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(The New York Times)   Netflix continues its quest to become the best Premium cable channel not on cable by inking a deal that has Dreamworks providing the streaming video service with over 300 hours of original programming   (nytimes.com) divider line 52
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2013-06-17 01:12:43 PM
And now is the time where I laugh heartily at all the people who predicted doom for Netflix because they started charging them $8 a month more than previously.
 
2013-06-17 01:18:43 PM

Mad_Radhu: And now is the time where I laugh heartily at all the people who predicted doom for Netflix because they started charging them $8 a month more than previously.


I think it was the way Netflix handled things that annoyed people the most. People learned about via press release rather than the company. If Netflix had warned their customers before the news got out, they wouldn't have caught so much grief.
 
2013-06-17 01:19:43 PM
Yay and boo.

Yay that Netflix is getting more content, but boo for exclusivity.  I don't want to have to get a bunch of different subscriptions to get content, and it's just going to drive people back to pirating if it's easier to get an episide of Dora from *S*N*T than having your kid remember if it's on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.
 
2013-06-17 01:22:26 PM
Again, Netflix is showing that they have this whole kids entertainment thing on lock-down.  My daughter doesn't watch a lot of TV but when she does it is ALWAYS on Netflix.  No commercials, I can tightly restrict what shows she watches, and there's a huge quantity of really good programming out there.
 
2013-06-17 01:22:29 PM

Mad_Radhu: And now is the time where I laugh heartily at all the people who predicted doom for Netflix because they started charging them $8 a month more than previously.


David Wells stated Netflix was not going to pursue original programming and they were going to sell off their DVD segment. That's why people said Netflix was doomed. Both of those ideas have been abandoned and Netflix is doing much better.

Somebody slapped some sense into Mr. Wells. He should take that person out for dinner with a professional happy ending.
 
2013-06-17 01:23:29 PM
My best premium cable channel not on cable:

img2u.info

Combined with CouchPotato, SABNZBD Plus, tvMobili, and HeadPhones...
 
2013-06-17 01:23:45 PM
Oh yay, 300 hours of this face

i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-17 01:24:07 PM

enry: Yay and boo.

Yay that Netflix is getting more content, but boo for exclusivity.  I don't want to have to get a bunch of different subscriptions to get content, and it's just going to drive people back to pirating if it's easier to get an episide of Dora from *S*N*T than having your kid remember if it's on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.


Pirating is never going to be easier than streaming.  That said, get a Roku.  You can do a single search on Roku and it'll show you where a particular movie or TV show is on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Vudu, etc.
 
2013-06-17 01:27:47 PM

Copperbelly watersnake: Mad_Radhu: And now is the time where I laugh heartily at all the people who predicted doom for Netflix because they started charging them $8 a month more than previously.

I think it was the way Netflix handled things that annoyed people the most. People learned about via press release rather than the company. If Netflix had warned their customers before the news got out, they wouldn't have caught so much grief.


It was a brilliant long term move.

They wanted out of the DVD market.  The postage was costing them a lot of money, probably also to have all those distribution centers around.  The time was ripe to get people to move to streaming, so they made it easy for people who already had both to ditch the DVD.  Take a short term hit from the user community but pretty much ditch that business.
 
2013-06-17 01:28:08 PM

CavalierEternal: Oh yay, 300 hours of this face

[i.imgur.com image 821x1024]


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2013-06-17 01:40:20 PM

Snapper Carr: CavalierEternal: Oh yay, 300 hours of this face

[i.imgur.com image 821x1024]

[farm3.static.flickr.com image 324x500]


I don't see how this picture is relevant.
 
2013-06-17 01:42:14 PM

f4rmerbob: Snapper Carr: CavalierEternal: Oh yay, 300 hours of this face

[i.imgur.com image 821x1024]

[farm3.static.flickr.com image 324x500]

I don't see how this picture is relevant.


He's pointing out a lot of pixar characters make 'that face' too.
 
2013-06-17 01:57:55 PM
If only Netflix still carried movies I want to watch ...
 
2013-06-17 02:08:27 PM

Ambitwistor: If only Netflix still carried movies I want to watch ...


I understand why they don't have the latest big hits, but I'd like to see more of the deep studio catalogs.  Instead it's going the other direction: Warner's catalog (a tiny portion of it, that is) is now its own separate streaming service.  Netflix's classics section is getting a bit thin - in part due to removals, in due to the fact that I've now seen most of the one's that look interesting.

/of course, I remember when you could only see old films cut for TV (and with ads) or at revival theaters.  It's tough to complain about movies getting streamed right to my home.
 
