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2012-07-30 02:00:00 AM
TFA says Netflix has an unmatched library of titles to choose from, um what? I'm a subscriber and I can tell you that while they do have a decent amount of movies and TV shows, they've also lost a lot of content. Like if you search for superhero movies, they're damn near non-existent.

I was shocked to see they got Thor added, but it wasn't in hi-def. I really don't watch TV anymore, so I hit up Netflix when I'm bored. But realistically, they update their library so rarely now, I'm wondering if I should keep my subscription; really the only thing that keeps me is the low monthly cost. Although I hardly even watch Netflix much anymore now, starting to wonder if I should even keep it.
 
2012-07-30 02:08:45 AM

strangeluck: TFA says Netflix has an unmatched library of titles to choose from, um what? I'm a subscriber and I can tell you that while they do have a decent amount of movies and TV shows, they've also lost a lot of content. Like if you search for superhero movies, they're damn near non-existent.

I was shocked to see they got Thor added, but it wasn't in hi-def. I really don't watch TV anymore, so I hit up Netflix when I'm bored. But realistically, they update their library so rarely now, I'm wondering if I should keep my subscription; really the only thing that keeps me is the low monthly cost. Although I hardly even watch Netflix much anymore now, starting to wonder if I should even keep it.


Well, to be fair, superhero movies suck and have you been to Blockbuster lately?

Netflix isn't going to disappear.

Your choices for watching movies at home are limited and my local cable TV monopoly finally made me tell them to eat shiat and die. So you can torrent them illegally or you can get them from Netflix, which still sends movies via US postal service
 
2012-07-30 02:34:55 AM

strangeluck: TFA says Netflix has an unmatched library of titles to choose from, um what? I'm a subscriber and I can tell you that while they do have a decent amount of movies and TV shows, they've also lost a lot of content. Like if you search for superhero movies, they're damn near non-existent.

I was shocked to see they got Thor added, but it wasn't in hi-def. I really don't watch TV anymore, so I hit up Netflix when I'm bored. But realistically, they update their library so rarely now, I'm wondering if I should keep my subscription; really the only thing that keeps me is the low monthly cost. Although I hardly even watch Netflix much anymore now, starting to wonder if I should even keep it.


I stayed off of Netflix streaming for a month and then went to look to see what was new. Nothing. It was all the same stuff, and even the stuff that was "new release" was in there a month ago. I think I'm done with them.
 
2012-07-30 02:40:50 AM
I'm seeing that a lot of the 'new releases' are just old TV shows. No new movies.
 
2012-07-30 02:53:33 AM
Amazon Prime is def gonna give Netflix a nice beating. Netflix is in a jam right now, but there is still hope. There are a shiatton of streaming media sites out there. None of them unique. Netflix needs to find that one thing that will put them over the top.
 
2012-07-30 03:00:58 AM

cman: Amazon Prime is def gonna give Netflix a nice beating. Netflix is in a jam right now, but there is still hope. There are a shiatton of streaming media sites out there. None of them unique. Netflix needs to find that one thing that will put them over the top.


Luckily for Netflix, Amazon Prime is a chore to navigate through. I have it on my PS3 and I can't stand trying to find content on it, but the quality is good.
 
2012-07-30 03:06:24 AM

ecmoRandomNumbers: cman: Amazon Prime is def gonna give Netflix a nice beating. Netflix is in a jam right now, but there is still hope. There are a shiatton of streaming media sites out there. None of them unique. Netflix needs to find that one thing that will put them over the top.

Luckily for Netflix, Amazon Prime is a chore to navigate through. I have it on my PS3 and I can't stand trying to find content on it, but the quality is good.


I agree navigation is a pain in the ass. I usually browse via computer and add to my watch list for my Roku.
 
2012-07-30 03:17:58 AM

ecmoRandomNumbers: I stayed off of Netflix streaming for a month and then went to look to see what was new. Nothing. It was all the same stuff, and even the stuff that was "new release" was in there a month ago. I think I'm done with them.


Yeah I hear ya on that. I'm not convinced that they'll collapse the way the article suggests they might, but they sure don't offer enough new content to really keep me around.

I looked at Amazon, and just the sign up page was a nightmare for me to mess with. I said fark it and never went through with it. One thing about Netflix, it's simple and easy to use, despite being a bit bare on choices.
 
