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Netflix adding video games rentals, rebranding mail service as 'Qwikster'

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http://www.gamesradar.com/netflix-adding-video-games-rentals-rebranding-mail-service-qwikster/

Netflix is making a play for the games-by-mail market with the introduction of PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii titles to its direct-to-home rental service. The games will be offered as an account upgrade, and launch alongside Qwikster, a newly created Netflix division formed to handle the company's mail order empire.

The gaming additions and corporate split were revealed by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Qwikster boss Andy Reditch in a video that further explained Qwikster's formation and apologized for any confusion surrounding Netflix's recent price hike.

“One improvement we will make at launch is to add a video games upgrade option, similar to our upgrade option for Blu-ray, for those who want to rent Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 games,” Hastings explained in an accompanying blog post. “Members have been asking for video games for many years, and now that DVD by mail has its own team, we are finally getting it done. Other improvements will follow.”

What do you think of netflix's latest move of splitting everything apart? We don't use the dvd part of the service so it won't affect us, but I could see it as annoying to have to login to separate sites to do what you could normally do on just one.


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It's probably going to force me into dropping the Qwikster half since I rarely watch my Netflix DVD's anymore and I wasn't to impressed with their move towards this (I read the whole email from the CEO last night).

It's cool they're adding games into the mix now but splitting the service into two companies is rather stupid. I'll wait till the switch occurs and decide then. It all depends on if the upgrade for game rentals is going to add to the existing cost or not. If it does then I'm dropping it.


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they said in the email that the VG service will be the same as Bluray service an add on service...also this move is what the CEO wanted cause he wanted to remove the hard copy service altogether. He doesn't expect Qwikster to last an all hence why he made it a separate company....and jsut wants to keep the focus ont eh streaming service cause hell...that where the market is now.


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Pfft, that is where the market is but the main problem is content. Half the crap they have up is only up for a month max and it's gone due to licensing issues (which seems to be a major problem with Netflix, half the crap I want to watch is taken off of instant queue before I get a chance to watch it). If they ever get that problem ironed out then I'll finally be happy.


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Thats very true. Maybe they wanted to split the two services because so many netflix users kept looking to stream a show or movie only to see that accursed "dvd only" notice. Its aggravated me so much that about 80% of the crap I search for to watch.. they have, but only on dvd. Most of netflix for me is just finding new shows or series to watch that I've never seen before which is a crapshoot because their recommendations are not always good watches for us.


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problem is that the market is getting so saturated


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You're right about that.. even redbox is doing game rentals now. I wouldn't be surprised if redbox sets its website up for streaming and rentals soon too.


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