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  1. I am thinking about quitting Netflix. I know that sounds far out, but
    Netflix does this thing with people that rent "too many" DVD's according to
    what I am finding out. My DVD delivery started to slow way down, just like
    the other people's experiences I am pasting below, so I did some "searches"
    to find out what is going on.....anyway, here is the pasted stuff that jives
    with my experiences PERFECTLY. From what I understand they look at last months rental history to see what they will allow the shipping dept to send you for THIS month. Last month (my first whole month with Netflix) I managed, by making special drives to the post office, to rent 24 DVDs. This month I can't hardly get any, in the last week I barely got 2....they just cut me off at the ankles. I did a google search and came up with the following...

    onewaypockets

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    Well, I am in the same boat. I have been an on-again/off-again member of

    Netflix since around 2000. They are simply a classic bait and switch
    company. New sign up, everything is hunky-dory, fast turnover and excellent
    availablity. Be with them for about three months and you are treated like an
    old tired spouse. Just going through the motions. Turn around slows and
    absolutely no availability of new releases. Even though Netflix is the big
    boy around they are primed to be overtaken like Kmart by Walmart (whose dvd
    service is just as bad). Maybe Amazon should give it a try.

    Anyways I am still with Netflix. Why, I don't know. Maybe that is their
    M.O., they know fools like me will just stick around no matter what but they
    are on their last leg with me.

    Michael T.


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    Only started using Nexflix about 2 months ago. I noticed that I could
    probably get around 6 movies per week. Fast shipping and turn around rate.
    Now it seems like I can only get 3 movies a week if I am lucky. Not to
    mention that I had 2 discs that were unplayable and one that was snapped in
    half.

    What I don't understand is if I send back 3 movies on Friday they will have
    them by monday. Yet they won't ship anything out until Tue or Wed.

    I am going to cancel my account soon. It was good the first month but it has
    gone way down since then.

    Jason


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    March 16, 2004

    I signed up for Netflix about two months ago. At first I got my DVDs twice a
    week, Wednesday and Saturday. All the DVDs looked new and played perfectly.
    New releases were all "Available Now." Netflix seemed like the best thing
    ever!

    After a couple of weeks I started to get more and more severely scratched
    and damaged DVDs. I figured this was just the luck of the draw. One day, one
    DVDs out of the three I dropped in the mailbox together didn't get there
    until until the next day. Oh well, luck of the draw. A week later all three
    DVDs I mailed back showed up a day late. Five weeks in, 1 out of 4 DVDs was
    unplayable and shipping time had mysteriously increased. Last week a DVD
    "shipping today" took two days to ship... and three days to arrive... and
    was broken in half when it did. Today the DVDs I mailed 4 days ago arrived,
    but the outgoing DVDs aren't even scheduled to ship until tomorrow.

    At this point, I'm going to take advantage of their billing policy and up my
    plan to 8 at a time on the second day of the billing month, then cancel
    three weeks later. Unfortunately I hear Wal-Mart pulls the same sandbagging,
    chiseling tactics so it may be back to Hollywood Video for me.

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    Bert

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    The stories read with respect to NetFlix are exactly what I have
    experienced. The free trial period produces quick turn around times as if on
    a run away train going down hill. However, after the trial period ends, the
    poor little train that "thinks it can" learns it is up hill all the way and
    soon runs out of steam. So does NetFlix! The life expectancy of a human
    being is 76 years. The quality of life expectancy of NetFlix is two weeks.

    Ed



    Is Netflix All That?
    November 2003
    You've seen the comical ads on TV, you've picked up the ticket-stub shaped
    flyers in Best Buy, and you probably already know a friend, relative or
    co-worker who uses it. What I am talking about is Netflix, the DVD-by-mail
    order service where you can "Rent up to 3 DVD's at a time for $20.00 a
    month, keep them as long as you want, no late fees, ever !!" This part is
    true, however, Netflix is not as great at the ads make it out to be.

    I subscribed to Netflix over a year ago and was immediately impressed with
    the quantity of movies and the quality of the service. I found out there was
    a distribution center 45 minutes away from my house, so shipping would be a
    next day turnaround. In fact, I was amazed when I got an email with a TDS of
    8:00am notifying me that Netflix had received a movie that I'd sent back
    8:00pm the night earlier, via regular mail. Two hours later, I got another
    e-mail stating that the next movie in my queue would be shipped that
    afternoon, --and there it was in my mailbox by noon the following day. I
    thought that Netflix was all that, and then some. During the ensuing weeks I
    incessantly raved to Jericho about how wonderful Netflix was and nagged him
    to sign up for the service himself and get Attrition listed as a referrer.
    He refused to sign up; citing that going to the mailbox would expose him to
    excessive sunlight, but he did agree to sign up the site as a referrer,
    which I will talk about later.

