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Christian

I wish I could see them. Does Netflix allow you to watch them on their site?

Mike

I saw the "Suspense" one and those costumes were awesome.

Sonja

I have not seen the commercials yet, but will keep my eyes open. They look really neat.

Brandon S.

I've seen the "Period Romance" commercial: the advert has an air of silliness, which I am sure is intentional. A woman walks into her living room, and finds a group of actors in period costumes. The idea is that you don't have to leave your home to be entertained, the good times come to you.

They oughtta put 'em out on the net in downloadable formats. Certain elements of the Netflix/Tivo demographic, such as myself, never sees commercials on TV. :)

Aron

What stations are ppl seeing these on?

"They oughtta put 'em out on the net in downloadable formats."

Why? 'Cause you're so lame you have nothing better to do than watch stupid commercials?

"Certain elements of the Netflix/Tivo demographic, such as myself, never sees commercials on TV. :)"

Yeah, but you're so high on Netflix you'll make an exception if it's one of their ads.

Kill your TV. Cancel cable/satellite. Rent DVDs or read. Let the broadcasting business die a slow and painful death. Never watch commercials. Never buy anything advertised.

Michael P.

I just saw the Suspense commercial today during South Park on Comedy Central.

Howard Deaniac

Do the commercials address the fact that netflix throttles costumers? Or that they participate in installing spyware, adware, etc. on your computer?

Netflix Throttling Victim

"Do the commercials address the fact that netflix throttles costumers? Or that they participate in installing spyware, adware, etc. on your computer?"

They should also point out that heavy users receive a disproportionately greater share of broken, scratched, and mis-labeled DVDs. And that they secretly delay sending replacements until they receive the defective disc. Other wise known as YOU paying for their mistakes.

Zachary

Would you people just kill yourself? You are nothing but a bunch of whiney little kids. If you don't like Netflix's service, and apparently ~4 Million people do, then please careful follow this procedure:

-Cancel your Netflix subscription

-Fuck off.

Thanks,

Zts

Zachary is a Self-Admitted Netflix Shill

Zach, you go fuck yourself. We don't want to leave. We want honest service, meaning TRUTH about when our returns are received, sending new movies immediately, and not throttling. They want to have their cake and eat it too. Tell people the service is unlimited, then throttle them down to 12 movies a month. If Netflix was an honest company and gave folks reasonable expectations of service, nobody would complain. If we get a broken or wrong DVD, SEND a REPLACEMENT the SAME DAY. Don't use this as another opportunity to throttle us and send us crappy discs that their light users have already reported.

Howard Deaniac was right.
Netflix is a crap company.

Well one of the reasons Netflix is throttling people is that Blockbuster is pricing its service irrationally at 15$ a month and bleeding money right and left.

Netflix as a business is required to make money and in this situation heavy users get less stuff.

Go bark at Blockbuster or why don't you join their wonderful online service if youre so hurt and scorned?

Movie Lover

Why not belong to several services? Then you destroy their competitive model and actually have a chance of getting a steady stream of movies to watch. It's not unreasonable for watch 1-2 movies a day, which iss less time than most people spend watching TV, playing video games, and reading the latest crappy 800-page Harry Potter book. Blockbuster isn't irrational at all. They are following the Japanese business model. Sell at a loss and wait for economics-of-scale to kick in.

break 'em off some

"Well one of the reasons Netflix is throttling people is that Blockbuster is pricing its service irrationally at 15$ a month and bleeding money right and left."

How is Blockbuster responsible for Netflix's dishonest, unethical behavior? BB can charge new members whatever they want. But they are committed for a year to those who signed up for the $15 deal though. I say, thank you to them. They're raped us in the past; now they are finally giving something back. I'm gonna try to get as much as I can from them.

$15 a month is a great deal, no matter how crappy their website is, or that they often send my movies out of order. The free store coupons are also a great bonus. I use them all the time for movies that are unavailable or "long wait" on Netflix and/or BBO. It is a time saver, as I am trying to rip through my queue as fast as possible. Plus, I can go browse for something spontaneous.

Exactly my point. As you have said, why should anyone that has been very throttled/burned/scorned/hurt care about Netflix when they can go to Blockbusters? Go there and be happy.

Get all unthrottled movies at 15$ a month(cheaper than Netflix) as you can(no throttling at BBI? = no personal pain about Netflix throttling and getting awful! Awful! service and life will be good.

