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What Netflix CEO hopes U.S. won't notice. 'Self-absorbed' Americans.....
The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 09/23/2010 | Etan Vlessing

Posted on 09/23/2010 2:24:49 PM PDT by Beave Meister

Netflix is now in Canada, offering local subscribers an online movie and TV streaming service for $7.99 a month. The move marks the first international foray for the California-based online streaming/DVD-by-mail giant. Etan Vlessing caught up with Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings in Toronto as he reaches beyond his 15 million American subscribers to start rolling out his online subscription service around the world.

(Excerpt) Read more at hollywoodreporter.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Canada; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: blogpimp; canada; fail; hollywood; moralabsolutes; netflix
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1 posted on 09/23/2010 2:24:52 PM PDT by Beave Meister
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To: Beave Meister

Contact page to ask for $7.99/month


2 posted on 09/23/2010 2:31:41 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: Beave Meister

Hmmm... I might need to cut my Netflix subscription back a tier or two.


3 posted on 09/23/2010 2:34:33 PM PDT by SaveTheChief (Obama dithered, America withered.)
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To: Beave Meister

Bad answer to the question. He should have pointed out that the Canadians don’t get physical delivery - only streaming. So, in fact, they are getting less that US subscribers.


4 posted on 09/23/2010 2:34:54 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Beave Meister

I hated Netflix . They sent broken or unplayable disks about a third of the time and turnaround was really slow. I use a local rental outlet now and am much happier.


5 posted on 09/23/2010 2:40:11 PM PDT by Varda
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To: Beave Meister

Doesn’t bother me. I just wish that Netflix had some kind of plain text index, because vast amounts of their inventory I would like to rent I have no clue they even have.

A big help is the “Hacking Netflix” website, because it at least has a handy list of new releases. I’ve probably picked up a hundred titles that would have otherwise been missed there.

http://www.hackingnetflix.com/new_releases/


6 posted on 09/23/2010 2:40:56 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Beave Meister

14 bucks a month is a bargin for what I get (2 DVD’s at a time and all the streaming I can handle). I’m at a point where I’m condemplating getting rid of cable TV. I get my news from sites such as this and my entertainment mailed to me.


7 posted on 09/23/2010 2:42:00 PM PDT by Captain PJ
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To: Beave Meister

I pay about $15 a month for netflix.

I LOVE THE SERVICE! It’s a great deal for me,
and as long as the good service continues,
I certainly don’t mind paying less than half of what
I would normally spend for the CRAP cable service offers.

WHY the hell should I be ticked off over what they are charging Canadians???

Better yet, What the hell business is it of mine what my next door neighbor is paying for the same service???

What the hell is wrong with Netflix expanding???

Libtards need to BUTT THE HELL OUT!... and quit trying to convince me I’m getting screwed.

Netflix can damb well charge whatever the hell they want to.
If they charge too much, I’m sure a good competitor will come along eventually. I’ll complain then by switching.


8 posted on 09/23/2010 2:43:45 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Captain PJ

>>> I’m at a point where I’m condemplating getting rid of cable TV. I get my news from sites such as this and my entertainment mailed to me.

I was rid of cable a full year before I got Netflix.

Never missed it a bit.

Didn’t realize how much I hated channel surfing until I didn’t have to do it anymore.


9 posted on 09/23/2010 2:47:01 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: achilles2000

Bad answer from PR perspective, but it is accurate. Most of America doesn’t really care what’s going on in the rest of the world. Heard about the floods in Pakistan lately? There’s pretty ugly stuff going on there and 99% of Americans will answer that question “what floods”.


10 posted on 09/23/2010 2:49:05 PM PDT by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: Beave Meister

There is so much free on the internet I’m surprised Netflix is still so viable.


11 posted on 09/23/2010 2:49:29 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Varda

>>> I hated Netflix . They sent broken or unplayable disks about a third of the time and turnaround was really slow. I use a local rental outlet now and am much happier.

lol... i’m just the opposite.

I was getting sick and tired of bringing home scratched up discs from local rental stores that I had to clean and buff repair in hopes that I could get it to play.

Havn’t seen a scratched dvd from netflix yet.


