Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Is Netflix using a new way to throttle customers?

Many of you are familiar with Netflix, the popular online DVD movie rental service. This is how it works. Netflix customers create their own DVD movie queue. Netflix will mail the DVD movie, in the order of the queue the customer created, to the customer. The customer can keep the DVD movie as long as he likes without late fees. When the customer is finished with the DVD, he mails the DVD movie back to Netflix using Netflix pre paid envelope. When Netflix has received the DVD movie, it will send the next DVD movie on the queue.


Netflix has several plans; the 3 DVD movies at a time plan is the most popular, which Netflix charges $17.99/month. Sounds like a good until someone find out that Netflix penalizes those customers who have a high turn over rate. You see, the greatest overhead for Netfix is the postage. For those customers who receive more than 10 DVD movies/month, Netflix losses month. As a result, Netflix uses a technique called “throttling,” whereby Netflix purposely delays sending DVD movies to these customers. The idea is to curb their high turnover rate.


Supposedly, Netflix uses an algorithm to monitor customer turnover and slow down delivery as needed. However, I suspect that there is a new gimmick Netflix is using to curb turnover rate. These past 2 months, most of the movies on my queue are part of a series. For example, I have on my queue the entire third season of Enterprise. What was strange was I didn’t receive them in order. I received disc 2 before disc 1 by 2 days. Now, of course, you can say this is a fluke. However, just this week, I placed the 2 disc series for Bleach – a somewhat popular anime series – and again I received disc 2 before disc 1 by 2 days. Now, this couldn’t be a coincidence. What am I am going to do with disc 2 when I haven’t seen disc 1? Well, obviously, I have to wait until disc 1 will arrive before watching it. And there is the beauty of it. Now, I have to keep disc 2. Now, Netflix has effectively “throttled” me. What do you think?


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

A bit late on this--get a program to copy the DVD (they are out there), copy it to a 25 cent blank, send back the Netflix DVD, and watch your copy after the prior DVD comes in.

shoppingugg said...

discount Abercrombie Fitch clothing Abercrombie Fitch clothing sale Abercrombie Fitch clothing sale buy Abercrombie Fitch clothing buy Abercrombie Fitch clothing Abercrombie Fitch clothing shop Abercrombie Fitch clothing shop Abercrombie Fitch clothing store Abercrombie Fitch clothing store Thank you for the information

Anonymous said...

I really like when people are expressing their opinion and thought. So I like the way you are writing

Anonymous said...

Day after Ed Hardy day weather is more and more cold! Winter is coming! What can we do to have a good mood in such a season? Cheap Ed Hardy In my opinion, the simplest way lies in the clothes, although clothes are not as Ed Hardy Sale colorful as in summer. But, if you put your mind to artful arrangement and choose suitable colors for the Discount Ed Hardy clothing, you will be stand out in the cold winter.There is no doubt that Ed Hardy clothing has become popular Cheap Ed Hardy Clothing over the clothes market. The other important thing is that this Ed Hardy Clothing Sale clothing line has become a new street fashion. Walk on street, edhardy.com you will find that there are so many Ed Hardy stores and ed hardy clothes

Anonymous said...

To buy louis vuitton handbags online, Discount louis vuitton replica handbags online.Buy this cheap louis vuitton handbags online,Look this louis vuitton handbags sale. Please discount louis vuitton handbags online.You can find lv bags on sale.This lv handbags sale well.To buy lv replica handbags online.Find lv replica bags online.Look this cheap lv bags online. Take this lv bags sale online.

Anonymous said...

To buy Rolex on line! Find Rolex Watches online sale, cheap Rolex Watches for sale, Rolex Watches sale for cheap, discount Rolex replica Watches on sale, Rolex Watch online sale, cheap Rolex Watch for sale, Rolex Watch sale for cheap,Rolex replica Watch on sale, cheap rolex mens watches online for sale, Rolex Ladies Watches cheap on sale.cheap rolex mens watch online store, Rolex Ladies Watch on sale.

qqq said...