What is the problem about that? Why care about what evil Netflix does? Or do you want to save everyone from Netflix?

break 'em off some

That wasn't my point. My point was that NFLX can charge what they want and BB can do the same. Trying to JUSTIFY throttling by saying Netflix has to compete with Blockbuster is laughable. Companies don't just compete for price. Most Netflix members are evangelists and fanatics with a vendetta against BB, who would stay even if NFLX raised prices to $25 or $30 a month. I'm open-minded and use all the services, rather than putting my eggs in one basket. I would like NFLX to be honest, though. However, that seems to be wishful thinking, when apologists like you suggest we "love it or leave it", rather than NFLX start being honest and transparent.

I may be a bit slow, but I just do not understand that if you pay 17.99$ a month(Netflix) and get minimum of 15 movies a month with a value per movie much lower than in any video-store, how that constitutes as "dishonest and nontransparent"

I mean what is your expectation in terms of price per rental?

These commercials look pretty desperate to me. It's almost like they are financial advisors looking for new clients.

Why the big fuss?

break 'em off some

"I may be a bit slow, but I just do not understand that if you pay 17.99$ a month(Netflix) and get minimum of 15 movies a month with a value per movie much lower than in any video-store, how that constitutes as dishonest and non-transparent."

Who says I get 15 movies minimum? That's more like the maximum. And the value is less than Hollywood MVP: $30 for 3 month cash gives you an average price of 11.1-55.6 c per movie. Blockbuster's Movie Pass is more expensive than MVP, but you have every new releases available and no due dates...

Blockbuster Rewards costs $10 a year, that gets you a free rental every month, 2-for-1 Mondays to Wednesdays, plus one rental for every 5 (up to 3 a month). That averages to a rental price of below $2.00. If you just use the free coupon, your price is 83.3 c. How can Netflix compete with that? Netflix throttles like a whore as soon as you get much below a $2 avearge.

"...Netflix's dishonest, unethical behavior..."

Has anyone noticed that even with "throttling", a Netflix subscriber receives more movies per month than the same Blockbuster subscriber?

Manuel reported that he received 17 movies in one month from Netflix while only 13 movies from Blockbuster.

So Netflix throttles customers by sending out more movies than its next leading competitor?

BoB

"Has anyone noticed that even with "throttling", a Netflix subscriber receives more movies per month than the same Blockbuster subscriber?"

No true for me. I even had a NF center open in my town and I still get the same number of discs per month as I did when they were coming from 200 miles away. About half of my discs get shipped from another center center so that seems to always adds an extra day before they ship. Then there is a 2-3 day delivery time before I get it.

Sure they get back overnight but when you add in the "next-day" shipping and then a 2 day travel, its still 4 days before I get another so its no faster. Also, my discs use to come from Duluth, GA but now none have. Most come from Phoenix or Santa Ana. I don't know if Duluth is still open. If it is, why wouldn't not they come from there?

Also with no weekend shipping, its even longer than that. BB shipped me 2 out today (Sat) and I'll have them on Monday. They were scanned replacements for discs I sent back on Friday.

I sent 2 NF discs back on Thurs and they did not received them Fri (yet they are 5 miles from my house). So now it will be at least Monday before they get them & Tuesday (if they ship them from in town) befor I get them from NF.

banogabawhofga

"Manuel reported that he received 17 movies in one month from Netflix while only 13 movies from Blockbuster."

So he is representative of all Netflix and BB customers? He talks like he is, but he is not. Most customers never do that well with Netflix. I think the most I ever got is 17 in a month from Netflix.

"So Netflix throttles customers by sending out more movies than its next leading competitor?"

I get more from Blockbuster. They send 18-22 a month, compared with 12-14 from Netflix on the 3-out plan. The throttling is obvious, every time they say "shipping tomorrow", or pretend not to receive returns the next day, or send a common title from another city, or refuse to replace broken/damaged/mis-labeled discs IMMEDIATELY (same day), or never send new releases Monday for Tuesday release...

"I get more from Blockbuster. They send 18-22 a month, compared with 12-14 from Netflix on the 3-out plan."

This works out to 30 - 36 movies per month between the two services. This sounds like fairly atypical user behavior. The average Netflix user does about 7 DVDs per month on the 3 out plan. You're near 1 movie per day.