12 posted on 09/23/2010 2:49:38 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Safrguns

I agree, I am very satisfied with NETFLIX. Once in a while my movie will get kind of slow, but otherwise there good.


13 posted on 09/23/2010 2:51:12 PM PDT by Paddy Irish
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

There are numerous indexing/search sites of Netflix titles:

http://feedfliks.com

http://www.thenowhereman.com/netflix/

http://instantwatcher.com/

http://www.whichflicks.com/

http://instantwatchdb.com/lists/newreleases


14 posted on 09/23/2010 2:52:31 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Beave Meister

I canceled Netflix a long time ago & went with Blockbuster.


15 posted on 09/23/2010 2:53:02 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: Captain PJ

That $13.99 ($15.05 with tax) 2-DVD plus all the streaming is great.

I started it about 5 months ago. I also got the Roku box for streaming direct to the TV.

Except for a few TV programs, primarily on USA, FX, TNT and A&E, I seldom watch anything on ‘regular’ TV any more. Netflix is adding many more TV series to their streaming.


16 posted on 09/23/2010 2:55:56 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: stylecouncilor

Blockbuster just declared bankruptcy. It’s re-org not liquidation, but they’re expected to get rid a lot of store fronts.


17 posted on 09/23/2010 2:56:01 PM PDT by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: Safrguns

I know I’m lucky. The local rental place is owned by a movie buff who has a wide selection to rent and also picks up used disks to sell (Blu rays are $5-10). The chain rental places I’d imagine are just as bad as my experience with Netflix.


18 posted on 09/23/2010 2:56:15 PM PDT by Varda
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To: stylecouncilor

And Blockbuster just filed Bankruptcy.


19 posted on 09/23/2010 2:56:32 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy; SeaDragon

Ping for looking at link at home.


20 posted on 09/23/2010 2:56:39 PM PDT by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: Paddy Irish; Safrguns; Varda

I’ve only gotten one cracked disk from Netflix, and they immediately sent a replacement. The disk was probably cracked in the processing equipment.

I’ve received a couple that wouldn’t play. I found a quick solution. I dab a small drop of hand sanitizer on the disk, spread it around, then rinse and wipe dry with a towel. That seemed to clean the disks and make them playable.


21 posted on 09/23/2010 3:01:46 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Beave Meister
THR: Are you concerned that American Netflix subscribers will look north and ask for the same discount Canadians get at $7.99?

Hastings [Netflix CEO]: How much has it been your experience that Americans follow what happens in the world? It's something we'll monitor, but Americans are somewhat self-absorbed.


So long, and thanks for all the fish. We'd cancel Obama's subscription too, but unfortunately his contract runs till 2012.
22 posted on 09/23/2010 3:02:57 PM PDT by Yet_Again
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To: Beave Meister

Hastings, Reed
Santa Cruz,CA 95060 Netflix 4/29/10 $30,000 DNC Services Corp (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX.COM/PRESIDENT & CEO 11/14/07 $28,500 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte (D)
HASTINGS, REED
LOS GATOS,CA 95032 NETFLIX.COM 6/30/05 $26,700 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX 10/8/99 $20,000 DNC Services Corp (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX 10/11/00 $15,000 DNC/Non-Federal Individual (D)
HASTINGS, REED
LOS GATOS,CA 95032 NETFLIX.COM 10/30/00 $5,000 DSCC/Non-Federal Unicorp Assoc (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX INC./CEO 5/17/04 $5,000 CARE PAC (R)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX INC./CEO 8/3/05 $5,000 CARE PAC (R)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX/EXECUTIVE/MGMT 10/20/08 $3,000 People for the American Way
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX/EXECUTIVE 11/2/09 $2,400 Khazei, Alan (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX/EXECUTIVE 11/1/09 $2,400 Khazei, Alan (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX/CEO 9/9/09 $2,400 Boxer, Barbara (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX/CEO 9/9/09 $2,400 Boxer, Barbara (D)
Hastings, Reed
Santa Cruz,CA 95060 Netflix 8/27/08 $2,300 Obama, Barack (D)
Hastings, Reed
Santa Cruz,CA 95060 Netflix 8/27/08 $2,300 Obama, Barack (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX INC 12/11/06 $2,100 Dodd, Chris (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX INC/CEO 12/11/06 $2,100 Dodd, Christopher J (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX 6/3/05 $2,100 Clinton, Hillary (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX/CEO 2/27/06 $2,100 Bean, Melissa (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX/CEO 8/23/06 $2,100 Ember, Reichgott Junge (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX INC./CEO 10/19/05 $2,000 Roth, David (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX 2/20/04 $2,000 Boxer, Barbara (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX 2/20/04 $2,000 Boxer, Barbara (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX/EXECUTIVE 3/24/03 $2,000 Dean, Howard (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX/CEO 6/29/04 $2,000 Solidarity PAC (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX/CEO 2/27/06 $1,900 Bean, Melissa (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX.COM INC 5/15/00 $1,000 Technet
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX 10/28/00 $1,000 Cunneen, James F (R)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX.COM/CEO 8/24/06 $1,000 Lofgren, Zoe (D)
HASTINGS, REED
SANTA CRUZ,CA 95060 NETFLIX 6/3/05 $400 Clinton, Hillary (D)
Hastings, Reed Mr
Santa Cruz,CA 95060 Netflix/CEO 8/22/08 $23,900 DNC Services Corp (D)