2013-06-17 02:09:54 PM
In a multiyear deal announced early on Monday, DreamWorks Animation will supply a torrent of new episodic TV programs to the Internet streaming service.

Wonder if that was Freudian or coincidental.

meanmutton: Pirating is never going to be easier than streaming.


True, right up to the moment that the streaming company's license on content expires when you're half way through watching all the episodes. In general though, streaming has been a good thing and has helped prove that when you price reasonably and make access convenient, piracy becomes a minor issue.
 
2013-06-17 02:14:37 PM

meanmutton: enry: Yay and boo.

Yay that Netflix is getting more content, but boo for exclusivity.  I don't want to have to get a bunch of different subscriptions to get content, and it's just going to drive people back to pirating if it's easier to get an episide of Dora from *S*N*T than having your kid remember if it's on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.

Pirating is never going to be easier than streaming.  That said, get a Roku.  You can do a single search on Roku and it'll show you where a particular movie or TV show is on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Vudu, etc.


Roku has the most channels of any device, but unfortunately, for every new channel it adds, it also adds several religious channels.
 
2013-06-17 02:20:50 PM

LesserEvil: My best premium cable channel not on cable:

[img2u.info image 359x99]

Combined with CouchPotato, SABNZBD Plus, tvMobili, and HeadPhones...


I've been a happy SB/SAB user for more than two years now.  This past December, after NZBMatrix went away, I spun up my own Newznab indexing server on my VMware machine (nothing major, an old quad core).  If you like to fiddle and are a serious/enthusiast Usenet user, I recommend it.
 
2013-06-17 02:22:16 PM

enry: Yay and boo.

Yay that Netflix is getting more content, but boo for exclusivity.  I don't want to have to get a bunch of different subscriptions to get content, and it's just going to drive people back to pirating if it's easier to get an episide of Dora from *S*N*T than having your kid remember if it's on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.


So, we've come full circle back to having just 3 channels on TV.  My mom loved to brag about this for some reason.
 
2013-06-17 02:23:28 PM

Snapper Carr: CavalierEternal: Oh yay, 300 hours of this face

[i.imgur.com image 821x1024]

[farm3.static.flickr.com image 324x500]


There may be 2, possibly 3 of the "Dreamworks" face in there.
 
2013-06-17 02:27:42 PM

theurge14: Snapper Carr: CavalierEternal: Oh yay, 300 hours of this face

[i.imgur.com image 821x1024]

[farm3.static.flickr.com image 324x500]

There may be 2, possibly 3 of the "Dreamworks" face in there.


Yeah, whoever made that image seems to have missed the point entirely. They even included the freaking lamp. Apparently they think the Dreamworks Face can be done without facial features.
 
2013-06-17 02:36:46 PM

Latinwolf: meanmutton: enry: Yay and boo.

Yay that Netflix is getting more content, but boo for exclusivity.  I don't want to have to get a bunch of different subscriptions to get content, and it's just going to drive people back to pirating if it's easier to get an episide of Dora from *S*N*T than having your kid remember if it's on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon.

Pirating is never going to be easier than streaming.  That said, get a Roku.  You can do a single search on Roku and it'll show you where a particular movie or TV show is on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Vudu, etc.

Roku has the most channels of any device, but unfortunately, for every new channel it adds, it also adds several religious channels.


Why "unfortunately"?  Does someone hack into your Roku account and add these channels to your screen?
 
2013-06-17 02:39:53 PM

EngineerAU: In a multiyear deal announced early on Monday, DreamWorks Animation will supply a torrent of new episodic TV programs to the Internet streaming service.

Wonder if that was Freudian or coincidental.

meanmutton: Pirating is never going to be easier than streaming.

True, right up to the moment that the streaming company's license on content expires when you're half way through watching all the episodes. In general though, streaming has been a good thing and has helped prove that when you price reasonably and make access convenient, piracy becomes a minor issue.


Wade_Wilson: theurge14: Snapper Carr: CavalierEternal: Oh yay, 300 hours of this face

[i.imgur.com image 821x1024]

[farm3.static.flickr.com image 324x500]

There may be 2, possibly 3 of the "Dreamworks" face in there.

Yeah, whoever made that image seems to have missed the point entirely. They even included the freaking lamp. Apparently they think the Dreamworks Face can be done without facial features.


I'm totally missing whatever this "Dreamworks Face" is because I certainly see the same facial expression (a rather innocuous half-grin) in a ton of these from both pictures.
 
2013-06-17 03:08:47 PM

Ambitwistor: If only Netflix still carried movies I want to watch ...


