Netflix Essay

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INTRODUCTION In the early 1980’s mom and pop video stores were everywhere and offered varied selection, quality, and pricing schemes. Blockbuster quickly emerged in 1985 and began buying every small store they could, becoming the de facto sole franchise for movie rentals. This changed in 1999 when Netflix first began their DVD by mail service. Netflix rentals allowed viewers and movie watchers to rent movies from the comfort of their own home. Additionally, the customer wasn’t penalized for returning the movie late. The years that followed produced a long, protracted battle that Netflix appears to have survived on top. That being said, both companies made significant mistakes and have lost millions of potential customers in the process. In this paper, a brief history of each of the company will be presented, a diagnosis of the major problems, analysis into these problems, an evaluation of potential solutions and finally, recommendations for Blockbuster and Netflix to be able to address their problems. ANALYSIS Scott Cook founded Blockbuster Video and opened the first store in Dallas, Texas on October 26, 1985. Later bought by entrepreneur Wayne Huizenga, Blockbuster Video grew to over 4,000 stores in the mid-2000’s and earned the spot as the number one video rental store in the country. Blockbuster made frequent changes to their business model, by first adding video games; later music was added. In 1993, Viacom purchased Blockbuster for $8.4 billion dollars but by 2006, they were only worth $500 million dollars. In 2004, Blockbuster launched their online DVD rental store, primarily to compete with Netflix, which was founded in 1998 and had built a solid customer base along the way. Blockbuster later began offering Blu-ray discs in their rental stores in 2007 attempting to stay relevant with emerging technologies. In recent news, Blockbuster filed for

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