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2013-01-29 09:45:37 PM
Well, that is about the rate they add new movies, at least for the Canadian version. Luckily I have a VPN.
 
2013-01-29 11:37:54 PM
I'd be happy if they just added 5 NEW movies a month.
 
2013-01-30 01:25:58 AM
If cable doesn't move to ala carte channel selections they may make it
 
2013-01-30 01:26:04 AM
if they do original content as well as HBO does, I'll be incredibly impressed.

They should look at doing some adaptations of John Green novels- those would be excellent to watch. I think The Fault in Our Stars has already been purchased, but Paper Towns would be great to watch.
 
2013-01-30 01:29:47 AM

Tarkus: I'd be happy if they just added 5 NEW movies a month.


Oh, they do; they just don't advertise them unless they're blockbusters. And for those you'll have to wait 28 days.
 
2013-01-30 01:30:29 AM
coeyagi, movies you might enjoy:

1) Some dogshiat direct-to-DVD action flick starring Dolph Lundgren
2) Some dogshiat direct-to-DVD action flick starring Cuba Gooding Jr.
3) Phantoms starring Ben Affleck
4) Some dogshiat direct-to-DVD action flick starring Ray Liotta.
5) Gigli.

Nice algorithm you got going there, Lou.
 
2013-01-30 01:33:49 AM

IlGreven: Tarkus: I'd be happy if they just added 5 NEW movies a month.

Oh, they do; they just don't advertise them unless they're blockbusters. And for those you'll have to wait 28 days.


They just added a TON of older Disney movies. I was really excited- I got to watch The Rescuers for the first time since I was a kid.
 
2013-01-30 01:38:19 AM
if they do original content as well as HBO does, I'll be incredibly impressed.

Same here. But they won't. They are a distribution company that doesn't really know about creating content. It isn't something that you can just buy off the street, no matter how they think they can do it.

Also the egos involved that are required to run a studio isn't going to mesh well with the rest of the company where everyone else probably thinks they could make a couple of shows a year, easy.

But who knows, SyFy did have Battlestar Gallactica. There must have been some sort of glitch in the matrix for that show to continue on that horrible channel.
 
2013-01-30 01:38:25 AM

Dragonflew: Well, that is about the rate they add new movies, at least for the Canadian version. Luckily I have a VPN.


Hahah I have Canadian Netflix too!

What I like is the blog "What's New on Netflix Canada". Unfortunately every couple of days they buy the rights to a bunch of worthless movies in Hindi. The movies typically suck ass and the language isn't sexy. I'll watch movies in Mandarin or Japanese or pretty much any European language(not Welsh), but oh god these Indian movies suuuuck.

/waiting for OTHER science fiction shows to show up. (other Trek shows? Please?)
//I know that the broadcast rights were being held up by Bell for a lot of them as they wanted to buy another company and set up a competitor to Netflix, which probably would've cost more and had less content and some forced commercials.
///I haven't delved into the VPN->USA thing because the whole thing is sort of a grey area. I'm held to an extremely high ethical standard for my profession and if it were to become outright "illegal", I'd hate to lose my job because I wanted to watch some shiatty TV shows.
 
2013-01-30 01:38:36 AM
Their whole production strategy is idiotic. People subscribe to Netflix so that they can wait for other people to do the dirty work of watching, criticizing, and rating television shows. "I'll catch it on Netflix" isn't some affirmative, marketing bullshiat. If something is decent, it'll show up on Netflix sooner or later, and I'll just burn through the whole series then. Nobody's going to sit around on a Tuesday night waiting for the next streaming episode of House of Cards to be released. If anything, they'll just wait until they entire series has been released, then watch it based on whether or not the algorithm thinks they'll like it... like they do with every other farking show on your service, Netflix, you dumb farks.
 
2013-01-30 01:43:23 AM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Nobody's going to sit around on a Tuesday night waiting for the next streaming episode of House of Cards to be released.


The entire season of House of Cards will be released this Friday

//you really think they didn't think of this?
 
2013-01-30 01:45:22 AM

lelio: Same here. But they won't. They are a distribution company that doesn't really know about creating content. It isn't something that you can just buy off the street, no matter how they think they can do it.


Well, they are bringing us new episodes of Arrested Development. You have to admit, that's pretty impressive.
 
2013-01-30 01:45:45 AM

lelio: if they do original content as well as HBO does, I'll be incredibly impressed.

Same here. But they won't. They are a distribution company that doesn't really know about creating content. It isn't something that you can just buy off the street, no matter how they think they can do it.

Also the egos involved that are required to run a studio isn't going to mesh well with the rest of the company where everyone else probably thinks they could make a couple of shows a year, easy.

But who knows, SyFy did have Battlestar Gallactica. There must have been some sort of glitch in the matrix for that show to continue on that horrible channel.


It's about building credibility and critical mass. Where the hell did AMC come from all of a sudden? A few hit shows and now production companies are signing up with AMC big time. Not saying Netflix can do it, but they need a hit, and then need to have a few more hits in quick succession to make it a viable plan.
 
2013-01-30 01:46:44 AM
Bring back Better off Ted
 
2013-01-30 01:51:21 AM

Tarkus: I'd be happy if they just added 5 NEW movies a month.


They're adding movies all the time, just most of them are crap. Here's a list of new titles, with the newest first. Looks like about 30 added in the past week. And here's a list of new titles upcoming (though that list is never perfect, usually there's more titles that aren't on there).

The problem isn't the lack of quantity or lack of new titles. The problem is the lack of quality.
 
2013-01-30 01:56:22 AM

moothemagiccow: Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Nobody's going to sit around on a Tuesday night waiting for the next streaming episode of House of Cards to be released.

The entire season of House of Cards will be released this Friday

//you really think they didn't think of this?


With the way they've been running their company lately, I honestly thought they were going to do one a week (or something even dumber).
 
2013-01-30 01:58:02 AM

Genevieve Marie: Well, they are bringing us new episodes of Arrested Development. You have to admit, that's pretty impressive.


