May 19, 2020

Netflix Will Not Split DVD and Instant Streaming Services

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Bizclik Editor
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Netflix Will Not Split DVD and Instant Streaming Services

 

Netflix announced today a retreat in its previously announced operations changes. On September 18th in an official blog post, Netflix told its users that its DVD-by-mail service would be rebranding and continuing operations under Qwikster.com.  Netflix has decided to take a step back from implementing the rebranding process and is keeping its DVD service under its main brand name Netflix.

"Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that," said Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings. "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."

Members were informed via an official blog post and through personal emails. “It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs. This means no change: one website, one account, one password… in other words, no Qwikster.”

 

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Unfortunately, much to the chagrin of Netflix loyal customers,  the price change for the US that was introduced in July, one that changed pricing to be individual per Netflix service of DVD-by-mail and Netflix Instant streaming content, still applies. The good news is that Netflix, in its blog post, explained that there would be no more price changes in their services for the foreseeable future.

Keeping the DVD-by-mail service under the same account on Netflix.com is generally a good move for Netflix as customers were frustrated with the possibility of having to log onto two websites and use two accounts to get their Netflix services.

Netflix, in general, has been instrumental in the way Internet users watch digital content, providing their 25 million members globally DVD and Instant access to their favourite TV shows and movies. Continuing forward as the company has, by seriously listening to its customers, it seems Netflix isn’t going anywhere. The recent judgement by the CRTC on regulation of the service was additionally good news for Netflix service in Canada. 

 

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Jun 18, 2021

Microsoft: Building a secure foundation to drive NASCAR

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Racing fans can expect the ultimate virtual experience as a result of the partnership with Microsoft and NASCAR

Microsoft is a key partner of The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) and together they are driving ahead to create an inclusive and immersive new fan experience (FX).

These long-term partners have not only navigated the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic with the use of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365, but are now looking to a future packed with virtual events to enhance the FX, well beyond NASCAR’S famous Daytona racetrack. 

“Together, we've created a secure environment that's allowed for collaboration, but the future is all about the fans”, said Melinda Cook, General Manager for Microsoft South USA Commercial Business, who cited a culture of transparency, passion, adaptiveness, and a growth mindset as to why this alignment is so successful.”

“We've partnered to create a fluid, immersive experience for the users that is supported by a secure foundation with Microsoft in the background. We are focused on empowering and enabling customers and businesses, like NASCAR, to reach their full potential. We do this with our cloud platform which provides data insights and security.”

“Our cloud environment allows NASCAR to move forward with their digital transformation journey while we are in the background,” said Cook who highlights that Microsoft is helping NASCAR

  • Empower employees productivity and collaboration
  • Improve fan engagement and experience
  • Improve environment security and IT productivity
  • Improve racing operations

 

Microsoft Teams, which is part of the Microsoft 365 suite, enabled employees to work remotely, while staying productive, during the pandemic. “This allowed people to provide the same level of productivity with the use of video conference and instant messaging to collaborate on documents. Increased automation also allows the pit crews, IT, and the business to focus on safety, racing operations, and on the fan experience,” said Cook.

“We have started to innovate to create a more inclusive fanbase, this includes using Xbox to give people the experience of being a virtual racer or even leveraging some of the tools in Microsoft Teams to have a virtual ride along experience.”

“These environments are how we create a more inclusive and immersive experience for the fans. We're working on a virtual fan wall which allows people from new locations to participate in these events,” said Cook, who pointed out Microsoft was also helping bring legacy experiences alive from NASCAR’s archives. 

“At Microsoft we can take it one level further by letting fans know what it's like to see the pit crew experience, the data and all the behind-the-scenes action. We will continue to improve automation with machine learning and artificial intelligence, from marketing to IT operations to finance to racing operations,” said Cook.

Christine Stoffel-Moffett, Vice President of Enterprise Technology at NASCAR, said: “Microsoft is one of our key partners. They have been instrumental in helping the NASCAR enterprise technology team re-architect our Microsoft systems to ensure an advanced level of security across our environment, contribute to our business outcomes, and focus on fan experience.”

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