In a surprising move, the uncoordinated and confused political movement that has been called Occupy Wall Street has turned its wrath against Netflix.
Occupy Wall Street has had no real goals or proposals, only random and senseless whining until now.
Netflix public relations nightmare began in July, when Netflix announced that it would stop offering free streaming video services to households that paid for its DVD-by-mail service. That raised monthly prices by 60 percent for some customers, without any improvement in the service.
Then Netflix said in September that it was spitting its DVD and streaming services into two companies: Qwikster and Netflix. That incensed some already-angry customers, since they now would have to deal with two corporations instead of one.
And, finally, on Monday the company pulled a 180-degree-turn.
“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,” CEO Reed Hastings said in a blog post. “This means no change: one website, one account, one password … in other words, no Qwikster.”
Actually, that puts Netflix back at square two — before the Qwikster fiasco, but with price hikes.
Since all of the whiplash changes started, Netflix has lost an estimated 1 million customers — possibly more. An earnings call on Oct. 24 is expected to reveal details about how Monday’s changes affected the company’s customer base.
Occupy wall street protesters are still fuming over what they call are confusing moves.
“Netflix does more flip-flopping than a fish on a hot dock,” ” a Twitter user named Steve Harrison wrote.
“Netflix’s approval rating is so low right now it could run for president,” another said.
“We have the right to free stuff” Protester Aaron Cartlidge wrote on his protest sign in crayon
“I don’t think this fixes anything,” said Ann Marie Blodgett, a 37-year-old in Utah. “This will make people realize how right they were to leave them. Now they’re just back-pedaling.”
“I don’t feel the need to go back when they’ve already made too many changes too fast,” said Adam Britten, a 21-year-old from London.
“The 1% should pay the 99% to watch movies!” chanted protesters outside of Netflix headquarters.