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(The Hollywood Reporter)   All of those Netflix subscribers that whined about a few bucks and predicted the death of the company proven correct as Netflix only streamed a record 1 billion hours in June   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 81
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2012-07-04 12:20:30 AM  
Go to "What's new in Netflix Canada"'if you want to see why the service sucks ass.
 
2012-07-04 01:21:13 AM  
For any parent out there, Netflix streaming is amazing. I remember parents after my generation buying all sorts of videos at 9.99 - 29.99. I have every episode of Sesame Street and hundreds of other childrens programming at my finger tips for just $9.99 per month. Oh and other stuff. I'm shocked that Thor and a few other more modern movies are available.

That said, I wish their search was more intuitive on the PS3.
 
2012-07-04 03:39:44 AM  
Have you seen their stock price, subby?
 
2012-07-04 09:11:10 AM  
Yea, the collective internet pants shiatting over that was a work of art. Funny or Die summed it up far better than I ever could.
 
2012-07-04 10:00:18 AM  

azmoviez: For any parent out there, Netflix streaming is amazing. I remember parents after my generation buying all sorts of videos at 9.99 - 29.99. I have every episode of Sesame Street and hundreds of other childrens programming at my finger tips for just $9.99 per month. Oh and other stuff. I'm shocked that Thor and a few other more modern movies are available.

That said, I wish their search was more intuitive on the PS3.


I'm sad that the iPad app won't list what is new anymore. It's because I worked on what would interest me at the main Netflix website and now fills the screen with that.
 
2012-07-04 10:25:10 AM  
Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.
 
2012-07-04 10:29:56 AM  
I don't even own a teevee.
 
2012-07-04 10:30:17 AM  
Who's gonna pay a few dollars a month for access to a crummy website?
 
2012-07-04 10:33:09 AM  

azmoviez: For any parent out there, Netflix streaming is amazing. I remember parents after my generation buying all sorts of videos at 9.99 - 29.99. I have every episode of Sesame Street and hundreds of other childrens programming at my finger tips for just $9.99 per month. Oh and other stuff. I'm shocked that Thor and a few other more modern movies are available.

That said, I wish their search was more intuitive on the PS3.


The Xbox interface is golden. Not as good as the new PC viewing interface, but my xbox does have the benefit of the Kinect. It's quite a joy to only have to say "Xbox Next Episode" while i'm doing something else to keep the entertainment going.
 
2012-07-04 10:35:48 AM  
I never understood the hate. For $8 a month, what were people expecting?

I love it. You really have to put the effort into searching, but there are websites all over the place that can help you with that.
 
2012-07-04 10:38:58 AM  
Great site for keeping up with what's new in netflix streaming.

Link

Also tracks what's expiring soon.
 
2012-07-04 10:39:30 AM  

Expolaris: azmoviez: For any parent out there, Netflix streaming is amazing. I remember parents after my generation buying all sorts of videos at 9.99 - 29.99. I have every episode of Sesame Street and hundreds of other childrens programming at my finger tips for just $9.99 per month. Oh and other stuff. I'm shocked that Thor and a few other more modern movies are available.

That said, I wish their search was more intuitive on the PS3.

The Xbox interface is golden. Not as good as the new PC viewing interface, but my xbox does have the benefit of the Kinect. It's quite a joy to only have to say "Xbox Next Episode" while i'm doing something else to keep the entertainment going.


The PS3 interface auto plays the next episode after 15 seconds. Doctor Who marathon? I think yes.
 
2012-07-04 10:43:37 AM  
Don't they want to minimize streaming hours, so long as their subscriber base stays the same? Assuming they haven't started charging per hour.
 
2012-07-04 10:45:27 AM  

Basily Gourt: Great site for keeping up with what's new in netflix streaming.


They just added The Devil's Double. Awesome. Thank you!
 
2012-07-04 10:45:57 AM  

LarryDan43: Expolaris: azmoviez: For any parent out there, Netflix streaming is amazing. I remember parents after my generation buying all sorts of videos at 9.99 - 29.99. I have every episode of Sesame Street and hundreds of other childrens programming at my finger tips for just $9.99 per month. Oh and other stuff. I'm shocked that Thor and a few other more modern movies are available.

That said, I wish their search was more intuitive on the PS3.

The Xbox interface is golden. Not as good as the new PC viewing interface, but my xbox does have the benefit of the Kinect. It's quite a joy to only have to say "Xbox Next Episode" while i'm doing something else to keep the entertainment going.

