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About the DVD rental service Netflix.

Netflix vs. Blockbuster
At its core, Netflix's business consists primarily of interfacing with subscribers via the Internet and sending them DVDs via US mail. Its only major competition for this business comes from the mostly similar online rental service run by Blockbuster. The two companies are more or less competitive in terms of price, but there are differences in what customers get.

Streaming Movies and Television Programming From Netflix
In addition to receiving optical discs via US mail, all Netflix subscribers are permitted, at no extra cost, to stream movies and television programming over the Internet to their PCs. The big advantage to this method is that the content can be viewed almost immediately, but there are major drawbacks.

Renting From Netflix
Netflix provides a movie and television programming rental service at flat monthly fees. The company has no brick-and-mortar stores, and instead interfaces with its customers via the Internet and the United States Postal Service. A large number of titles are available on DVDs and Blu-ray discs that will be delivered to the subscriber by mail. In...

Netflix Changes Pricing, Angering Many Subscribers
Netflix subscribers on the $9.99-a-month plan (which allows one DVD out at a time plus unlimited streaming) will soon have to pay more.

The Class-Action Lawsuit Against Netflix Over Throttling
In 2004 the class-action lawsuit "Frank Chavez v. Netflix, Inc." was filed in San Francisco Superior Court. It came about because Netflix subscribers who were getting an extremely high volume of DVDs from the company became disgruntled. Their disgruntlement arose when they observed that the stream of discs they were receiving was apparently being slowed down. They accused Netflix of engaging in a practice they called "throttling" and consulted attorneys.

Netflix Class Action Benefits Available at Last
It was back in 2004 that the consumer class action lawsuit Chavez vs. Netflix was brought because of the DVD rental company's policy generally known as "throttling." In the lawsuit the plaintiffs alleged that the company misled consumers when it advertised it would provide subscribers unlimited disc rentals with one-day delivery. Find out more about Netflix class action benefit

This well-known Web site offers unlimited online DVD rentals for a flat monthly fee. If you rent a lot of DVDs every month, this might make an interesting alternative to the video store.

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