Thanks for the kudos Matt. I get that there are folks out there who find me boring or obstinate, mostly because their brands of choice tend to differ from those I've adopted it seems, but the tools are out there for them to have a Sam free HTF if they want, for whatever reason. It's more fun to complain and keep on hatin' than to hit that ignore button tho.
Never would I compare myself to the great Howard but....
Researcher: The average radio listener listens for eighteen minutes. The average Howard Stern fan listens for - are you ready for this? - an hour and twenty minutes.
Pig Vomit: How can that be?
Researcher: Answer most commonly given? "I want to see what he'll say next."
Pig Vomit: Okay, fine. But what about the people who hate Stern?
Researcher: Good point. The average Stern hater listens for two and a half hours a day.
Pig Vomit: But... if they hate him, why do they listen?
Researcher: Most common answer? "I want to see what he'll say next."
Also note that it's interesting to see how many of our reactions to this situation have changed over time. I still wish I got the value out of a Blue and Stream pack from Netflix but that hasn't come back. I think the value of the streaming is fine for what it is now but that can change as we've seen.
Where I'm still in the same spot is that the -company- netflix is kooky. Their leader seems to be as blunt or worse than Jobs. And they are terrifically bad at managing customers expectations, even when their choices make sense for their future viability.
Nobody doubted that Streaming was the future for Netflix. What we doubted and continued to doubt was that Netflix could continue to provide the value that we had come to expect. And the level of service. And the neat surprises like streaming itself was at the start.