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(Economist)   Netflix is becoming the bargain DVD rack at the gas station   ( economist.com) divider line
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2018-03-13 10:14:23 AM  
Long time ago I realized that Netflix is shiat. Their selection is shiat and they no longer have the best TV shows.

Hulu with Live TV and Amazon Prime fill all my viewing needs.
 
2018-03-13 10:18:29 AM  

cman: Long time ago I realized that Netflix is shiat. Their selection is shiat and they no longer have the best TV shows.

Hulu with Live TV and Amazon Prime fill all my viewing needs.


What are you talking about.  Netflix is great.....

If you like Bollywood films.

Seriously:  I scan the Sci-Fi category, and it's about 10 or 15 decent films, then a bunch of cheap-ass, direct-to-video stuff and Bollywood sci-fi, and then at the very end of the category, maybe 10 more decent-ish flicks.

I think the first sign they were going downhill is when they removed Firefly from streaming.
 
2018-03-13 10:36:32 AM  
Maybe Netflix is building up a catalog for MST3K (the return)?
 
2018-03-13 10:37:35 AM  
Annihilation isn't really a good example of "straight to video" since it actually did hit theaters.

And straight-to-DVD isn't really a thing anymore because it's cheaper and easier to stream than release on DVD. So why is it a shock to the author that a streaming service is the distribution point for films that would have otherwise been straight-to-DVD?
 
2018-03-13 10:40:41 AM  
Netflix is great!  I can always find something to watch.  ALWAYS.   And they're kicking the studios asses right now, with their original content.
I'd rather more films go straight to Netflix.   I hate going to the theater.
 
2018-03-13 10:54:51 AM  
I should've taken a photo of a street vendor here in Guadalajara that was selling copies of Bright and other Netflix DVDs on the sidewalk


cman: Long time ago I realized that Netflix is shiat. Their selection is shiat and they no longer have the best TV shows.

Hulu with Live TV and Amazon Prime fill all my viewing needs.


pretty much this

However I am a bit stoked right now since Annihilation just popped up on Netflix here in MX
They also have Star Trek Discovery with all episodes
 
2018-03-13 11:07:43 AM  
amazon prime video outside of the US is pretty much pure shiat.
Netflix,Crave TV and DAZN  in Canada pretty much cover most of your viewing needs.
 
2018-03-13 11:12:23 AM  
I haven't logged back into Netflix since that one time a few months ago where it asked who was viewing and I said it was me and then Netflix said "I CRAVE YOU" and the walls in my room started to bleed.  No thank you!
 
2018-03-13 11:13:23 AM  
Bad sci-fi movies or whatever straight to DVD crap you may have absolutely have their place. Them being rolled into the price of what I already pay for Netflix is fine with me. I still find myself watching netflix regularly, and until that changes I won't really care how much crap they will add. It will sit unwatched next to the stuff I actually like.
 
2018-03-13 11:13:33 AM  
I find myself watching Amazon Prime more than Netflix these days.
 
2018-03-13 11:13:53 AM  
We keep netflix just for their shows; Orange, Stranger Things, a couple others.  Once we binge those, we rarely watch Netflix for the content they buy from studios.
 
2018-03-13 11:14:21 AM  
Wrong subby, I found something I wanted to watch in the bargain rack at the gas station the last time I looked.
 
2018-03-13 11:15:03 AM  
They really need to stop making their own movie covers, where the well-known poster art is replaced with a character's face. It's ugly as hell and tells you nothing about what you'll be watching.
 
2018-03-13 11:15:51 AM  

cman: Long time ago I realized that Netflix is shiat. Their selection is shiat and they no longer have the best TV shows.

Hulu with Live TV and Amazon Prime fill all my viewing needs.


We started watched "Bosch" on Amazon Prime and we're enjoying it.  Also, she likes anime and while both Hulu and Netflix both have "Kill la Kill," Netflix doesn't give you a choice between dubbed or subtitled, like Hulu does.

Jessica Jones season 2 is a slog so far, and Mute was so bad it was mind boggling.
 
2018-03-13 11:16:27 AM  
"but streaming is the future...."

welcome to your hell, assholes.
 
2018-03-13 11:16:40 AM  

olapbill: amazon prime video outside of the US is pretty much pure shiat.
Netflix,Crave TV and DAZN  in Canada pretty much cover most of your viewing needs.


Even in the US, Amazon Prime is full of garbage.  If you go to their list of new release movies, the thing is full of crazy ultra-conservative conspiracy garbage and nutty religious stuff.  I'm trying to see what new movies they have to offer, and all I see is what looks like hundreds of "documentaries" sold by Alex Jones.
 
