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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Netflix still leading

While we still struggle to figure out how to make TiVo work with Comcast HDTV some three months after we got the gosh darn gizmo, our Netflix deliveries appear like clockwise in our mailbox. And, according to this New York Times story (registration), Netflix is still leading the DVD-by-mail business:

Netflix (netflix.com) has the most subscribers, too: three million customers, versus 750,000 for Blockbuster. (Wal-Mart doesn't disclose its membership numbers.) And as it turns out, 800-pound gorilladom has its privileges. You'll find far more customer movie reviews on Netflix, which can shield you from renting duds. And Netflix's power in the industry occasionally translates into exclusives and early availability; Netflix had "The Incredibles" in my mailbox on the very day it was released by Pixar. (Blockbuster - no small industry player - says that it will soon announce exclusives.)

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