Thursday, September 23, 2010

What Netflix CEO hopes U.S. won't notice:
"THR: Are you concerned that American Netflix subscribers will look north and ask for the same discount Canadians get at $7.99?

Hastings: How much has it been your experience that Americans follow what happens in the world? It's something we'll monitor, but Americans are somewhat self-absorbed."

Hastings is catching some heat for the above comment but it is an undeniable fact. Most Americans couldn't pick Canada out on a map let alone care what happens there. Maybe he shouldn't have used the words "self-absorbed" but it is accurate. And besides, as Hastings points out later in the interview, Canadian subscribers are only getting the streaming option. Americans also get the DVD by mail option so there is a reason why there is a price difference.

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