The PS3 interface auto plays the next episode after 15 seconds. Doctor Who marathon? I think yes.


Very nice i didn't know that. I'm planning on getting a PS3 as well eventually, it'll probably be my default streaming device while i game on my xbox.
 
2012-07-04 10:46:33 AM  
Is this the thread where we pretend that one person's financial choices based on their own personal use of a service is more or less valid than anyone else's?

But yea.... the people who decided Netflix was no longer worth the money for them are probably way stupider than the white knights who came out screaming tears of rage at them for it....
 
2012-07-04 10:54:50 AM  

Basily Gourt: I never understood the hate. For $8 a month, what were people expecting?

I love it. You really have to put the effort into searching, but there are websites all over the place that can help you with that.


Everything, forever.

I'm fond of it as well, but am below 100 titles on Instant for the first time. Time to whip through some DVDs to maintain balance.
 
2012-07-04 10:55:36 AM  

Expolaris: LarryDan43: Expolaris: azmoviez: For any parent out there, Netflix streaming is amazing. I remember parents after my generation buying all sorts of videos at 9.99 - 29.99. I have every episode of Sesame Street and hundreds of other childrens programming at my finger tips for just $9.99 per month. Oh and other stuff. I'm shocked that Thor and a few other more modern movies are available.

That said, I wish their search was more intuitive on the PS3.

The Xbox interface is golden. Not as good as the new PC viewing interface, but my xbox does have the benefit of the Kinect. It's quite a joy to only have to say "Xbox Next Episode" while i'm doing something else to keep the entertainment going.

The PS3 interface auto plays the next episode after 15 seconds. Doctor Who marathon? I think yes.

Very nice i didn't know that. I'm planning on getting a PS3 as well eventually, it'll probably be my default streaming device while i game on my xbox.


Add PS3 media server to your PC and you're set.
 
2012-07-04 11:03:42 AM  
Typical NetFlix user experience:

Day1: OMG!!! There's so much stuff on there. WATCH EVERYTHING!
Day2: Better sleep.
Month 1: I want this. And this. And this. And... why the fark do they always recommend Lesbian Dramas?
Month 2: Same crap as before. Well, there's always Futurama and those kinky Japanese cartoons.
Month 3: Wait- I just noticed something. They don't have any of the really GOOD movies. And the last season of any decent show is always missing. Fuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh.
Month 4: I think I'll check out what's on NetFlix. Click.... Nah. Click... Puhleeze- I didn't watch that the last three months you tried to tell me it was 'recently added.' Click... Jeezus cripes, why do they keep recommending Lesbian Dramas, Lesbian Comedies, and Movies With A Strong Female Lead? I only clicked on that movie once, and one of those chicks looked like a dude! Oh hell, forget about it. [OFF]

Recent movies? Sure- if they sucked. Good movies? Sure- if they came out so long ago nobody remembers them. Classic films? Sure- but only if they're not REAL classics. Your favorite actor/actress? Sure- but not in any good movies. Your favorite genre? Sure- but only the crappy movies in that category (unless you really like Lesbian Dramas, which apparently is 9/10ths of NetFlix's catalog).
 
2012-07-04 11:08:42 AM  

Expolaris: LarryDan43: Expolaris: azmoviez: For any parent out there, Netflix streaming is amazing. I remember parents after my generation buying all sorts of videos at 9.99 - 29.99. I have every episode of Sesame Street and hundreds of other childrens programming at my finger tips for just $9.99 per month. Oh and other stuff. I'm shocked that Thor and a few other more modern movies are available.

That said, I wish their search was more intuitive on the PS3.

The Xbox interface is golden. Not as good as the new PC viewing interface, but my xbox does have the benefit of the Kinect. It's quite a joy to only have to say "Xbox Next Episode" while i'm doing something else to keep the entertainment going.

The PS3 interface auto plays the next episode after 15 seconds. Doctor Who marathon? I think yes.

Very nice i didn't know that. I'm planning on getting a PS3 as well eventually, it'll probably be my default streaming device while i game on my xbox.


and it doesn't cost any more money on top of netflix to play netflix. it's crazy.
 
2012-07-04 11:13:07 AM  
For me, a Roku 2 + Netflix + Hulu Plus + Amazon VOD = happiness.

