My Thought: Why Netflix is splitting itself in two | The Oatmeal


A lot of hubbub has been made of Netflix’s decision to spin off its disc-in-the-mail service. The reason I kept using Netflix even after the price increase was the complementary combination of (1) “whatever I might want to watch so long as I can wait for it” and (2) “some of whatever I might want to watch if I want to watch it instantly”.

Since these are no longer bundled with each other, I now feel free to shop around for my instant streaming service. As for discs by mail? I’ll shop for them, too, maybe at the local Redbox.

I don’t think Netflix is worried about the latter, but I’d guess they’re not expecting the former.

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