2012-07-30 03:21:39 AM
Where's the 'pay a fixed price for unlimited watching' on Amazon? I see the buy/rent per title but what I like about Netflix is being able to watch as much as I want for $8.
 
2012-07-30 03:27:51 AM

propasaurus: Where's the 'pay a fixed price for unlimited watching' on Amazon? I see the buy/rent per title but what I like about Netflix is being able to watch as much as I want for $8.


Its called Amazon Prime

They have a decent collection of streaming aval for $79 a year.
 
2012-07-30 03:57:21 AM

cman: propasaurus: Where's the 'pay a fixed price for unlimited watching' on Amazon? I see the buy/rent per title but what I like about Netflix is being able to watch as much as I want for $8.

Its called Amazon Prime

They have a decent collection of streaming aval for $79 a year.


Not to mention the free shipping. I LOVE Amazon Prime. I live in a small town 4 hours from Phoenix and 3 hours from Albuquerque. I purchase more from Amazon than from brick-and-mortar retailers.
 
2012-07-30 11:54:11 AM

cman: ecmoRandomNumbers: cman: Amazon Prime is def gonna give Netflix a nice beating. Netflix is in a jam right now, but there is still hope. There are a shiatton of streaming media sites out there. None of them unique. Netflix needs to find that one thing that will put them over the top.

Luckily for Netflix, Amazon Prime is a chore to navigate through. I have it on my PS3 and I can't stand trying to find content on it, but the quality is good.

I agree navigation is a pain in the ass. I usually browse via computer and add to my watch list for my Roku.


The other issue with the Prime viewing is that Amazon refuses to make an iOS app for use. While I understand they'd rather drive traffic to Android devices, particularly their Kindle tablets, I'm not going to buy a half dozen damn devices to watch every single service.

It's useful and decent for what it is, but Amazon's desire to keep a lid on things diminishes the value of the service because I won't base my mobile device purchase decisions around streaming video.
 
2012-07-30 11:54:21 AM
Despite beating analyst expectations on top and bottom lines, Netflix's admitted uphill battle toward its year-end subscriber goals sent shareholders scampering.

Seems like less of an article about the "death of netflix" and more of an article about how most investors are skittish and have a herd mentality.

That said, I agree that Nexflix Instant isn't great for watching new movies. It's great for marathon-watching TV shows you might have missed (non HBO). The service is worth it to me because I generally favor television over movies. On the rare occasion there's a new movie I actually want to watch, I spend $1 on it at the Red Box.
 
2012-07-30 11:54:53 AM

cman: propasaurus: Where's the 'pay a fixed price for unlimited watching' on Amazon? I see the buy/rent per title but what I like about Netflix is being able to watch as much as I want for $8.

Its called Amazon Prime

They have a decent collection of streaming aval for $79 a year.


Agreed. Amazon Prime seems to have all the movies that Netflix does for half the price with other perks on top of that.
 
2012-07-30 12:00:32 PM

propasaurus: Where's the 'pay a fixed price for unlimited watching' on Amazon? I see the buy/rent per title but what I like about Netflix is being able to watch as much as I want for $8.


What others said, if you pay for their Prime service you can watch video for free, but it's not all their video. If you go to Amazon, click on Amazon Instant Video and there's a lot Prime members get, but a lot that you still have to pay for. Also, if you have a Roku 1 like I do, the Prime video section is as well organized as a landfill while the pay per view is clean and easy. For example, in the prime section show seasons are usually listed separately under a genre section and not in any specific order, in the PPV section the show is usually listed once, then under that you can see all seasons and episodes. I don't want to assume its the same for all devices, but it may be.

Kinda disappointing, but we bought Prime before the video came out so it's a bonus.
 
2012-07-30 12:06:14 PM

cman: Amazon Prime is def gonna give Netflix a nice beating. Netflix is in a jam right now, but there is still hope. There are a shiatton of streaming media sites out there. None of them unique. Netflix needs to find that one thing that will put them over the top.


The Hollywood cartel is going to insure that nobody offers what the consumer market wants. It is all about control. Think about Disney's strategy, for example. They re-release ananimated classic every few years for what, six months at a time? Then it is gone for a decade. That way they can charge more for the scarcity element.

Hollywood has always controlled distribution. When I was selling movies there would be a theatrical release. After a period of time it would go to cable/ppv. Then after an exclusive cable period it would street on VHS/DVD. Then they would release it in the European market. No amount of piracy could convince them this model was stupid.

