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post #21 of 41

We actually love the streaming- we have a TON of stuff on our queue.  But a lot of them are documentaries, science/history/Discovery channel stuff, Animal Planet, stuff like that.

post #22 of 41
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thanks everyone

 

I wanted new releases. greensad.gif  There are not many TV shows I am interested in (don't watch a lot of reg. TV so maybe there are and I don't know them). The local blockbuster closed and the red box thing at the grocery store is worthless. Because of this the waiting time at the library is crazy. I was really hoping to get my movie fix.

 

 

Why don't you like Redbox?  We have netflix streaming + 1DVD, and it works for us, but if we really want a new release and don't want to wait, we use Redbox.  You can even reserve it online before you go (on the same day), so that it's not gone by the time you pick it up.  And it a buck- can't beat that!



Oh, ha!  I do the same thing using Redbox for new releases!! 

 

And yeah, there's not much on Netflix streaming.  They did just sign a deal with ABC/Disney so some more shows should be available but not much else.

post #23 of 41

We have netflix and I thought you could have 1 movie out at a time for the 10$ The shipping is really fast so you could get a easily 2 a wk so8 movies a month for 10$ which would be cheap! I don't watch much on the netflix but my dh loves it lol.

post #24 of 41
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There is one redbox in our neighborhood and I think like the library its the case of too few for too many.  We used have 2 big Blockbusters, a local video store, the one redbox and the library.  Now its just the redbox and the library. If you don't hit the redbox first thing in the AM you are out of luck, forget trying to get anything good on the weekend!  I didn't know about the reserve in advance function tho.  Maybe that's why I am missing out??

 

I think my problem is that I have such few times when I can really sit down and watch a "grown up" movie. My fear is that I would end up spending the money and rarely getting more than 1or 2 a month. I guess I am being a little grumpy, LOL, I want my cake and to eat it too!! orngtongue.gif

post #25 of 41

I thought I heard that Blockbuster online (their program that is comparable to Netflix) is supposed to have the new releases sooner.  IDK if this is true or not, but I heard it recently and thought I would throw it out there for you.  We were thinking about Netflix for a while but to get it onto our TV through the Xbox is a $60 fee to the Xbox people and then the monthly payment to Netflix and it is just not worth that much money to us.  We watch, at most, 1 movie a month.  Maybe someday when the kids are older and want to watch movies it would be worth it, but I just don't have the time right now... but boy, I wish I did!

post #26 of 41
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There is one redbox in our neighborhood and I think like the library its the case of too few for too many.  We used have 2 big Blockbusters, a local video store, the one redbox and the library.  Now its just the redbox and the library. If you don't hit the redbox first thing in the AM you are out of luck, forget trying to get anything good on the weekend!  I didn't know about the reserve in advance function tho.  Maybe that's why I am missing out??

 


Yeah!  Just get on the website first thing in the morning and put your movies on hold.  Of course, if they're all still out from the night before, you're still out of luck.  And FYI- if you reserve it, you have until the following night at 9pm to pick it up... but they fail to mention that you're actually renting it from the time you reserve it.  So if you don't pick it up until the following night and return it the next day, you'll pay for 2 days (if that made any sense.)

post #27 of 41

Are you in Canada by any chance? I just got the free trial and am appalled by the absolute lack of interesting stuff on there. I think there is a lot less here since most of the movies on the PPs list are not there. I can probably find enough movies and shows to last the one month trial but I will most definitely be cancelling after that. Most of the movies on Netflix are in the 1$ section of my local video store anyway.

post #28 of 41
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No, I am outside of Boston, Mass

post #29 of 41
I've enjoyed Netflix instant. Its true, they tend to have more crappy sequels than blockbuster hits.
But I tend to use Netflix instant the way some people watch TV, browsing what looks interesting at the time. I've seen a lot of good documentaries I would never have even heard of otherwise, or wouldn't have been motivated to put in the queue and wait a few days.

I've seen some good classics on instant, like The Time Machine from 1960, and some good independant films like The Man From Earth. The kids have watched their share of Scooby Doo episodes on instant. Lately we have been watching Avatar, the nickelodeon show, on instant because we don't get cable tv and somehow missed out on this excellent show.
post #30 of 41

We're in Canada and we're LOVING Netflix here.  Yes, the selection is still a bit limited, but that's because it's new.  A lot of movie companies have not yet given permission for their films to be streamed in Canada.  Netflix is constantly working on gaining the rights for more and more works.  In the few months we've been members we have seen a TON of new stuff come in.

 

The main draw for us right now is in the TV shows.  We don't get cable, we just watch the few shows we like online.  Hubby got completely addicted to Mad Men, since Netflix has the first 3 seasons.  I watched all the old Greatest American Hero shows.  It has the first 3 seasons of Blue's Clues -- the ones with STEVE!  You can't even find those in the video stores.  My 4yo daughter watches Blue's Clues and Little Bear, and I don't have to worry about commercials or whatever other crap might be coming on next.

 

It's got Veggie Tales movies.  BBC documentaries.  Tons of BBC shows, including Fawlty Towers and ALL the Blackadder seasons!  Tons of interesting documentaries.  Great foreign films -- like Atarnajuat, which we saw in the theatres years ago.  :)  And they've just added all the Kids in the Hall shows, and some other old CBC classics!