23 posted on 09/23/2010 3:13:40 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: libertarian27

You can get movies for free? (legally)


24 posted on 09/23/2010 3:33:54 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Planning on using 911? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Try instantwatcher.com.

It has all their new streaming stuff by release date. I use that instead of the Netflix site.

However, the dismissive attitude the CEO has towards America ticks me pretty good. The fact is even the premium price is good here, so I’m not about to cut my nose off to spite my face. But I’d like to do something to show him he can’t be so snotty to his subscribers without payback.


25 posted on 09/23/2010 3:44:22 PM PDT by I still care (I believe in the universality of freedom -George Bush, asked if he regrets going to war.)
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To: discostu

As of now they are still mailing out DVD’s, but the stores around us have closed.


26 posted on 09/23/2010 3:49:22 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (What Would Jim Thompson Do?)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I know many who have dropped netflix because of all the ""f r e e '' stuff.

I still have and love netflix, love having the physical disc to pause, magnify still frames , etc.(when they show an old newspaper, I like to freezeframe and go in and look around).

I wouldn't want to do all that ''work'' it takes to get the ''free'' stuff anyway.

Plus, it often doesn't come through as good or have extras like commentary tracks, which I love.

27 posted on 09/23/2010 3:58:07 PM PDT by yesca (..belief is the enemy)
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To: Varda
"I hated Netflix . They sent broken or unplayable disks about a third of the time and turnaround was really slow. I use a local rental outlet now and am much happier."

Wow! I've been a subscriber almost since they first started, and I have NEVER had a delay or a broken disk. I've had two disks that were scratched too badly to play, so I wrote on the envelope and sent them back. My turnaround time is about 2 days.

28 posted on 09/23/2010 4:38:13 PM PDT by redhead (Abortion: The number one killer of human beings. Period.)
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To: TomGuy

>>> I found a quick solution. I dab a small drop of hand sanitizer on the disk, spread it around, then rinse and wipe dry with a towel.

Hastings sells a cd scratch remover (paste & towels) that has often times performed downright miracles.


29 posted on 09/23/2010 4:52:31 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: redhead

Maybe some areas are better than others. I had the one disk at a time plan. If I got a broken disk (it happened three months in a row when I canceled) and sent it back it averaged a week and a half to get another one. I found that unacceptable.

These disks were genuinely broken not just dirty. I cleaned all the disks before putting them in my player.


30 posted on 09/23/2010 5:37:54 PM PDT by Varda
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To: Varda

yah, there’s no mistaking a broken disk. I think sometimes a good disk is sent out, but bags of mail can get stepped on in the mail distribution centers, etc. I’m sorry you haven’t had very good luck with them. I really enjoy my netflix.