It's going to suck, and I say that as a diehard lover of Arrested Development.

It won't be the same.
 
2013-01-30 02:05:22 AM

MadSkillz: What I like is the blog "What's New on Netflix Canada". Unfortunately every couple of days they buy the rights to a bunch of worthless movies in Hindi. The movies typically suck ass and the language isn't sexy. I'll watch movies in Mandarin or Japanese or pretty much any European language(not Welsh), but oh god these Indian movies suuuuck


You're watching the wrong Indian movies.
 
2013-01-30 02:17:10 AM
latimesblogs.latimes.com

Bring it back, and we'll talk.
 
2013-01-30 02:20:21 AM
The addition of Disney should keep them well-stocked for quite some time.

Granted, I say that as a parent, but Disney has a lot under it, including ABC and, more recently, Star Wars. Be nice to see them start moving that content over as it becomes available....

/Canuck
//US feed
 
2013-01-30 02:26:02 AM
<a data-cke-saved-href="<a href=" href="<a href=" http:="" instantwatcher.com="" titles="" 189502"="" target="_blank">The Man From Beijing. from that list is looking pretty good, and compared to a great deal of american made noir;  you're missing out if you're not at least sampling some of those Asian/Scandinavian titles. Henning Makell titles are getting plenty of notice from BBC as they have been adapting his Wallander series with Kenneth Branaugh for several seasons. Do yourself a favor and queue up some of the original Scandinavian titles, you won't be sorry.

US movie studios are squeezing Netflix by metering what they'll release to them etc, etc. Meanwhile, I've been checking out their rapidly expanding foreign titles that netflix is getting in reciprocal deals for getting into those markets as a service. This is an excellent strategy IMO.

For my taste,  the domestic movie market has been pretty 'meh' for a while with all their reboots of better film I grew up seeing already. Foreign titles is where Netflix is beginning to shine and set themselves apart, and it's keeping my viewing pretty interesting. You just have to know what you're looking for, or step outside your comfort zone and try something new once in a while.
 
2013-01-30 02:27:13 AM
//pardon the urlbarf.
 
2013-01-30 02:47:49 AM
I remember when Netflix had a much more user-friendly search feature, where you could even filter by release date and see all the new movies added to the site in a given week. Much better than whatever 75 randomly chosen movies they add to the genre categories.
 
2013-01-30 02:58:03 AM
I just signed up for Netflix's DVD service, and I'm still catching up with slightly older movies I haven't seen. Because I'm bored, here's my queue:

[MIB 3 was first and already returned.]
1. The Aviator
2. The Grey
3. Cowboys and Aliens
4. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
5. Star Trek
6. The Fighter
7. Milk
8. The Cabin in the Woods
9. Dredd
10. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Five of those are 2012 releases. I don't know what qualifies as "new", per se, but Netflix is doing pretty well by me thus far. Heck, Dredd was released not even a month ago on DVD.
 
2013-01-30 03:06:30 AM

corq: <a data-cke-saved-href="<a href=" href="<a href=" http:="" instantwatcher.com="" titles="" 189502"="" target="_blank">The Man From Beijing. from that list is looking pretty good, and compared to a great deal of american made noir;  you're missing out if you're not at least sampling some of those Asian/Scandinavian titles. Henning Makell titles are getting plenty of notice from BBC as they have been adapting his Wallander series with Kenneth Branaugh for several seasons. Do yourself a favor and queue up some of the original Scandinavian titles, you won't be sorry.

US movie studios are squeezing Netflix by metering what they'll release to them etc, etc. Meanwhile, I've been checking out their rapidly expanding foreign titles that netflix is getting in reciprocal deals for getting into those markets as a service. This is an excellent strategy IMO.

For my taste,  the domestic movie market has been pretty 'meh' for a while with all their reboots of better film I grew up seeing already. Foreign titles is where Netflix is beginning to shine and set themselves apart, and it's keeping my viewing pretty interesting. You just have to know what you're looking for, or step outside your comfort zone and try something new once in a while.


www.imfdb.org
The Man From Nowhere did it for me, as far as getting me to look at foreign films. I swear this is the greatest action flick ever made, and every bit the quality of any turd Hollywood pinches off these days. Smilla's Sense of Snow and any of the The Girl With The... movies are great too. As near as I can tell, the worse movies in the world are made in whatever remains of the English Empire.
 
2013-01-30 03:10:06 AM

Wayne 985: Five of those are 2012 releases. I don't know what qualifies as "new", per se, but Netflix is doing pretty well by me thus far. Heck, Dredd was released not even a month ago on DVD


When people complain about Netflix, it's usually about their streaming catalogue. Granted I love it because I can watch documentaries and foreign flicks all day, but that's about it as far as it goes. I think I rewatched Thor the other night as one of their recently added blockbusters. Thor and Iron Man are the movies that keep popping up as evidence that Netflix streaming isn't garbage, and they came out like three years ago and weren't all that good to begin.

The other day I was trying to find something to watch with my niece that wasn't Bubble Guppies (creation of the devil) and I googled "best netflix streaming kids movies" or something like that. I ran through a list of movies like The Iron Giant, Up, Monsters Inc., and a bunch of other classic Disney and Pixar movies. Turns out none of the movies that I was excited about were still streaming, so I just turned on some cartoon from the eighties that I remembered fondly.

That just about sums up Netflix streaming.
 
2013-01-30 03:15:56 AM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Wayne 985: Five of those are 2012 releases. I don't know what qualifies as "new", per se, but Netflix is doing pretty well by me thus far. Heck, Dredd was released not even a month ago on DVD

When people complain about Netflix, it's usually about their streaming catalogue. Granted I love it because I can watch documentaries and foreign flicks all day, but that's about it as far as it goes. I think I rewatched Thor the other night as one of their recently added blockbusters. Thor and Iron Man are the movies that keep popping up as evidence that Netflix streaming isn't garbage, and they came out like three years ago and weren't all that good to begin.