What Hollywood fears most is a one-stop streaming experience. And they will do everything legal and illegal to prevent Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime from becoming the iTunes of movies. Nothing scares them more than the prospect of that.
 
2012-07-30 12:06:20 PM

The Homer Tax: Seems like less of an article about the "death of netflix" and more of an article about how most investors are skittish and have a herd mentality.


Agreed. No Longer Enjoying The Irrational Exuberance of Investors is different from Going Out of Business.

And why is Coinstar considered a peer in the entertainment category, unless you enjoy watching people lift 75-pound jars of coins?
 
2012-07-30 12:11:43 PM

strangeluck: Yeah I hear ya on that. I'm not convinced that they'll collapse the way the article suggests they might, but they sure don't offer enough new content to really keep me around.



The Hollywood Machine is keeping them in check, no way are they going to let ANYONE emerge as dominant, until it's their creature. They're playing both ends against the middle. Everyone I know under the age of 30 just steals what they want anyhow. My 14 yo daughter's friend had a perfect copy (For Your Consideration) of The Avengers a week before it premiered. Until they've got that hole plugged, there is no sense in building up a business that might be able to negotiate later, that's not the Hollywood way.
 
2012-07-30 12:11:48 PM
I hope not, otherwise I'll have to buy every American Dad and first season of Space Battleship Yamato.
 
2012-07-30 12:12:15 PM

Wellon Dowd: And why is Coinstar considered a peer in the entertainment category, unless you enjoy watching people lift 75-pound jars of coins?


Coinstar owns Red Box.
 
2012-07-30 12:14:14 PM

strangeluck: TFA says Netflix has an unmatched library of titles to choose from, um what? I'm a subscriber and I can tell you that while they do have a decent amount of movies and TV shows, they've also lost a lot of content. Like if you search for superhero movies, they're damn near non-existent.

I was shocked to see they got Thor added, but it wasn't in hi-def. I really don't watch TV anymore, so I hit up Netflix when I'm bored. But realistically, they update their library so rarely now, I'm wondering if I should keep my subscription; really the only thing that keeps me is the low monthly cost. Although I hardly even watch Netflix much anymore now, starting to wonder if I should even keep it.


Noticed the same thing. Now that the deal between Starz and Netflix is done, most of their movies are gone. It's now mostly foreign movies, TV series and documentaries. Still a big library though. We mostly keep Netflix simply because it has a lot of kid's shows and movies.

I have noticed that streaming on the Roku sucks now compared to on a computer - which doesn't make sense since a Roku box is a computer. Maybe the resolution? Or else it's Comcast (which is more likely).
 
2012-07-30 12:15:14 PM
Netflix is now, by a wide margin, the worst-performing entertainment purveyor of its ilk. None of its direct competitors has suffered more than a flat 52-week period as Netflix has cratered:

Its direct competitors also have other businesses in addition to online streaming content - Amazon has books and retail sales, Coinstar has vending machines for coins, and Direct TV has satellite subscription.
 
2012-07-30 12:15:47 PM

Wellon Dowd: The Homer Tax: Seems like less of an article about the "death of netflix" and more of an article about how most investors are skittish and have a herd mentality.

Agreed. No Longer Enjoying The Irrational Exuberance of Investors is different from Going Out of Business.

And why is Coinstar considered a peer in the entertainment category, unless you enjoy watching people lift 75-pound jars of coins?


Coinstar owns Redbox.
 
2012-07-30 12:18:02 PM

Wellon Dowd: And why is Coinstar considered a peer in the entertainment category, unless you enjoy watching people lift 75-pound jars of coins?


I dunno, that's pretty fun to watch, esp when they fall and break their hip.
 
2012-07-30 12:18:48 PM
My sons like Netflix but I'm at about the end of it. On the plus I watched series I never got into before and rewatched some of my faves, but over all, I'm not impressed. I understand all the rights negotiating and stuff; at least I didn't buy stock in google or Apple TV....
 
2012-07-30 12:19:08 PM

enik: Wellon Dowd: And why is Coinstar considered a peer in the entertainment category, unless you enjoy watching people lift 75-pound jars of coins?

Coinstar owns Red Box.


That would explain it.
 
