Netflix Cancels Plans to Split DVD, Streaming Services

It seems Netflix won’t split its DVD and video streaming services after all.

Last month, CEO Reed Hastings announced that Netflix would push the company’s DVD rental service to a new website called Qwikster while Netflix would be reserved for streaming only. Under the new plan, customers who wished to stream movies and watch DVDs would have to maintain two separate accounts and pay two separate charges, a proposal that infuriated many Netflix customers.

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Netflix Separates DVD, Streaming Services

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced last night that the popular video rental service will now split into two separate companies, one for online video streaming and one for DVD by mail. The announcement comes two months after Netflix said it would begin charging separately for the two services and raise existing prices by 60%, a move that infuriated many customers.

“I messed up. I owe everyone an explanation,” Hastings said on The Netflix Blog Sunday night. “We realized that streaming and DVD by mail are really becoming two different businesses, with very different cost structures, that need to be marketed differently, and we need to let each grow and operate independently.”

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Starz to End Streaming Deal with Netflix

It’s a pretty big blow to Netflix – users will soon lose access to new movies from two of Hollywood’s biggest studios, Disney Studios and Sony Pictures. In a deal that broke down yesterday, Starz Entertainment said that it will end a distribution deal with Netflix that provided the streaming service with movies from those studios. That news sent Netflix stock plunging 9% overnight.

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Netflix Launches “Just for Kids” Program

Netflix is launching a new program to make it easier for kids and their families to find child-friendly shows and movies on the streaming service. The new program, called “Just for Kids” will help users find content for children 12 years old and younger – including favorite characters like SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Phineas and Ferb, and the Sesame Street characters.

The content will also be presented based on genres such as superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs, and “girl power.”

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Amazon Adds Universal Pictures Titles to Video Streaming Service

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Amazon announced today that it has partnered with Universal Pictures to offer select films to its movie-streaming service, Prime Instant Video, Reuters reports.

"We are very excited to offer Prime members popular Universal films at no additional cost," Cameron Janes, director of Amazon Instant Video, said in a release. "Our customers love movies and now we offer them more than 2,000 movies to choose from with Prime Instant Video."

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The Dangers of Data Caps

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More Internet service providers (ISP) are imposing monthly limits on the amount of data customers can use, and with these restrictions comes a new threat to people who enjoy streaming video from their smartphones or personal computers.  

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New Nintendo 3DS™ App Lets Users Stream Netflix


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It seems every day there is a new way to get streaming television or movies on a portable device. Today Netflix members with unlimited streaming plans who own the Nintendo3DS™ can down load a new application that allows them to instantly watch their favorite show or movies on the handheld device.  The application is easy to use and adds a lot of value to the portable system, demonstrating how Nintendo delivers new and different experiences for users daily.

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Netflix Separates DVD, Streaming Plans, Raises Prices

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The popular DVD-at-home/online-streaming media company Netflix announced today that beginning in September, it will no longer offer unlimited plans that include both streaming and DVDs by mail. Instead, users will now have to choose – either subscribe to a streaming-only plan, a DVD-only plan, or a combined plan – which would really just be subscribing to both plans separately.

The unlimited streaming plan will be $7.99 a month – the same as it is now, but the unlimited DVD price will be $7.99 as well. In order to receive both options, subscribers would have to enroll in both services for a total of $15.98 per month.

For new Netflix members, the pricing will go into effect immediately, however existing Netflix customers won’t see the change until September 1. 

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MoviePass®: Like Netflix® for Theaters

If you like the idea and theory of Netflix® – that is, paying a little money to watch a lot of movies – you’ll probably love MoviePass®. MoviePass is a subscription service that allows subscribers to watch unlimited movies in theaters for $50 a month. Sound nice?

If you see a lot of movies in the theater, it sounds like a great idea. But, there are a few snags – first, a subscriber can only see one movie per day –so you can’t spend the entire afternoon escaping summer heat, basking in the theater’s air conditioning. Also, you can only watch the same movie once – if you want to see the same movie a second time, you have to pay full price.

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Miramax Library Coming to Hulu

After inking a distribution deal with Netflix last month, Miramax Films has also announced plans to bring its 700-title movie library to Hulu.

Subscribers to Hulu’s premium plan, Hulu Plus ($7.99 per month), will be able to access hundreds of Miramax movies in the next few months, including such classics as Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, Scream, and The English Patient. The films will be in HD, when available, and will not include advertising interruptions.

“Making our films available via premium digital distribution channels is extremely important to Miramax,” said Mike Lang, chief executive of Miramax. “We’re thrilled about the prospect of enhancing both our brands by making our films accessible to Hulu’s fast-growing audience.”

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