Dear Netflix, It’s Time to Get Your S*** Together

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Fenthic

I cancelled my account. I had dropped my plan down after they agreed to the 28 day wait period for new releases from certain studios and ended up getting the streaming service plus 1 disc. Well as others have said I find their streaming service to be very pitiful. So now I have moved on to Hulu (major plus since most TV shows are available 24 hours after they air) and Blockbuster (2 Major Plus's no 28 day wait period and they dont charge extra for Blu-Ray releases!)

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medavid16

An honest answer. Feel like some of the other comments were Netflix huggers, work for Netflix or has some sort of benefit one way or another.

Just look at the news, tons of people are outraged. Raising prices in a 8month span.. who do they think they are, Time Warner? wtfbbq 

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Otaku16

well i would think it would also have to do with all the legal battles they have been doing with Comcast and stars. now they are firing rounds across the nose of ALL internet providers with there war ageist bandwidth caps.. so they need to stock up there war chest for that as well..

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jonnyohio

I for one will be keeping the streaming and dvd options for now.  I usually get a movie and leave it sit for a few days and watch it when I can.  Then I send it back.  Sometimes I actually rip it and then send it back the next day so I can get the next one in my que.  When my que runs out I might drop the dvd option and just go with streaming since the price has gone up and I really don't get that many DVD movies to watch throughout the month.  From the way it sounds, HULU and Amazon are starting to look like a better source of streaming than Netflix so if they don't start offering more, I may as well stop throwing money at them.  I'm going to hang in there for a couple months and see how this all plays out.  I wasn't too happy with Netflix's website changes recently, but thankfully I found a plugin for Google Chrome that takes it back to the old layout.  Seems that Netflix is screwing up some, but they are also getting hammered by all this stupid bandwidth capping.  Let's hope the price increase means we are going to see improvements, because if things stay how they are right now I'm not going to keep paying for it.

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Ruins

I remember when Netflix first changed their pricing plan to include steaming with their DVD plans.  Those of us that have inadequate broadband service to fully enjoy streaming were shafted.  There were no separate plans and my subscription cost was increased.  I welcome the new pricing plans.  Now my subscription for DVD's only is cheaper and I am not subsidizing those that stream content.

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Techrocket9

I know this was mentioned in another comment, but it is relevent enough to have its own:

 

Within two months every single live action Star Trek episode will be availiable for streaming on Netflix.

 

For some of the series (like DS9), this will be the first time they have ever been offered via a medium other than disk.

 

Personally, I am set for Netflix content for several years to come.

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JohnP

Look at the name, folks. NETFLIX. Movies over the net- it has been their primary goal since the company was started. 

 The cost of mailing disks is a lot higher than most people realize. Granted, the post office subsidizes a lot of the cost but it still costs, especially for folks like me that keep a movie only overnight.

As far as the streaming is concerned, it is terrific. I was able to drop my cable service once I got a new XBox360 with high def HDMI and a gold membership. The streaming in that combo looks great.

$87.57 for cable plus $9.27 in various taxes and "franchise fees". Close to $100/month for TV! Netflix disks/streaming is a bargain compared to that.

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Cyan

14.99/4 unlimited CD's/mo....   course they did not have streaming then...  Oh well times change I still think incremental increases would be best... Rather shock charge.

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medavid16

 

  • DVD/Blu Ray, Redbox vs Netflix (unlimited 1 disc/time)
    Redbox $1/$1.5 per movie, plus some driving / gas money / time / tax - roughly $1.14-$1.34/$1.55-$1.80

    Netflix $9.99 divided unlimited per month (but restricted by how fast it gets to your house (so roughly every 4-5 days given that you have to RETURN the video too) Comes to about $2.18 per movie.

    I'm sure I made a small error in estimation, but doesn't take a math wiz to figure out redbox is cheaper

  • Oh and the streaming selection... the general consumer can only watch so much of the old movies. Let's face it, the selection is limited, few respectables like Star Trek and what not, but still, they generally suck.

 

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YoshiHNS

Red box generally doesn't have blu ray (at least around me) and their selection is about as bad as netflix streaming. Whereas netflix's disc service has a pretty damn good selection.

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Jims45wow

You forgot the cost of slurpies and cup-cakes!

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Rudder2

I love the NetFlix Streaming!  I watch alot of old movies I never seen and decide I like alot!  I just need to drop down to a 2 disk a month plan to try to keep it the same $20ish I was paying for Bluray, DVD, and Streaming access.  Tell you the truth, I don't even have an address right now and should stop the DVD's all to geather but I just can't do that because I want to get the movies in my que at some point.  The just get mailed to my box in Key Largo and I have them forwared to there ever I'm at once a month...That means only 3 DVDs a month for the prove being paid for now...Which Sucks.  The New price doesn't take place till September so I'm not changing my plan till then!