2012-07-30 12:23:16 PM
Netflix really screwed the pooch by eliminating the "put on hold" program. Now you have to outright cancel your subscription to get them to stop. I used to put my account on hold but keep maintaining my queue by adding and moving things around. When enough new releases had come out and there was a healthy backlog of new stuff, I'd turn it on again for a while. Now when its canceled, even though supposedly you can reactivate within a year and get your queue back, the queue is inaccessible. Not being able to add new movies as they come out and see how the queue looks makes me a lot less inclined to ever turn it back on. Dumb move, Netflix.
 
2012-07-30 12:26:54 PM
Everyone always blames Netflix for their lack of movies, but it's more to do with the powers that be in Hollywood than Netflix. They expect way to much money to show most movies. They're so stuck in their old ways of doing things it's pathetic.
 
2012-07-30 12:28:33 PM
There is enough stuff on Netflix to watch for the next 20 years.

Watching tv shows without 15 minutes of commercials is addictive.

People are just fickle. It's $8 people.
 
2012-07-30 12:30:12 PM

ReapTheChaos: Everyone always blames Netflix for their lack of movies, but it's more to do with the powers that be in Hollywood than Netflix. They expect way to much money to show most movies. They're so stuck in their old ways of doing things it's pathetic.


Not blaming on my part- I understand the economics, but it is what it is. As stated earlier, it foots the bill for my boys and is cheap enough. I got rid of DirecTV last year and still don't look back.
 
2012-07-30 12:38:20 PM

mcreadyblue: People are just fickle. It's $8 people.


That's pretty much wrong.
 
2012-07-30 12:44:23 PM
I've been thinking about what Hollywood should do to adapt.

Here's what I came up with. When you purchase a movie, you should own the right for your household to watch it, at that quality or lower, on any device you own. Maybe similar to the "digital copies" found on some DVDs now, but with a more generic username/password to install on multiple devices. Buy a DVD? You should be able to put the DVD-quality digital version on any tablet, cell phone, portable media player, or computer owned by your household. Buy the Blu-Ray? You can now put an HD digital version on any device.

Now - you need to sell those "rights" for a very reasonable price. $10 for a DVD-quality film, $20 for the HD/BD quality. Or around $2/episode for TV, $3/episode for HDTV. Get over your "special features" nonsense. It was cool in the beginning, but nobody watches that stuff more than once or twice. Sell the movie/show on its own. Then, through an online store, sell a digital version of deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes documentaries, outtakes, etc. for a few bucks.

Will there still be piracy? Of course. But there will be anyway, no matter what you come up with for DRM or disc encryption. All you can do is make it as easy as possible for your legally-inclined customers to consume tons of product. embrace new technology and delivery formats instead of fearing them, keep your prices reasonable, and you'll make money hand-over-fist.

As far as Netflix streaming - TV is definitely its strength, not movies. Until cable networks get their heads out of their butts and start offering a-la-carte, pay-per-channel monthly cable- or online-options, Netflix and Hulu Plus will remain great values.
 
2012-07-30 12:45:29 PM

jjorsett: Netflix really screwed the pooch by eliminating the "put on hold" program. Now you have to outright cancel your subscription to get them to stop. I used to put my account on hold but keep maintaining my queue by adding and moving things around. When enough new releases had come out and there was a healthy backlog of new stuff, I'd turn it on again for a while. Now when its canceled, even though supposedly you can reactivate within a year and get your queue back, the queue is inaccessible. Not being able to add new movies as they come out and see how the queue looks makes me a lot less inclined to ever turn it back on. Dumb move, Netflix.


Maybe they got rid of it because people were abusing it... like the scenario you just described.
 
2012-07-30 12:47:09 PM
Short answer no, long answer no. Netflix was first in this space, but this is the same space occupied by premium cable channels. Netflix is a service company and no service company ever continues to generate the kind of returns that Netflix did.

Once the content providers got a look at how much money Netflix was making they started demanding larger fees. This is not done to kill Netflix, but why should Netflix get to generate massive profits off other people's property?

My prediction is that Netflix will eventually wind up either bought out or priced about the same amount as a cable subscription.
 
2012-07-30 12:50:06 PM

Wellon Dowd: enik: Wellon Dowd: And why is Coinstar considered a peer in the entertainment category, unless you enjoy watching people lift 75-pound jars of coins?