31 posted on 09/23/2010 9:11:01 PM PDT by redhead (Abortion: The number one killer of human beings. Period.)
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To: Safrguns

Hey Safr!! Any BF2 lately? :-) I have Netflix and generally like it, but am ticked at the CEO’s comment (not about the Canadian service...they get no DVD’s and a more limited selection streamed for $1. less, big deal!).
Here is the quote from the Canada interview:
Reporter Q:”Are you concerned that American Netflix subscribers will look north and ask for the same discount Canadians get at $7.99?”
“(Reed)Hastings(CEO): How much has it been your experience that Americans follow what happens in the world? It’s something we’ll monitor, but Americans are somewhat self-absorbed.”
I am on the “2 out at once plan w/Blu-Ray” ($18.+) and will be reducing to the “1 out no blu-ray” or suspending my account for awhile. Not a good idea to “dis” your American customers while in a foreign country.
His “apology” here: (note the comments)
http://blog.netflix.com/
Also some good comments here at the Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/netflix?ref=ts&v=wall


32 posted on 09/24/2010 3:06:06 AM PDT by Drago
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To: Captain PJ

I’m at a point where I’m condemplating getting rid of cable TV.

. . .

We’d do that in a heartbeat if we could but we’re in an area with very limited options for internet connectivity.


33 posted on 09/24/2010 3:17:17 AM PDT by Nickname
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To: Nickname

Do it. Keep the Internet, but ditch the television connection.

What you do isn’t my business, really, but our household is so much better after disengaging from pop culture.

Pop culture does nothing to reinforce or support our values. It is the exact opposite - the destruction of all we hold dear.

Our family did it over a decade ago and we’re closer than ever, plus our kids read - so do their parents. ;-]


34 posted on 09/24/2010 3:28:23 AM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: jimbo123

What is it with CA business people?


35 posted on 09/24/2010 3:33:31 AM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: Beave Meister

I used to like Red Box until everyone else did too, and the lines started.


36 posted on 09/24/2010 3:44:43 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Hey algore...You'll have to pry the steering wheel of my 317 HP V8 truck from my cold dead hands)
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To: 1010RD

Do it. Keep the Internet, but ditch the television connection.

What you do isn’t my business, really, but our household is so much better after disengaging from pop culture.

Pop culture does nothing to reinforce or support our values. It is the exact opposite - the destruction of all we hold dear.

Our family did it over a decade ago and we’re closer than ever, plus our kids read - so do their parents. ;-]


AMEN! AMEN!


37 posted on 09/24/2010 5:22:41 AM PDT by Quix (PAPAL AGENT DESIGNEE: Resident Filth of non-Roman Catholics; RC AGENT DESIGNATED: "INSANE")
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To: Beave Meister
Netflix & NBC Universal Announce Expanded Streaming Partnership

Netflix has signed yet another deal for streaming content, and this time it's with NBC Universal. The deal expands the existing partnership for NBC shows, and also adds content from NBC Universal's cable channels, USA Network and Syfy.

"We are very pleased to continue our successful relationship with Netflix," said Frances Manfredi, executive vice president and general sales manager of cable and non-theatrical sales for NBC Universal Domestic TV Distribution, who forged the deal.  "We applaud Netflix for recognizing the value of content like 'SNL,' 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Monk,' and 'Battlestar Galactica' to their subscribers."

So what shows does this deal include?

  • Past episodes of Saturday Night Live, plus new shows a day after they air through 2012.
  • Past seasons of 30 Rock, The Office, and Law & Order: SVU.
  • All past seasons of Friday Night Lights, Psych, In Plain Sight, and Monk.
  • More than 75 episodes of Battlestar Galactica, plus Destination Truth and Eureka.

38 posted on 09/24/2010 6:08:17 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Drago
>>> Hey Safr!! Any BF2 lately? :-)

lol... yeah, still at it! Thanks for asking; Road Rage + Animal (redux) latest vids

>>> “(Reed)Hastings(CEO): How much has it been your experience that Americans follow what happens in the world? It’s something we’ll monitor, but Americans are somewhat self-absorbed.”

He is right though. I don't take so much offense to it. If people in this nation cannot remember democrat lies from the latest election cycle, empty campaign promises, or even 9/11, what makes us think anyone gives a crap or will remember what Canadians are paying for Netflix?

We ARE self absorbed. He just should have chosen a more palatable way of saying it.
39 posted on 09/24/2010 7:02:13 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Safrguns

America-hating leftist CEO PING!


40 posted on 09/24/2010 5:03:35 PM PDT by Drago
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