Goodbye, Qwikster. In a U-turn fast enough to burn rubber, Netflix Inc. has killed off its plan to divide streaming from physical DVD rentals. Both arms of Netflix will now continue to share a unified website and remain a single destination for all of its subscribers.
“Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that,” Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings said in a statement. “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.”
He also posted a brief explanation to the company’s blog, saying that the reversal was in response to customer feedback that made it clear the two websites plan would make it more difficult and unpleasant to use Netflix. “This means no change: one website, one account, one password… in other words, no Qwikster,” Hastings wrote.
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Hastings took the opportunity to recap the service’s recent additions to its streaming service, including movies from Paramount, Sony, Universal, Fox, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, MGM and Miramax, along with more than 3,500 TV episodes from ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, USA, E!, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Discovery Channel, TLC, SyFy, A&E, History, and PBS.
Netflix blog – http://tinyurl.com/3o3ptob