Very much THIS. Was in the mood to watch something a few weeks ago and had to plug in nearly two dozen titles before I got a hit:

And Justice For All
Avatar
Back to the Beach
Blade Runner
The Butterfly Effect
Castle Of Blood
Despicable Me
Gone In 60 Seconds
Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows (NO Harry Potter movies at all)
Idiocracy
Judge Dredd
Man on Fire
Promethius
Push
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
Seven (Se7en)
Sleeper
TURK182
Wanted

 I ended up watching Atlas Shrugged. They don't have part 2. Fark them, gonna cancel at the end of the month.
 
2013-06-17 03:12:50 PM
Dreamworks basically sucks except for Kung Fu Panda in my view, but this is awesome just because major content providers are still signing up with Netflix.
 
2013-06-17 03:21:35 PM
So we're going to get 300 hours of kid's shows that are knock-offs of Dreamworks movies.  Great.  Obviously this is great for their kid's programming, but its not a gamechanger by any means, especially since, as TFA noted, Dreamworks already does this with Nickelodeon.  This is the just the continuation of Netflix turning into a cable channel.
 
2013-06-17 03:24:23 PM
...and how much will Netflix have to increase their monthly rates in order to pay for 300 hours of exclusive Dreamworks content?
 
2013-06-17 03:52:56 PM

DigitalCoffee: Ambitwistor: If only Netflix still carried movies I want to watch ...

Very much THIS. Was in the mood to watch something a few weeks ago and had to plug in nearly two dozen titles before I got a hit:

And Justice For All
Avatar
Back to the Beach
Blade Runner
The Butterfly Effect
Castle Of Blood
Despicable Me
Gone In 60 Seconds
Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows (NO Harry Potter movies at all)
Idiocracy
Judge Dredd
Man on Fire
Promethius
Push
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
Seven (Se7en)
Sleeper
TURK182
Wanted

 I ended up watching Atlas Shrugged. They don't have part 2. Fark them, gonna cancel at the end of the month.


Netflix is good for TV programs, not movies.
 
2013-06-17 04:12:39 PM
About time! Wall-e has been on vacation from Netflix streaming for 2+ years.
 
2013-06-17 04:15:01 PM
J/K I know Pixar isn't back yet.
 
2013-06-17 04:15:44 PM

DigitalCoffee: Ambitwistor: If only Netflix still carried movies I want to watch ...

Very much THIS. Was in the mood to watch something a few weeks ago and had to plug in nearly two dozen titles before I got a hit:

And Justice For All
Avatar
Back to the Beach
Blade Runner
The Butterfly Effect
Castle Of Blood
Despicable Me
Gone In 60 Seconds
Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows (NO Harry Potter movies at all)
Idiocracy
Judge Dredd
Man on Fire
Promethius
Push
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
Seven (Se7en)
Sleeper
TURK182
Wanted

 I ended up watching Atlas Shrugged. They don't have part 2. Fark them, gonna cancel at the end of the month.


It's better if you browse for something you like rather than search for something specific. A lot of their stuff is obscure but very good.
 
2013-06-17 04:16:03 PM

meanmutton: DigitalCoffee: Ambitwistor: If only Netflix still carried movies I want to watch ...

Very much THIS. Was in the mood to watch something a few weeks ago and had to plug in nearly two dozen titles before I got a hit:

And Justice For All
Avatar
Back to the Beach
Blade Runner
The Butterfly Effect
Castle Of Blood
Despicable Me
Gone In 60 Seconds
Harry Potter & Deathly Hallows (NO Harry Potter movies at all)
Idiocracy
Judge Dredd
Man on Fire
Promethius
Push
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins
Seven (Se7en)
Sleeper
TURK182
Wanted

 I ended up watching Atlas Shrugged. They don't have part 2. Fark them, gonna cancel at the end of the month.

Netflix is good for TV programs, not movies.


What service is best for movies? I just got rid of cable entirely, and am relying on Netflix to keep me entertained until I find more stuff to watch. I agree, it is good for TV shows, but lacks in the movie department. Hulu Plus worth a damn?
 
2013-06-17 04:32:53 PM
dreamworks?

never heard of it...

just tell me the day when HBO programming becomes available streaming without a cable account.
 
2013-06-17 04:45:13 PM
I end up using http://www.canistream.it/

It tells were things are available, stream or purchase
 
2013-06-17 04:46:24 PM

jdcgonzalez: What service is best for movies? I just got rid of cable entirely, and am relying on Netflix to keep me entertained until I find more stuff to watch. I agree, it is good for TV shows, but lacks in the movie department. Hulu Plus worth a damn?


