Mine usually is okay. One in a while a movie will cut out...restart...several times. Pain. But that isn't real often.
Great for foreign flicks.
Yes, still blows.
Why doesn't The Criterion Collection just stream all their stuff through their site?
OP, I have no problem streaming movies. Check your router or broadband.
I'm cutting mine off next month.
re: the Criterion Collection, I believe they wanted more money for the films that Netflix was willing to pay so they signed an exclusive deal with Hulu (I think it was Hulu). Either way, no Criterion streaming for Netflix.
I still like it and think it's worth the money.
I do like to check out foreign movies and TV shows, though, maybe more than most people. YMMV.
"The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne" has been "temporarily unavailabl please try again later" for several weeks now.
Maggie Smith, annoyed, as usual.
Has anyone else noticed the ratio of Chinese foreign films to any other? It seems like they have a deal with China to press their movies over any other type of foreign film.
I don't like the fact that all the recent and more popular movies are NOT available to stream. They don't tell you that when you sign up. The streaming selection if very limited.
[quote]so they signed an exclusive deal with Hulu (I think it was Hulu). Either way, no Criterion streaming for Netflix.
Yes, Hulu has the Criterion Collection.
[quote] I don't like the fact that all the recent and more popular movies are NOT available to stream.
They are available. But only for a limited window (usually 30-90 days).
THOR is available now.
I've never had any problems with it. I am, however, running out of stuff I want to watch. I was out of work for over a year and Netflix was my only source of entertainment. I caught up on a lot of TV shows I never watched in the regular runs. I've seen almost every gay movie they offer. I've also seen every Italian movie they offer.
I wish they'd update their interface on the Roku. It seems as if I have seen almost all of their suggestions either on streaming or on DVD. They don't make it easy to find other stuff.
Recently added Streaming:
And a whole list of obscure B-grade titles and box-office failures.
There is not ONE recent hit movie on their list of streaming. Why the fuck can't they have the latest releases on streaming? If I can get it from iTunes, why not Netflix?
THOR has been available on iTunes since the day it went to DVD.
Yeah, the selection is ridiculous (not in the good way). Once I work through my queue of some older series that are available, I'm done with netflix.
I've been catching up with Doc Martin lately on Netflix. Other than that I think I've seen everything I want to see on it.
I also dislike that if you have a stream only account and would like to see if a Netflix title is available by their mail service, your account will no longer allow it, which wasn't always the case.
Fuck Netflix. Fuck them up the ass.
So how does Hulu compare?
I love it. But I perfer the old movies from the 40's and 50's.
Just saw classic Barbara Stanwck flim.
The biggest blunder that Netflix ever made was going with the Microsoft Silverlight player. It's a horrid pig - I can watch it consume more and more memory as time goes on. It necessitates killing plugin-container and Firefox, then launching Firefox again and all is fine for a time.
The worst part is that Microsoft has now backed away from Silverlight. So Netflix is now using an UNSUPPORTED media player.
Ah r25, this must be what's happening to me. Brand new computer and twice when trying to watch a Netflix movie the computer shuts down and reboots after about 45 minutes.
Hulu has its own limitations of course but I still think it is worth supporting it as a subscriber. If we are going to move to a society where people aren't expected to subscribe to cable packages to watch television shows we need to support the services that try to do that. And it does have a fair amount of content to be fair.
You can't stream Thor on AppleTV iTunes for some reason - it is only available for purchase.
Do many of the "HD" shows on Netflix look HORRIBLE - I don't know how they can get away with calling them HD. Also, so many of he standard def shows are extremely poor quality.
No,r28, but you can RENT and temporarily download a movie on iTunes- when you can't stream it on Netflix.
All the local rental stores have closed down.
The Blockbusters drove the local art-house rental shop out of business. Then Netflix drove BB out of business. We have no where to rent in town.
It's fucking irritating.
I check out DVDs from the library. That takes more lead time than running to a local video store, so it's not as convenient. But between the library, interlibrary loan, a HuluPlus subscription and Amazon Prime, I have enough content to watch.
[quote]Do many of the "HD" shows on Netflix look HORRIBLE - I don't know how they can get away with calling them HD. Also, so many of he standard def shows are extremely poor quality.
That all has to do with the film. Look at Close Encounters on Blu-Ray or HD. The entire movie is full of grain, looks terrible and it is because Spielberg shot it that way. It was never shot to be be high definition but projected on a big screen. That's how he wanted it to look like.
I have never had a problem either on a PC or a BluRay player streaming NetFLix, ever.
