No Saturday Mail Delivery Shouldn't Hurt Netflix, Gamefly In Long Run

No Saturday Mail Delivery Shouldn't Hurt Netflix, Gamefly In Long Run

A collective shudder likely went up the spines of Netflix and Gamefly customers around the nation when they heard the U.S. Postal Service is looking to eliminate Saturday delivery.

Both services — Netflix for DVDs of movies and television shows, Gamefly for video games — rely on snail mail to get their goods into customers' hands. Other mail order businesses, such as Amazon or eBay don't rely solely on the post office for delivery and in most cases shipping costs fall to the customer, so if someone wants more expensive overnight delivery, they can pay for it.

But with Netflix and Gamefly, the customers can borrow, to a degree, as many DVDs or games as they want in a month for the same fee. If Charlie Jones received 2012 in Wednesday's delivery, watched it right away and dropped in the mail that same day, it would be technically possible to receive another DVD to replace it in just a couple of days. So neither company is likely to be willing to pay FedEx or UPS more to deliver videos or games on weekends; the customer's gonna just have to wait until Monday.

One website went so far as to suggest that maybe Netflix should just buy the postal service and enact sweeping changes, saving money and keeping their Saturday service.

But more and more customers are streaming video from Netflix, cutting out the DVDs entirely. Besides through computers, Netflix subscribers can purchase special receivers or use their video game consoles to stream the video directly to their television sets. There's no reason why this couldn't happen with video games. In fact, the Xbox 360 already allows players to purchase videos by downloading them; why not enable game rentals this way?

Netflix recently came to an agreement with Warner Brothers to wait 28 days before allowing subscribers to borrow the studio's new releases, this in hopes of getting more people to purchase the DVDs. In return, Warner allowed Netflix access to a much larger portion of its catalog for streaming. Netflix is only getting more videos in streaming mode, and this should accelerate as more customers demand it.

While the loss of Saturday delivery could hurt Netflix and Gamefly today, in the long run it might not make one whit of difference.
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It would seem to me to be in the PO's best interest to make special exceptions for things like this. I know Netflix has a very high volume of mail for a single entity. Being that it is also entertainment media they deliver, then Saturday is there most likely if not highest requested day for delivery, it is very close. Gamespy being a lesser player at least compared to Netflix it is not quite as affecting, at least regarding the PO's current issues.

So I would think that corporate entities such as this should be granted delivery on Saturdays. You would also figure this would be classified as freight rather than standard mail. This very well may also weigh on this issue.

As far as it all goes, yes I still get some things in standard mail. However; my most received, and guaranteed mail that's in the box every time I go is advertisement junk, foldout, area coupons etc. So being that mainly all I get in the mail is bills, and there is another much more easily dealt with method for bills (Internet billing through my bank), which also gives me the direct pay option. I would say the PO and or there service in many ways does not seem to have a very long nor valid need to fill in the future.

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The USPS is in a spot of bother financially. The estimated losses for 2009 are close to $7 billion, and they stand to lose $240 billion over this decade if no changes are made. The issue isn't eliminating a delivery day, but rather the compensation packages they offer their employees. The average postal worker now makes $83,000 a year, indirectly or directly as a result of such generous packages.

The USPS is severely mismanaged and devoid of any fiscal responsibility. A recent audit by USPS' inspector general found gross misuse of funds. A recent education conference for 600 employees billed $355,451 to the USPS...just for food. Here's another little tidbit that's worth a read:

"At the end of last year, the Post Office did some research and was surprised to find that customers at the nation's 37,000 post offices were not happy about wait times in line. In response, the Post Office came up with a brilliant idea, something that could probably only come from the federal government. They removed the clocks from all 37,000 post offices. Stephen Seewoester, a Postal Service spokesman said, apparently with a straight face, "We want people to focus on postal service and not the clock."

http://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php/usnews/constitution/3066-us-postal-service-time-to-free-the-mail

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This makes me sad :-( I like getting my netflix on Saturday.

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Agreed that the post office is grossly mismanaged. One of the worst offenses is that the junk mail circulars are highly subsidized. You would be appalled if you knew how cheaply those junk mailers can send out their junk by USPS.

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I have been hearing so much about Netflix streaming for the past 6 months, but I wonder how many people praising it have actually tried to use it for high-quality video. I have a 1080p 7.1 surround home theater, and even for the very rare Netflix streaming movie that is available in HD, it is not 1080p and it is not surround sound. That alone makes it far inferior to Bluray. Even worse, I rarely can watch a full HD movie without pauses in the streaming, even though my cable modem connection consistently gets better than 20 Mbps download. I think the problem is that Netflix does not have enough upstream bandwidth to support peak demand.

If Netflix over the net is to meet my standards, they need to have all movies available with Bluray quality -- 1080p and digital surround sound (Dolby or DTS). In addition, they need to drastically increase their upstream bandwidth, and also have the option to download the video to HDD before playing, so that there are no network congestion related glitches while watching the move.

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Netflix streams in 720p on my PS3. It looks pretty darn good too.

Streaming on the PC, however does not look as good. Perhaps there is a setting somewhere I need to change. But it just look better with the PS3.

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720p looks okay, but not as good as 1080p (of course, if your projector or TV is only 720p, then it will look about the same to you, and you do not know what you are missing). And stereo definitely does not sound as good as 5 or 7 channel digital surround sound. Even so, none of that is important if you are frequently being annoyed by pauses in the movie while it buffers more video because Netflix did not have enough upstream bandwidth and/or network congestion between Netflix and your home.

 

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My TV is 1080p, and the 720p clips look great on it and i've never experienced any pauses do to buffering :-)

Also netflix has blu rays too so if you want to rent those instead of DVDs they will send them to you :-)

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Not on Sunday. And possibly not on Saturday in the near future.

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sure but if get the movie during the week you can always hold onto it til the weekend. Plus you can get 4 movies at once if you so choose.

I love my netflix :-) So much so that i'm cancelling the cable lol

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One of the things about all this is great is that it really spotlights the old way of doing business. Think about it, just like GM and any company that employed a UA worker when all the car mess started. They were paying there workers more than the company was taking in probably by a ship load. I am not saying it is completely wrong, but some of this is nuts really. I mean paying a person over 20 dollars an hour and full benefits W/ payed vacation probably 3 times a year for a week, to stick floor mats in a car come on.

Well the post office does basically the same stuff. As I said I am not saying a good deal of it is warranted to an extent especially with the post office, as physically I imagine it is way more demanding, than standing on an assembly line and watching a machine to make sure the job it just did looks OK. Either way the post office pays loads of money, and the union for Postal workers also started long before the first car was ever a reality. Heck the postal union I believe was literally the first union ever made, and has existed since the pony express or before it.

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"If Charlie Jones received 2012 in Wednesday's delivery, watched it right away and dropped in the mail that same day, it would be technically possible to receive another DVD to replace it in just a couple of days."

We watch our Netflix dvd every Wednesday and we return it the next morning and always get it on Saturday. So it is only "technically possible" if you don't work full time on Wednesdays or can take Wednesdays off and get your DVD watched before the post office closes that day which is unrealistic for many people. We get more for our money with Saturday delivery because we watch it on the weekend and if we put it in the mail the next available day (Monday), we get it on Wednesday and like I said will then get to have more again on Saturday. With this change it may no longer be worth using Netflix' service.

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