Originally Posted by R Johnson
So we don't count in your view. OK, fine.
By the law of percentages, no, you don't. If every HD DVD-only member dumped their service, it would just about equal the normal membership churn - and be made up by new members by week's end.
They probably get more people who dump the service because they can't get 35 DVDs a month on a 3-out plan.
Obviously it's best to have one format. I fully expected that Blu-ray would "win".
Then why insist that Neflix blow money they could spend on formats that aren't going away? They run a narrow margin business. With some members, they barely break even - if at all. You honestly expect them to throw more good money after bad? Would you be willing to pay more for them to support your format of choice?
But, I don't think that Netflix should be a participant in the battle.
Who then if not the rental outlets and stores? At a certain point, having the option available just adds confusion to someone who may potentially buy into a format they later found they wasted their money on. The next step will undoubtedly be stores like Walmart ditching HD DVD support. Personally, I think it's a disgrace they continue to sell the players as though nothing bad is coming down the pike.
I have no problem when a B&M operation like Blockbuster makd a similar decision since they have a shelf space issue.
and Netflix has a budget issue. For every HD DVD they buy, that cuts into other formats - other formats that have a reasonable future. The fact is, even regular DVD is going to outlive HD DVD and will continue to serve the bulk of the customer base.
You seem to be mistaking pandering to every possible customer for good business sense. I'll put it as bluntly as possible: there is no positive future for trying to hold onto customers who only wish to rent HD DVD. Eventually, all of them will either give up HDM or get a Blu-Ray player. So, it simply makes sense to cater to that situation now, rather than invest more money in other formats.