The other day I was trying to find something to watch with my niece that wasn't Bubble Guppies (creation of the devil) and I googled "best netflix streaming kids movies" or something like that. I ran through a list of movies like The Iron Giant, Up, Monsters Inc., and a bunch of other classic Disney and Pixar movies. Turns out none of the movies that I was excited about were still streaming, so I just turned on some cartoon from the eighties that I remembered fondly.

That just about sums up Netflix streaming.


Fair point. My brother has a Netflix streaming account and I have his password... And I've watched maybe a couple movies on it. That selection is pretty minimal, but I always thought of it as a "side dish" to the main course (DVDs).
 
2013-01-30 03:19:22 AM

Supes: Tarkus: I'd be happy if they just added 5 NEW movies a month.

They're adding movies all the time, just most of them are crap. Here's a list of new titles, with the newest first. Looks like about 30 added in the past week. And here's a list of new titles upcoming (though that list is never perfect, usually there's more titles that aren't on there).

The problem isn't the lack of quantity or lack of new titles. The problem is the lack of quality.



Thank you so much. I knew there must be sites with this info, but I hadn't found them. I appreciate it.
 
2013-01-30 03:28:28 AM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Their whole production strategy is idiotic. People subscribe to Netflix so that they can wait for other people to do the dirty work of watching, criticizing, and rating television shows. "I'll catch it on Netflix" isn't some affirmative, marketing bullshiat. If something is decent, it'll show up on Netflix sooner or later, and I'll just burn through the whole series then. Nobody's going to sit around on a Tuesday night waiting for the next streaming episode of House of Cards to be released. If anything, they'll just wait until they entire series has been released, then watch it based on whether or not the algorithm thinks they'll like it... like they do with every other farking show on your service, Netflix, you dumb farks.


I remember reading somewhere that they're releasing all the Arrested Development episodes at once. Whatever they do it's a hell of a lot better than HBO's strategy of only being available to people who want to pay $100 a month for cable or wait an entire year for the DVDs to come out.
 
2013-01-30 03:32:28 AM

Wayne 985: Fair point. My brother has a Netflix streaming account and I have his password... And I've watched maybe a couple movies on it. That selection is pretty minimal, but I always thought of it as a "side dish" to the main course (DVDs).


It used to be, before the executives at Netflix got amped up on methamphetamines and tried to split the company into two parts, Netflix and Flixter (or some equally stupid shiat). For the longest time I had both a DVD and a streaming account, since it was like a couple bucks either way to upgrade to the other. Then they split them apart and made them priced equally, and everyone chose sides. Did they watch enough DVDs in a month to make it worth the price, or was the convenience of streaming more than enough to make up for the lack of selection? It's worthwhile to note that streaming used to have a pretty decent selection all-around. After Netflix chased the dragon it has gradually returned to the state it was when it first launched, so unless you like shiatty American direct-to-video movies and PBS documentaries, you're shiat out of luck.
 
2013-01-30 03:46:15 AM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: After Netflix chased the dragon it has gradually returned to the state it was when it first launched, so unless you like shiatty American direct-to-video movies and PBS documentaries, you're shiat out of luck.


They got a good collection of TV shows (and are adding Adult Swim stuff and FX has been putting more content up) and now they got a bunch of Disney movies. Seems they are improving in the movie department, they were pretty bad a year or so ago.
 
2013-01-30 04:58:41 AM
I really do think that this is a genius move for companies that want to make streaming video available at an affordable price. If the rights holders for the current networks and movie studios won't allow their content to join the party, then do a complete end run around them.

There are plenty of talented people in the world who can create entertaining content. We don't have to give the networks, studios, and cable/satellite companies a big ass cut of the action anymore.
 
2013-01-30 05:01:12 AM
Instantwatcher is kind of a must go to site if you have Netflix. Very handy.

"Lilyhammer" was a pretty good Netflix original series.

There are some really top-notch foreign movies, especially from Korea and China of all genres.
 
2013-01-30 05:09:11 AM
I'm primarily using Netflix for burning through TV shows I used to watch or heard good things about. I just got all caught up on Supernatural (right before they yanked it from streaming, go me) and now I'm burning through Breaking Bad. It's a great way for me to have noise when everyone else is asleep. I can't say as I've had much trouble with their movie selection. I've really enjoyed a lot of what I've pulled up just because it was there, so I've even gone a little out of my comfort zone. But, I don't know what movies are cool and new, I just find that their little star rating thing is a pretty accurate indicator for me.

What I've been rambling, trying to say is that, I'm pleased enough with the Netflix service that I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt when it comes to producing their own shiat. Though I'd urge them to go for quality over quantity.
 
2013-01-30 06:55:21 AM
Wake me up when they offer hard core porn.
 
2013-01-30 07:04:01 AM
House of Cards is not new. It is based on a UK tv show.
 
2013-01-30 07:31:29 AM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Their whole production strategy is idiotic. People subscribe to Netflix so that they can wait for other people to do the dirty work of watching, criticizing, and rating television shows.


I think the point is that they're trying to change that, and building up their library by cooperating with other content distributors has clearly not been working.

I'm with everyone that thinks they have no idea what they're doing (they've also been trying to become their own CDN), but I can at least see the outline of a forward-thinking market strategy here.
 
2013-01-30 07:42:06 AM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Nobody's going to sit around on a Tuesday night waiting for the next streaming episode of House of Cards to be released. If anything, they'll just wait until they entire series has been released


The entire series was released on the same day. As was Lilyhammer. And they plan the same thing for Arrested Development.
 
2013-01-30 07:44:11 AM

coeyagi: 3) Phantoms starring Ben Affleck


Affleck was the bomb in phantoms, yo!

/Do something.
 
2013-01-30 07:58:51 AM
Alas I can't have netflix due to the pathetically small bandwidth limitations on AT&T. 1 or 2 movies a week would go over the limits and so they get away with trying to destoy other streaming services to protect their own network monopoly in the area.
 
2013-01-30 07:58:53 AM
Dropped 'Flix. Got tired of watching movies from 10 years ago.
 
