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2014-04-21 08:10:29 PM
Enjoy your Comcast-Time Warner merger, America.
 
2014-04-21 08:15:30 PM
The selection on Netflix streaming is shiat.
 
2014-04-21 08:15:44 PM
Really thinking about dropping netflix.
Not because of the price increase, there just isn't anything I want to watch on there.
 
2014-04-21 08:16:09 PM
Which raises my bill to...10$ a month.

Still pretty reasonable to me, 120$ a year for all the TV I want to watch.  If I could get a book/game setup for that price I'd take it in a second.
 
2014-04-21 08:16:52 PM

Incog_Neeto: The selection on Netflix streaming is shiat.


Herr Flick's Revenge: Really thinking about dropping netflix.
Not because of the price increase, there just isn't anything I want to watch on there.


I'm guessing neither of you have kids... It's still worth every penny to my family.
 
2014-04-21 08:18:32 PM
Yes, I'm sure it has nothing to do with the cost of their content going from less than $200 million per year in 2010 to more than $3 BILLION per year in 2014.  Nope, it's all because Netflix had to switch CDNs for its Comcast users.
 
2014-04-21 08:18:53 PM
Prime is really kid friendly also, especially if you have kindle devices in the home.
 
2014-04-21 08:21:00 PM
I find that the best way to use Netflix is treat it like regular TV. Don't go hunting for anything, just pick something to watch that it is suggesting to you.

Of course over time build up your list so when you do want something specific it's there.
 
2014-04-21 08:23:41 PM

Caeldan: I find that the best way to use Netflix is treat it like regular TV. Don't go hunting for anything, just pick something to watch that it is suggesting to you.

Of course over time build up your list so when you do want something specific it's there.


Exactly.

I just checked and I have 105 things in my cue.  I am not a comic book fan, but I recently just watched a shiat ton of comic Avengers shiat and it was enjoyable.  I like to watch an ep of House, X files, and a ton of other shiat at my whim, shiat I do not have to torrent.

Netflix is the cost of two drinks in my local bar...
 
2014-04-21 08:25:46 PM

clkeagle: Incog_Neeto: The selection on Netflix streaming is shiat.

Herr Flick's Revenge: Really thinking about dropping netflix.
Not because of the price increase, there just isn't anything I want to watch on there.

I'm guessing neither of you have kids... It's still worth every penny to my family.


Yeah, until my daughter discovered Minecraft videos she burned up the telephone lines (*) streaming cartoons on Netflix.

(*) or whatever you call that thingamabob all that data comes through. A truck?
 
2014-04-21 08:28:55 PM

StopLurkListen: clkeagle: Incog_Neeto: The selection on Netflix streaming is shiat.

Herr Flick's Revenge: Really thinking about dropping netflix.
Not because of the price increase, there just isn't anything I want to watch on there.

I'm guessing neither of you have kids... It's still worth every penny to my family.

Yeah, until my daughter discovered Minecraft videos she burned up the telephone lines (*) streaming cartoons on Netflix.

(*) or whatever you call that thingamabob all that data comes through. A truck?


A tube.
 
2014-04-21 08:39:14 PM

Incog_Neeto: The selection on Netflix streaming is shiat.


Just using my free month, but this is just off my queue:

The Boondocks
Bob's Burgers
ParaNorman
Arrested Development
Red Dwarf
Venture Bros.
Arrow
Mythbusters
The Office

And as said, that's just the stuff I know of. There's some more I haven't added to my queue list yet they recently put up.
 
2014-04-21 08:39:19 PM

Krymson Tyde: StopLurkListen: clkeagle: Incog_Neeto: The selection on Netflix streaming is shiat.

Herr Flick's Revenge: Really thinking about dropping netflix.
Not because of the price increase, there just isn't anything I want to watch on there.

I'm guessing neither of you have kids... It's still worth every penny to my family.

Yeah, until my daughter discovered Minecraft videos she burned up the telephone lines (*) streaming cartoons on Netflix.

(*) or whatever you call that thingamabob all that data comes through. A truck?

A tube.


A series of them ...
 
2014-04-21 08:44:22 PM

Incog_Neeto: The selection on Netflix streaming is shiat.


There's tons of great tv - I'll never catch up on the tv side of my Q. Yeah no recent HBO, Showtime, etc. but that ain't gonna happen no matter how much they raise the price.