Thor and Drive are now available on Netflix! Thor is only available for purchasing on other streaming websites.
Strange, Netflix streams better on my Apple TV than my Sony Player.
I don't want to support Hulu because I think their ad model is horrible. A consumer shouldn't have to pay for content and be forced to watch ads. No one should ever be subjected to ads and the idiotic companies who pay for them need to realize they do the absolute opposite of their intention. I'm glad Hulu at least shows The Criterion Collection without commercial interruption, but that's not enough.
Netflix has very little content I'm interested so it'd be a waste of money to subscribe. iTunes prices are ridiculous. And I haven't really looked into Amazon for streaming.
Amazon Prime is over $80 a year. And, they just released the Paramount catalog for streaming, that's pretty much a bargin.
Thor is a piece of crap movie and there are 100s of other more desirable movies that should be available for streaming but aren't.
I emailed Warner about making Brewster McCloud available for streaming on Macs as it is only availalble for PCs and they never got back to me. They'r fucking backwards morons. They releases completely proprietary software that only worked on old Windows machines for screener viewing this past awards season and then took three weeks to update it so people could actually watch their shit. It was such a hassle I refused to vote for any of their crap.
Please excuse us for not getting back to you sooner. Our attorneys, after contacting psychiatrists and police authorities, finally assured us that you are merely an illiterate cellar-dwelling crank whose tertiary syphilis has taken a bad turn, and not an active threat to society, owing to chronic laziness reducing your legs to vestigial limbs.
We are very sorry for the terrible trouble we have caused you. Perhaps if your fancyMac has a DVD slot you could have your mom go to any used book store and pic up a discarded copy of BM (Brewster McCloud) for $1.99 and toss it down the stairs to you with your half dozen dinner burritos and the drum of Mountain Dew upon which you subsist.
We hope so. We "fucking backwards morons" who "releases completely proprietary software that only worked on old Windows machines for screener viewing this past awards season and then took three weeks to update it so people could actually watch (our) shit..." with) it being such a hassle that you "refused to vote for any of (our) crap" are still in a corporate spiral from your clever retributive actions, and are afraid for our very survival should you continue to huff and puff down there. Plus it could make your facial eczema worse, as hard to imagine as that possibility is.
R40, what the fuck is wrong with you? DVDs of Brewster McCloud are 20-25 bucks. i would have been happy to pay the streaming price if they offered it, but they only support dead systems as a rule.
Just watched Thor on Netflix - horrible quality - wait until it's on cable and see in true HD.
I'm with R22. How FUCKING obnoxious that you can't search their entire catalog? How do I know what's available on DVD if I only pay for streaming? Sometimes I want to read movie reviews or see the ratings for a movie that isn't available on streaming (which is basically all of them). But noooooo, can't do that! I used to have to sign out of my account in order to be able to search their DVD titles, but now it appears you can't even do that! FUCK NETFLIX, what a fucking clusterfuck headache! Canceling just as soon as this billing cycle is up.
I heard that it raise your cap? Is that a word for condom?
[quote]I don't want to support Hulu because I think their ad model is horrible. A consumer shouldn't have to pay for content and be forced to watch ads.
How is it different from cable? You're paying for content and watching commercials. In the case of cable, you're paying to watch stations you could be watching for free over the air, and they leave in the commercials.
Hulu is far from perfect, but between the "HD" and the back catalog, I'm not terribly bothered by the 7.99 I pay for Hulu Plus (I'm a cord-cutter with a Mac Mini plugged straight into a flat screen). I do dislike that what used to be one commercial per break has slowly upped to two or three. But the service seems a lot more stable and functional than even a year ago (contrary to Netflix) and a lot of the older stuff that you can only get in Hulu Plus doesn't have any ads except for one at the beginning. Picture-qualitywise I'm happy.
If I were also paying for a cable subscription, another subscription to Hulu and having to watch ads would seem extortionary. But I swapped the $75 cable bill where I got commercials for an $8 Hulu bill where I get commercials (I also have Netflix streaming, so TV costs me $16 a month on top of Internet.)
Netflix I used to watch in Firefox but the quality got to be beyond awful. I get far better and more stable results watching through my Samsung Blu-ray player.
[quote]How FUCKING obnoxious that you can't search their entire catalog?
Oh here, ya big baby.
What horse shit. We've now lowered our expectations to the point that we've come to accept the fact no longer can we watch movies without interruption. So much for technology making ANYTHING better. Fuck Netflix. Fuck any company that takes your money on the promise that It might work, but certainly won't work reliably.