2018-03-13 11:17:53 AM  
I don't use Netflix anymore. If I want to watch movies, I have to either buy them or find a redbox. Someone should make a store up where you can rent movies for a monthly fee.
 
2018-03-13 11:19:14 AM  
My husband won't get rid of Netflix, even though I keep telling him they refuse to/can't stream new releases, and it's not really worth it, unless Orange is the New Black is on. (I already watched all of Black Mirror, that was the last I used it for.)  Why the hell can't they get new movies, the way they used to send out DVDs of new releases?
 
2018-03-13 11:20:32 AM  
There are some bright spots on Netflix.  For example, I've been re-watching "Turn" while waiting for them to get season 2 of "Occupied".

"Turn" is very good drama, but very poor history.
 
2018-03-13 11:21:18 AM  
I wonder who paid the Economist to write this.
 
2018-03-13 11:27:13 AM  
Netflix is more on the 'early Fox network' schedule. Producing a lot of stuff, no matter the ultimate quality, in order to generate bandwidth and learn how it's done. I expect they might shift into greater quality as they go.

But The Economist can lick my ass. They were as wrong as anybody with their 'laissez faire at all costs' philosophy that got us Trump.
 
2018-03-13 11:27:49 AM  
I though Anihilation was pretty good.   TFA just rags on it mostly.  I'll be that guy and say the book was better (I doubt I'd get any disagreement) and the movie could have benefited from some of the novels conspiracy and paranoia elements.

But they got the look down perfectly as far as I'm concerned.  It's a gorgeous film.
Definitely worth a watch on Netflix.

If you do watch it check out the left arm of the "corpse flower" on the wall and get back to me.
 
2018-03-13 11:27:59 AM  
Mediocre? Annihilation is fantastic. Probably in the top 10 of my favorites.
 
2018-03-13 11:28:02 AM  
Netflix has realized that original content is where all the money is .  The back catalog is just for show, but as diney and warner have shown them , the content creators can pull that back at any time so it's not what you want to spend your money on
 
2018-03-13 11:28:03 AM  

olapbill: amazon prime video outside of the US is pretty much pure shiat.


I use ExpressVPN for streaming US content from Amazon Prime , Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now while in MX. Works quite well, and get good streaming speeds. Most all interruptions or poor QoS I've encountered has been due to the shiat-tier providers such as NBC during Live Streams of major events

Also works for torrents if you're into that sort of thing
https://www.expressvpn.com/vpn-servic​e​/utorrent-vpn
 
2018-03-13 11:29:52 AM  
was this an article about Netflix or just a review of the movie Annihilation?
BTW Netflix always has something for me.
 
2018-03-13 11:30:30 AM  

serpent_sky: My husband won't get rid of Netflix, even though I keep telling him they refuse to/can't stream new releases, and it's not really worth it, unless Orange is the New Black is on. (I already watched all of Black Mirror, that was the last I used it for.)  Why the hell can't they get new movies, the way they used to send out DVDs of new releases?


Licensing. When Disney and CBS and MGM et al are all trying to build their own streaming platforms Netflix's only option is to produce their own content, or get shiat that's cheap. I'm honestly surprised that CBS hasn't pulled all of Star Trek yet. Which, other than Orange and the Marvel shows that I haven't gotten through yet, is the only reason I keep Netflix around.
 
2018-03-13 11:31:07 AM  

Sgt Otter: cman: Long time ago I realized that Netflix is shiat. Their selection is shiat and they no longer have the best TV shows.

Hulu with Live TV and Amazon Prime fill all my viewing needs.

We started watched "Bosch" on Amazon Prime and we're enjoying it.  Also, she likes anime and while both Hulu and Netflix both have "Kill la Kill," Netflix doesn't give you a choice between dubbed or subtitled, like Hulu does.

Jessica Jones season 2 is a slog so far, and Mute was so bad it was mind boggling.


Huh, I actually really enjoyed the 2nd season. I think if someone's expecting it to be more of what season 1 was they'll hate it, but go into it with more of an open mind and it's a lot better.
 
2018-03-13 11:32:19 AM  

Solty Dog: I don't use Netflix anymore. If I want to watch movies, I have to either buy them or find a redbox. Someone should make a store up where you can rent movies for a monthly fee.


sometimes the lesser of two or three evils is still preferable to no evil at all.
 
2018-03-13 11:33:17 AM  

AeAe: Mediocre? Annihilation is fantastic. Probably in the top 10 of my favorites.


it was pretty good, but it's hardly in the top 10 scifi of this century (and that's a low bar). it wouldn't sniff my top 50 overall.
 
