Thinking AheadIn 2011, Netflix split its DVD mailing service and online streaming service into two separate packages. Users who once paid one price for both now had to pay for each individually. This increased costs by 60 percent. Because of this, stock prices plummeted, and hundreds of thousands of users left. Though it initially turned away many customers because of the decision, its price has still risen by over 8,000 percent since 2009. Its ability to recognize that streaming, and not renting DVDs, was the way of future allowed the company to maintain long-term relevance — despite short-term losses.
Netflix and Blockchain TechnologyIn the same way, Netflix could now leverage emerging blockchain technology to maintain a competitive advantage over Disney+, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and other streaming services. There are several ways in which this could occur:
- The Brave internet browser leverages blockchain technology to allow users to choose whether or not they will be advertised to. If they volunteer to view advertisements, they are rewarded with Basic Attention Tokens (BAT). Netflix could similarly create a blockchain-based advertisement system in which users could volunteer to receive advertisements in exchange for tokenized rewards such as lower subscription fees.
- Using the blockchain, a platform could be created in which users generate their own video content and share it with other users while maintaining ownership — while Netflix continues producing its studio-quality productions.
- The company could simply begin accepting Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies as payment. This technology would not actually require Netflix to integrate blockchain technology into its interface.
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