The story here isn’t that Microsoft didn’t see the mobile revolution coming. It just peaked way too early, and wasn’t prepared when Apple showed up with something a lot better.
At the end of March, almost 2.7 million people still subscribed to AOL service, the company reported this morning. That’s about where Netflix stood at the end of 2004.
Since then, Netflix’s subscriber base has grown — 29 million at the end of March — and AOL’s has declined at a remarkably parallel rate.
"The real reason I am writing this review … is to relay the strange but delightful experience of loading a DVD into a disc drawer for the first time in years."
Almost perfect. AOL vs. Netflix, 2002-2012.
Answer: It depends!