Movies? Not as good a selection. Personally I'd rather see more old movies available, but I find 4 or 5 good movies a month. Unless you are looking for a specific film, the selection is not bad.
 
2014-04-21 08:46:22 PM

clkeagle: Incog_Neeto: The selection on Netflix streaming is shiat.

Herr Flick's Revenge: Really thinking about dropping netflix.
Not because of the price increase, there just isn't anything I want to watch on there.

I'm guessing neither of you have kids... It's still worth every penny to my family.


She's 21-she can pay for her own dam cartoons.
 
2014-04-21 08:51:30 PM

kroonermanblack: Which raises my bill to...10$ a month.

Still pretty reasonable to me, 120$ a year for all the TV I want to watch.  If I could get a book/game setup for that price I'd take it in a second.


I assume you get free WIFI or Cable then? No data metering yet? It isn't just 10 dollars a month and the pipe you get it thru, well, you'll pay more and more eventually for it as the merger is completed. This isn't going to end well.
 
2014-04-21 08:52:05 PM

AliceBToklasLives: I'll never catch up on the tv side of my Q.


Queue.
 
2014-04-21 08:56:47 PM
The selection on Netflix streaming isn't great but it has The X-Files, Dexter, almost all the Star Treks, Breaking Bad, a lot of stand up and horror movies I wouldn't have thought of watching, enough worth $10/month and the snail mail service is a pain in the dick.

I'd be delighted to have video stores back myself but that's over.
 
2014-04-21 08:56:53 PM

unyon: AliceBToklasLives: I'll never catch up on the tv side of my Q.

Queue.


i232.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-21 08:57:50 PM

Mugato: The selection on Netflix streaming isn't great but it has The X-Files, Dexter, almost all the Star Treks, Breaking Bad, a lot of stand up and horror movies I wouldn't have thought of watching, enough worth $10/month and the snail mail service is a pain in the dick.

I'd be delighted to have video stores back myself but that's over.


There's always redbox.
 
2014-04-21 09:01:13 PM
No wonder the local rag is hand-wringing about how we need to go to local video stores.

/what local video stores?
 
2014-04-21 09:05:19 PM

EvilEeyore: kroonermanblack: Which raises my bill to...10$ a month.

Still pretty reasonable to me, 120$ a year for all the TV I want to watch.  If I could get a book/game setup for that price I'd take it in a second.

I assume you get free WIFI or Cable then? No data metering yet? It isn't just 10 dollars a month and the pipe you get it thru, well, you'll pay more and more eventually for it as the merger is completed. This isn't going to end well.


Because the only reason you have Internet is for Netflix?
That's like saying that you need to add in the cost of the hydro to run your tv, router, modem and whatever else you have to use it... Oh and aggregate the cost of your couch and tv and snacks over the time you use it as well...

Internet is effectively a utility now, just need governments to start regulating it as such.
 
2014-04-21 09:13:22 PM
I'm currently having issues in Seattle (east side) with Comcast. I can get great speeds connecting to the Comcast server but as soon as I hop off network I'm getting maybe 2Mb. These douches need the courts to slap them around a bit.

I wonder if it's Comcast hitting back at the Mayor and showing them what an actual monopoly looks like by throttling all external traffic.
 
2014-04-21 09:13:51 PM

Incog_Neeto: The selection on Netflix streaming is shiat.


I'm annoyed that I watched 8 episodes of "Outcasts" only to discover that they cancelled the series after the 8th episode.

Netflix should put warnings in the first episode somehow :(
 
2014-04-21 09:15:48 PM

Krymson Tyde: There's always redbox.


Yeah and I use that too but the movies come out like weeks after a movie comes out on video. I just liked it when there was a video store next to the grocery.
 
2014-04-21 09:17:38 PM
The wife and I cut the cable cord in exchange for Netflix and Hulu plus. So far it's been worth it. It's a lot cheaper than cable, and I don't really mind missing a lot of first run stuff because I have a pretty good backlog and can binge-watch to my heart's content. (Just this week I watched the entire season of Brooklyn 99.) Even if Netflix goes up a dollar or two a month, it's still a really good deal. And from the article, it seems that existing customers aren't paying the new fees, just new ones. So I'm still saving a lot of money.

My only real complaint is when Hulu won't stream certain shows through my PS3, (I'm looking at you, Hannibal.) and that CBS refuses to stream anything new through Hulu, forcing me to watch through their website.
 
