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Old October 31 2010, 12:24 AM   #121
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Re: Is Netflix a Rip-off?

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^ Yep. I have 381 movies in my queue, so I have tons of movies to watch at any time, including the complete series of Family Guy, American Dad, King of the Hill, etc., lots to watch, and my one DVD ("Up in the Air" - fun movie by the way) on my desk.
381? HA. That's nothing.
I hit the limit. 500 in the queue. Then you can't add anymore... bastards.
They raised the limit? Great! It was 400, and why I have kept my queue below that number for so long.
the total also consists of those in the "saved" portion of the queue as well.

It's because I have that many, I could care less about the 30 day wait period.
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Old October 31 2010, 11:08 AM   #122
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Re: Is Netflix a Rip-off?

At least you Americans have a queue. As a Canadian I had to use this device called a "keyboard"....how quaint. It is also streaming only. No physical media shipped to your door.

I have to add to this strange thing called a "text file" to keep track of shows I want to watch. Seriously. We don't have a queue here in the Great White North and it is the second most frustrating thing about Netflix in Canada.

The most frustrating thing is the lack of content compared to the US. You can search for something and dozens of results show up. Only a couple of items will be available though. The rest of them are not viewable in Canada.

Even with the restrictions I find the $7.99 per month price quite a bargain. I have already watched/written down so much content that it would cost me hundreds of dollars on iTunes to rent/purchase. Hell the BBC library alone will keep me busy for months.

For my viewing habits there is nothing else legal out there that even comes close to the value per dollar that Netflix offers.
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Old October 31 2010, 07:09 PM   #123
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Re: Is Netflix a Rip-off?

Simple answer, no.
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Old October 31 2010, 07:14 PM   #124
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Wow, I had no idea there was a queue limit. I'm only a bit more than halfway there (278).

I'm proud of the fact that I've been signed up for Netflix for years and my queue has never dipped below 200. Why I would be proud of such a thing, I can't really say.
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Old October 31 2010, 07:16 PM   #125
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Netflix will have a competitor next year:
Redbox unveiled Thursday a new digital strategy that by next year will expand the number of movies offered to consumers directly in their homes
The company is in talks with several potential partners for this expansion, which will include a Web-based service
analyst Eric Wold of Merriman Capital recently said in a research note that Wal-Mart and Amazon.com are top prospects.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/ente...e-rentals.html

Redbox says in talks for 2011 movie streaming


Redbox Moves to the Web Next Year

I'm not worried. I'm not a fan of the Red Box, Amazon and iTunes business model where you have to pay for each viewing. I'm very happy with Netflix's flat-fee pricing. I can stream as much as I want for one low rate, plus still get physical DVDs in the mail.
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Old October 31 2010, 07:57 PM   #126
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The new app for streaming to the PS3 is a huge step up from using the disc. I watch something nearly every day from Netflix. I think I get more value out of it than my cable package.
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Old October 31 2010, 07:59 PM   #127
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^Absolutely. Not needing the disc is much more convenient, and I love the new layout of the program. I never watch regular TV anymore.
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Old November 1 2010, 01:44 AM   #128
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Re: Is Netflix a Rip-off?

I wouldn't call Netflix a ripoff by any means. However, like anything else, it's a question of your personal viewing habits and dollars and sense. If you rent and watch enough movies to make the price worth it it, it's great. But if you're one of those people who gets a movie and lets it lay around the house for a month you'd probably be better off not subscribing.
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Old November 1 2010, 01:57 AM   #129
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Re: Is Netflix a Rip-off?

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I wouldn't call Netflix a ripoff by any means. However, like anything else, it's a question of your personal viewing habits and dollars and sense. If you rent and watch enough movies to make the price worth it it, it's great. But if you're one of those people who gets a movie and lets it lay around the house for a month you'd probably be better off not subscribing.
The late fees alone, on letting a video lay around the house for a month, would be a year's worth of Netflix service. The service pretty much pays for itself.
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Old November 1 2010, 02:14 AM   #130
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Re: Is Netflix a Rip-off?