Your DVD/BlueRay collection or piracy are about the best you're going to do.  Movies are on a major streaming lock down for months to years after release so there aren't any streaming services that are very good with movie offerings.  Coupled with everyone desiring to make their own dollar store knockoff of Netflix with their own personal content, it's amazing any movies get streamed.
 
2013-06-17 04:46:57 PM

jdcgonzalez: What service is best for movies? I just got rid of cable entirely, and am relying on Netflix to keep me entertained until I find more stuff to watch. I agree, it is good for TV shows, but lacks in the movie department. Hulu Plus worth a damn?


There really aren't any good services for movies because second and third-run movies still have a lot of value on cable.  Netflix isn't going to get Harry Potter because ABC Family pays a boatload of money to be their exclusive distributor.  Same with FX and Marvel movies.  TV reruns don't have as much value so they're cheaper and easier for Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon to get.
 
2013-06-17 05:04:24 PM
meanmutton:

Netflix is good for TV programs, not movies.

It could be better, but in the last 30 days I have seen:

Happy Gilmore
Witness for the Prosecution
The Bride of Frankenstein
Double Indemnity
Scarface
Roman Holiday
48 Hours
The Lady Vanishes
The Men
Planet of the Apes
The Lady Eve
Donovan's Brain
Safety Not Guaranteed
Imitation of Life
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
The Golden Child
The House on Haunted Hill
A Night in Casablanca
Car Wash
The Naked Gun
An American Werewolf in London

$7.99/21 movies = 38 cents a movie

/of course almost all of them are old - but I don't expect to see a new release for 38 cents, I mean they gotta pay the actors, crew, etc. that shiat ain't free
 
2013-06-17 05:38:13 PM

meanmutton: DigitalCoffee:
 I ended up watching Atlas Shrugged. They don't have part 2. Fark them, gonna cancel at the end of the month.

Netflix is good for TV programs, not movies.


Then maybe they should change their name. flix=movies not TV. They're going down the same ironic road that MTV went down. MTV doesn't play music, Netflix doesn't play movies. Cable TV went to shiat so I cut the cable several years ago. Netflix is going to shiat, time to cut them off. Fark them all.
 
2013-06-17 05:47:05 PM

DigitalCoffee: meanmutton: DigitalCoffee:
 I ended up watching Atlas Shrugged. They don't have part 2. Fark them, gonna cancel at the end of the month.

Netflix is good for TV programs, not movies.

Then maybe they should change their name. flix=movies not TV. They're going down the same ironic road that MTV went down. MTV doesn't play music, Netflix doesn't play movies. Cable TV went to shiat so I cut the cable several years ago. Netflix is going to shiat, time to cut them off. Fark them all.


The difference between Netflix and MTV is that MTV chose to cut out music.  Netflix has been continually trying to get more offerings with varying results.  It's the parents of those movies that limit their availability with exclusive deals and restrictions on online offerings.  I'm not thrilled about the situation, but I'm not going to blame Netflix for something they have no control over.
 
2013-06-17 06:14:27 PM
FTA: "Animated shows are also less likely to appear on the pirated-content sites that compete with Netflix for viewers."

Is that why I've been able to download anime and cartoon series going all the way back to Astro Boy and Star Trek the Animated Series from the newsgroups?
/cut the cord last year
//$1200 a year for TV is f*cking ridiculous
 
2013-06-17 06:21:35 PM

AliceBToklasLives: $7.99/21 movies = 38 cents a movie


That's only movies.  Add tv shows: Season 4 of Arrested Development (twice), season 2 of The Killing, The Fall Series 1, and an occasional episode of Psych.  It's probably something like 30 cents a movie/episode

/be happy to pay 3, 4 times the monthly fee for more movie content, but really can't complain
//DVDs are still there for stuff not on streaming
///oh, and you can supplement stuff by borrowing from the public library - that's how I caught up on Dexter and Breaking Bad (latest season not yet on streaming)
 
2013-06-17 07:13:20 PM
So when is Netflix going to update the Cartoon Network / Adult Swim catalog? They need to put some more seasons or shows on there. They need to stream some Boomerang programming including Looney Toons.
 
2013-06-17 07:23:11 PM
and for newer movies we just hit up the Red Box. It's what? $1.20?
For new releases we go to the drive in. $7.50 per person and nearly anything goes. You can bring the dogs and your own food. As long as you're not firing off rounds at the screen you can pretty much do anything. The last wild frontier of suburbia.
 
2013-06-17 09:48:51 PM

CavalierEternal: Oh yay, 300 hours of this face

[i.imgur.com image 821x1024]


CavalierEternal: Oh yay, 300 hours of this face

[i.imgur.com image 821x1024]


Speaking of animated...

adamvonwillis.com
 
2013-06-17 10:13:52 PM
I love my Netflix, but seriously does Subby work for Netflix marketing?

