Thursday, June 30, 2005
Netflix says they ship over a million discs each day, so divide that by 35,000 titles, and you get an average of 28 copies of each title. It's more likely that they have hundreds of copies of some titles, and only one or two of others.
This figure also means that an average of 77% of their inventory is rented each day, leaving each distribution center nearly empty at the end of the day.
A million shipments each day, divided by 35 distribution centers, means an average distribution center ships about 28,000 discs each day. I know that Sunnyvale, CA ships 100,000 per day, so that means there are some facilities that ship far fewer. Still, imagine how big a truck you would need to hold that many.
Imagine 35,000 titles being downloaded by 3 million people each day. How much bandwidth would you need?
Imagine 3 million people all downloading a million discs each day. If they were available by download, that number could increase to 3 million downloads per day. Demand would surely increase. Netflix members and visitors already watch more than 90,000 movie trailers per day on the Netflix website.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
KRON 4 did a Netflix vs. Blockbuster comparison back in January 2004 which gives the lead to Blockbuster for accuracy, but Netflix for speed. Read it here.
'It just let's you leave all the rules behind and just kind of fly.' "
Wrong! What an ignorant remark on the part of a supposedly genius filmmaker! I prefer my science fiction movies with the science left in.
Hey, I almost wrote an entire post without using the word "Netflix" in a sentence!
Now thanks to Netflix, he can watch fresh movies or TV episodes on DVD every weekend.
Top movie sites by ZDNet
Direct Marketing News quotes HitWise data regarding top movie sites and their reach.
The Internet Movie Database: 14.63%
Yahoo Movies: 9.79%
MSN Entertainment - Movies: 5.73%
Rotten Tomatoes: 1.65%
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
In the Orange County Register, Ebert says, "The real usefulness of...a book like '1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die,' is that it provides good ideas for DVD rentals. I have, by the way, seen 943 of the 1,001 movies, and am carefully rationing the remaining titles to prolong my life."
I'm not surprised that he's seen most of them, but I am amused that he bothered to count how many he's seen. That's such a movie-geek thing to do.
Monday, June 27, 2005
I hadn't visited my recommendations page on Netflix.com in a while, because I'm not interested in adding to my queue. I'm using the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die to fill my queue, exclusively. I'm looking forward to the day when I finish that list, when I can have fun with recommendations.
Amazon today launched a DVD rental service in Germany. It is Amazon’s second DVD rental offering, following the launch of rentals in the U.K. late last year.
Amazon is offering German movie viewers rentals as low as €9.99 a month for three rentals with only one movie out at a time to €18.99 a month for six rentals and three out at a time. Customers who sign up during the initial promotional period will receive 5% off the purchase of DVDs.
Amazon’s European offerings are widely seen as a prelude to entering the U.S. market with online DVD rentals. The company has not announced such plans, but an Amazon spokeswoman indicated last year that such an offering might be in the works. Netflix, the leader on online DVD rentals, has told investors it is preparing for the day when Amazon enters the market. The online DVD market has been brutal, however, and Wal-mart recently turned over its DVD rental business to Netflix.
I used to feel like I had to see them all in the same year in which they were released, so I could be ready for the Academy Awards. I managed to see about 96% of the nominees last year. This year, I don't care. The Academy Awards are a joke. I saw so many good performances that didn't even get nominated. Academy members are lazy. They don't see the most worthy films, just the ones with the best hors d'oeuvres.
Besides, it'll all be out on Netflix soon enough.
His other post is about how Netflix is looking to hire a Product Management Director to manage the development of an Electronic Delivery system, to deliver high quality movies to our TVs through the Internet. Read more.
Friday, June 24, 2005
"Before I joined Blockbuster Online, in spite of my feelings about the company, I would never in a million years have thought it possible that such a large and successful corporation would be running such a disastrous operation. This isn't some nobody company nosing in on the Netflix business; this is the biggest name in movie rentals in the world. So why can't they even approximate the level of quality of the Netflix service?"Read more...
"(Oh, and by the way--don't think I'm not aware of the irony that the owner of a blog called 'The Opiate of the Masses' is basically so out of touch with television broadcasting that her main way of keeping up is watching five-year-old shows on DVD. Which she orders from NetFlix and then loses in the Tomb of the Ghost of Media Past otherwise known as 'the sunroom.')"
Read more of this funny blog.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Videomoviehouse.com Challenges Netflix and Blockbuster for a Share of the $6 Billion Dollar DVD Rental Market:They are based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. The distribution center for the rental division is in Bellingham, Washington.
