Movie rentals

Netflix: No, We Won't Stream New Releases

Netflix is the undisputed champ when it comes to streaming video. But there's one thing its competitors will do that Netflix won't: stream new releases. Will that be the company's undoing?

Amazon's Epix Deal Puts Netflix on Notice

In a single deal, Amazon has become a legitimate rival to Netflix. Its streaming deal with EPIX gives its Amazon Prime customers free access to 2,000 movies from Paramount Pictures, MGM, and Lionsgate -- films like Iron Man 2, Super 8, True Grit, Rango, and many others.

Netflix's New Goal: Rule Britannia, and Ireland Too

Netflix hopes its latest move doesn't turn out to resemble a British comedy. The video buffet operator introduced its streaming service in Ireland and the U.K. on Monday. And while overseas expansion is old hat for Netflix, this time, the challenges are bigger.

Does Netflix Fury Show How Addicted We Are to Subscriptions?

Netflix's massive rate hike plan represents a 60% increase for some of its customers -- a giant step up by any standard. And the unspoken cost is, of course, the price of broadband Internet service customers also pay, likely on top of a cable bill, cellphone bill and other media subscriptions. In the end, how much media - and how many subscriptions - do we really need? Even as the offerings around us increase, there are still only 24 hours in a day.

Netflix Customers Pissed Off by New Rate Hike

Movie rental giant Netflix's decision to raise rates by up to 60% has caused a big stir among some of its 23 million subscribers. Could the higher prices lead to cancellations, slow the company's growth? Are you a subscriber? Share your thoughts about the rate hike on our message board.

Should Netflix Be Afraid of YouTube's Movie Rentals?

Google's video-sharing site, YouTube, is giving Netflix investors a little scare with its recent announcement that it has doubled the number of movie titles in its rental library to 6,000. But could YouTube's strategy be successful enough that it could directly compete with Netflix?

Disney Raises DVD Prices for Rental Giants Netflix, Redbox

Walt Disney is increasing the wholesale prices it charges for DVDs to movies-by-mail leader Netflix and movie-rental kiosk operator Redbox. Disney is looking to benefit further from being the only major studio to sell DVDs to the companies for rental the day they go on sale to the public.

The Plot Thickens: Netflix Users Angered By Latest Digital Twist

Netflix angered customers this week by removing the option to order DVDs via videostreaming consoles and mobile devices. The news that it was eliminating the "Add to DVD Queue" button in order to focus more on streaming videos has drawn thousands of comments, many critical of the company.

Blockbuster Considers Switching CEO

Blockbuster, (BBICP) the movie-rental chain that filed for bankruptcy last month, may have a new CEO by the end of the year. The company has agreed to hire a headhunter to look for new blood once it emerges from bankruptcy protection, The Wall Street Journal said without naming its sources.

Why Blockbuster Went Bust While Netflix Flourished

It's easy to blame Blockbuster's collapse, which culminated Thursday in a voluntary Chapter 11 filing, on the rise of streaming Internet video and kiosk rental options. But Netflix faced the same threats and it's thriving. So what did Netflix do smarter than its bankrupt rival?

Bye, bye, Blockbuster?

I actually rented a DVD from Blockbuster Video last weekend, for the first time in three years. Not because I missed going there, it was because my...