Goodbye Netflix

I finally dropped Netflix.

Okay, I still have Netflix, but streaming only. I dropped the disk service.

A lot of people got all upset with Netflix a year and a half ago when they dropped the bundle package. That’s where you could get streaming and disks for something like $10/month. When they did away with the bundling, the cost of streaming and disk went up $6 month. And a lot of people were really ticked off. I wasn’t. I expected it. I knew streaming was the future and that disks were becoming a drain.

I kept the service because it was the only way to watch some movies. You see, not everything Netflix carries is in their streaming catalog. Some movies and TV shows are only available on disk. And, I had a lot of stuff in my DVD queue, so I kept the disk service.

A few months ago, I asked myself, I said, “Self, how many of those movies or TV shows do you really want to watch?” And the answer was, “About half.”

So, the one’s I didn’t care to watch, I removed. Some had come available on streaming and I put those in my streaming queue. And, some were actually available on Amazon Prime (got that for shipping years ago; Amazon added some video streaming content a year or two ago), and those I added to my Amazon Instant Video Watchlist.

This past month, the DVDs in the queue got down to a small number, and I canceled the service. They continued to send DVDs in the queue until the service month was up. Well, it’s up. And I no longer get DVDs from Netflix. There were five DVDs in the queue when the cancellation took effect. The fact that I don’t even remember what they were means it won’t be a great loss.

Still, I think I’ll miss my DVDs. Of course, I also miss my Tandy 1000 computer, but wouldn’t trade my MacBook Pro for it.

Now, I no longer have to walk all the way over to the TV to put a disk into the DVD player. And, if I’m sitting on the couch eating a sammich when I want to watch a movie, I no longer have to worry about getting mayonnaise on the disk.

The Roku remote could use a cleaning, though.

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  1. So now you only donate half of what you were to the occupant. Good for you!

    I have Century Link for Internet access, streaming is more like listening to the occupant speak. Painful.

    I couldn’t think of 5 movies that were worth my time to sit through, so that kind of service would be fruitless. Dang no fruit (sigh).

  2. Some Hitchcock films are only available on disk, though more of his catalog is available for streaming. The last TV show I watched via Netflix disk was Criminal Minds. Had never seen it, heard it was good, and since it’s not on Netflix streaming, the only options were disk or purchase from Amazon or iTunes. I did disk, liked it, and now we’re buying older seasons from Amazon Instant Video until we catch up (currently watching Season Five).

    Oh, and, yeah, Netflix CEO Reed Hadtings is a big Democrat supporter. But, who running an entertainment company isn’t?

  3. I would never give up the DVD-by-mail portion of my hybrid plan. All of HBO is only available by disc. I’m an avid fan of “Boardwalk Empire” and “Game of Thrones”. Starz’ “Spartacus” is not available for streaming and I couldn’t live without that.

    Besides that, I’m always coming up with things I want to see that will never be available on Streaming. For instance, there is a 1981 TV miniseries of “East of Eden”. A very interesting movie introducing Jane Seymour as a femme fatale.

    But I do like to save money so I cancelled cable. $90 bucks a month saved. That was two years ago. I’ll never go back to time-slot TV. Netflix forever.

  4. @8 – That’s the same reason I’m still getting discs, but a thought occurred to me. If you’re willing to wait, would it be cheaper to buy the DVDs?

    Say I save $6 month, that’s $72 a year. I just checked eBay, and you can realistically get a Game of Thrones Season 1 set for around $20 shipped.

    Just throwing that out there.

  5. About 4 weeks after doing the same thing my wife and I were flipping through the online streaming catalog looking for something to watch. We searched through a bunch of reality TV shows and 2 star movies and promptly canceled the streaming portion as well.

  6. blarg:
    I understand your frustration. It comes in waves for me and the streaming services to which I subscribe. Right now, I don’t think I’ve watched anything from Netflix (streaming) in about a month. Almost everything is Hulu Plus or Amazon Instant Video.

    But, during the fall, I hardly used Amazon, but used Netflix and Hulu Plus for most everything.

    Again, for me, it comes in waves.


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