Netflix and Disruptive Innovation

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Who is the king of the movie rental industry? Is it Blockbuster, Redbox or Netflix? Blockbuster was the king of VHS rental with their brick and mortar stores for more than 20 years. Netflix was the first to market with the idea of shipping DVDs directly to consumer’s homes but are now focusing their resources and attention to online streaming. Netflix is slowly getting out of the DVD and Blu-ray rental game by raising the prices of their DVDs and Blu-rays. Netflix is spending more money to increase the size of their online library for streaming. The two companies that are battling it out to be the king of the rental industry are Redbox, a company owned by Coinstar Inc., and Blockbuster. This paper will focus on how
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Other companies have used Disruptive Innovation to come in at the bottom of a market and focus on a lower cost and change the way consumers purchase goods and services, changing the market forever. One of the best examples of this type of Disruptive Innovation was Toyota. Toyota came into the American market and offered inexpensive cars that offered very view features and small 4 cylinder engines. At first many consumers turned their nose up to the Toyota products. But some consumers bought the Toyota because they were a cheaper option for automobile transportation. When more customers started to purchase Toyotas and the company was able to establish a solid footing in the American Business market and they started to change the model of their business. Toyota started to offer higher end cars and eventually moved into the luxury automobile industry with the Lexus line of cars. Disruptive innovation is a continual process and happens in business all the time. You can also see it in the car market right now with Hyundai and Kia.
Redbox entered the market place at the bottom by offering DVDs that were not brand new releases for $1 a day. The consumer can keep the movie longer if they want to by paying an additional $1 per day. Redbox would offer unmatched distribution by

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