Rudder2

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someuid

The movie and TV industry is fragmenting access to their conent and errecting so many barriers, walls, conditions, limited time frames, and increasing fees, I've just about had it.  I remember when getting cable was a really cool, exciting thing to do.  Now, it's a freakin' minefield of packages, choices, extra fees, protection plans, equipment rentals, ad nauseum.  There are so many channels that are just junk.  I had almost completely given up on it and told the wife "you want it, you pay with your own money".  The only reason we still have it is because we switched to Dish (due to a move and the local cable company is horrible) and got DVR for free.  DVR has made TV watchable again, but it still a constant struggle to find out what is on to record it.

Movies.  Ugh.  Again, used to be a really fun thing to go do.  Now, it's a crap shoot.  Will the theater smell?  Will the 3D lens be left on for a 2D movie?  Will the sound system work?  Will the picture even be centered, or have the top or bottom chopped off because the putzy minimum wage worker doesn't bother to double check the picture and the manager is just 10 days older and could care less?

BluRay has killed buying movies for me.  I was getting used to the $15 new releases on DVDs, but then the movie studioes decided they wanted $30, and tried to get me to go along with it by offering a copy of the movie on DVD, and their flimsy flammy digitial copy, complete with   y_e_t     a_n_o_t_h_e_r   systay program to manage.  Now it is down to $20 for some movies, but I still feel burned.  I want $15 a movie for new releases, and $5-$10 for the older stuff.

Netlfix was great when it came out.  No more driving to the video store.  Getting that first movie in the mail, watching it that night, and tossing it in the mailbox was freakin' awesome.  Sold me on the spot.  Streaming started slow but as it picked up, it was even better.  Now I could just go look for a show to watch and off I went.  No more waiting for its delivery at the mailbox, and no scratched discs.

Then the content producers got involved again.  Limits, time frames, demands for more money, setting up their own lame services, etc etc etc.

I'm just about ready to cancel it all: cable, netflix, streaming, the movie theater, buying movies - and just go find something else to do that doesn't demand so much of my money and time to enjoy.

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BlazePC

With regard to buying bluray movies, the $30 proposition doesn't hold water anymore and hasn't for over a year.  $19.99 movies are common and offer WAY MORE in terms of content and quality compared to DVDs at the same time in the formats lifecycle. Personally I wait for for $12 - $15 deals which come in cycles.  Moreover, there is an abundance of movies (fairly recent and older remastered ones...) that can be had for $9.99.  I guess it just depends where you research pricing and more importantly where you shop.  Special editions and multi-disc (2D+digital copy+3D [if offered]) notwithstanding, if buying blurays is your bag and you display a little patience then obtaining your own physical copy of MANY movies is a relatively cheap proposition.

Blu-ray.com for price researching

Amazon for the shopping part

 

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Kinetic

"But here's the problem: Right now, the Netflix streaming library sucks"
No. Here's the problem: ATT just capped my bandwidth at 150GB. So no matter how good or bad the library is, it's essentially off limits for my girlfriend and I since we'd have to ration it as watching content every night instead of cable sucks up all the bandidth we use for surfing/school/gaming. On the other hand if we go with disks by mail it just isn't as cost effective as say using Redbox. Sure Netflix has a bigger library, but how often do I rent old movies I've already seen? Sorry Netflix, but for us Redbox is cheaper and has all the new releases when we want them, and even some old fodder for when we're bored.
But hey, that's just me.

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Ghok

I always found the draw with Netflix was the DVD aspect. Not because I like DVDs, but because there isn't a great way to get lesser known films. I don't really care about the big releases, and they're easy enough to get if I want.

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BAMT

If streaming worked on my Linux computers or HTPC, I wouldn't mind. DVDs only need libdvdcss2. NetFlix needs either a $100+ Windows license or Mac OS, which, although cheaper, is difficult to get to run properly on even "supported" hardware.

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fellowleo

We all have that Netflix DVD that's been sitting on our coffee table for the past two weeks holding up the queue. Honestly, the DVDs never played a super important role and I only used it to get more currently releases (not that the studios are punching out great movies nowadays). I think I'm gonna cancel my DVD plan and go with Redbox.

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therestorestore

They have all star trek tv eps. Bite your tongue.

