving Netflix is the blocking of VPNs and proxies and the dull nature of Netflix original content.

These are valid points to some extent. Netflix's original content isn't that bad, but the fact is that they were formed as a content distributor, not a content producer. And that's the real problem... they have no content to distribute. Netflix has jack shit to watch, whether you have a working VPN or not.

This really hit home about 5 minutes ago when I ran across via a link on HN. Look for the red "Netflix" buttons and you'll see maybe one or two in the first several dozen listings. Those are among the highest-ranked films of all time, across numerous genres. Almost none of them are available on Netflix. Meanwhile, Amazon Video lets you access almost all of them.

If Netflix is going to survive, they cannot simply rely on offering a pathetic assortment of B- and C-level movies for a flat rate of 12 bucks a month or whatever. What they are doing is not working, and it's time to stop trying. They have to start offering optional premium content. I see no other strategy that will keep Netflix from being destroyed by more clued-in players, including but not limited to Amazon.

Comment Re:Missing something. (Score 1) 224

The choice of screw is dictated by the tooling and equipment used to carry out final assembly. If a $20 patented screwdriver with a proprietary head design saves one second of production time per iPhone by doing a better job at guiding itself into the slot or being less likely to cam out when tightened, it doesn't take too long for it to pay for itself.

That's not to justify Apple's active interference with third-party repair shops. Just pointing out that when you're producing things at this scale, your profitability is influenced by the sum of a very large number of very trivial-sounding choices. Not everything that looks like a conspiracy is one.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 3, Interesting) 301

Don't do illegal things or commit civil torts, and you have nothing to worry about from anyone, whether rich or poor.

In practice that doesn't work, of course, because everybody breaks laws all the time. So the next best thing to do is to avoid calling attention to yourself by acting like a complete sociopath. Unfortunately Gawker's founder skipped kindergarten that day.

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