2014-04-21 09:27:35 PM
I cut the cord too.  I went from $90+/month with DirecTv to $22/month with Amazon, Hulu +, and Netflix with a Roku 3.

Just not having to deal with as many commercials is worth it, especially around election season.  Yes, a few politicians have snuck in but I'm sure it is nothing like the regular airwaves.
 
2014-04-21 09:35:52 PM

"The selection on Netflix streaming is shiat."


What the hell kind of entertainment are you looking for? Netflix's streaming video library has a wide selection and has many movies from 2013. It has a lot of good content. Its library is far from 'shiat'. A shiat video streaming site is Crackle. And you know you can get Netflix DVDs if you want that kind of membership. Personally I think Netflix is way better than having cable TV which is why I cut the cord. Between Amazon Instant Video/Prime and Netflix, I haven't missed cable at all. Yes, I don't see sports live anymore but I can live without it.

 
2014-04-21 09:36:24 PM

Mugato: Krymson Tyde: There's always redbox.

Yeah and I use that too but the movies come out like weeks after a movie comes out on video. I just liked it when there was a video store next to the grocery.


I'm with you.
 
2014-04-21 09:38:51 PM

soporific: The wife and I cut the cable cord in exchange for Netflix and Hulu plus. So far it's been worth it. It's a lot cheaper than cable, and I don't really mind missing a lot of first run stuff because I have a pretty good backlog and can binge-watch to my heart's content. (Just this week I watched the entire season of Brooklyn 99.) Even if Netflix goes up a dollar or two a month, it's still a really good deal. And from the article, it seems that existing customers aren't paying the new fees, just new ones. So I'm still saving a lot of money.

My only real complaint is when Hulu won't stream certain shows through my PS3, (I'm looking at you, Hannibal.) and that CBS refuses to stream anything new through Hulu, forcing me to watch through their website.


Who forced you to watch Brooklyn 99 and why did they do it?  Are you going to file a police report or at least sue them?
 
2014-04-21 09:39:19 PM

King Something: Enjoy your Comcast-Time Warner merger, America.


This really makes me hope for Aero to win their case. It would royally arse-rape Comcast's monopoly in levels of which even God has never seen.
 
2014-04-21 09:42:11 PM
I'd rather had to pay the $2 a month more for the lawyers to ficght the shakedown, but that's me.
 
2014-04-21 09:43:02 PM

Herr Flick's Revenge: Really thinking about dropping netflix.
Not because of the price increase, there just isn't anything I want to watch on there.


When you consider the cost to buy a movie or tv season, it pays for itself pretty quickly.
 
2014-04-21 09:45:58 PM
is this the thread where we wargarbl about netflix v amazon prime like anyone cares?
 
2014-04-21 09:46:05 PM

Incog_Neeto: The selection on Netflix streaming is shiat.


Some content providers are just not interested in licensing their shiat for streaming ... unless they get a heaping pile of money that's way more than what their content is actually worth.

Farking old media dinosaur farkwits.

// submitter
 
2014-04-21 09:48:49 PM

EvilEeyore: kroonermanblack: Which raises my bill to...10$ a month.

Still pretty reasonable to me, 120$ a year for all the TV I want to watch.  If I could get a book/game setup for that price I'd take it in a second.

I assume you get free WIFI or Cable then? No data metering yet? It isn't just 10 dollars a month and the pipe you get it thru, well, you'll pay more and more eventually for it as the merger is completed. This isn't going to end well.


Which isn't a metric involved in this particular discussion. You could as well argue that the time-cost to me (in that I could be working and generating income) is massive.  Comparatively, to say cable, or buying DVDs, etc. it's cheap. I don't watch a ton of content.

Your data use isn't going to magically jump because the netflix price jump. It might jump because net neutrality goes away, but that's not related to netflix.
 
2014-04-21 09:49:54 PM
for those who own a Roku, the PBS channel is great.

lots of free content of American Experience, FRONTLINE, Great Performances, Nature, NOVA, This Old House...

and the PBS Kids channel has lots of free content also.
 
2014-04-21 09:54:44 PM

Caeldan: I find that the best way to use Netflix is treat it like regular TV. Don't go hunting for anything, just pick something to watch that it is suggesting to you.

Of course over time build up your list so when you do want something specific it's there.


not only that but Hola gives you Netflix from around the world.
 
