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JCC NetFlix Whiners

Discussion in 'Community' started by Koohii, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Koohii

    Koohii Jedi Master star 5

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    I keep seeing these reviews for TV shows on NetFlix. They boil down to this:
    "Why isn't __(my show)__ on instant viewing any more? You B@st@rds! You up my rates then take away my shows" or "Why isn't season ## up on instant view yet? The DVDs came out last week."

    Um gee, why would NetFlix take a show off instant viewing...
    Well, Showtime realized what a bargain they were giving, and decided to up their rates for shows like Dexter, to the point NF didn't think it was profitable any more. So, it was SHOWTIME'S FAULT, not NF.
    Also, there's a general rule that they can't have anything up until the DVDs have been in the stores for 2 months. Oddly, the DVD manufacturers want to get people to buy their product. If you are that impatient, and that interested in the show/movie, you can just go and buy it. And, even after it is available to rent, NF has to wait a proscribed amount of time before they can put it up on instant viewing. Sometimes, it is the source company that slows this down by not making the files available.

    Seems so simple, but still more and more people complain, like spoiled children.
    I find it fascinating, sickening, bizarre, and repugnant.

    And it isn't just one or two, but there are dozens and dozens of these people...
    They care enough to whine and cry and complain and type up their malice, but not enough to look into the reasons behind the situation that is making them unhappy. Spoiled brat children.

    The only thing more weird was someone who complained that Green Lantern:Emerald Knights wasn't the live action movie s/he'd been expecting. The review was posted within a week of the theatrical release. Did s/he really expect NetFlix to have available for rent a movie that was only just out in the theater? Did s/he somehow fail to notice that the voice actors did not match the live-actors? And the big label about it being an Animate Feature printed in bold letters across the top of the image somehow didn't register either, I guess.
     
  2. Aytee-Aytee

    Aytee-Aytee Jedi Master star 5

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    Welcome to America.
    [image=http://mergy.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/walle-e-humans-in-the-spaceship.jpg]
     
  3. MrZAP

    MrZAP Jedi Master star 5

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    Koohii, this is the first time I've agreed entirely with your post.:p
     
  4. AmiraMalicious

    AmiraMalicious Jedi Youngling

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    Netflix, at least in Canada is essentially a waste of money. Horrible selection, you must pay a fee for something you could get online faster, and it still does use bandwidth.
     
  5. Vengance1003

    Vengance1003 Jedi Knight star 5

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    Mar 4, 2006
    Netflix has all the 24 DVDs. I don't see why you need anything else.
     
  6. Boba_Fett_2001

    Boba_Fett_2001 Force Ghost star 8

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    Dec 11, 2000
    A year ago I probably would have agreed with you on the selection but it's a lot better now. It's definitely not the greatest but I'd say it's good enough.
     
  7. Spider-Fan

    Spider-Fan Jedi Master star 4

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    Jul 15, 2008
    Agreed, while we certainly don't have the library that American Netflix has, its improved a great deal and continues to get better. I find new treasures everyday and have no shortage of things to watch. Actually my problem is the opposite, I never seem to get around to watching the shows I want to before Netflix takes them down. :p

    I mean they now have four, count it, FOUR Animated Spider-Man series...FOUR!!!
     
  8. CloneUncleOwen

    CloneUncleOwen Jedi Master star 4

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    Jul 30, 2009
    Netflix is like malt liquor... it's cheap and readily available. Why people expect
    it to be comparable to premium cable channels, I don't understand. It's just Netflix.
     
  9. Boba_Fett_2002

    Boba_Fett_2002 Jedi Master

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    Jan 1, 2002
    [link=http://instantwatcher.com/titles/expiring]This site[/link] tells you when movies or shows are expiring. Just make sure you select "Canada Only."
     
  10. Souderwan

    Souderwan Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Jun 3, 2005
    Canadian NetFlix is different than American Netflix? I had no idea. Are Canadians somehow blocked from using American NF? I thought the internet was supposed to tear down silly barriers.
     
  11. Boba_Fett_2001

    Boba_Fett_2001 Force Ghost star 8

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    It only arrived in Canada a couple of years ago and is currently streaming only. Zip.ca, which is more like US Netflix, has been around for a lot longer but I've heard very mixed things about their services, especially recently.
     
  12. Jabbadabbado

    Jabbadabbado Manager Emeritus star 7 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    Netflix has a lot of great documentaries. I just watched "Grizzly Man" again for the first time in half a decade. Apparently in his death audio Tim Treadwell whined a bit when the bear ate him.
     
  13. Spider-Fan

    Spider-Fan Jedi Master star 4

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    Canadian film distribution is a whole different ball game and American companies have to strike different deals here for their films to be distributed either in theatres or for the home video market. So when companies like Netflix come here, I believe they have to re-nogiate new deals with the companies that hold the distribution rights here.
     
  14. DantheJedi

    DantheJedi Jedi Master star 5

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    Aug 23, 2009
    Some people are just that stupid and/or clueless. I've heard about people who think movie tie-in video games are the actual, honest-to-goodness movie itself! Not to mention the Mensa rejects who thought a cheapie, direct-to-DVD ripoff version of The Princess and the Frog that some small-time animation studio made to fool clueless parents was the real deal, even though The Princess and the Frog was still in theaters at the time.

