Originally Posted by jamieva
I don't think Confidenceman understood what we meant by throttling.
Basically if you are a high volume renter from Netflix, they make you wait longer to get new releases. They will be in your queue as "Long Wait" or "Very long wait".
Actually, that's different from throttling. Or at least, that's a particular type of throttling. When the class-action suit was filed a few years back, the problem was that high volume renters would have to wait longer to receive any
That was a way of keeping the company profitable. If someone rents 20 movies in a month on a 3-movie plan, they're getting too good
a deal. So Netflix artificially added slower turn-around times. They didn't (back then) **** with the time people had to wait for high priority titles. They just slowed down your overall turnaround time by a day or two so that you would have a hard time renting more than 12 movies a month on a 3-movie plan.
It sounds like their compromise after the lawsuit was to apply throttling only to high priority titles. Personally, I think that makes sense from a business perspective. It keeps more people happy. I watch around 8 movies a month on disc through Netflix (I'm now on the 2-disc plan). I also don't watch many new releases. So I'd be pissed if I had to wait weeks to watch the one movie a month that's high priority (a new release). I'm the sort of renter that Netflix makes a killing on since I watch only a handful of movies and just one or two new releases a month. I'm the renter they want to keep happy.
If I was someone who watched a lot of new movies, I'd be pissed too. I definitely wouldn't use Netflix anymore if that were the case. I'd try another service or go back to using the video store. Pretty much any video store has every major new release. Video stores don't, however, have very extensive old movie collections. The reason I like Netflix is because I watch a lot of old movies (mostly 1920s-1970s).
It's an ideal service for me. Doesn't sound ideal for people who watch lots of new movies. I think Blockbuster's deal sounds more appropriate for many of you since it combines in-store rentals with by-mail and internet rentals.