If you haven't seen this clip of Kristen Bell explaining her Sloth meltdown to Ellen, it is a must watch. Viral video of the week.
Words to live by. "For once, once in your life won't you do what feels right instead of waiting for the next big compromise. Stop running your mouth. Get out of the house. Get yourself downtown and shake it all out tonight." No more waiting for the next big thing to strike. Time to just do it.
A few months ago, Netflix announced their new price/plan changes much to the dismay of their loyal customers (including me). After months of speculation, right after the new plans took effect and some customers were starting to accept and forget Netflix's big faux pas, co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings took to the company blog this morning to finally explain the change. "I messed up. I owe everyone an explanation," Hastings starts. He follows by explaining what the focus on DVDs meant and why there was a split into two plans. The answer: Qwikster. Qwikster, referring to "quick delivery," is the new Netflix...kind of. It's Netflix for DVDs. What is now known as Netflix "Instant Watch" will remain Netflix while the DVD portion will break out into it's own business and site. Hastings promises that the split will allow the companies to better focus on each branch and their respective expansions and improvements. For example, no price changes (read: do not expect them to lower the price) and the addition of video games.* The good news is Andy Rendich, head of DVD services, got a promotion to CEO. The bad news is we have to pay for it. Customers who were willing to stay committed to both plans will now have to maintain two separate queues on both websites and expect two separate bills.
Hastings writes his explanation as if he too, like the customers, is saddened by this news. Hastings writes, "It's hard for me to write this after over 10 years of mailing DVDs with pride." He later adds, "I know that the logo will grow on me over time, but still, it is hard. I imagine it will be the same for many of you." The voice he should really be writing in is genuine annoyance, because that is what his customers are. It's apparent that he has not learned his lesson. Customers were not only annoyed that there was a forced changed in their plan, but that it came only months after a price increase.** Although he's aware that this is moving fast, a few months later they are announcing yet another change. It seems to me that this is just a stepping stone to the possible demise of their DVD business, which is the opposite of what they're trying to sell in their explanation. He even states, "DVD by mail may not last forever, but we want it to last as long as possible."*** I believe that the key to this was their previously popular DVD + Streaming plan. The customers that I know all previously had either Streaming or DVD + Streaming. No one subscribed to a plain DVD plan and when the previous announcement was made their DVDs were the first to go.**** One of my favorite parts of having both versions in my plan was the integration of my queue. I loved being able to see what was available for both and then having it show up on both queues when a DVD went Instant. Now, with Qwikster, customers will have to keep up with that by searching back and forth between the two sites. Doesn't that take the ease out of easy? Being one of the many that recently dropped DVDs as a frequent present in their mailbox, I was willing to possibly go back to DVDs because of the larger variety in the collection. But after reading about what is supposed to be simpler and easy to use websites, I am even more turned off by this whole thing than I was when it was first announced in July. Unless one of the improvements that Hastings has in his big bag of surprises is a vastly larger Instant collection, and by vastly I mean eventually all DVDs on Instant, getting back bonus features, or renegotiated earlier release dates on DVDs, I don't know if I see this pleasing customers or panning out like they plan.
In backlash anticipation Hastings ends, "both the Qwikster and Netflix teams will work hard to regain your trust. We know it will not be overnight. Actions speak louder than words. But words help people to understand actions." Well, Hastings, as a Netflix customer your words haven't exactly helped me to understand your actions this year. In fact, I just get more frustrated the more I listen to them. So yes, it will take you a while to gain that back. I only hope you have some grade A wooing planned otherwise this is going to be one seriously upsetting breakup.
To watch video of Hastings and Rendich making the announcement read more after the jump
The fourth season of Being Erica will premiere September 26 on the CBC network. This season will be the hit Canadian show's final season of the series. When we last left Erica she had just passed the test to become a doctor in training and was assigned to her first patient. Along with her progression in therapy, she had also overcome her biggest challenge at 50/50 and was in a new relationship with Adam, a fellow time traveler. In season four we will finally find out who her first patient is. Unaware that they are being treated by Erica, she will travel back in time with her patients or back in her own life to work through the issues that arise. She will also face some challenges in her love life as we see the return of both Kai and Ethan. Erica will have to balance her therapy, love life, work, and family all at the same time. If you're a big fan of the show, like I am, you're not holding your breath for a U.S. premiere announcement, especially with SoapNet going off-air in January. Let's hope Hulu is smart enough to get rights from CBC, otherwise I'll be combing the internet for new episodes in the fall.
Photo: CBC/ Temple Street Productions
1. Foster The People- Pumped Up Kicks
If you're looking for a song to add to your Summer playlist consider it found. This might be what you're looking for.
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2. Awolnation- Sail
I don't have much to say about this song but listen.
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3. Biffy Clyro - Many of Horrors (When We Collide)
I could listen to the guitar in this song over and over. And then one more time after that.
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4. Rihanna - Man Down
Rihanna seems like she's channeling Tanya Stephens a little in this song.
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5. Britney Spears feat. Nicki Minaj & Ke$ha - Till The World Ends (Remix)
It is not often that I admit to liking a Britney song, but this is one of those times. I don't know if this song will get old to me.
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How cute is this tiny warbler?! I mean he has everything down from the choreography to the outfit, including his oversized tie (that's most likely his dad's).
The fall lineups have been announced and have already started to roll out promos. Looking back at those who didn't make the cut for next season, which cancelled show will you miss the most?
The countdown to the June 26 season premiere of True Blood has begun. HBO has released a number of promos and trailers, but just recently released an extended sneak peek into the premiere. The sneak peek gives us a little more information into the fairies than the original three minute clip. Watch the first six minutes of the season 4 premiere.
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I was a little worried as to where they were taking the whole fairy storyline, but now I'm a little intrigued. Are you tuning in for the season 4 premiere?