And no cable bill.
 
2012-07-04 11:24:07 AM  
Anyone know a place that streams lesbian dramas?
 
2012-07-04 12:01:43 PM  
I suppose I'm firmly in the "sixteen mothers" cross-section of the Netflix userbase. Almost all of our Netflix watching is children's shows, shows that are commercial-free, always available, and presented dozens of episodes at a time. Phineas and Ferb, Pingu, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time, Superhero Squad, heck, even My Little Pony, though it seems strange to be watching it without a 20-something guy in the room. Thing is, if Disney and Viacom pulled their offerings, we wouldn't buy from them on another service. We'd watch something else. Children are fickle and flexible, and thus, so are their parents.
 
2012-07-04 12:02:10 PM  

Basily Gourt: I never understood the hate. For $8 a month, what were people expecting?

I love it. You really have to put the effort into searching, but there are websites all over the place that can help you with that.


Meaning you simply have to type one or two words of the title?

If you know the title, type it in. If it doesn't come up, it's not available. For everything else, you can just "channel surf" your way around.

I don't miss the DVDs. Less clutter around the house.
 
2012-07-04 12:02:50 PM  

bionicjoe: Anyone know a place that streams lesbian dramas?


Netflix...
 
2012-07-04 12:09:45 PM  

Aar1012: azmoviez: For any parent out there, Netflix streaming is amazing. I remember parents after my generation buying all sorts of videos at 9.99 - 29.99. I have every episode of Sesame Street and hundreds of other childrens programming at my finger tips for just $9.99 per month. Oh and other stuff. I'm shocked that Thor and a few other more modern movies are available.

That said, I wish their search was more intuitive on the PS3.

I'm sad that the iPad app won't list what is new anymore. It's because I worked on what would interest me at the main Netflix website and now fills the screen with that.


use InstantWatcher - it not only tracks what's new (in easy alphabetical order), but also tracks what's leaving, so you can watch it before it goes. THey even have links to put it in your queue.
 
2012-07-04 12:12:54 PM  
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2012-07-04 12:39:25 PM  
Look, the fact of the matter is, Netflix took the long view. The USPS is unreliable in the long term and DVDs are a dying medium. The future is streaming content. So, seeing the writing on the wall, Netflix tried to completely ditch the DVD aspect of their company. BUT, knowing that there was still profit to be had there, they didn't want to kill it off entirely, just keep it away from the main business.

I think their call was the correct one. Their only real mistake was in how they handled it with the public. It would have been much more palatable if they had slowly phased out DVD rentals instead. But hindsight is 20/20.

Their real threat now is being priced out of the market by the content owners. It'll be interesting to see how they cope with that.
 
2012-07-04 01:22:17 PM  

Basily Gourt: Great site for keeping up with what's new in netflix streaming.

Link

Also tracks what's expiring soon.


Thanks for the link.

Also, loves me some Netflix. As a person who was too busy working for the last twenty or so years to really enjoy many television series, and who doesn't care for most of the "reality" programming on regular cable these days, I love the Netflix service. It is well worth the $8 a month, especially during the summer with the kid home. I can catch missed episodes of stuff I like and he can watch all of the goofy cartoons he wants.
 
2012-07-04 01:27:04 PM  
Their content has improved by a TON in the past year. I was close to cancelling my streaming subscription, but they have some really great films and shows now.

Old Hollywood saying: "Content is king"
 
2012-07-04 01:58:57 PM  

MadSkillz: Go to "What's new in Netflix Canada"'if you want to see why the service sucks ass.


For $8 a month, what did you expect? I frigging love Netflix Canada. I was disappointed with the selection at first when I realized they didn't have absolutely everything, but I've never not had anything to watch, ever. There's shiat-tons there.
 
2012-07-04 02:24:13 PM  

tillerman35: Typical NetFlix user experience:

Day1: OMG!!! There's so much stuff on there. WATCH EVERYTHING!
Day2: Better sleep.
Month 1: I want this. And this. And this. And... why the fark do they always recommend Lesbian Dramas?
Month 2: Same crap as before. Well, there's always Futurama and those kinky Japanese cartoons.
Month 3: Wait- I just noticed something. They don't have any of the really GOOD movies. And the last season of any decent show is always missing. Fuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh.
Month 4: I think I'll check out what's on NetFlix. Click.... Nah. Click... Puhleeze- I didn't watch that the last three months you tried to tell me it was 'recently added.' Click... Jeezus cripes, why do they keep recommending Lesbian Dramas, Lesbian Comedies, and Movies With A Strong Female Lead? I only clicked on that movie once, and one of those chicks looked like a dude! Oh hell, forget about it. [OFF]

Recent movies? Sure- if they sucked. Good movies? Sure- if they came out so long ago nobody remembers them. Classic films? Sure- but only if they're not REAL classics. Your favorite actor/actress? Sure- but not in any good movies. Your favorite genre? Sure- but only the crappy movies in that category (unless you really like Lesbian Dramas, which apparently is 9/10ths of NetFlix's catalog).