    For the next 3 months I was in total bliss with the service. I was getting a
    new movie every day to every other day, depending on when I watched them,
    but I did not go more than 2 days without a little red envelope in my
    mailbox. -- Then I began to notice that my early morning receipt notices
    were coming in the afternoon and the next available movie was being shipped
    the following morning. This didn't slow me down much, but a few weeks later,
    the movies were taking an extra day to ship, arrive, and acknowledge. Then I
    observed that despite my normal shipping habits and attempts to time the
    turnaround, some movies weren't shipped out to me until Friday or Saturday
    afternoon (meaning I wouldn't get them until Monday or Tuesday) and movies I
    returned on a Thursday or Friday, weren't confirmed until late Saturday or
    sometimes even Monday morning. Now, just so you're with me, neither I nor
    the distribution center changed locations, yet the shipping time seemed to
    have doubled and even tripled after about 10 months into the service.

    Sadly, that isn't the only "fluke". I would sometimes return two movies at
    once, but one movie would be confirmed in the morning and the other in the
    evening, or the next day. Then on one occasion, I simultaneously returned
    two disks (in the same mailbox) one of which was received the next day, but
    the other disk never arrived. As of this writing, I am doing the math on
    three movies I recently returned: "A Man Apart" was returned on 30 October,
    "Catch Me if You Can" on 31 October, and "28 Days Later" on 1 November. An
    8:00am e-mail this morning confirmed the receipt of the last two, but "A Man
    Apart" has not yet been confirmed*. If a disk is not received either by the
    customer or Netflix within 6 days of the shipping date, the customer can
    "Report a Shipping Problem", however, if Netflix believes that the renter
    reports an excessive number of disks missing in a certain timeframe (which
    is up to their discretion), then the customer's account is charged for that
    disk, which can be as much as $30. Of course we all know that DVD's run new
    about $17, and previously viewed copies can go for as little as $7. So why
    does Netflix want to charge you 2-4 times the markup for a disk that has in
    all likelihood been viewed previously?

    It took me several months to experience the poor customer service that
    Netflix is rumored to have for their older customers, especially those like
    me who tend to receive and return 3-5 movies per week. Since they pay for
    shipping both ways, at that rate, half the standard membership fee is eaten
    up in shipping cost alone. So, it makes sense to lengthen the turnaround
    time for movies to lower that overhead. Jericho however, got to experience
    their service (or lack thereof) first hand on his initial dealings with the
    company. While trying to set up the referrer plan membership, he encountered
    technical difficulties which were clearly on Netflix's end. After trying
    repeatedly to contact them, Netflix finally responded that the problem was
    on his end, and not with them. Again, after subsequent attempts to fix their
    technical problem and get guidance from the company, neither of which
    worked, he gave up. I'm no businesswoman but I know that's not the way to
    treat a potential client or business partner.

    Now, is Netflix any good? It can be, however, you have to know how to "work
    the system" and for some people, that is just too much work to rent movies.
    In order to get the value equivalent to a B&M video store, you have to view
    and return at least 5 DVD's or more per month. This can be easily done,
    depending on your location and the types of movies you request. Although I
    have not experienced it myself, many customers complain about the
    availability of new releases, stating they have to wait days or weeks before
    Netflix has a recently released selection to ship. There have been reports
    that Netflix gives priority to new releases to newer customers, something
    that the company denies. I've had a few new movies listed as having a "short
    wait" but only for a couple days after release. For the most part, the newer
    movies I've requested are usually available, but it seems they take longer
    than they should to get to me in the mail.

    In order to get a better grade of service, they will frequently request that
    you upgrade your service; e.g. 5 DVD's for $30 or 8 for $40. Ummm.....no.
    Why give them more money to slow down more DVD's? In order for the upgrade
    to be worth it, you will still have to process a certain number of disks per
    month, which will cause the service to slow down again, but now you'll pay
    more for the priviledge. Moreover, if you see fewer than 5-7 movies per
    month (depending on your plan), you're paying more per movie than you would
    if you'd rented them at a store. There is an economy plan (4 disks per month
    for $13.95), but Netflix hardly ever promotes that. Many customers don't
    even know about it.