2018-03-13 11:33:45 AM  

rcain: olapbill: amazon prime video outside of the US is pretty much pure shiat.

I use ExpressVPN for streaming US content from Amazon Prime , Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now while in MX. Works quite well, and get good streaming speeds. Most all interruptions or poor QoS I've encountered has been due to the shiat-tier providers such as NBC during Live Streams of major events

Also works for torrents if you're into that sort of thing
https://www.expressvpn.com/vpn-service​/utorrent-vpn


I use purevpn.  They have a great chrome extension for netflix and prime to get the content. It doesn't really change the fact that Canadian content "requirements, distribution rights  and copyright laws really fark with the content availability up here.
 
2018-03-13 11:34:41 AM  
If Ozark didn't scare me off Netflix, nothing will.


/Ozark's actually pretty great if you imagine Jason Bateman's playing Michael Bluth.
 
2018-03-13 11:36:10 AM  

serpent_sky: Why the hell can't they get new movies, the way they used to send out DVDs of new releases?


They announced their change in focus from licensing block buster hollywood movies to providing you a  bunch of shiatty Netflix Originals a few years ago. And since so many people love all those shiat-tier shows written and directed by random people they found sleeping in their own vomit in they alley behind their offices and various bridges and dumpsters, they are doubling down and spending 8 billion dollars next year to make half their library the Original content they know you crave
 
2018-03-13 11:37:00 AM  

cman: Long time ago I realized that Netflix is shiat. Their selection is shiat and they no longer have the best TV shows.

Hulu with Live TV and Amazon Prime fill all my viewing needs.


I farking knew this would happen. It was too good to be true.
All the good content starts in one place, then spreads out. It's still spreading. If you want to see everything that's half decent, you've got to resort to theft, or twenty subscription services that cancel out any savings you'd get from canceling cable

it was predictable and inevitable, but still sucks
 
2018-03-13 11:39:55 AM  

Callous: Wrong subby, I found something I wanted to watch in the bargain rack at the gas station the last time I looked.


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2018-03-13 11:40:00 AM  
For a while I went streaming crazy and subbed to Netflix, Prime, Hulu, HBO, Stars, and Showtime.   I found myself watching free Youtube videos for the most part.  nowadays I only keep Prime, and resub to any of the others if there is something i really want to see and then unsub when they are finished.
 
2018-03-13 11:42:04 AM  

Troy McClure: olapbill: amazon prime video outside of the US is pretty much pure shiat.
Netflix,Crave TV and DAZN  in Canada pretty much cover most of your viewing needs.

Even in the US, Amazon Prime is full of garbage.  If you go to their list of new release movies, the thing is full of crazy ultra-conservative conspiracy garbage and nutty religious stuff.  I'm trying to see what new movies they have to offer, and all I see is what looks like hundreds of "documentaries" sold by Alex Jones.


I was so freaking stoked last fall when I stumbled across 21 out of the 24 James Bond films streaming free on Prime. Now, only Spectre is left. WTF?

/triple posties!
//no, "never say never again" isn't a Bond film to me.
 
2018-03-13 11:44:29 AM  

havocmike: Troy McClure: olapbill: amazon prime video outside of the US is pretty much pure shiat.
Netflix,Crave TV and DAZN  in Canada pretty much cover most of your viewing needs.

Even in the US, Amazon Prime is full of garbage.  If you go to their list of new release movies, the thing is full of crazy ultra-conservative conspiracy garbage and nutty religious stuff.  I'm trying to see what new movies they have to offer, and all I see is what looks like hundreds of "documentaries" sold by Alex Jones.

I was so freaking stoked last fall when I stumbled across 21 out of the 24 James Bond films streaming free on Prime. Now, only Spectre is left. WTF?

/triple posties!
//no, "never say never again" isn't a Bond film to me.


I think they moved over to Hulu. Franchises like that rotate providers. I remember when I went to rewatch BSG on Netflix and couldn't find it. I believe that's when I ended up resubbing to Hulu who had it at the time, which I'm glad I did because they had vastly improved their offerings
 
2018-03-13 11:45:02 AM  
I prefer the bargain DVD rack at the gas station, a better selection of 70s and 80s movies than Netflix.

We used to do Netflix back when sending DVDs back forth was the main deal, but still streamed stuff online.  Just got back into it a couple months back.  Aside of their own content, by far a much smaller selection.
 
2018-03-13 11:47:17 AM  

rcain: havocmike: Troy McClure: olapbill: amazon prime video outside of the US is pretty much pure shiat.
Netflix,Crave TV and DAZN  in Canada pretty much cover most of your viewing needs.