I refuse to watch any ads ever.
[quote]Thor is only available for purchasing on other streaming websites.
Thor is available for free streaming on Amazon Video if you have Amazon Prime.
It turns out my new tv comes with a free year of unlimited Netflix streaming. I am enjoying it. I wish Amazon would create an even decent not great interface for browsing their videos, though. It's an unusable mess.
What are you "ad" people talking about? My Netflix has no ads.
I don't understand what posters are talking about regarding Netflix "cutting out." If that's happening it's an issue with your provider, usually because you have a slow connection. I never get interruptions.
If Thor is your bragging point. . . well.....
I watched American Horror Show on Netflix streaming last night. It sucked.
Being able to watch garbage like that as soon as it airs is the difference between paying $200/month for cable or $8.00 for Netflix Streaming. No thanks.
I've seen some very good shows like Breaking Bad. One of the things I like most is being able to watch the episodes back to back with no commercial breaks. It's much more enjoyable to me than waiting a week between episodes. I have also watched some very good British TV shows.
It sucked to watch American Horror Story a year late or you think the show stinks?
Good if you don't mind sub-par picture quality. Awful.
[quote] I watched American Horror Show on Netflix streaming last night.
R55 is a thousand years old.
R57 is clinging to his plasma
I was going to watch A CHRISTMAS TALE today but Netflix has taken it off the Instant View list. Fuckers.
I don't have a plasma you presumptuous douche bag. HD is fine. Netflix sucks.
R61 has dial up
For the Netflix disc section, why do they list discs they don't have? Did they have these discs at one time and they were lost or damaged? It's annoying to see a title, only to see that it's not available.
And I don't understand how their buyers think. The following discs are currently unavailable. Can't they purchase more?
To Kill A Mockingbird (a classic)
Heartburn (Streep, Nicholson)
The Misfits (Monroe, Gable, Clift)
Treebeard beat me to it. R55 is a bitchy eldergay.
Since no one's actually *answered* the question first posed six months ago: the reason Netflix's streaming selection sucks so badly is entirely due to the big studios, not Netflix. They are scared SHITLESS about the prospect of unlimited free downloads of unlimited movies, based on the assumption (a reasonable one, actually) that many people will largely stop going to movie theaters if they have immediate, on-demand access to basically any movie ever made. That would destroy the studios' business model, and thus, they're putting more and more restrictions on both streaming video and DVD rentals. For those of you still on Netflix DVD delivery, have you not noticed that the overwhelming majority of new rentals lack ANY special features? Or that movies aren't released for the rental market until a full MONTH after they appear for sale in stores or online? (and I think that's going up to six or eight weeks for some studios)
Btw if you're not getting HD-quality streaming video, the problem is your Internet speed, not Netflix. It's been literally years since I last had any streaming problems with HD; I'm on a relatively fast 20Mbps cable modem. Also, I've never had a problem streaming videos on my browser, but that's probably because I have a MacBook and some of you have settled for the memory-deprived piece of shit that is a Windows PC running dozens of bloatware programs simultaneously that you never even know about.
They've added a lot of 50s tv comedies and even YOU BET YOUR LIFE.
For the most part, I only use Netflix to catch up on TV series that sound interesting, and I usually do a marathon viewing of one season in one weekend. That's how I started watching "Breaking Bad" as well as "Mad Men," among others. I have cable, but it comes free with my apartment; HBO would be extra, but I only watch a couple shows on it and just use my mom's HBO GO password on my iPad to stream them.
I'm way too fucking cheap to *pay* for individual streaming films from iTunes or Amazon; if I want to watch a movie that's on DVD but not on Netflix streaming, I just download the torrent for it.
Like R55, I'm perfectly happy with Netflix streaming. I started in January with streaming + discs, but I quickly found that I couldn't turn discs around quickly enough to be getting as many as I wanted for the low price (I went back to discs briefly to get more Spartacus when they took it off streaming).
Granted, I don't have the newest stuff, and it helps I didn't have TV for 7 or 8 years (I was busy having fun instead of watching TV).
So I've not only caught up on shows, but am watching documentaries, watching TED talks (admittedly - these can be gotten free on TED, but Netflix suggests them to me based on my interests whereas I'd forget about TED.
I do wish there were more options, but for $8/month, it's soooo much cheaper than the old days when you had to rent things at a video store (in the late 90s, you were paying $20 a month just for 4-5 movies a month). I couldn't possibly complain about the low price relative to what I get.