2013-01-30 08:00:37 AM
Netflix has slowly but surely proven its worth. Scoring Disney was a real coup. My friends have kids and Netflix is a godsend for them. My wife is working through all of Doctor Who, and I love finding whatever obscure, old horror movie I can find.

/Now if they'd just get "Watcher in the Woods" on there.
 
2013-01-30 08:08:53 AM
since cable television is conditioning the masses for poverty, (i.e. pawn shops, junkers, storage auctions, repossession). then jail and rehab.television shows where people with blue collar jobs is some how considered entertainment, might as well put a t.v. show about the homeless or soup kitchens and the sad cases that have to eat there.

if you want to experience some hardcore shiat with out having to go to prison., volunteer at a soup kitchen.
 
2013-01-30 08:19:55 AM

BalugaJoe: House of Cards is not new. It is based on a UK tv show.


So are most of the top-rated shows in America. What else is new?
 
2013-01-30 08:21:36 AM
This makes me nervous. If they get into routinely producing high budget, multi-season shows, subscription rates are going to have to go up to pay for that. I wouldn't mind going to $10 or even $15 / month if they are pumping out four or five like The Wire, Breaking Bad, etc. But I don't want the money I'm spending to watch Sons of Anarchy and Arrested Development to go to subsidizing mediocre dreck.
 
2013-01-30 08:41:51 AM
They should probably wait to see how Arrested Development and House of Cards play out before making grandiose statements like that.
 
2013-01-30 08:45:21 AM

CarnySaur: They should probably wait to see how Arrested Development and House of Cards play out before making grandiose statements like that.


No, they should invest a ton of money in a new show based on the firefly universe.
 
2013-01-30 08:49:08 AM

zerkalo: If cable doesn't move to ala carte channel selections they may make it


I don't understand the fetish for a la carte cable. You do know that you're not going to save any money, right?
 
2013-01-30 08:51:22 AM

Tron-tonian: The addition of Disney should keep them well-stocked for quite some time.

Granted, I say that as a parent, but Disney has a lot under it, including ABC and, more recently, Star Wars. Be nice to see them start moving that content over as it becomes available....

/Canuck
//US feed


Phineas and Ferb alone is worth the price of Netflix.
 
2013-01-30 08:58:04 AM

meanmutton: zerkalo: If cable doesn't move to ala carte channel selections they may make it

I don't understand the fetish for a la carte cable. You do know that you're not going to save any money, right?


If you want two channels you probably will. Unless a la carte raises prices to $40 a channel.
 
2013-01-30 08:58:38 AM
I'll never cease to be amazed at people biatching about Netflix's instant watch service. It's 8 bucks a month (a fraction of cable), has a ton of content on demand and is available from pretty much any modern electronic device with a screen and a wi-fi signal.

And people complain that they can't get every film or TV show they'd ever want to see? Cripes, folks. Pay the extra few bucks to get the DVD service, hit the Redbox once in awhile or complement your video watching with something like iTunes or the pay version of Amazon Instant Video.

What I don't understand is Netflix's end game strategy. Sure, they'll have a bunch of original programming, but once they reach the saturation point where they can't get any new subscribers, then what? Are they going to tier the service for original programming? HBO can double-dip on its revenue stream by forcing people to get an expensive subscription through their cable provider and keeping its content locked down and then selling DVDs to non-subscribers. Netflix gets 8 bucks per household and probably won't sell many DVDs because the content is perpetually part of its service.
 
2013-01-30 08:58:41 AM

Disposable Rob: BalugaJoe: House of Cards is not new. It is based on a UK tv show.

So are most of the top-rated shows in America. What else is new?


Neilson TV ratings for the week of January 13th -

1 AFC Championship Game; 2 AFC Champ Post Game; 3 NCIS; 4 NCIS Los Angeles; 5 American Idol - Wednesday; 6 American Idol - Thursday; 7 Criminal Minds; 8 Hawaii 5-0; 9 2 Broke Girls; 10 CSI

Cable:
WWE; WWE; WWE; Gold Rush; Spungbob; NCIS; Pawn Stars; American Pickers; Real Husbands of Hollywood; Pawn Stars

The only British Import on either of those lists is American Idol.
 
2013-01-30 09:01:14 AM

secularsage: What I don't understand is Netflix's end game strategy. Sure, they'll have a bunch of original programming, but once they reach the saturation point where they can't get any new subscribers, then what? Are they going to tier the service for original programming? HBO can double-dip on its revenue stream by forcing people to get an expensive subscription through their cable provider and keeping its content locked down and then selling DVDs to non-subscribers. Netflix gets 8 bucks per household and probably won't sell many DVDs because the content is perpetually part of its service.


That's like saying that you don't understand GM's end game strategy. Sure, they have a bunch of cars, but once everyone has a car, then what?
 
2013-01-30 09:01:48 AM

secularsage: I'll never cease to be amazed at people biatching about Netflix's instant watch service. It's 8 bucks a month (a fraction of cable), has a ton of content on demand and is available from pretty much any modern electronic device with a screen and a wi-fi signal.

And people complain that they can't get every film or TV show they'd ever want to see? Cripes, folks. Pay the extra few bucks to get the DVD service, hit the Redbox once in awhile or complement your video watching with something like iTunes or the pay version of Amazon Instant Video.

What I don't understand is Netflix's end game strategy. Sure, they'll have a bunch of original programming, but once they reach the saturation point where they can't get any new subscribers, then what? Are they going to tier the service for original programming? HBO can double-dip on its revenue stream by forcing people to get an expensive subscription through their cable provider and keeping its content locked down and then selling DVDs to non-subscribers. Netflix gets 8 bucks per household and probably won't sell many DVDs because the content is perpetually part of its service.


They'll still sell discs. People will want real 1080p quality or the ability to let friends watch it and things like Dr horrible proved you could sell DVDs if the bonus features were interesting enough.

I think their real end goal is licensing their content to TV channels. If they have one hit show they can make a good amount in syndication.
 
