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Has anyone else heard about this lawsuit? Online DVD Class. Is this an actual case?
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Netflix is splitting into two separate companies, Netflix (streaming) and Qwikster (DVDs through the mail). I have not received an email yet (they must be sending them in batches), but apparently they're sending an email that links you to the apology/explanation from the Netflix CEO. The comments are worth a read, they're hilarious.
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Link from Lifehacker.com

So what does everyone think?

I'm now seriously rethinking keeping our account because that was one of the main reasons we signed up in the first place.
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The hits continue to come for beleaguered online video provider Netflix, which, amidst unpopular price hikes, is now losing the support of cable network Starz Entertainment, its leading supplier of new and recently released movies. As a result, the streaming digital TV and film service will soon be deprived of top shows like Party Down and Spartacus: Blood and Sand, plus new movies from Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Studios.

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So for instance, our current $9.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be split into 2 distinct plans:

Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, 1 out at-a-time (no streaming), for $7.99 a month.

The price for getting both of these plans will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99). For new members, these changes are effective immediately; for existing members, the new pricing will start for charges on or after September 1, 2011.

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WTF Netflix?! I just told my mom (the owner of our account) and her response? "Uh uh, no way! They can kiss my ass!"

What do you all think?
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sony movies were pulled from Netflix Inc.'s online streaming service Friday because of what Netflix said is a "temporary contract issue" between Sony Corp. and its pay TV distributor, Starz.

Netflix notified its members in a blog post on Friday, when movies such as "Easy A" and "Grown Ups" stopped being available on its "Watch Instantly" service. They are still available to be rented as DVDs through the mail.

Starz said in a statement that "all parties are working diligently to resolve the issue."

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I noticed that several movies had disappeared from my Instant Queue without warning, and this is why. According the source, Sony may be wanting A LOT more from Netflix in order to have their movies on Instant Watching. I hope they do renew their contract, but I'm thinking that may raise our monthly fee. Worth it? Maybe.
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The National Association of the Deaf, in a lawsuit filed in Massachusetts federal court, accused Netflix of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not providing the deaf with equal access to its "watch instantly" digital video.

"While streaming (video) provides more access to entertainment to the general public, it threatens to be yet another barrier to people who are deaf and hard of hearing," the lawsuit said.

Another advocacy group and three individuals filed a separate suit on Wenesday against Time Warner (TWX.N). Both lawsuits seek injunctions requiring the companies to provide closed captions on all streaming video content.

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Netflix ignoring their customers has been a real trend lately, so I can't say I'm surprised. They need to get their act together, or they're sure to lose even more customers in the near future.

Does the lack of closed captioning effect anyone here on DW?

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A new study by research firm The Diffusion Group shows Netflix subscribers increasingly are downgrading their pay TV service, a bad sign for cable and satellite operators contending against the $7.99-a-month unlimited streaming offering.

The firm’s March survey asked 2,000 U.S. adult broadband users how likely they were to downgrade their pay TV service in the next six months. Thirty-two percent said they were likely to either downgrade or cancel altogether, double the 16% who said the same in 2010.

“Despite its rhetorical positioning, both Netflix and pay TV operators have long been aware that there will come a point at which its services are not only dilutive to regular TV viewing, but antithetical to pay TV subscription levels,” said Michael Greeson, TDG founding partner and director of research. “The question for realistic observers has been not if this will occur but when. According to our latest research, that time is upon us.”

Greeson noted that economic belt-tightening also was a likely factor in the survey results, but stressed that a majority of respondents listed the availability of online video as a primary factor in downgrading their pay TV service.

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I think that's pretty interesting. I personally barely watch TV, and when I do it's only new episodes of a handful of shows. Since most shows are off for the summer, I'm hanging out with Instant Watching. We do have cable here, but it's mostly because my parents like to watch TV. My dad doesn't even use Netflix, it's just for me and my mom. When I get my own place, I'll likely not even have cable. Most of the shows I watch have the episodes available online soon after they air, and I prefer movies and having TV show marathons anyway.
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Netflix doesn’t appear to be having the best week when it comes to PR. A couple days ago the company rolled out a redesign, which has been met with overwhelming hostility from users. It’s not completely unanimous, but it’s clear that a lot of people are pissed, and some are saying they’re going to cancel their accounts.
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So Netflix users, how do you feel about the issues brought up?

I personally HATE the new layout. It's ugly, and the new scrolling feature is irritating. It's not so bad that I'd want to cancel, but I do hope they change it back. I'm not sure how to feel about them replacing the genres. I like the current system, so I guess it depends on what they do to it. I would like to see a "browse by decade feature" since I've been wanting to watch some 80s movies.

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