Coinstar owns Red Box.

That would explain it.


But your original idea was hilarious.
 
2012-07-30 12:55:31 PM

mcreadyblue: There is enough stuff on Netflix to watch for the next 20 years.


Sure, if you like 70s and 80s b-flicks, black and white westerns and straight to DVD sequals.

Not that it's their fault, mind you. If the studios would be willing to offer reasonable terms on content licensing, Netflix would love to carry their content. But they refuse, so Netflix can't and I pirate. I would prefer not to have to wade through virus infested waters to get what I want, but I'm not going to pander to any company that takes its customers and business model for granted, so I will, because I have the means to do so. It's simple free market economics. They don't offer an acceptable market price, so I will take it for free until they do.
 
2012-07-30 12:59:46 PM

karmaceutical: jjorsett: Netflix really screwed the pooch by eliminating the "put on hold" program. Now you have to outright cancel your subscription to get them to stop. I used to put my account on hold but keep maintaining my queue by adding and moving things around. When enough new releases had come out and there was a healthy backlog of new stuff, I'd turn it on again for a while. Now when its canceled, even though supposedly you can reactivate within a year and get your queue back, the queue is inaccessible. Not being able to add new movies as they come out and see how the queue looks makes me a lot less inclined to ever turn it back on. Dumb move, Netflix.

Maybe they got rid of it because people were abusing it... like the scenario you just described.


In what way is it 'abuse'? And how does forcing people to cancel improve things from Netflix's perspective? All they've done is increase the likelihood that people never return.

Their stated reason for the change is that too many people forgot when the automatic renewal was supposed to happen and when it happened unexpectedly, they got upset.
 
2012-07-30 12:59:52 PM
I can watch Futurama anytime I want, so that's nice.
 
2012-07-30 01:01:49 PM

OregonVet: mcreadyblue: People are just fickle. It's $8 people.

That's pretty much wrong.


No, it's $8/month. What are you talking about?

For $8 monthly their selection is amazing. Not sure what the hell people expect. If you want all the latest releases at your immediate fingertips you're gonna have to pay someone quite a bit more than $8 per month.

/which is why I also keep their DVD-by-mail service
//quit being cheap asses, cheap asses!!!
 
2012-07-30 01:04:15 PM

StrangeQ: mcreadyblue: There is enough stuff on Netflix to watch for the next 20 years.

Sure, if you like 70s and 80s b-flicks, black and white westerns and straight to DVD sequals.


I just watched the Coen brothers version of True Grit last week on Netflix streaming. They have some new stuff. Just not all of it. Also, their TV show selection is awesome. Breaking Bad, Weeds, Arrested Development, The League, etc.
 
2012-07-30 01:08:00 PM
I like Amazon Prime because it has a nice selection of MST3K episodes for free.
 
2012-07-30 01:24:31 PM

Pentaxian: I like Amazon Prime because it has a nice selection of MST3K episodes for free.


Yeah, but overall their selection is garbage. Most of the "must watch" type shows still cost $2 per episode. And their movie selection is seemingly even more dated that Netflix. If you don't use Prime for the free shipping on products, and use it primarily as a video service, it's pretty much a total rip-off.

/yeah, I have Prime
//hardly use it for anything *but* the delivery service
 
2012-07-30 01:44:12 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: Not to mention the free shipping. I LOVE Amazon Prime. I live in a small town 4 hours from Phoenix and 3 hours from Albuquerque. I purchase more from Amazon than from brick-and-mortar retailers.


Holbrook or Springerville?
 
2012-07-30 02:04:26 PM
Cable providers aren't stupid - they'll work with movie makers to get as much content removed from Netflix as possible; then they'll crack down on piracy *after* Netflix is a non-threat.

If that doesn't work; they'll push for download caps.

You'll be paying them no matter what happens.
 
2012-07-30 02:08:44 PM

The Homer Tax: That said, I agree that Nexflix Instant isn't great for watching new movies. It's great for marathon-watching TV shows you might have missed (non HBO).


Moved and seconded. I use a half hour of whatever to help wake me up in the morning as I get ready for work (I've gone through every ep of How I Met Your Mother, am now on 30 Rock, and after that I'll probably switch to the Frasier episodes I skipped in the final seasons).