VANCOUVER, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 22, 2005--Videomoviehouse.com Inc. (PINK SHEETS:VMHVF) is now the latest player in the estimated annual $6 billion dollar DVD rental market. Today it is announcing the launch of its new on-line DVD rental site into the North American marketplace. Through its website www.videomoviehouse.com, U.S. customers will now be able to rent as many DVDs as they can watch for a flat monthly fee of $17.99 per month without having to worry about paying late fees. Canadian customers will also be able to rent movies from the same website. Recent industry events, such as the end to the online DVD pricing war, have created an opportunity for company to launch its rental site directly into both the U.S. and Canadian markets.
Videomoviehouse.com is no stranger to the movie industry. It has been selling movies online worldwide through its website www.videomoviehouse.com since June, 2001. Its existing data base of over 200,000 customers represents a solid launching pad from which it will commence its rental operations. By offering a truly one stop shopping experience, the online customer will have the option to either buy or rent a DVD at anytime. With both options together on one site, the company expects to see increased traffic and sales in both divisions.
Last quarter, the company recorded its first ever operating profit and is projecting gross sales in excess of $3,500,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30th, 2005. This represents an increase of 250% compared to the previous year and sales are continuing to grow rapidly.
Industry figures show DVD sales in North America totalled a record $15.5 billion dollars in 2004 and According to Gene Walton of New York-based Walton Holdings, "The DVD rental business is a $6 billion business annually while online rentals currently capture only 10% of the market." VMHVF believes there is ample opportunity for a profitable, low-cost, online provider to capture a significant share of both markets.
Certain information and statements included in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
S. Gaspar, President & CEO
"However, what I find even more compelling about Netflix is the ability to track new DVD releases and maintain a growing list of movies that I would like to see. I can even add and track movies that have not been released in theatres or on DVD. Netflix can then provide automatic management of new DVD releases into my viewing list on a schedule that I can adjust. On top of that, Netflix provides recommendations and reviews from critics as well as the Netflix community. The net effect is that I now have a relationship with Netflix where Netflix is my personal 'movie concierge' or 'movie butler'. By providing these personalized services, Netflix is enhancing my overall movie watching experience by ensuring that I see more quality movies that align with my interests and tastes. This value is something that allows Netflix to maintain a premium over other companies that solely focus on delivery efficiency, as well as ensure stickiness that increases switching costs for customers. "Read more.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
I can't find any information about Sandstorm Home Entertainment, except they are also the people behind RentShark, a software suite which enables bricks and mortar video stores to start their own online video rental services.
"The result is one I had not expected: The renting of movies has become almost a chore."
Don't worry, the story has a happy ending :). Read more
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Monday, June 20, 2005
Netflix is another step in an evolutionary process which began 28 years ago.
"The video marketplace was spawned in 1977 when George Atkinson ordered one VHS and one Beta copy of each of 50 movies from an ad in TV Guide.
Using those titles, he transformed his 8mm movie rental storefront in Los Angeles to Video Station. He charged a $50 annual membership and $10 a day to rent movies."
Via the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
"I’ve written a few times about Peerflix the P2P DVD trading system similar to some of my own ideas. After trying it for a few months, I have to report trouble.
As I feared, as a DVD drops in popularity, it means somebody will be stuck with it. I feel it should be the original contributor but in Peerflix, it’s whoever happens to have traded for it most recently."
"Now for “new releases” this is not the case. The DVDs I contributed that were recent and in high demand did get requested quite quickly. But the lesson quickly learned is that if you want to watch a slightly older DVD, you truly are buying it rather than borrowing it. If rapid watching is your goal, trading off a recent DVD for an older one will leave you in the lurch."
"The cheaper plans from Netflix or other competitors make more sense. "
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Once you receive it and return it, they have to open the envelope to remove the movie anyway, so the direction your disc is facing is irrelevant.
Friday, June 17, 2005
I haven't noticed a problem with it, myself, but if you think this is affecting your service, complain to Netflix.
"'We are often asked to make silk purses out of sow's ears,' Lafontaine concedes. 'But it's our job. And even the worst movie in the world is going to be somebody's favourite movie.' A few weeks ago, in her smoky office in London's Soho, Mary McGrane, an editor who put together the trailers for the second Bridget Jones film, echoed Lafontaine's sentiments. 'Friends see films I've done trailers for and say I only put in the best bits,' she said. 'Of course I only put in the best bits. If I'd put in all the shit bits, you wouldn't have gone to see it.'"
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Like, for instance, I take my dog to the park. I have dinner with friends. I celebrate birthdays and holidays with family and friends. I went camping this month.
I have plans for the future. I will go to the lake in July, for the fireworks. I will go to the Grand Canyon in August. I am going to buy a house.
In my spare time, I read books, other than 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. For example, I'm reading another book, called American Silent Film.
Do you still think I'm obsessed?