    OK, to be fair, there are some pure benefits to having a Netflix
    subscription, such as the number of titles, which currently number 15,000+.
    That is more than what you will find at the local video store (or non-local
    store for that matter). This can be a compelling point for people (myself
    included) who enjoy foreign, older, or independent films. For the New Year,
    I resolved to see the AFI's 100 Greatest Films, even though this would not
    only be time consuming (finding and watching the movies), but expensive as
    well. (I'd still be paying $3-$4 for these "classics"). Most people balk at
    having to pay the same price for an older move as they would for a newer
    one. However, Netflix has these movies centrally located (they have compiled
    a feature dedicated to the AFI's 100) and I couldn't rent them cheaper
    retail. The same with foreign and Indie movies, which even if you found a
    place that carried them, would be limited in selection, therefore requiring
    you to either search for them, or forego seeing them. The company's foreign
    language selection is impressive, extending beyond Spanish and French, to
    Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Persian, Chinese, and Russian, and even Polish films.
    Netflix also has a decent category of Independent movies, which helped me to
    discover and enjoy this underappreciated class of film. And I'd be remiss if
    I didn't state that they carry a fair selection of concerts, music videos,
    documentaries, anime, and TV shows. This can come in handy for people who've
    discovered a TV show in its 3rd Season and want to catch up on the previous
    two, but who don't necessarily want to wait for syndication or to buy the
    boxed set.

    Will I stay with Netflix? I don't know. The service is becoming
    progressively and suspiciously slower and my movies are turning up MIA. I do
    like the selection, but that sole benefit is not enough to outweigh the
    downturn of service, especially when I know that they can do better. What
    Netflix needs, and I hear they are soon to be getting, is competition.
    Walmart is offering a mail order DVD rental service that is similar to
    Netflix, at a slightly lower price. (3 disks for $18.76 or 4 disks for
    $21.94), which may be a persuasive reason to switch. However, let me caution
    that it's still in its infancy and only has 7 shipping centers (Netflix has
    20), but they could expand their shipping operations to their existing
    retail locations. Until then, Wal-Mart's limited shipping adds a
    considerable amount of wait time, and new releases are hard to come by (but
    they do have hentai anime). Blockbuster's answer is Film Caddy which charges
    $19.95, and ships from Arizona. They have little in the way of anime and
    only 1 rental plan.

    Well, I don't know what my future with Netflix will be (especially if they
    try to charge me 30 bucks for a flick I returned (and didn't even like)).
    What I do know is that eventually their poor customer service will catch up
    with them, and with the prospective competition and dawning of electronic
    movie distribution, Netflix may just flicker off the net.

    *Note: Netlfix did notify me that they received "A Man Apart". (It took 6
    days to "arrive". The distribution center I returned it to is located 33
    miles from my home).

    Czarina
    Grade: A for selection. C- for service.

    Czarina'a Caustic Comment or Captious Compliment: Netflix ain't all that.

    7/26/04

    I first heard about Netflix when I was living in California in 1999,
    however, I didn't have a DVD player. When I relocated to Cleveland, OH in
    2000, Netflix was getting popular but I knew that the nearest shipping
    center to me was in Chicago.

    In Fall 2003, Netflix opened shipping center in Cleveland. I immediately
    signed up for 3 at a time plan. In the first 2 weeks of the free trial
    period, I rented 8 DVDs. I was astounded. What followed was 3 months of
    efficiency. I work at home. I would watch movies during my lunch and during
    breaks. I would mail the DVD back if finished the next day at the Post
    office. They would receive it the next day.

    I knew it was too good to be true. Finally they started slowing down, even
    though I would mail it via Post office, it would take 2-3 days to get to
    Netflix. Likewise, the movies Netflix would mail to me would take 2-3 days
    to get to me where I was living in the same city as the shipping center. I
    did a "Netflix complaints" search on google.com one day and found out that
    this was COMMON practice by Netflix. It starts out fast and quick, but when
    Netflix realizes that they aren't making money on you, they start slowing
    down receiving and shipping on certain customers.

    I have friends scattered across the USA (California, NYC, Boston MA). All
    major markets for Netflix. They complain similarly to how Netflix started
    out quick for them and then slowed down dramatically for them.


    7/20/2004

    Hello,

    I guess my story is the same as everyone else's, but I just needed to blow
    off some steam.
    I am on the 3 movie subscription. When I started the service, the movies
    were coming faster than I could watch them. I would send them in one day and
    they would receive them the next and send out the new one the same day. That
    was a 3 day turnaround. Great I thought. Most of the movies were new
    releases and they were being shipped on a Monday so I would get them on
    Tuesday, the same day as they were released on DVD. It sure beat going to
    Blockbuster when they opened on Tuesday morning just to assure myself I
    would get a copy of a new release. Well I guess I made the mistake of
    getting too many movies sent to me because all of a sudden the new releases
    started showing Long Wait. Now I am more interested in seeing the new
    releases so my querie did not contain many older titles but the few I had in
    there were always available Now. After getting about 20 movies the second
    month, I noticed a distinct slowdown in the time they reported receiving the
    movies I sent and the time it took for them to send a new one. And I
    couldn't believe the 4th of July weekend they didn't function from Thursday
    evening until Tuesday morning. I wish I had them kind of hours.

