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Netflix Pulls a Mitt Romney, Flip Flops on Qwikster

By Dustin Rowles | TV | October 10, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | October 10, 2011 |


Briefly: Last month, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced that it would spin off its DVD-by-Mail service into another site, Qwikster, only to be met by the second public relations nightmare since the summer, when Netflix announced a 60 percent price. The stock price began to bleed, and the decision to spin off the mail service didn't clog the wound. Now, clearly uneasy with the new path and the uproar among its members who didn't want to navigate two websites, Netflix is pulling back and abandoning the Qwikster service. ""There is a difference between moving quickly -- which Netflix has done very well for years -- and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case," said Hastings.

No word, however, on whether the Netflix by mail service will offer video games, as it had planned to do under the Qwikster.com banner.

What should staunch the bleeding, however, is Netflix's decision to offer both "Felicity" and "The Wonder Years" on its streaming service. To anyone that's watched either of those, do you know if the original music is used? The DVD box set of "Felicity" did not use the original music, and the show suffered for it.




Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.


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