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
The goals of Undergroundfilm.org are to facilitate Independent Movie Distribution in these ways:
- Create a digital film library with the widest breadth of content possible
- Broaden exposure by making hard-to-find works available through Internet distribution
- Enable high-quality display on a variety of devices and networks
- Assist filmmakers by providing collaborative tools, digital rights management (DRM), and commerce solutions.
"It's not something I would want to buy, and It's not likely something the clerk at Blockbuster is going to know about. Netflix is perfect for this sort of thing, they have it, and it's on the way."
- Added Update Queue button
- Added Bug mode switcher
- The Manager is invoked automatically when the Queue page is visited
- The Update can be done from the Manager
- When the page is reloaded after the Update the manager is re-invoked automatically
- If you Close to get out of the Manager, you can switch back without reloading the page
Get it at badsegue.org
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
"Netflix has been freaking me out lately.
At lunch couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine recommended the Alfred Hitchcock classic Dial M for Murder. That night I logged into Netflix, and as usual, they told me You Have Recommendations! And right there at the top of the page was Dial M for Murder."
Monday, June 13, 2005
LOS GATOS, Calif., June 13, 2005
Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service, today announced the appointments of two accomplished business leaders, A. George ('Skip') Battle and Greg Stanger, to the company's board of directors. The move increases the number of Netflix directors to eight.
GamePal will rent you a pre-played character for the massively multiplayer game of your choice, already leveled-up to the point where the game starts to get really fun, without having to do all that tedious grinding. If you like your rental character, you can buy it. The rental works by sending discs with the game, reg code, and character through the postal mail.
Netflix was a suprise to me."
Friday, June 10, 2005
I had must-see movie Dr. Mabuse: the Gambler (1922) in three queues at the same time: Netflix, Nicheflix, and Greencine, because all of them had it as "very long wait". I was going to see who would send it to me first. Netflix has it in a two-disc set, but they ship both simultaneously. Greencine has the same listing, same cover art, but they ship each disc separately. Ditto Nicheflix.
Nicheflix was the first to send it to me. They sent Disc One, but Disc Two was "very long wait".
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Blockbuster Online had it, and it was "available now"! Blockbuster is not known for having the rare, arty-farty titles. They had the same listing, same cover art, but their description doesn't say if it's a one-disc or two-disc title. I was expecting to get both discs, even though I needed only Disc Two.
Lucky me, Blockbuster Online sent me ONLY Disc Two (!) of Dr. Mabuse, in a sleeve that was marked 1 of 1. I still reported it as a "disc issue", saying I received the wrong movie, even though it's the right movie for me (by sheer luck), because they obviously don't know that it's supposed to be a two disc set. I wouldn't want the next customer to get only Disc Two. If you're going to get only one disc, get the first one. It's better.
Thursday, June 09, 2005
I saw a Netflix logo on the GreenZap Web site. I've seen other sites claiming that Greenzap is a scam. Greenzap claims to have a relationship with different online retailers, including Netflix, so I called Netflix Public Relations to verify if this is so. The official statement from Netflix spokesperson Steve Swasey, Director of Corporate Communications for Netflix, is that "Netflix does not have a relationship or affiliation with Greenzap. They do not have permission from us to use the Netflix logo, and we have asked them to remove it."
If you go to the Greenzap site today, you may have a little trouble with it. When I tried to look at the Google cache of the site, it redirected me to the Google home page.
All customer interactions are conducted directly with Netflix through the official Netflix Website. Do not go through any other vendors. Netflix takes customer relationships and information confidentiality very seriously.
I hate giving press to stuff like Greenzap, but I want you to be cautioned about it, and not get fooled into giving those people your money.
Read it all
Some of Netflix's competitors don't have a chance of displacing the pioneer giant. They appear to be content just to have the crumbs from the table. They succeed by focusing on subculture films and building an online community.
AnimeNation.com, a community Web site and online and offline store that specializes in Japanese animation. Like Netflix, their year-old RentAnime.com subsidiary is offering DVD rentals by mail for a monthly fee. But there's a big difference: Every single movie in their catalog is anime or anime-related.
Greencine is a DVD rental service focusing on a number of niche content areas--not the "National Treasure" crowd, its employees say--which has built up a loyal group of "tens of thousands" of subscribers in its third year of operation.Continue reading.
"We see ourselves as more of a supplemental service in the DVD rental field," said Craig Phillips, one of the company's editors. "Diversification seems to be a key, as well as being creative. We're really filling in gaps that aren't catered to by Netflix or the other big services."