    Anyway as with most other comments I have heard here, the service has gone
    downhill and I am seriously considering going back to my old ways and
    returning to Blockbuster. I understand they have a pass you can but for
    about $25. a month that lets you take out 2 movies at a time with no return
    date. I like that and if I don't see some improvement in the Netflix
    service, I will return to Blockbuster.

    I wonder if any of the people from Netflix read these comments. Maybe they
    would get off their ass and improve the service or at least stop lying and
    purposely slowing down what could be a great service.

    Steve

  2. Sorry to hear that everyone is not happy with Netflix. I also notice that turnaround time with the Movies. There are some good things and bad things with Netflix, for me, the good outways the bad and I will stay with them.

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    I can only assume you have watched all 24 DVDs, but would it be so naive of Netflix to think that high-usage customers were copying their DVDs and therefore costing Netflix money ?
    If in doubt, Google it.

  4. i too have noticed a slow down in delivery speed with my netflix, used to be so fast. I have gone out and gotten that Blockbuster moviepass thing and that was the greatest thing until the store started to get saturated and now it's almost impossible sometimes to get a popular movie. if the one copy of the movie you want is out, there is no idea when it'll come back. I still have netflix because of the huge selection of indie and older movies. The blockbuster i will probably still keep because i drive by it everyday. anyways, it's cheaper than going to the movies all the time. just my 2 cents.

  5. Obviously they dont want you to have too many movies per month, this simply isn't economical for them. I used to rent from Movietrak.co.uk at 13.99 (GBP) a month. At first I would get maybe 15 disks a month (receiving, watching and returning the same day...), but this slowed to maybe 8 or 9.

    If you work out the average "high street" rental charge (at maybe 2.75 (GBP) a day) 15 x 2.75 = 41.25. Even at the minimum amount I was receiving ( 8 x 2.75 = 22.00 per month) they were not making a great deal of money from me...

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    You know, I've been a Netflix member for about 8 months. The one thing they DO have going for them is their selection. I used them mostly to sample some of the TV-episode boxsets (that my local Blockbuster never bothered to get) before I bought 'em. Also noticed a slowdown in turnaround over the last few months. My distro center is Worcester, MA, about 100 miles west of the Boston area. But what used to be about 2 days turnaround (on average) has slowed to about 4 days. I will admit that I do return all 3 at once usually within 2 days of receipt. Yes, I have received a few badly scratched and even gorged (!!!) disks but always got a replacement. Also have gotten Netflix-labelled disks that say, "For Rental Only (LOTR: ROTK is one)."

    Could get a BB MoviePass as the store is right across the street, but I've heard of them knocking people off that for renting too many! Considering how lousy their non-new-release DVD selection is, anyhow, I'm not gonna bother. Want a new release they have 100 copies of, great, but something old they may have only on an 80's- or early-90's-vintage (probably worn) VHS.
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    Twenty-two bucks a month. Golly, you're really getting ****ed over something fierce. How can you put up with that kind of abuse?
    "There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge, and I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon." -- Raoul Duke

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    Has anyone found other services of this type beside Netflix, Wal-Mart & Blockbuster? Came across one called "Numberslate" which has interesting rental method called "Circles." You join a circle for a DVD title and it gets mailed from one customer to the next . It's stated as being for $9.95 a month but I have to, in addition, buy 60 stamps from the P.O. & fill out mailing labels to mail them on?? The FAQ states that you reuse the envelope, put a new label over the old one and a stamp over the old one! Would that mean for a popular "circled" title, there might be 15 layers of labels/stamps on the envelope??? Seems to much trouble to me.

    Anyway: http://www.numberslate.com/ns?intro&
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    Guys, can fu*ken Netflix and do what I did. Join your local BlockBuster and for 25.99 a month you can rent up to 2 movies at a time. You just return them when you want and then exchange for 2 more. If I go every day and rent two movies , that 60 dvds a month. I am a happy camper. It works out for me b/c there is a BB local to me and every day when I come home from work, I then just return those 2 dvd movies I rented last night. All in all I am happy. Shit sometimes I dunno what I even want to rent. Selection is not netflix, but screw the media mail serivice by USPS and Netflix slow ass delivery time.
    As the same experience you guys had with Netflix, I did have as well. No regrets.