2014-04-21 10:05:52 PM

rugman11: Yes, I'm sure it has nothing to do with the cost of their content going from less than $200 million per year in 2010 to more than $3 BILLION per year in 2014.


Ouch. Whoever negotiates these deals over at Netflix is even worse at bargaining than I am.
 
2014-04-21 10:12:12 PM
I miss the video stores where everything I wanted was always gone, the employees acted annoyed by your presence and they charge what Netflix charges a month for a couple of nights for one movie, not including late fees.

I'll get over it somehow.
 
2014-04-21 10:12:24 PM

clkeagle: Incog_Neeto: The selection on Netflix streaming is shiat.

Herr Flick's Revenge: Really thinking about dropping netflix.
Not because of the price increase, there just isn't anything I want to watch on there.

I'm guessing neither of you have kids... It's still worth every penny to my family.


See, I disagree.

OSO?  A BICKEY MOSS!!  Oso, the unique stuffed bear.  Holy God I hate it.

No.  No we will not watch Lorlax again.  No Lorax.  No Lorlax.  Oh my god no.

Know what's good?  Disney has a Mickey and Friends show and the art is really good, old school and it won't melt your brain like the Netflix A BICKEY MOSS! does.
 
2014-04-21 10:14:50 PM

Lumbar Puncture: I miss the video stores where everything I wanted was always gone, the employees acted annoyed by your presence and they charge what Netflix charges a month for a couple of nights for one movie, not including late fees.

I'll get over it somehow.


Yeah and those rewind charges and those membership fees and that Kaiser was a pill!
 
2014-04-21 10:22:31 PM
I love netflix and dont care if it goes up. I save 100s if not 1000s in boxsets by being able to watch several tv shows with full seasons anytime I feel like it. I think I've watched at least 20 TV shows in full since I got it 2 years ago. Plus a ton of amazing documentaries, the 30 for 30 series alone are worth the money.
 
2014-04-21 10:24:14 PM

Lumbar Puncture: I miss the video stores where everything I wanted was always gone, the employees acted annoyed by your presence and they charge what Netflix charges a month for a couple of nights for one movie, not including late fees.

I'll get over it somehow.


I used to work at Blockbuster.  We had a "Notes" section upon bringing up your account.

"Guy is a douche, do not rent!"
"Drunk always"

etc etc.

Miss those days.
 
2014-04-21 10:32:12 PM

MrEricSir: rugman11: Yes, I'm sure it has nothing to do with the cost of their content going from less than $200 million per year in 2010 to more than $3 BILLION per year in 2014.

Ouch. Whoever negotiates these deals over at Netflix is even worse at bargaining than I am.


It's all about competition and expectations.  In 2010 there was no Hulu or Amazon Prime and Netflix was the only player in the game.  Add in a little competition for content and prices will go up to keep others from getting exclusivity.  Combined with the expectation that content won't go away (i.e. Netflix can't drop Breaking Bad to add Justified and The Americans) and content costs will inevitably go up, probably forever until Netflix is forced to start cutting its back catalog.
 
2014-04-21 10:39:19 PM
Amazon's going after them, Hulu (20th Century/Universal) is going after them, there are rumors that iTunes and Google are going to start making Godfather deals for content. You didn't think this was going to happen?
 
2014-04-21 10:58:20 PM
Where I live it's Netflix or satellite.  The cost for content based on our usage is very low, wife wrings huge value from our account.
 
2014-04-21 11:08:08 PM

blacknite: is this the thread where we wargarbl about netflix v amazon prime like anyone cares?


Well, I care.  Netflix has a Media Center plugin which makes the 10 foot interface awesome.  Amazon prime doesn't and even though there's a lot of stuff on Amazon Prime that's not on Netflix I end up using Netflix.
 
2014-04-21 11:10:26 PM

White_Scarf_Syndrome: Lumbar Puncture: I miss the video stores where everything I wanted was always gone, the employees acted annoyed by your presence and they charge what Netflix charges a month for a couple of nights for one movie, not including late fees.

I'll get over it somehow.

I used to work at Blockbuster.  We had a "Notes" section upon bringing up your account.

"Guy is a douche, do not rent!"
"Drunk always"

etc etc.

Miss those days.


Netflix doesn't care when I'm drunk always!  Point, set, match.
 
2014-04-21 11:11:25 PM
I'm sure being a rentseeking middleman is a long term growth opportunity. Comcast has a bright, long term future.
 
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