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
I was told that a very limited number of multi-disc movies are released on double-sized DVD's, and since these are fragile and more likely to break in shipping, Netflix ships single-sided, screen printed discs that increase the number of DVD's for these titles.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX - News) today announced Barry McCarthy, CFO will present at the Morgan Stanley Small Cap Executive Conference in New York City. Mr. McCarthy is scheduled to present on Wednesday, June 15, 2004 at 5:45 a.m. Pacific Time/8:45 a.m. Eastern Time.
You can get the live webcast here.
Via Yahoo! Biz
Click through to Hacking NetFlix for nice screencaps.
If you're fond of movies, quizzes, and clicking on little web buttons for hours at a time, have we got a site for you. Your task: Guess the movie. Your tools: Four images from the film. Sounds like a breeze, but don't count on it. There's no (A) Halloween (B) Halloween II (C) Halloween III (D) The Bicycle Thief. Instead, there are 20 movie choices for each set of images. Some are gimmes, like the group displaying shots of Paul Newman, a poolroom, and the back of Tom Cruise (The Color of Money); others will take a lengthy process of elimination, especially if you haven't seen the flick in question. (Let's see, was Lindsay Lohan in Fight Club?) You can also register at the site and qualify for enormous fame on the results list. (in Movies & Film)
Via Yahoo! Picks
Monday, June 06, 2005
As more and more kids -- the prime target moviegoers -- order their movies through Netflix, Movielink computer downloads and cable VOD, theatergoing is taking a hit. (Even with the summer in full swing, admissions for the year are down 7%.)
What they are considering, as a solution, is to release movies simultaneously in theatres and on home video. Wouldn't that be great?
What everyone knows, but few want to admit on record, is that day-and-date delivery of movies through every platform -- with different pricing -- is inevitable. As Landmark Theatres marketing chief Ray Price puts it, 'This is the year that the walls of Jericho could come tumbling down.'
Via Hollywood Reporter:
You can order it from InternetRetailer.com.
Friday, June 03, 2005
I like how GreenCine claims to be "unsurpassed" and "preeminent". I reckon Netflix could challenge those assertions.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
The unmasking of ``Deep Throat,'' an anonymous source who helped the Washington Post, has sparked renewed interest in the scandal that led to the downfall of Richard Nixon's presidency. Netflix said rentals of the 1976 movie about the scandal, ``All the President's Men,'' have increased 1,153 percent in the 24 hours since it was revealed that former FBI official W. Mark Felt told Vanity Fair magazine that he was ``the guy they used to call Deep Throat.''
I'm coming late to the table with this story because I think it's silly. I may watch a lot of movies, but it's a poor basis for a relationship. I'm sure there are plenty of jerks out there who love Casablanca.
If you're looking for love online, I recommend eHarmony.
Have you noticed the movie descriptions that popup when you put your mouse pointer on a title? Well, now you can turn them off, if you want. It's under Account Details in Your Account. Click on or off the box next to "Enable extra movie information".
In addition to rating movies, you can also rate genres. This way, Netflix won't bother to offer recommendations to you in genres you don't like.
via Hacking Netflix
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
The study, which looked at consumer satisfaction with sites, considered a variety of factors: price, selection of merchandise, and overall experience--including the look and feel, navigation, function, performance, and site capabilities.Read more (subscription req'd)
The study also found that loyalty and the likelihood of a browser to buy, or recommendations of the site to a friend, were directly correlated to a high satisfaction score.
Consumers at Netflix appeared particularly likely to return to the site, although its prices are higher than other online DVD rental services. Still, the report noted that long-term prospects are subject to change because of stiff competitors in the area, such as Blockbuster, which recently adopted a similar model.
ContraCostaTimes.com | 05/27/2005 | Box office business down for third year: Movie fans change how they watch
Brian Goble, 37, a video game entrepreneur, said he hasn't been to a movie theater in two years, except to see "Star Wars" with his wife and four friends.
Instead, he stays at his home in a Seattle suburb, where he has turned the basement into a home theater with a 53-inch high-definition television screen and large speakers for surround sound.
He no longer has to deal with parking and jostling crowds, he said, a relief now that he has two children under the age of 2.
"It's really just not as comfortable and fun as being at home," he said. "You can pause, go to the bathroom, deal with a crying kid. I can't remember the last movie I saw in a theater."
Goble rarely watches video-on-demand ("The quality is poor," he said.)
Instead, he has an account with Netflix (he recently rented DVDs of the popular "The Bourne Supremacy" and not-so-popular "Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow") and orders his movies online.
When the Nicolas Cage movie "National Treasure" was released in November, for instance, he added it to his Netflix list so he would automatically be sent a copy when it came out on DVD.
His prime regret about seeing the final installment of "Star Wars" was that he could not watch it at home.
"The only reason to go to the theater these days," he said, "is because it is a movie you must see now."