2013-01-30 09:18:32 AM

meanmutton: zerkalo: If cable doesn't move to ala carte channel selections they may make it

I don't understand the fetish for a la carte cable. You do know that you're not going to save any money, right?


I don't watch sports, and those are the most expensive channels in the entire lineup.

I would save money.
 
2013-01-30 09:32:51 AM

meanmutton: Disposable Rob: BalugaJoe: House of Cards is not new. It is based on a UK tv show.

So are most of the top-rated shows in America. What else is new?

Neilson TV ratings for the week of January 13th -

1 AFC Championship Game; 2 AFC Champ Post Game; 3 NCIS; 4 NCIS Los Angeles; 5 American Idol - Wednesday; 6 American Idol - Thursday; 7 Criminal Minds; 8 Hawaii 5-0; 9 2 Broke Girls; 10 CSI

Cable:
WWE; WWE; WWE; Gold Rush; Spungbob; NCIS; Pawn Stars; American Pickers; Real Husbands of Hollywood; Pawn Stars

The only British Import on either of those lists is American Idol.


AFC Championship Game & AFC Champ Post Game are both loosely based on the British import called Football.
 
2013-01-30 09:34:11 AM

BalugaJoe: House of Cards is not new. It is based on a UK tv show.


Little known fact is that part of the deal after we won the Revolutionary War was the UK had to be the test bed for our television shows.
 
2013-01-30 09:49:43 AM
Netflix is great for watching obscure movies and documentaries. After a year or so you realize it sucks ass and you cancel your subscription.
 
2013-01-30 09:56:03 AM
(Speaking of streaming services here):

Netflix, pretty good all around and covers most of what you want to watch, but missing quite a bit of newer stuff and good older stuff. Mostly movies you'd find in the $5 DVD bin at Walmart.

Hulu Plus, has all of the latest TV shows in excellent streaming quality, movie selection on par with Netflix, just a few different titles here and there. Streaming quality and interface superior to Netflix (my opinion), big drawback is THE ADS ON A SERVICE THAT YOU'RE PAYING FOR OMG WTF. :(

Vudu: Haven't tried it but it seems to be focused on having all the newest movies. idk...
 
2013-01-30 09:57:52 AM

Pick: Dropped 'Flix. Got tired of watching movies from 10 years ago.


OMG, you're right! There is absolutely nothing watchable that was produced before 2003.
 
2013-01-30 10:03:30 AM

coeyagi: coeyagi, movies you might enjoy:

1) Some dogshiat direct-to-DVD action flick starring Dolph Lundgren
2) Some dogshiat direct-to-DVD action flick starring Cuba Gooding Jr.
3) Phantoms starring Ben Affleck
4) Some dogshiat direct-to-DVD action flick starring Ray Liotta.
5) Gigli.

Nice algorithm you got going there, Lou.


At least your algorithm has *you* in mind. my girlfriend's seven-year-old girl is into the Disney Channel and whenever I log in to Netflix I get bombarded with crap like "Jessie", "Austin and Ally" and whatever crap show featuring "precocious," smart-ass, "funny" kids they have to peddle.

/Shudders
 
2013-01-30 10:16:55 AM

limeyfellow: Alas I can't have netflix due to the pathetically small bandwidth limitations on AT&T. 1 or 2 movies a week would go over the limits and so they get away with trying to destoy other streaming services to protect their own network monopoly in the area.


Do you have a different AT&T service than me? My U-Verse has a cap of 250GB a month. That's far more than 1 or 2 movies a week. I've never once gotten even close to hitting my cap and I'm constantly streaming shows on Netflix/Hulu/Roku.
 
2013-01-30 10:30:35 AM

lelio: Same here. But they won't. They are a distribution company that doesn't really know about creating content. It isn't something that you can just buy off the street, no matter how they think they can do it.


Supes: Tarkus: I'd be happy if they just added 5 NEW movies a month.

They're adding movies all the time, just most of them are crap. Here's a list of new titles, with the newest first. Looks like about 30 added in the past week. And here's a list of new titles upcoming (though that list is never perfect, usually there's more titles that aren't on there).

The problem isn't the lack of quantity or lack of new titles. The problem is the lack of quality.


Seems to be a problem with the entire entertainment industry, not Netflix. The average local Red Box is filled with 95% unwatchable shiate.
 
2013-01-30 10:42:13 AM

flaminio: Pick: Dropped 'Flix. Got tired of watching movies from 10 years ago.

OMG, you're right! There is absolutely nothing watchable that was produced before 2003.


Brah, why would you want to settle for some boring old movie from the 80s when you can just go down to your local Red Box and pick up some AMAZING pieces cinema that the studios are currently releasing?

images.redbox.com

upload.wikimedia.org

upload.wikimedia.org

Sorry Netflix, until you start adding some QUALITY new releases like this, you won't get my money bro.
 
2013-01-30 10:47:46 AM

BullBearMS: meanmutton: zerkalo: If cable doesn't move to ala carte channel selections they may make it

I don't understand the fetish for a la carte cable. You do know that you're not going to save any money, right?

I don't watch sports, and those are the most expensive channels in the entire lineup.

I would save money.


They will just hike the price of the channels you do watch until you're paying about what you're paying now.
 
2013-01-30 10:49:56 AM

theurge14: (Speaking of streaming services here):

Netflix, pretty good all around and covers most of what you want to watch, but missing quite a bit of newer stuff and good older stuff. Mostly movies you'd find in the $5 DVD bin at Walmart.

Hulu Plus, has all of the latest TV shows in excellent streaming quality, movie selection on par with Netflix, just a few different titles here and there. Streaming quality and interface superior to Netflix (my opinion), big drawback is THE ADS ON A SERVICE THAT YOU'RE PAYING FOR OMG WTF. :(

Vudu: Haven't tried it but it seems to be focused on having all the newest movies. idk...


Vudu is pretty slick. It's a PPV, on-demand style and the broadcast quality so far has been VASTLY superior to Comcast's OnDemand service.
 