    I could do a thread like this, but about stupid Amazon reviews, but I'm not masochistic enough to do that.
     
  15. Souderwan

    Souderwan Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Huh. I mean I guess that's obvious when you think about it. I just never realized. Canada's on my short list of countries to move to in a decade or so. Guess there's more to the research than I realized. :p
     
  16. Koohii

    Koohii Jedi Master star 5

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    May 30, 2003
    The thing is, if it's available for instant, chance are that the DVDs are available too. (there are exceptions, but still, for most of what people are griping about...)
    Now, when I send back a disk (call it day 1), NF gets it the next day (day 2) and ships the next disk in my cue (still day 2), and the disk arrives in my mailbox the next day (day 3). So, a 3-day total turnaround. So, since I subscribe on the 3-disk plan, I can have a constant supply of disks, except for Sunday, but would then get 2 disks on Tuesday. So, these people are griping about having to wait a day or two to get the episodes.
    Granted, I live in an area with excellent postal service, with a major NF hub just 2 cities (less than 20 miles) away. But let's say you double the postal time. If the subscriber shipped Monday, the next disk would arrive Friday. Is that really such a big deal? And if they staggered, they'd still get 2-3 disks per week.
    So, I'm really thinking that this is just a syndrome of whiny spoiled brats who have had everything at their beck and call for too long, with unreal expectations of the world, and no sense of patience.
     
  17. somethingfamiliar

    somethingfamiliar Jedi Knight star 5

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    Well, I guess we can just scrap this whole internet thing now. You can mail us your next thread.
     
  18. Spider-Fan

    Spider-Fan Jedi Master star 4

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    Jul 15, 2008
    You wouldn't even notice the difference, its mostly a behind the scenes, industry thing. Otherwise the country is great if you don't mind the cold weather and socialists. :p
     
  19. DarthMane2

    DarthMane2 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Hey as long as Netflix keeps Buffy on instant I'm cool. I have one more season to go. Because of netflix I've watched movies I otherwise would never have watched. In fact that was my intent when I got NF the second time.

    Casablanca
    OldBOY
    The Trail of Joan of Arc
    Dollars Trilogy
    Office Space
    Arrested Developement
    The General(buster keaton)
    Clerks
    Dazed and Confused
    8 1/2
    100 Blows(which I didn't like)
    Lawrence of Arabia(which I hated)
    Cobra
    Once Upon A Time In The West(favorite movie now)
    Taxi Driver
    Raging Bull
    Seven
    American Beauty
    Flash Gordon


    and the list goes on and on, all stuff I had never seen until I got netflix. So save for watching 18 bucks leave my account every month, I'm a very happy customer.
     
  20. Darth Guy

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

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    I love instant for PBS, British stuff, TV shows (though a lot of my favorites are missing), and documentaries. But the movies selection is awful, so I cover that with Blu-rays and DVD's. And the date the disc is available for rental depends on the studio. I've been renting 2011 films lately and a lot of them are available the day they hit stores.

    I don't fault Netflix for not being able to negotiate with (probably) greedy studios when it comes to instant content. I do fault them for putting emphasis on instant, despite its major problems, to the point of attempting to kill-- sorry, I mean "split off"-- the disc service.
     
  21. MrZAP

    MrZAP Jedi Master star 5

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    Jun 2, 2007
    You have good taste.

    I do a bit of the same as well, besides the documentaries and TV that I stream. Last night I watched Alphaville by Godard, because it was one of the things in my queue that was scheduled to leave instant today, and I really liked it. I probably would never have gotten to it (or at least it would have taken a very long time) if those circumstances hadn't been the case. It also made me think that maybe I should take the whole "watching stuff quickly because it's scheduled for deletion" as a strategy for some things. Apparently Samurai Champloo, an anime that I've seen a bit of but have been meaning to check out thoroughly for awhile now is scheduled to be taken down in about ten days (thanks Jazib for the link; it will come in handy), so I might want to get to watching that as quickly as I can, It'll have to wait till Sunday because I've got plans, but if I binge I might make it
     
  22. Souderwan

    Souderwan Jedi Grand Master star 6

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    Jun 3, 2005
    Meh. Your socialists are more fiscally responsible than ours. :p Wasn't always the case, but that's true now. The weather I'm ready for.
     
  23. Darth Guy

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

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    We have socialists?
     
  24. Ostrich_Stapler

    Ostrich_Stapler Jedi Master star 5

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    What ZAP said re: Once Upon a Time in the West. One of the greats IMO.


    I didn't realize they had so much older stuff on Netflix, like Buster Keaton and Casablanca.


    Sometimes I wish I had a NF account, and then I look at how much time I already waste and go, "nah." :(
     
  25. Darth Guy

    Darth Guy Chosen One star 10

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    Practically everything that has been released on DVD in the United States is available from Netflix. Casablanca is not and, as far as I know, never has been on streaming and I think only one Buster Keaton film is.