Netflix drops Qwikster

Curtain closed, bitch.

A mere 21 days after announcing the division of its streaming and DVD-by-mail services, Netflix has formally acknowledged what a horrible idea that was — Qwikster is dead.

This means that you can still mooch off of your parents’ Netflix streaming account without paying a separate bill. More importantly, lovable stoner Jason Castillo has officially triumphed over capitalism.

The Netflix Files: September 20, 2011

If you still possess a Netflix account, yesterday you received a sad, sad email from CEO Reed Hastings. Mine began: “Dear Michael, I messed up. I owe you an apology.” The message proceeds to explain that Netflix had not anticipated such negative feedback to its recent change in price structure. It further informs the subscriber that DVDs will no longer be mailed under the Netflix name — now, mail service will operate through “Qwikster.”

The pricing hasn’t changed this time around (both services still cost the same as before, but now cannot be combined on credit card statements), yet the move certainly doesn’t help the company’s image. Especially since the Twitter name “Qwikster” is already taken, and by this guy:

The lovable, hungry-as-shyt Jason Castillo has received over 10,000 followers since Hastings announced the new name. Netflix has offered him $1k for his account, but Blockbuster is probably offering him more to keep it.

Last week we told you we’d keep writing about Netflix because it’s suddenly become an endearing underdog of sorts. This week, we’re gonna retcon all that and instead turn our attention to local, computer-free options for DVD rentals. Continue Reading