Buy Chanel handbags online, best Chanel bags on sale! Chanel Wallets for sale Chanel Purses onlie chanel replica handbags on sale chanel replica bags for cheap Cheap Chanel handbags online for sale! discount Chanel bags onlie store. best Cheap Chanel bags on sale.discount Chanel handbags for sale. Chanel handbags sale online. Chanel bags sale for cheap. buy Chanel handbag online, best Chanel bag on sale! Chanel Wallet on sale Chanel Purse onlie chanel replica handbag for sale chanel replica bag for cheap Cheap Chanel handbag online for sale! discount Chanel bag onlie store. best Cheap Chanel bag on sale.discount Chanel handbag for sale. Chanel handbag sale online. Chanel bag sale for cheap.

Anonymous said...

To buy Lida daidaihua online.discount lida daidaihua slimming on sale~! cheap lida daidaihua slimming capsules for sale~!

qqq said...

Buy designer Hermes handbags online. Hermes bags buy Hermes Wallets for cheap Hermes Purses online cheap hermes handbags on sale.buy discount hermes handbags for sale.hermes replica handbags onlie sale.Hermes handbags sale for cheap.discount hermes bags on sale.cheap hermes bags for sale. Hermes bags sale for cheap.hermes replica bags on sale. designer hermes handbag online.to buy Hermes bag online. Hermes Wallet on sale Hermes Purses online cheap hermes handbag on sale.buy discount hermes handbag for sale.hermes replica handbag onlie sale.Hermes handbag sale for cheap.discount hermes bag on sale.cheap hermes bag for sale.Buy onlie.Hermes bag sale for cheap.hermes replica bag on sale.

Anonymous said...

we offer Gucci handbags online sale, Gucci bags for cheap, Gucci wallets on sale, Gucci Purses for sale cheap Gucci handbags for sale, cheap Gucci bags online sale, discount Gucci handbags online store, Gucci replica handbags for sale, cheap Gucci handbags sale on sale, discount Gucci bags sale, buy Gucci bags sale,cheap Gucci replica bags on sale. Gucci handbag online sale, Gucci bag for cheap, Gucci wallet on sale, Gucci Purse for sale cheap Gucci handbag for sale, cheap Gucci bag online sale, discount Gucci handbag online store, Gucci replica handbag for sale, cheap Gucci handbag sale on sale, discount Gucci bag sale, buy Gucci bag sale,cheap Gucci replica bag on sale.

Anonymous said...

buy MBT shoes sale mbt shoes sale online cheap mbt shoes free shipping discount mbt shoes cheap mbt shoes us like MBT Shoes discount a good cheap Mbt Shoes sale love discount Mbt Shoes sale but mbt discount shoes on sale mbt shoes on sale usa usa mbt shoes for sale buy cheap mbt shoes to sell mbt shoes usa online cheapest mbt shoes store I’d like why MBT shoes cheap Here mbt shoes sale in usa Sell mbt shoes on sale buy cheap us shoes to buy Mbt Shoes discount sell cheap Mbt Shoes sale good discount Mbt Shoes sale

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Ever because moving to Australia just a little more than 5 years ago, my husband and I have really missed purchasing in those huge retail apparel shops located in America. In particular, we loved shopping at Gap. It didn't take us lengthy to recognize that Gap Garments did not exist right here in Sydney, allow alone Australia! We have a little one, and I can't even start to tell you guys how low-cost Gap is for babies all of the way up to adults. Well... We possess a solution for you. We decided to begin up a blog writing about the recent trends of Gap in the US. You are able to stay on top of the latest fashion, styles, and colours even though reading through our posts every week. Not just that, but we've discovered individuals hidden areas where you possibly can truly buy Gap apparel here in Australia! I bet you didnt know that was even feasible :)

Anyway, if there is any info you will need on Gap, or any other huge outfits retailer inside the US, please allow us know.

Let us know if you have any good ideas for new blog posts!



Let us show you how to find [url=http://www.gapclothing.com.au]Gap Clothing[/url] in Australia

edhardys said...

2010 Gucci shoes, of course these are not for everyone, including myself, but I want to commend the creation of a collection, one is a pure woman, not the masses of the House Giannini, the risk of a recession. Although I can not pull in this collection of these shoes, Gucci handbags
back to my radar.
Audigier is always one of the head of fashion.
Team having to do withmbt
running footwear approach to wide lace top, improper collection model cause ankle agony that taking walks, tips on how to properly type MBT Boots

Anonymous said...

Given, Google Diablo 3 Gold Blog Highest regarded Model will not be on par with Microsoft Office however, yet who is to express and what will be the case a GW2 Gold kaufen by today.