/Netflix will never be able to generate enough original programming to justify its existence.    It better provide lots of movies and tv shows.

//I will be pissed if they get rid of the DVD side, unless they provide a way to stream them.  (Actually there is a way to do it.  Instead of DVD  for almost everything plus streaming for some, have two tiers of streaming: the usual unlimited which is what we have today and replace the DVD with [some number] of premium streams a week. )

/// It should be required that exclusive content eventually be made available to nonsubscribers.  Much like if I am willing to wait a year, I can watch Game of Thrones without getting HBO.
 
2013-06-18 09:55:55 AM
I love netflix, the wife and I use the service nearly daily, but....

they really need to work more on the catalog.  I know there are tons of things there to watch now (we have been on a "crappy 80's horror" kick lately, having a blast watching those dreadful films) but really it seems whenever I actually search for something - it is just not there or is possibly available on dvd.

Oh - and....  South Park is gone.  Beavis and Butthead is gone.  Those two shows were a huge reason I loved netflix.  I could just let those shows play over and over.

And fix Adult Swim.  1 season of AQHF?  Really?  1 season of Squidbillies?  Really?
 
2013-06-18 12:21:36 PM

frepnog: I love netflix, the wife and I use the service nearly daily, but....

they really need to work more on the catalog.  I know there are tons of things there to watch now (we have been on a "crappy 80's horror" kick lately, having a blast watching those dreadful films) but really it seems whenever I actually search for something - it is just not there or is possibly available on dvd.

Oh - and....  South Park is gone.  Beavis and Butthead is gone.  Those two shows were a huge reason I loved netflix.  I could just let those shows play over and over.

And fix Adult Swim.  1 season of AQHF?  Really?  1 season of Squidbillies?  Really?



You can watch every episode of South Park on southparkstudios.com
New episodes are posted after they are aired, too
 
2013-06-18 12:50:40 PM
Dreamworks movies are good, but their TV shows suck.  Your impressions of the characters are shaped in part to their movie star voices, then when they move to cable it's the same anonymous voice actors already  on every other show.
 
2013-06-18 12:54:08 PM

Chainsaw Turd Elf: frepnog: I love netflix, the wife and I use the service nearly daily, but....

they really need to work more on the catalog.  I know there are tons of things there to watch now (we have been on a "crappy 80's horror" kick lately, having a blast watching those dreadful films) but really it seems whenever I actually search for something - it is just not there or is possibly available on dvd.

Oh - and....  South Park is gone.  Beavis and Butthead is gone.  Those two shows were a huge reason I loved netflix.  I could just let those shows play over and over.

And fix Adult Swim.  1 season of AQHF?  Really?  1 season of Squidbillies?  Really?


You can watch every episode of South Park on southparkstudios.com
New episodes are posted after they are aired, too


because what I really want to do is go two or three different places.   0_o    I know i can watch southpark on southpark.com.  up to recently i could watch it on netflix, start a season, and it would just play (barring those stupid "are you still watching" prompts).
 
2013-06-18 03:42:16 PM

frepnog: Chainsaw Turd Elf: frepnog: I love netflix, the wife and I use the service nearly daily, but....

they really need to work more on the catalog.  I know there are tons of things there to watch now (we have been on a "crappy 80's horror" kick lately, having a blast watching those dreadful films) but really it seems whenever I actually search for something - it is just not there or is possibly available on dvd.

Oh - and....  South Park is gone.  Beavis and Butthead is gone.  Those two shows were a huge reason I loved netflix.  I could just let those shows play over and over.

And fix Adult Swim.  1 season of AQHF?  Really?  1 season of Squidbillies?  Really?


You can watch every episode of South Park on southparkstudios.com
New episodes are posted after they are aired, too

because what I really want to do is go two or three different places.   0_o    I know i can watch southpark on southpark.com.  up to recently i could watch it on netflix, start a season, and it would just play (barring those stupid "are you still watching" prompts).


So what you really want is cable, just with everything.

If you want a service like that, it's going to cost a hell of a lot more than $8/month.
 
2013-06-18 04:01:21 PM

rugman11: So what you really want is cable, just with everything.

If you want a service like that, it's going to cost a hell of a lot more than $8/month.


no.  what I want is netflix to stop bleeding programming because content providers smell blood in the water and all want their own service.

what that does is splinter the marketplace to the point that people give up on streaming, the good service dies and what we are left with is 10 services all with a handful of content that no one watches because no one is seriously going to sign up for multiple streaming services at even 8 bucks a month.

as with Napster - they are just failing to "get it".
 
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