2013-01-30 11:10:40 AM

theurge14: Hulu Plus, has all of the latest TV shows in excellent streaming quality, movie selection on par with Netflix, just a few different titles here and there. Streaming quality and interface superior to Netflix (my opinion), big drawback is THE ADS ON A SERVICE THAT YOU'RE PAYING FOR OMG WTF. :(


I have to disagree with you here. Hulu doesn't have the same selection as Netflix, or even Amazon. Netflix has spent about $5 billion on content licensing. Amazon about $1 billion. Hulu has about $500 million worth of content.

Aside from that, I'm not sure Hulu as we know it is much longer for this world. It's parent companies had to feed it about $100 million cash last year to keep it afloat, and it's already been reported that they're going to need even more cash this year. One of the founding parent companies jumped ship and had to be bought out. This brings up a few possibilities down the road. One: The founding media conglomerates just cut their loses and eat a big slice of humble pie and admit that just providing streaming access to their licensed content isn't the cornerstone to a cashcow business model. If so, guys like Fox and NBC will have to come up with their own individual pay models. Netflix and Amazon can feast off the dead carcass of what little licensing rights Hulu did have (as a Netflix subscriber, I would give my right one if they could get the Criterion Collection rights). Or maybe someone else with big pockets comes in and buys it Google reportedly offered $4 billion for Hulu, but they wanted complete and total exclusivity rights to the content of the parent owner companies and they weren't giving that up).
 
2013-01-30 11:17:34 AM
I kept getting all these recommendations for bird documentaries because I liked Flight of the Conchords.
 
2013-01-30 11:35:21 AM

flaminio: Pick: Dropped 'Flix. Got tired of watching movies from 10 years ago.

OMG, you're right! There is absolutely nothing watchable that was produced before 2003.


We are truly in a golden age of cinema
 
2013-01-30 11:36:57 AM

meanmutton: Vudu is pretty slick. It's a PPV, on-demand style and the broadcast quality so far has been VASTLY superior to Comcast's OnDemand service


I've never had any complaints with Vudu. For me, its best feature is that it's tied in with Wal-Mart DVDs and Blu Rays. I can buy a movie and watch in the player, stream it, download it to the PS3, etc; much easier than ripping & streaming/transcoding/whatever (though I still do :p). Lots, if not all, of the content is in HD, which is great since it costs the same as my cable's 8 channel, SD only PPV -- 3 of the PPV channels are crappy, expensive porn, 1 or 2 are usually dedicated to WWE and MMA while the rest just show the past six months' "hits".
 
2013-01-30 12:26:31 PM
HBO is crap.

Netflix is awesome. Vudu is cool. Hulu is good.

DL tv torrents instead of DVR. ta-da
 
2013-01-30 01:00:26 PM

Dragonflew: Well, that is about the rate they add new movies, at least for the Canadian version. Luckily I have a VPN.


If anybody asks, you didn't hear about this from me.

Link
 
2013-01-30 01:12:11 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I remember when Netflix had a much more user-friendly search feature, where you could even filter by release date and see all the new movies added to the site in a given week. Much better than whatever 75 randomly chosen movies they add to the genre categories.


Try http://feedfliks.com/search
i470.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-30 01:34:44 PM

Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Dragonflew: Well, that is about the rate they add new movies, at least for the Canadian version. Luckily I have a VPN.

If anybody asks, you didn't hear about this from me.

Link


Aware of that, but thanks. I like my VPN, it is reliable and a lot more secure.
 
2013-01-30 02:35:15 PM
I'm ok with this assuming they give me at least 1 good Sci-Fi series.
 
2013-01-30 02:36:52 PM
House of Cards looks like a really tawdry version of The West Wing, so I'm all in for that in a week. That plus AD plus the pretty good selection of TV shows they have available is more than enough, not to mention that we enjoy docs and indie releases and Netflix has lots of those too.
 
2013-01-30 02:39:07 PM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Wayne 985: Five of those are 2012 releases. I don't know what qualifies as "new", per se, but Netflix is doing pretty well by me thus far. Heck, Dredd was released not even a month ago on DVD

When people complain about Netflix, it's usually about their streaming catalogue. Granted I love it because I can watch documentaries and foreign flicks all day, but that's about it as far as it goes. I think I rewatched Thor the other night as one of their recently added blockbusters. Thor and Iron Man are the movies that keep popping up as evidence that Netflix streaming isn't garbage, and they came out like three years ago and weren't all that good to begin.

The other day I was trying to find something to watch with my niece that wasn't Bubble Guppies (creation of the devil) and I googled "best netflix streaming kids movies" or something like that. I ran through a list of movies like The Iron Giant, Up, Monsters Inc., and a bunch of other classic Disney and Pixar movies. Turns out none of the movies that I was excited about were still streaming, so I just turned on some cartoon from the eighties that I remembered fondly.

That just about sums up Netflix streaming.


Hey now. Iron Man might be five years old, but it's also the best superhero movie ever made by a wide margin.

Thor, on the other hand, is the epitome of "not that good."
 
2013-01-30 02:55:46 PM

Tarkus: I'd be happy if they just added 5 NEW movies a month.


As long as new=produced in the past 2 yers and not just a new icon for me to scroll past because i dont want to watch a movie from 1995
 
2013-01-30 03:02:11 PM
"Take my love, take my land, air us on the Netflix chan...nel..."
 
2013-01-30 03:21:25 PM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Their whole production strategy is idiotic. People subscribe to Netflix so that they can wait for other people to do the dirty work of watching, criticizing, and rating television shows. "I'll catch it on Netflix" isn't some affirmative, marketing bullshiat. If something is decent, it'll show up on Netflix sooner or later, and I'll just burn through the whole series then. Nobody's going to sit around on a Tuesday night waiting for the next streaming episode of House of Cards to be released. If anything, they'll just wait until they entire series has been released, then watch it based on whether or not the algorithm thinks they'll like it... like they do with every other farking show on your service, Netflix, you dumb farks.


