Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Behind the Scenes at Netflix

If you've ever wondered about what happens between the time you drop off your Netflix DVD at the post office and receive the next movie in your queue, the Chicago Tribune provides the answers in today's edition.

Meanwhile, British papers including the Guardian report Netflix will soon be streaming to iPhones.

Speaking of Netflix, Richard Corliss of Time magazine just wrote an amazingly whiny column disparaging Netflix. Mr. Corliss, if you'd rather peruse the iffy selection at your neighborhood Blockbuster, be my guest!

His Netflix column wouldn't be worth mentioning, except that it also reminded me of a very nice column he wrote on Turner Classic Movies earlier this year. A good read.


Blogger Missy said...

I just finished reading the Tribune article and was going to ask if you wanted to read it. It's amazing that 42 people process 60,000 DVDs a day! Wow.

Missy http://www.missyisms.com

9:39 PM  
Blogger J.C. Loophole said...

I read that same article from Mr. Corliss and agree with your assessment: whiny. The era of the neighborhood mom and pop video store was already destroyed for the most part by Blockbuster. Now Blockbuster is being outpaced by Netflix. One day, Netflix may be outpaced by someone else with a better idea. That's the way it is- that's life in a capitalistic society. That's also, to a larger extent, why I have a problem with the bailouts in general: they favor preserving a business model that has become outdated or unreliable over innovation and the life and death cycle of business & technology. Had Obama and other "progressive liberals" (much irony in the name for a bunch who want to go to an disproved form of government) been around at the turn of the last century- they would've been bailing out the horsewhip and buggy industry. Heck, they way things are headed, maybe they want to bring it back!

7:42 AM  
Blogger jau said...

What the heck is his problem? Netflix was a clever idea and it works. We get to see lots more movies/shows than we would otherwise. What am I missing?

10:07 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Kinda strange, wasn't it, Anne? There was no "there" there in Corliss's column. It's almost like he got an assignment to "find something wrong with Netflix" and was casting about wildly for something negative to say, but it was pretty nonsensical.

Thanks to you all for your comments and feedback! I enjoyed your thoughts on outdated business models, J.C.

Best wishes,

10:12 AM  

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