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Netflix is Dumb

A followup to our previous post on Netflix deciding to separate its streaming video business from its dvd mail service:

Netflix realized belatedly that this was a bad idea and said "just kidding".

Netflix Inc. is abandoning its widely panned decision to separate its DVD-by-mail and Internet streaming services because it would make them more difficult to use.

Subscribers will be able to use both services under one account and one password, CEO Reed Hastings said Monday in a blog post.


Subscribers howled at the move, saying they saw Netflix as a destination for movies in general and didn't want to manage two accounts.

"It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs," Hastings said in the blog post.

Really, CEO Reed Hastings? You needed subscribers to complain about having to manage 2 separate accounts for you to determine that it would make things more difficult? Really? Let me explain something to you. Logging into two accounts is going to take more effort than logging into one account. I'm sure a statistician out there has the hard data on this. In fact, I think it would be safe to assume that managing two things would generally be more work than managing one thing. It's a crazy concept, I know. Just go with it.

Shmuck. Now fix the thing where i can't fast forward or rewind a streaming video without having to wait a minute for it to reload.

By min | October 10, 2011, 9:36 AM | Movies & TeeVee