Well this is one way to go. Netflix has decided to split its DVD delivery and streaming services into two separate sites. Netflix proper will continue to handle the streaming, and the DVDs will be handled by a new site called Qwikster.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said on the company’s official blog that because DVD and streaming were becoming such different services, the company felt it would be able to best serve its customers by splitting streaming and DVDs into separate sites.
Qwikster will offer the same service as Netflix’s current DVD delivery system, with the addition of a Video Games upgrade, similar to the current Blu-ray upgrade.
Hastings apologized for the “arrogant” way that the company handled recent price increases (Translation: PLEASE STOP UNSUBSCRIBING!!!). He claims that pricing won’t change any further; if you’re subscribed to both services now, you’ll just have two entries on your statement at the same net cost you now pay. He also claimed that Netflix’s streaming services would have some major additions over the next few months, despite failing to hold onto Starz.
The two sites will be autonomous, though, so if you need to change your payment information, for example, you’ll have to do it twice. You’ll also lose some more granular functions, like if a movie is not available for streaming, you’ll no longer be automatically updated on if it’s available on DVD—you’ll have to search Qwikster separately. The two sites also won’t communicate ratings and preferences, so while your current ratings catalogue will be imported to both sites at launch, they’ll operate independently of one another from there, which seems like a giant pain.
We’re still sorting out some of the specifics, like how Netflix failed to notice the foul-mouthed pot smoker squatting on the @Qwikster Twitter handle, but Hastings is personally answering questions in the comments of his post, so we’ll keep you updated. [Netflix via Techcrunch]