 

Sure it doesn't have some of the movies we'd like to see, but we still have more than enough to keep us busy for now while they're working on getting those too.  :)  And we're sometimes pleasantly surprised by what they DO have.  For just $8 a month, with no limits, we can even be watching 3 different things at the same time using the household wifi -- I'm watching Blackadder on my PC, my daughter is watching Blue's Clues on the TV through the Wii, and hubby is upstairs in bed watching some old Japanese samurai movie on the laptop!

 

FYI -- the Canadian Netflix service does NOT offer the mailing option.  It's all streaming, only streaming.  Simple, cheap, easy.  It only just launched last fall and we were among the first to sign up.  :)

post #31 of 41

I'm in Canada and so tempted to sign up for netflix.... we don't have cable and watch our tv shows online but sometimes they're hard to find/around for limited time only. I don't really see us going back to cable (or satellite) but Netflix would really work for us! Especially if I can get it to stream on our tv. :)

post #32 of 41

We pay $10 a month and get the streaming and unlimited dvds for the month (only one at a time though).  The streaming has its pros and cons.  Some of the movies on there are old or bizarre, but they do have some new releases.  We watch a lot of tv shows on there and kids shows since we don't have cable.  Most of the mailed dvds are new releases that dh and I watch.

 

My newest discovery on the streaming is Saturday Night LIve.  They have the newest episode up a few days after it airs on tv, but they don't always show the musical guest.

post #33 of 41
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I'm in Canada and so tempted to sign up for netflix.... we don't have cable and watch our tv shows online but sometimes they're hard to find/around for limited time only. I don't really see us going back to cable (or satellite) but Netflix would really work for us! Especially if I can get it to stream on our tv. :)


 

If you've got a Wii or a PS3, and wifi in your house, then you're all set.  Possibly some other devices too, but those two I know for sure off the top of my head.  :) 

 

Initially, the Wii setup was done with a CD they sent us in the mail.  You had to have the CD in the Wii in order to watch Netflix.  But they've advanced from that and now it's just a Wii channel you download directly through the Wii, no disc needed.  :) 

 

The first month is free, and you can cancel anytime even after you start paying... We tried it since there was such low risk and figured we could just watch the stuff we're interested in until that runs out, then cancel.  Haven't run out yet.  ;)

post #34 of 41
I love netflix. The movie stores were charging so much and then they started closing down. DH and I would have these lists of movies but no one in town carried them We have watched so many movies since getting netflix. And I use the instant watch during the day. DH and I well over 500 movies on our queue, instant and mail combined. We enjoy some of the obscure titles on the instant play. Totally worth it for us!
post #35 of 41

We LOVE Netflix! We get 2 DVDs at a time. We keep our DVD queue in a pattern of what DH wants and what I want so when they arrive its one for each of us. DH stays up way later than I do and will watch his the day they arrive and send them back the next day. I take a little longer to watch mine and I love that I can have them as long as I want. We really enjoy the streaming too and haven't had that hard of a time finding things to watch. Especially TV shows for us and movies for the kids. We stream on both computers and through the blu ray on the TV. We are really happy with it, and don't mind waiting a while for the new releases.

post #36 of 41

I really like Netflix for streaming television shows (anythign but  the current season).  Right now I'm watching Pushing Daisies.

post #37 of 41

We're also in Canada. We haven't used very much, but we're enjoying it. We watch it on the tv, through ds1's Wii. DH says that Wild China and The Storyteller are worth the $8.00/month (or whatever - it's something like that) all by themselves. He's also getting to see some old Doctor Who episodes. I'm sure the selection will improve, but I finally got to see Dreamscape again, and I've been meaning to rent it for years.

post #38 of 41

Wow, I am so surprised to see a thread with that title. We love netflix! We have had it for 7 years and started streaming about a year ago. We like having both. I agree that the movie selection isn't great with streaming however, the number of documentaries available is staggering! A good movie that we just watched is *The Messenger* with Woody Harrelson. If you take the time to search, you might be surprised by what you can find. We really enjoy watching a good series, that way we don't have to commit to 2 hours and we find some of them much better than movies.

Instant:

Friday Night Lights

Damages 

Dexter

Weeds

BBC series Survivors

Veronica Mars

Dead LIke Me

Pushing Daisies

 

We have watched many series just sending back one disc at a time:

Six Feet Under

The Sopranos

Breaking Bad

Mad Men

just to name a few :)

 

Another really good film off the top of my head is Green Fingers with Helen Mirren & Clive Owen it is in Instant.

I could look through my queue and come up with a bunch more later.

 

Blessings,

~traci

post #39 of 41
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Are you in Canada by any chance? I just got the free trial and am appalled by the absolute lack of interesting stuff on there. I think there is a lot less here since most of the movies on the PPs list are not there. I can probably find enough movies and shows to last the one month trial but I will most definitely be cancelling after that. Most of the movies on Netflix are in the 1$ section of my local video store anyway.


I'm in Canada and was really disappointed with the free trial. All I wanted was documentaries (for homeschooling) and they had hardly any worth watching.
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