Netflix instant is how I saw Arrested Development and The Walking Dead. I'm on a Supernatural kick now. Holy flying carp is that a good genre show that doesn't take itself too seriously. After this, I'm thinking Breaking Bad. Then maybe a rewatch of L O S T if nothing else pops up.

/the documentary selection is also pretty good
 
2012-07-30 02:19:51 PM

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: //quit being cheap asses, cheap asses!!!


I'm not being cheap, it's just frustrating that 20+ year old (or four for that matter) movies aren't available. I don't mind some new stuff being available for a limited time..... If I want to watch something I get that title. The issue is certain producers only allow certain things and that is strangling the company. Like stated above. I'd even pay more than $8 if they got more inline with brick-and-mortar. Meh, Some companies don't even allow Netflix by mail on some titles....
 
2012-07-30 02:21:51 PM

ReapTheChaos: Everyone always blames Netflix for their lack of movies, but it's more to do with the powers that be in Hollywood than Netflix. They expect way to much money to show most movies. They're so stuck in their old ways of doing things it's pathetic.


This ^^
 
2012-07-30 02:44:15 PM

K.B.O. Winston: Moved and seconded. I use a half hour of whatever to help wake me up in the morning as I get ready for work (I've gone through every ep of How I Met Your Mother, am now on 30 Rock, and after that I'll probably switch to the Frasier episodes I skipped in the final seasons).

Netflix instant is how I saw Arrested Development and The Walking Dead. I'm on a Supernatural kick now. Holy flying carp is that a good genre show that doesn't take itself too seriously. After this, I'm thinking Breaking Bad. Then maybe a rewatch of L O S T if nothing else pops up.

/the documentary selection is also pretty good


I have an almost 2 year old son, I don't have *that* much free time to watch stuff. I also generally prefer Television series to movies, so Netflix Instant really, really works for me. It's exposed me to a plethora of really high-quality television shows that have since been canceled...or not, I marathon watched the first 4 seasons of Mad Men over the winter to prepare for Season 5, it was awesome. Just a couple off the top of my head that I really liked:

-Firefly
-Veronica Mars (First season mostly)
-Party Down (Starz, so no longer available)
-Peep Show (the best BBC comedy you'venever heard of)
-The IT Crowd
-Friday Night Lights
-Luther (cop drama staring Stringer Bell speakign in a mindfarking british accent)

I just named literally hundreds of hours of entertainment right there. Plus it's great with the kid shows like Dora, Yo Gabba Gabba, etc...It's more than worth the $8 a month to me.
 
2012-07-30 02:46:18 PM
Meh, I had Netflix for a while and was unimpressed...Prime had most of the same vids, and I discovered that if I troll Amazon long enough for the TV shows I want to see, I can score them for just above the same cost as a monthly subscription to Netflix.

/recently got the first season of Deadwood for $10, used
 
2012-07-30 03:03:34 PM

The Homer Tax: It's exposed me to a plethora of really high-quality television shows that have since been canceled...or not, I marathon watched the first 4 seasons of Mad Men over the winter to prepare for Season 5, it was awesome. Just a couple off the top of my head that I really liked:

-Firefly
-Veronica Mars (First season mostly)
-Party Down (Starz, so no longer available)
-Peep Show (the best BBC comedy you'venever heard of)
-The IT Crowd
-Friday Night Lights
-Luther (cop drama staring Stringer Bell speakign in a mindfarking british accent)


I forgot to mention Netflix Instant is where I first saw The IT Crowd. They also have Black Books, by the same person, if you're interested. (I like BB more, but that could be because I used to work in a bookstore.) And speaking of BBC Comedy you might have never heard of, they also have That Mitchell and Webb Look. Some fantastic stuff there. ("Hanz... are we the baddies?")

It's also helped me rule a few things out. Eureeka is a bit twee for me (and what's up with almost all female characters being angry super chicks?) but at least I know that now. Veronica Mars was good, but I'll probably never rewatch it. It relied a bit heavily on the one lead (and on her being consistantly awesome and borderline unflawed), that became a drag after a while. And while I've enjoyed some of what I've seen of Battlestar Galactica, I've also felt it drag from time to time. I might just hit the 'best of' episodes of that and call it a day.

It's also nice to know I can call up any episode of Firefly or the reboot of Doctor Who a the touch of a button. And the chance to watch ST:TNG without paying out a boatload of cash is nice too.

/why yes, I am a pasty-faced geek
 
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