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Netflix Kicks Blockbuster's Ass

According to Ars Technica, Netflix is schooling Blockbuster. Netflix added 1.5 million subscribers in 2005 to reach 4.1 million subscribers, compared to Blockbuster 1 million total. Granted, Blockbuster still have their brick and mortar stores, but online retail is the future, and Blockbuster is losing.

The article goes on to cite various reasons for Blockbusters woes. Blockbuster didn't enter the online game until 2004, once they did they copied Netflix offering but didn't have the supply chain to follow through. Not in the article, they also failed to replicate the sense of community and personal features that Netflix fostered.

The article concluded with a look to 2006 and the online delivery of movies. Yep, it's going to be huge, between ITunes' new services and rumors of Microsoft getting in the act, Internet distribution is going to huge. Who will you look to get your movies online, a company like Netflix who has already shown they know what they're doing or Blockbuster, a brick and mortar that can't adapt? -- Terrence Ryan


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I must say that I do enjoy getting 2 free rentals at Blockbuster every month as well as the occasional FREE DVD. Does Netflix do that? Oh, and blockbuster is cheaper.

-- Posted by: Quaziblue at December 28, 2005 1:31 AM

I've been a Netflix member since 1999 and their service is excellent. With Blockbuster's history of ripping people off via their late fee method I wouldn't give 'em one red cent.

Vic

-- Posted by: Screen Rant at December 28, 2005 11:47 AM

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