They are bringing back arrested development and it's a full season at once, thank you Netflix indeed. Very happy customer here!
 
2013-01-30 03:51:55 PM
Well, that article cetainly answered my question, raised by the headline, namely, do they want to make five new shows a year or simply air five new episodes a year like HMO?

This is probably good news.

Television began as stations produced their own shows. Cheap crap like the news, weather, sitcoms, reading the newspaper and comics on air.
Then networks sprang up to re-air shows produced by stations.
Then networks made the new shows and stations increasing just aired them. Production values soared while originality plummeted.
Then cable aired the shows made by networks. Everything plummeted as cable stations aired the kind of crap you see in hotel rooms: a news feed, restaurant ads, lots of pornography, really, really bad movies and old episodes of Gilligan's Island.
Then cable produced new shows and aired them on their own channels. Originality soared and production values plummeted.
Then everybody made TV shows and quality dropped like a stone because face it, everybody has a show in them but only a few, a lucky few, can pull that sucker out faster than you remove a Guinea worm with a pencil and penknife.
Then Fox invented the reality show (well, sort of) and crap reigned supreme. Bad taste and misinformaiton became the whole point. Schlock TV and Tabloid TV were the double kings of misinfotainment.
Now rental companies are either going out of business or airing movies and TV shows over the web, making them rich enough to make new shows.

The shows made in stage one (one camera sitcoms and after I love Lucy, three camer sitcoms) are still among the best, but now that talented people have demonstrated that the only thing you need to make good entertainment is talented people and a little money, there's no telling where entertainment is going.

Follow the money. It is exploding in all directions. You'll be lucky if you have a pair of pants to cover your ass in a couple of years time. Because it is exploding out of your pockets.

My guess is that we will end up like the mythical island where everybody makes a precarious living doing each other's laundry. Forget fifteen minutes of fame. If you're not a prostitute, how are you going to provide 11 minutes a week of new footage (cartoonist) or two minutes (your cat being cat-like)?
 
2013-01-30 03:54:57 PM

Paleorific: Instantwatcher is kind of a must go to site if you have Netflix. Very handy.

"Lilyhammer" was a pretty good Netflix original series.

There are some really top-notch foreign movies, especially from Korea and China of all genres.


I was previously unfamiliar with Instantwatcher, btw, so thank you.

Also, was glad to see someone posted that Lilyhammer was good. I enjoyed it, especially for it seeming to be a relatively low budget project that was really not aggressively marketed at all. Looking forward to a second season at some point.
 
2013-01-30 04:11:12 PM
Here's my synopsis of HBO's history.

Hi there. For a fee we will provide broadcasting of movies that were quite recently in the theaters.

Ya know, this is a little more pricey than we thought. We have to raise fees.

Ya know, what with the infrastructure needs and the studios charging more we need to raise fees.

(repeat several times)

We know we said no commercials but this movie that's ending at 25 minutes before the top of the hour? We're going to fill that with self promotions. But they're not commercials.

Hey look, we had some spare change left over so made a cheap movie. But seriously, we didn't overcharge you for the movies we're showing.

Did you know we built a studio and are going to produce our own mini-series and other productions? But seriously, infrastructure costs.

etc
 
2013-01-30 04:18:04 PM

Dragonflew: Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Dragonflew: Well, that is about the rate they add new movies, at least for the Canadian version. Luckily I have a VPN.

If anybody asks, you didn't hear about this from me.

Link

Aware of that, but thanks. I like my VPN, it is reliable and a lot more secure.


Mind sharing what VPN you use? I am looking for a way to access NHL center ice from anywhere out of my region. Wouldnt mind access to the US Netflix either.
 
2013-01-30 04:31:34 PM

The Thoroughbred of Sin: Dragonflew: Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Dragonflew: Well, that is about the rate they add new movies, at least for the Canadian version. Luckily I have a VPN.

If anybody asks, you didn't hear about this from me.

Link

Aware of that, but thanks. I like my VPN, it is reliable and a lot more secure.

Mind sharing what VPN you use? I am looking for a way to access NHL center ice from anywhere out of my region. Wouldnt mind access to the US Netflix either.


Look up BearTunnel.
 
2013-01-30 04:31:37 PM

Doogled: Bring it back, and we'll talk.


They really should. Despite being cancelled it has alot of fans out there. It was marketed horribly by FX.
 
2013-01-30 04:32:10 PM

theurge14: The Thoroughbred of Sin: Dragonflew: Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Dragonflew: Well, that is about the rate they add new movies, at least for the Canadian version. Luckily I have a VPN.

If anybody asks, you didn't hear about this from me.

Link

Aware of that, but thanks. I like my VPN, it is reliable and a lot more secure.

Mind sharing what VPN you use? I am looking for a way to access NHL center ice from anywhere out of my region. Wouldnt mind access to the US Netflix either.

Look up BearTunnel.


Sorry, TunnelBear. :)
 
2013-01-30 04:33:45 PM
If Netflix managed to get Vince Gilligan to produce a series for them after he wraps up Breaking Bad, I'd keep my subscription through the run of the show.
 
2013-01-30 04:45:19 PM
I buy dvd tv shows. I hate streaming. I have over 25 up to date / full series of tv shows on dvd.
 
2013-01-30 05:10:45 PM
Maybe Joss aught to negotiate starting Firefly back up with Netflix.

There, I said it!

Burn me in effigy!
 
2013-01-30 05:20:58 PM

Agent Smiths Laugh: Maybe Joss aught to negotiate starting Firefly back up with Netflix.

There, I said it!

Burn me in effigy!


That guy is on Castle though
 
2013-01-30 06:01:22 PM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Their whole production strategy is idiotic. People subscribe to Netflix so that they can wait for other people to do the dirty work of watching, criticizing, and rating television shows. "I'll catch it on Netflix" isn't some affirmative, marketing bullshiat. If something is decent, it'll show up on Netflix sooner or later, and I'll just burn through the whole series then. Nobody's going to sit around on a Tuesday night waiting for the next streaming episode of House of Cards to be released. If anything, they'll just wait until they entire series has been released, then watch it based on whether or not the algorithm thinks they'll like it... like they do with every other farking show on your service, Netflix, you dumb farks.