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I wouldn't call Netflix a ripoff by any means. However, like anything else, it's a question of your personal viewing habits and dollars and sense. If you rent and watch enough movies to make the price worth it it, it's great. But if you're one of those people who gets a movie and lets it lay around the house for a month you'd probably be better off not subscribing.
The late fees alone, on letting a video lay around the house for a month, would be a year's worth of Netflix service. The service pretty much pays for itself.
Good point. I was referring more to the idea of netflix vs an on demand service or just not renting stuff. Part of the problem with netflix for some people is that it doesn't take into account that sometimes people get busy with other shit and don't have time to watch a movie. Those people often wouldn't bother to rent a movie during that period. However, with netflix that sucker is there, it showed up in the mailbox, it isn't going anywhere and even if you send it back another one is showing up during the same busy time period.
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Old November 1 2010, 02:20 AM   #131
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I wouldn't call Netflix a ripoff by any means. However, like anything else, it's a question of your personal viewing habits and dollars and sense. If you rent and watch enough movies to make the price worth it it, it's great. But if you're one of those people who gets a movie and lets it lay around the house for a month you'd probably be better off not subscribing.
The late fees alone, on letting a video lay around the house for a month, would be a year's worth of Netflix service. The service pretty much pays for itself.
Good point. I was referring more to the idea of netflix vs an on demand service or just not renting stuff. Part of the problem with netflix for some people is that it doesn't take into account that sometimes people get busy with other shit and don't have time to watch a movie. Those people often wouldn't bother to rent a movie during that period. However, with netflix that sucker is there, it showed up in the mailbox, it isn't going anywhere and even if you send it back another one is showing up during the same busy time period.
Ah, well I am one to leave a movie lying around for 3 weeks before returning it, as I have so much Instant Watch stuff, but it's still great to watch "Up in the Air" (great movie) on DVD and then watch the entire "Family Guy" series on Instant Watch, and still pay the same fee every month.
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Old November 1 2010, 02:28 AM   #132
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Yeah, don't misunderstand. As I said before, if people actually watch the movies, it's a great service. I was simply pointing out that for some people it isn't.

I've known more than a few couples that have NetFlix and they end up canceling they realize that they never get around to actually watching the darn things. They only watch one movie a month and, as a result, that movie costs more than buying a used DVD.
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Old November 1 2010, 03:15 AM   #133
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Re: Is Netflix a Rip-off?

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I wouldn't call Netflix a ripoff by any means. However, like anything else, it's a question of your personal viewing habits and dollars and sense. If you rent and watch enough movies to make the price worth it it, it's great. But if you're one of those people who gets a movie and lets it lay around the house for a month you'd probably be better off not subscribing.
The late fees alone, on letting a video lay around the house for a month, would be a year's worth of Netflix service. The service pretty much pays for itself.
Good point. I was referring more to the idea of netflix vs an on demand service or just not renting stuff. Part of the problem with netflix for some people is that it doesn't take into account that sometimes people get busy with other shit and don't have time to watch a movie. Those people often wouldn't bother to rent a movie during that period. However, with netflix that sucker is there, it showed up in the mailbox, it isn't going anywhere and even if you send it back another one is showing up during the same busy time period.
That's why Netflix gives you the option to freeze your account if you know you're not going to use it for a particular period of time. You don't get movies during that time, but you also don't have to pay.
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Old November 1 2010, 06:08 AM   #134
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If you rent and watch enough movies to make the price worth it it, it's great. But if you're one of those people who gets a movie and lets it lay around the house for a month you'd probably be better off not subscribing.
Yep. I constantly change my plan to ratchet back to 2 at a time when there's a decent amount of live TV to watch (via DVR) and then during dead periods (December for instance), I'll bump it up to 3 or 4. If I have disks lying around for more than a day or so, I know it's time to downgrade. But I don't mind constantly futzing with my account like that - I guess I find it entertaining in its own right. Also, it appeals to my cheapskate side.
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Old November 1 2010, 06:16 AM   #135
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Yeah, don't misunderstand. As I said before, if people actually watch the movies, it's a great service. I was simply pointing out that for some people it isn't.

I've known more than a few couples that have NetFlix and they end up canceling they realize that they never get around to actually watching the darn things. They only watch one movie a month and, as a result, that movie costs more than buying a used DVD.

I think there's an even cheaper option in netflix, like 5 buck a month or something, it's like 1 movie every two weeks, rather than unlimited.
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