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lindethier

We switched to the streaming only option as soon as it was available. I love having access to pretty much all of the television shows my wife and I like to watch. This change doesn't really affect us.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I've never watched a streaming movie. What am I going to do--sit in front of my PC by myself to watch something on a little screen?

I'll probably drop down to the two-DVD plan for $15 a month, since these bastards don't have a three-DVD plan that doesn't include paying for something I don't use.

Truth is, all this crap about the cost of streaming is bullshit. Netflix was cheaper when there was still competition from video stores. Now that Blockbuster and the like are gone, Netflix figures they can charge whatever they want. That's the real story.

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jonnyohio

Seriously?  You never watched a streaming TV Show or a Movie online, and you read maximumpc?  You are one strange anomoly, rusennsitivesweetness.  My parents are 60 years old and watch tv shows online lol...sure, I wouldn't want to watch it on a little monitor either, but that's why you use one of the dozens of ways to easily stream the movies/tv shows to your TV, or have a computer (like I do) hooked up to the flat screen TV in the living room so you can play games, watch movies and TV shows, and online vidoes from the comfort of your recliner.

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vpitcher07

"I've never watched a streaming movie. What am I going to do--sit in front of my PC by myself to watch something on a little screen?"

 

Not necessarily. I run a hdmi cable from my computer to my tv. Works AMAZING; hook my stereo up to my computer and tada perfecto. Sure puasing the movie is a pain but i can deal with it...

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someuid

"I've never watched a streaming movie. What am I going to do--sit in front of my PC by myself to watch something on a little screen?"

www.roku.com

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lunchbox73

No, you wouldn't if that was the only way to watch a streaming movie. It's not. Get with the times man.

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p47riot

"What am I going to do--sit in front of my PC by myself to watch something on a little screen?"

Just about every new device and game console has the ability to stream netflix to your TV.  Even my phone has HDMI out and can stream it via the Netflix app.  Personally, I currently have my Wii but there are other devices out there that are easy to setup to stream to your TV.

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wolfing

That's not really what streaming is about. I think most people watch streaming in their TV sets, through an Xbox, Wii, PS3, 'smart TVs', etc.  It looks great and it's instant. The only problem is the streaming catalog lacking newer titles (though it's great for TV shows).

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Slurpy

Hell, I built a $400 HTPC just for streaming Netflix and ripped DVDs (and for the fun of building one).  Plus, it will serve as an emergency PC if I've ever got a paper due and my desktop craps out unexpectedly.

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Rudder2

I use my old laptop as my HTPC with XP on it to do my streaming and movie watching!

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Brock Kane

Well, I've just cancelled my membership! Enough said!

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HKUSPC40

The movie industry (like most every other corporation) is trying to screw everybody... Screw 'em back and pirate that $***...

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lunchbox73

Yes every corporation is evil and is only in existance to screw people. Give me a break.

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gothliciouz

he he ! this made it easy to cancel!... sigh* everything eventually has to come to an end.

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Phrish

I don't mind paying a little extra, so long as it doesn't keep growing, and growing, and growing like my cable bill. Netflix upped my cost to get BD movies. That's fine. If they want/need to up it a little for streaming and disc, that's fine so far. I'm not at my break point yet on this.

Right now I HAVE to do the streaming and disc. Like this article mentioned, the streaming library sucks. It's convenient, but doesn't have the new releases. Also, and this is VERY important for me: it doesn't have surround sound. Stereo only on my system. I like the HD nature of BC, and I like 5 channel (and in rare circumstances 7 channel) sound. I like the enveloping entertainment of a full soundstage during a movie. Streaming doesn't provide this.

Streaming for us is very nice for those middling movies that are marginal in quality, and that people only would want to see once, if at all, and if there's nothing better on. I'm talking here about most formulaic romantic comedies, anything with Kucher, Sandler, Heigel, or any of the pop-singers-gone-actors in them. But if I'm going to see a Matrix or a Star Wars or an Avatar, I want the picture and audio mastered on nothing short of a DVD and preferably BD.

So, yes I agree, both streaming and discs have thier place. I am OK with the pricing so far. But as for streaming itself, I'd not only like to see more titles, but also more sound features.

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HaitianSensation

Since I do not have cable, I'm ok with their move.  Sure, it stinks and doesn't make sense now especially with their streaming library is barren but I am catching up on new TV series that I didn't watch in the first place and other movies I may have missed.  I still get the discs since yeah, streaming can't match the quality especially for movies that deserve seeing it in HD.  Add in Hulu Plus and I'm covered for entertainment :)

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