So I recently for whatever reason decided to give Netflix Canada a shot. I did not set out to get Netflix but one day while I was messing around with my xbox360 I decided to give it a shot. For $7.99 I didn’t see how I had much to loose just to give it a try especially considering the first 30 days is completely free.
I spend a huge portion of my monthly paycheck on buying dvds and I would guess I spend somewhere in the range of $250 a month on dvds. So with Netflix I should now have access to a whole slew of movies to watch when time permits and perhaps replace at least some of my need to run to the local videostore and buy dvds. Why don’t I rent? I find rentals a rip off and frankly I love my movie collection and am the kind of person who watches movies over and over again. I have movies I have seen over 25 times because although I am not the most astute or well written critic around I am a true die hard film fan just like many of you.
I have had Netflix now for about 30 days and admittedly I am still learning how it all works. I have no idea how huge the library of films is for the video on demand service for Xbox and I am not sure how long it takes for the different film listing to update. For example the Action Movies has shown the same 75 movies for the last 30 days and I am not sure if and when it will update. I love how it is broken out by genre so I can easily find Documentaries, Horror movies, foreign movies and more. I particularly like the suggestions system which seems to work pretty well.
As I rate films the Netflix system learns what I like and what I do not like. It then makes suggestions called ‘Suggestions for Michael’ which shows movies that the system thinks I will like based on my past viewing and how I have rated films. It also lists films in relation to other films. So when I watched the truly shocking IRREVERSIBLE it then gave me a new selection choice of ‘Films like Irreversible’. It does this for a few selection of different types so right now I have a list that looks something like this;
- Foreign Dark Films Like Irreversible
- Crime Documentaries like Four Brothers
- Quirky Comedies like FLETCH Lives.
- Suggestions for Michael
- Action Movies
- And so on……
I would say that since I got my Netflix account I have watched no less then 25 to 30 movies. Alot of the movies are also the kind of fare my local video store doesn’t carry. I was able to watch some really quirky horror movies like Retardead, DogHouse, Zombie Diaries and Uwe Bolls Rampage ( which is pretty good ) and will be watching Human Centipede and Dead Girl later this week. I have also been able to watch some great stand up comedy like Zach Garafinalikis live and Joe Rogan live. Both were absolutely hilarious and not something I would normally pick up at the DVD Store… nor would they even carry it.
You can watch just about anything on Netflix from every possible genre including box sets of your favourite shows like Mad Men and Heroes. The streaming is pretty quick and for the most part the quality is fantastic and many times streaming in HD. I wondered how fast it would be streaming and how well the quality would hold up but I have yet to watch a movie on Netflix where the quality was poor. From time to time it will pause to ‘recalibrate’ and tweak the streaming but the pauses are EXTREMELY rare, I think it has happened 4 times total and it never lasts longer then a few seconds.
For me $7.99 for Netflix on Demand in comparison to my local DVD store is a clear winner. Netflix has better selection for me and it is also way way cheaper. I don’t have to drive anywhere and on a whim I can turn on my xbox 360 and quickly and easily navigate to a movie from just about any genre to pass the time.
My only concern with Netflix and those of you who are regular users of it can probably enlighten me is how often does the video on demand system update. When I use the search function there seems to be alot of movies listed as ‘unavailable’. I have absolutely no idea how many movies are available on video on demand with Netflix and how often the update the library. The other downfall which isn’t really a big deal is the lack of new releases. If you want to watch the latest dvd releases you wont be turning to Netflix to do that. You will be forced to drive to the dvd store. But even with this put aside if you were to get Netflix even for a 30 day trial I would be shocked if you did not like it.
Do you have Netflix? Tell me what you think and if you have any suggestions on how to best take advantage of it tell me. I am still very much a young jedi in training with my netflix account.