OK, so it's not just me. I've been wondering what the wife watches while I am at work. I kept hoping there was something she wasn't telling me. Also the lesbian dramas are NOT what you are hoping they are. Not even the ones with the "Steamy" tag

Sometimes it's like the bargain bin of DVDs at the store. If you really search around and dig to the bottom, you can sometimes find a real gem. And it feels just as exciting too.
 
2012-07-04 02:34:03 PM  

tillerman35: Day1: OMG!!! There's so much stuff on there. WATCH EVERYTHING!
Day2: Better sleep.
Month 1: I want this. And this. And this. And... why the fark do they always recommend Lesbian Dramas?
Month 2: Same crap as before. Well, there's always Futurama and those kinky Japanese cartoons.
Month 3: Wait- I just noticed something. They don't have any of the really GOOD movies. And the last season of any decent show is always missing. Fuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh.
Month 4: I think I'll check out what's on NetFlix. Click.... Nah. Click... Puhleeze- I didn't watch that the last three months you tried to tell me it was 'recently added.' Click... Jeezus cripes, why do they keep recommending Lesbian Dramas, Lesbian Comedies, and Movies With A Strong Female Lead? I only clicked on that movie once, and one of those chicks looked like a dude! Oh hell, forget about it. [OFF]


One thing they do is to put like 1 or 2 newish movies on, which I think is just so they can produce ads that make you think it's going to be awesome.

I had it for just over a month before I cancelled it. Switched to LoveFilm (owned by Amazon). Costs a little more but much better.
 
2012-07-04 02:38:11 PM  
That's great. They can have my money again when they start the game rentals they promised and do a better job than the gamefly nonsense.
 
2012-07-04 02:55:57 PM  

Chevello: tillerman35: Typical NetFlix user experience:

Day1: OMG!!! There's so much stuff on there. WATCH EVERYTHING!
Day2: Better sleep.
Month 1: I want this. And this. And this. And... why the fark do they always recommend Lesbian Dramas?
Month 2: Same crap as before. Well, there's always Futurama and those kinky Japanese cartoons.
Month 3: Wait- I just noticed something. They don't have any of the really GOOD movies. And the last season of any decent show is always missing. Fuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh.
Month 4: I think I'll check out what's on NetFlix. Click.... Nah. Click... Puhleeze- I didn't watch that the last three months you tried to tell me it was 'recently added.' Click... Jeezus cripes, why do they keep recommending Lesbian Dramas, Lesbian Comedies, and Movies With A Strong Female Lead? I only clicked on that movie once, and one of those chicks looked like a dude! Oh hell, forget about it. [OFF]

Recent movies? Sure- if they sucked. Good movies? Sure- if they came out so long ago nobody remembers them. Classic films? Sure- but only if they're not REAL classics. Your favorite actor/actress? Sure- but not in any good movies. Your favorite genre? Sure- but only the crappy movies in that category (unless you really like Lesbian Dramas, which apparently is 9/10ths of NetFlix's catalog).

OK, so it's not just me. I've been wondering what the wife watches while I am at work. I kept hoping there was something she wasn't telling me. Also the lesbian dramas are NOT what you are hoping they are. Not even the ones with the "Steamy" tag

Sometimes it's like the bargain bin of DVDs at the store. If you really search around and dig to the bottom, you can sometimes find a real gem. And it feels just as exciting too.


Mine shows a whole gay & lesbian category... Probably because I watched Farscape, one of very few sci-fi shows (in Canada, the broadcaster gets rights to all distribution mediums including online, so no shows that are actually on tv on a canadian network are on there... With exceptions).. And since it's not North American, they assume it's gay... Well, sometimes the puppets are pretty f'n gay. Hot gay muppet sex.
 