Are you burning DVDs?

manuel

Netflix shill writes, "Are you burning DVDs?"

Are you a jackass? Anyone renting more than 7 DVDs per month gets labeled as a criminal. Your hidden agenda is to publicly ostracize anyone renting too many DVDs as a law breaker. Others reading HackNetflix pick up on your accusations and feel guilty for renting more than 7 DVDs per month. Your objective is achieved: Netflix profits on subscribers' guilt therefore increasing stockholder's shares. Here we go again--Netflix's come-on of "unlimited" rentals then chastising subscribers for going over the limit.

banogabawhofga writes, "Manuel reported that he received..."

What kind of jab is this? I'm nobody's bitch and I print what I find. Who said anything about labeling myself as average Joe subscriber? I frequently rent from Netflix and experience throttling. Many subscribers don't think of themselves as "heavy renters" yet also find themselves subject to Netflix throttling. What would you have me say? Would you rather I deny renting 17 DVDs from Netflix last month? I've never received 17 rentals before on Netflix's 3-at-a-time plan and I doubt I'll get as lucky this month or the next.

"Are you burning DVDs?"

This was not directed at me but let me answer.

I am retired and only have basic cable - no premium services. Instead of paying $50 more per month, I have clockbuster and netflix and I watch what I want to, when i want to. It's easy to watch 2 movies a day. On the weekend, I get out and do my running around but the weekdays are pretty much movie days. :)

banogabawhofga

I watch 1-2 movies a day during the week and sometimes 2-3 on weekends. I don't watch ANY television or play videogames. It seems very judgmental to accuse me of burning DVDs just because I go through a movie a day. Admit it you just don't want people to get more than one movie every 3-4 days. If that's the real meaning of "unlimited" for NFLX, they should adjust their advertising and ToS to reflect that.

The accusation that people are copying DVDs if they go through 1 or more a day is just a red herring. The only thing that would start to look suspicious for that is if someone is getting 6-8 movies at a time and returning them all the same day. An average person has more than than enough free time to watch 1-2 movies a day, given 8 hours for sleep and 8 hours for work. The logic that says we must be copying is completely fallacious, and it doesn't even deserve an answer. The question is beneath us, and disgraces the people who ask it.

banogabawhofga

Manuel wrote:
"What kind of jab is this? I'm nobody's bitch and I print what I find. Who said anything about labeling myself as average Joe subscriber?"

The fact that you say things like "NFLX is faster" or "NFLX sends more broken discs", suggesting that this is true for all users instead of just your own experience. You frequently step outside yourself like this.

leunam si a gaf

"This works out to 30 - 36 movies per month between the two services."

Congratulations, you can do arithmetic.

"This sounds like fairly atypical user behavior."

Then surely they can accommodate the small number of users like myself. Afterall, they are the ones who claim, unlimited movies.

"The average Netflix user does about 7 DVDs per month on the 3 out plan."

Then that means they make an average profit of at least $4 for each user. They have 4 million users. That's $16 million profit a month. I don't feel too guilty about being outside the norm. My habits can't greatly skew the average rentals per customer, or the average profit per customer.

"You're near 1 movie per day."
"Are you burning DVDs?"

I fail to see the connection between these two points. 1 movie a day is not a lot. 2 a day isn't a lot. 3 or more, maybe. But then again, maybe someone decides not to watch a movie after seeing the first few minutes of it. Maybe movies are their main pastime and they have a long list they want to see. If some are sending movies back fast, it means Netflix doesn't need as much inventory.

T.J. Thayer

I like the "Foreign Drama" commercial. Especially when I saw the attractive blonde girl. She's so dang cute!
I will say that the french dude's amusing and added some unique flare to the commercial!
This was certainly a classic.

Thessaly

I am considering dipping a toe in the chilly waters of online DVD rental, so your discussions are VERY interesting. Thanks for the discussion about "throttling"; I had not considered the possibility.

How about disc quality? I hate store rentals (including BB) that get pixilated or stuck or skip because of sticky fingerprints. What's your experience with this aspect?

Thanks a bunch.

Lara

If you hate store rentals then you won't like the quality of Netflix. They come to you not in cases but just the disc in a paper envelope sent through all those mail sorting machines. Very unprotected. I've received many with scratches or even broken discs.

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