They are releasing all episodes all at once. Which is precisely why they can fill a niche that even HBO can't occupy, because HBO needs a vehicle that will draw people to schedule their entire Sunday Nights around every week for 4 or 5 months. Netflix just needs to draw or keep a subscriber. Netflix can just walk up to some heavy hitter marketable creative name like David Lynch or David Mamet or Steven Soderbergh and say "You ever had an idea about a show, but couldn't find anyone to green light it because it was just 4 characters sitting around talking at the breakfast table for 10 hours? We'll make it for you. You'll have no censorship restrictions or sponsors/advertisers afraid of boycotts or front office execs telling you what to do. Just make it dirt cheap and let us market it as 'David Lynch Presents......' so that we can use your name draw/keep subscribers."
 
2013-01-30 06:35:06 PM

The Thoroughbred of Sin: Dragonflew: Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Dragonflew: Well, that is about the rate they add new movies, at least for the Canadian version. Luckily I have a VPN.

If anybody asks, you didn't hear about this from me.

Link

Aware of that, but thanks. I like my VPN, it is reliable and a lot more secure.

Mind sharing what VPN you use? I am looking for a way to access NHL center ice from anywhere out of my region. Wouldnt mind access to the US Netflix either.


hidemyass.com

40,500+ IP's in 53 countries.  They also allow you to have two simultaneous connections on your account.  I have tried a few, and I am happiest with this one.
 
2013-01-30 07:03:20 PM
Pick up Young Justice, Green Lantern & Thundercats from the pathetic Cartoon Channel and Alphas & Eureka from irrelevant SYFY and I am in.
 
2013-01-30 08:04:33 PM
I think it is a strategic mistake.  Plenty of great original programming out there already and Netflix isn't even in that business. What I think will happen is they will invest millions into it and end up putting out a subpar product that no one will want to pay for. They should stick to what they do - providing existing content.  They should invest in expanding their library as their selection is lacking.  And I don't want to hear that mailing a DVD is a convenient and viable option.  It isn't.  Those movies should be available for streaming just like the others.
 
2013-01-30 09:36:37 PM

Pumpernickel bread: I think it is a strategic mistake.  Plenty of great original programming out there already and Netflix isn't even in that business. What I think will happen is they will invest millions into it and end up putting out a subpar product that no one will want to pay for. They should stick to what they do - providing existing content.  They should invest in expanding their library as their selection is lacking.  And I don't want to hear that mailing a DVD is a convenient and viable option.  It isn't.  Those movies should be available for streaming just like the others.


If Paramount wants them to charge them an arm and a leg  for licensing content  rights for Caroline in the City or some other  crap television sitcom that no one even wanted to watch when it was on 5 years ago, why wouldn't they be better off allocating that money towards something in house that could possibly not suck?   Nothing they're making looks like it's going to break the bank.     I watched Lillyhammer, and it definitely was pretty low budget.  A new Ricky Gervais mockumentary that's already been commissioned and aired by the BBC (and his stuff is  never high production).   A new show by  Jenji Kohan  (creater of Weeds), who also doesn't make expensive shows.    Another horror/thriller produced by Eli Roth that also looks like it's not going to break the bank.
 
2013-01-30 10:03:41 PM
I'm all for it. I don't subscribe to cable, and won't. It's not worth it to me. I'd much rather watch shows I want to watch when I want to watch them. The various Internet services and Redbox are enough for me. Even paying for a few of these every month, plus my Internet connection, I spend significantly less than I would on even the lowest tier of cable television.

Netflix could do a better job of separating their TV shows and movies, though. I like how Amazon Prime VOD does it- TV shows are totally separate from movies. When I'm in the mood for a movie, I don't want to have to sift through a bunch of reality show bullshiat. I cut the cord to escape that crap.
 
2013-01-31 03:56:32 PM

meanmutton: Disposable Rob: BalugaJoe: House of Cards is not new. It is based on a UK tv show.

So are most of the top-rated shows in America. What else is new?

Neilson TV ratings for the week of January 13th -

1 AFC Championship Game; 2 AFC Champ Post Game; 3 NCIS; 4 NCIS Los Angeles; 5 American Idol - Wednesday; 6 American Idol - Thursday; 7 Criminal Minds; 8 Hawaii 5-0; 9 2 Broke Girls; 10 CSI


Man, your post combined with your point is comedy gold.

1 AFC Championship Game - Not new. NFL was formed in 1920.
2 AFC Champ Post Game - Not new. NFL was formed in 1920.
3 NCIS - Not new. Based on JAG.
4 NCIS Los Angeles - Not new. Based on NCIS.
5 American Idol - Wednesday - Not new. 10 years old.
6 American Idol - Thursday - Not new. 10 years old.
7 Criminal Minds - Not new. 7 years old.
8 Hawaii 5-0 - LOL. Not new. Based on a show that premiered in the 60s.
9 2 Broke Girls - Finally! Something new!
10 CSI - Not new. 12 years old.
 
2013-02-01 04:26:03 AM

coeyagi: coeyagi, movies you might enjoy:

1) Some dogshiat direct-to-DVD action flick starring Dolph Lundgren
2) Some dogshiat direct-to-DVD action flick starring Cuba Gooding Jr.
3) Phantoms starring Ben Affleck
4) Some dogshiat direct-to-DVD action flick starring Ray Liotta.
5) Gigli.

Nice algorithm you got going there, Lou.



Its funny because its true!

/still by far better value than the shiatfest that is cable television
 
2013-02-01 04:30:13 AM

Bashar and Asma's Infinite Playlist: Genevieve Marie: Well, they are bringing us new episodes of Arrested Development. You have to admit, that's pretty impressive.

It's going to suck, and I say that as a diehard lover of Arrested Development.

It won't be the same.



You sound edgy.
 
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