2012-07-04 03:41:40 PM  
Netflix is number 1!! Netflix is number 1!!

Of course it is, because it's the only option. There is no challenging service. And as soon as there is, Netflix will die. Or get good. Either one.
(Roku and others don't have the same setup as Netflix and are not comparable)

Oh and:

MadSkillz: Go to "What's new in Netflix Canada"'if you want to see why the service sucks ass.


THIS.
 
2012-07-04 05:37:29 PM  
Turns out that the Internet is a gigantic Dutch auction. Remember what Publilius the Syrian said 2 millenia ago- "Everything is worth what its purchaser pays for it." Just be glad that the market is now better able to discern between crap and the stuff you'll actually pay to watch.
 
2012-07-04 05:38:57 PM  

treecologist: Who's gonna pay a few dollars a month for access to a crummy website?


No kidding, you can get the same smarmy self-grandeur at reddit.com for free.
 
2012-07-04 05:39:59 PM  
Misplaced my copy of Elvis Costello Live in Memphis, a concert film he released to promote The Delivery Man CD, so I streamed it on Netflix. Since I still have the box, it didn't take me long to realize that about a third of the songs on the DVD are missing from the streaming version.

The DVD selection, imperfect as it is, is still miles ahead of the streaming service. As long as producers keep playing games with rights, this won't change.
 
2012-07-04 05:42:56 PM  

Cybernetic: For me, a Roku 2 + Netflix + Hulu Plus + Amazon VOD = happiness.

And no cable bill.


This a viable solution, except for HBO and some sports.
 
2012-07-04 05:51:29 PM  

Basily Gourt: Great site for keeping up with what's new in netflix streaming.

Link

Also tracks what's expiring soon.


Why does the "what's new" list look more like "what was new 10 years ago"? I didn't see a recent movie release anywhere on that list, other than knockoff movies.
 
2012-07-04 05:53:47 PM  
I call Netflix the "Josh Whedon" Channel.
 
2012-07-04 07:31:12 PM  

NewportBarGuy: I don't even own a teevee.


put me in the hospital for nerves

/and then they had to commit me
 
2012-07-04 08:30:10 PM  

Gig103: Have you seen their stock price, subby?


...and thus, what's wrong with America, in six words.

/Once, the product actually mattered. Now, only the stock does.
 
2012-07-04 09:12:34 PM  
Don't like what netflix has, blame the studios

they keep pulling shenanigans
 
2012-07-04 09:49:30 PM  

downpaymentblues: Basily Gourt: Great site for keeping up with what's new in netflix streaming.

Link

Also tracks what's expiring soon.

Why does the "what's new" list look more like "what was new 10 years ago"? I didn't see a recent movie release anywhere on that list, other than knockoff movies.


What's wrong with all you people?

How many 5 star blockbuster movies do you think are made a year? Watching netflix is like watching normal tv. On cable, there's probably 4 hours of quality programming a week. Everything else is the Kardashians.

Same with netflix. There's only so much stuff out there. If you dig deep, you can find some good movies and tv shows to watch.

I use google to help me. "best australian movies of 2011", 2010, 2009, ect. Found "The oyster farmer" that way, along with a couple of other good movies.

I discovered Eureka & Warehouse 13 on netflix.

Netflix has lots of good stuff to watch. You just have to wade through all the crap to find it.

/Jebus, I'm white knighting netflix. I must of had a beer or 6 too many tonight.
 
2012-07-04 10:01:19 PM  

Cybernetic: For me, a Roku 2 + Netflix + Hulu Plus + Amazon VOD = happiness.

And no cable bill.


How does roku do for sporting events? I'm assuming there is not much on since its all network based, if college football was on the internet I would not need cable either.
 
2012-07-04 10:22:14 PM  
People still pay to watch TV and movies online?!?

/Allllll righty then
 
2012-07-04 10:39:40 PM  

downpaymentblues: Why does the "what's new" list look more like "what was new 10 years ago"? I didn't see a recent movie release anywhere on that list, other than knockoff movies.


If you're buying Netflix streaming for recent Hollywood blockbusters, you're doing it wrong.
 
2012-07-04 11:23:41 PM  

MadSkillz: Go to "What's new in Netflix Canada"'if you want to see why the service sucks ass.


Ugh so true. I was looking up new releases earlier and asked myself why am I still subscribed.

/likely answer: It's cheap.
 
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