THR: Are you concerned that American Netflix subscribers will look north and ask for the same discount Canadians get at $7.99?
Hastings: 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.
Oh we are eh?
Incidentally, he allegedly “apologized.”
Well let me make a recommendation to all those self-absorbed Americans: Go visit a Redbox and drop your Netfucks subscription.
Let’s just do the math.
Let’s say you have their $9/month subscription. You can rent 9 movies a month for that from Redbox for one night. How many movies can you realistically watch with the one-DVD-at-a-time deal from Netflix on that plan? Four, right? One per weekend, since it takes two days (at least) to turn it around – assuming you need to go to work.
So let’s say you have the 2-DVDs out at a time – that’s $14/month. Will you watch 14 movies in a month? There are eight weekend days – if you want one movie per weekend day, you’re still spending about half as much.
Want the 4-DVD plan so you can have two for Friday and two for Saturday night? Ok, cool – that’s $24/month. But there are, again, 8 weekend days, and two movies each would be $16 at Redbox.
Oh, and you get it now – not in a couple of days, and not “on queue.” Pick a movie right now, watch it five minutes later. Unlike Netflix.
Are you a TV show hound? Ok, ok, I get it. Got cable or DISH, right? Got a DVR? Use it. No? Consider getting one.
I know, people will put up with this crap in America, instead of doing what they should do – leave. This is twice in two days these guys got caught with their feet in their mouth – first by getting caught hiring shills to pretend to be excited Canadian “customers”, and now with this.
So here’s the question Americans: ARE YOU REALLY SELF-ABSORBED, AS YOU HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF, OR WILL YOU TELL NETFLIX AND THEIR CEO TO STICK IT WHERE THE SUN DOESN’T SHINE?
I guess we’ll find out.