Even in the US, Amazon Prime is full of garbage.  If you go to their list of new release movies, the thing is full of crazy ultra-conservative conspiracy garbage and nutty religious stuff.  I'm trying to see what new movies they have to offer, and all I see is what looks like hundreds of "documentaries" sold by Alex Jones.

I was so freaking stoked last fall when I stumbled across 21 out of the 24 James Bond films streaming free on Prime. Now, only Spectre is left. WTF?

/triple posties!
//no, "never say never again" isn't a Bond film to me.

I think they moved over to Hulu. Franchises like that rotate providers. I remember when I went to rewatch BSG on Netflix and couldn't find it. I believe that's when I ended up resubbing to Hulu who had it at the time, which I'm glad I did because they had vastly improved their offerings


Hulu's only got 11 at the moment. I think they had them all when Spectre or Skyfall was in theatres
https://www.hulu.com/browse/picks/366​3
 
2018-03-13 11:47:32 AM  

cman: Long time ago I realized that Netflix is shiat. Their selection is shiat and they no longer have the best TV shows.

Hulu with Live TV and Amazon Prime fill all my viewing needs.


Hate on Netflix but have HULU?
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2018-03-13 11:49:32 AM  
Yeah, Netflix has seriously gone downhill in the last few years.  Some of their originals are good, but 90% of their catalogue is crap.  I haven't watched anything on there in quite some time.

Unfortunately, when Disney gets their streaming service up and running, I'll more than likely cancel Netflix and switch to that.
 
2018-03-13 11:51:14 AM  

DecemberNitro: They really need to stop making their own movie covers, where the well-known poster art is replaced with a character's face. It's ugly as hell and tells you nothing about what you'll be watching.


I think it's weird whoever chooses their trailer music. Really jarring when the movie has a memorable score like The Godfather and some random crap is playing
 
2018-03-13 11:52:27 AM  

The Lone Biker of the Apocalypse: I wonder who paid the Economist to write this.


Presumably a cable company shill
 
2018-03-13 11:52:47 AM  

rcain: havocmike: Troy McClure: olapbill: amazon prime video outside of the US is pretty much pure shiat.
Netflix,Crave TV and DAZN  in Canada pretty much cover most of your viewing needs.

Even in the US, Amazon Prime is full of garbage.  If you go to their list of new release movies, the thing is full of crazy ultra-conservative conspiracy garbage and nutty religious stuff.  I'm trying to see what new movies they have to offer, and all I see is what looks like hundreds of "documentaries" sold by Alex Jones.

I was so freaking stoked last fall when I stumbled across 21 out of the 24 James Bond films streaming free on Prime. Now, only Spectre is left. WTF?

/triple posties!
//no, "never say never again" isn't a Bond film to me.

I think they moved over to Hulu. Franchises like that rotate providers. I remember when I went to rewatch BSG on Netflix and couldn't find it. I believe that's when I ended up resubbing to Hulu who had it at the time, which I'm glad I did because they had vastly improved their offerings


Hulu is where I've decided to make my stand and say "no mas"
 
2018-03-13 11:54:50 AM  

BigSquibowski: cman: Long time ago I realized that Netflix is shiat. Their selection is shiat and they no longer have the best TV shows.

Hulu with Live TV and Amazon Prime fill all my viewing needs.

Hate on Netflix but have HULU?
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For Live TV and latest TV Show Episodes they are pretty solid. And their Original content has a few good shows. Their movie selection is tepid though - mostly straight to video schlock that copies major releases with similar sounding names like "Atlantic Rim", but they have a few good titles in their library. Wish they hadn't ended their partnership with the Criterion Collection, they used to have lots of international classics
 
2018-03-13 11:55:49 AM  
I still get the DVDs mailed to me. Never stopped doing that. My only complaint is that a lot of older and foreign films I want to watch are in the "saved" section. That basically translates to "if we ever get this back in stock we'll let you know."

In all the years I've done it, nothing from the saved list has ever moved to the "available" queue.
 
2018-03-13 11:56:42 AM  
Netflix is good for TV, documentaries, and original programming. The movie selection does suck balls.

Has Hulu fixed their horrendous interface yet?
 
2018-03-13 11:57:06 AM  
Netflix is great outside of the US.  And they localize new content by region as well.  So every country out there gets local stuff in the local language as well as the main catalog.  The main issue *inside* the US is the amazing amount of IP cross-restriction death traps for every service provider.

Netflix is no longer a US only provider.  Don't blame them, blame the digital media wars in America.
 
2018-03-13 12:04:54 PM  

Fano: The Lone Biker of the Apocalypse: I wonder who paid the Economist to write this.

Presumably a cable company shill


Would be my guess too
 
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