    Also I think Blockbuster is also doing online rentals. I have not looked to much into it. I am happy with 26.00 a month 2 movies out at a time.

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    Originally Posted by Madz

    Could get a BB MoviePass as the store is right across the street, but I've heard of them knocking people off that for renting too many! Considering how lousy their non-new-release DVD selection is, anyhow, I'm not gonna bother. Want a new release they have 100 copies of, great, but something old they may have only on an 80's- or early-90's-vintage (probably worn) VHS.
    Thats bullshit man. I have the pass and been using it for 3 months now and I have had no problems. Crap, there were even times I return the same two movies I rented and return them back the same day, later in that evening. No complaints.
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  11. Originally Posted by jimmalenko
    I can only assume you have watched all 24 DVDs, but would it be so naive of Netflix to think that high-usage customers were copying their DVDs and therefore costing Netflix money?
    How exactly does that cost Netflix money?

    I think you have Netflix and the MPAA mixed up.

    The poster has given no reason to believe that he's doing copying of any kind, just giving a warning to people that for heavy renters service can get crappy.

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    Originally Posted by Regal
    If I go every day and rent two movies , that 60 dvds a month. I am a happy camper. It works out for me b/c there is a BB local to me and every day when I come home from work, I then just return those 2 dvd movies I rented last night.
    You must really be into your movies to watch 2 DVDs a night, every night of the week, every week of the month
    If in doubt, Google it.

  13. The average cost to rent a movie around here is $4. So if you devide that into the Netfix $20 charge... that is 5 movies a month if I went out and rented them.

    But, I would have to go out... spend time picking out a movie... that takes about a half hour then, I'd have to return it in 5 days.

    Why bother, even at a snalls pace... I can rent more movies thorough Netflix and not have to bother with the time it takes to rent them local.

    Every other day (or so) I get a new movie in the mail. I do find I have a better chance of getting new movies and classics than I do trying to get them local.

    Now, when they didn't have a local dist center, yeah I tried it and canceled cause it took so long. With the new dist an hour away... it great.
    Don't give in to DVD2ONE, that leads to the dark side.

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    Originally Posted by freestyler
    Originally Posted by jimmalenko
    I can only assume you have watched all 24 DVDs, but would it be so naive of Netflix to think that high-usage customers were copying their DVDs and therefore costing Netflix money?
    How exactly does that cost Netflix money?
    If you copy a movie off them, you aren't going to rent it again are you ?

    As soon as your collection gets big enough you will cease your netflix subscription because you won't need them anymore. This costs them money.

    I find it hard to believe that people can claim to consistantly watch in excess of 30 DVDs a month and they're not copying them.
    If in doubt, Google it.

  15. jimmalenko Wrote:

    I find it hard to believe that people can claim to consistantly watch in excess of 30 DVDs a month and they're not copying them.

    Simple, that's 2 hours a day. We (the consumer) watch more than 2 hours of TV a day, so if you cut out regular TV and slip in a movie, it's not hard to rack up that many movies.

    I find myself watching 1 movie every 2 days on average. Owned or rented.
    Don't give in to DVD2ONE, that leads to the dark side.

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    Originally Posted by Regal
    Originally Posted by Madz

    Could get a BB MoviePass as the store is right across the street, but I've heard of them knocking people off that for renting too many! Considering how lousy their non-new-release DVD selection is, anyhow, I'm not gonna bother. Want a new release they have 100 copies of, great, but something old they may have only on an 80's- or early-90's-vintage (probably worn) VHS.
    Thats bullshit man. I have the pass and been using it for 3 months now and I have had no problems. Crap, there were even times I return the same two movies I rented and return them back the same day, later in that evening. No complaints.
    Maybe so. I'm not going to completely ignore the "your mileage may vary" clause stuck between the lines, but my local store really doesn't have the greatest selection of "favorites" titles on DVD; and have a lot of "lost" titles as well -- the original coverart box is on the shelf for weeks or months, their system shows it as in, but the disk nowhere to be found (that's frustrating in itself). Not to mention being limited on TV boxsets.

    I'm not completely against BB, I usually get the big new releases there on Tuesdays since Netflix isn't really as convenient as BB in that regard. Just I like some other interesting "favorites" to use for the freebie rental on the Rewards Gold membership.
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    Originally Posted by Marco33
    jimmalenko Wrote:

    I find it hard to believe that people can claim to consistantly watch in excess of 30 DVDs a month and they're not copying them.

    Simple, that's 2 hours a day. We (the consumer) watch more than 2 hours of TV a day, so if you cut out regular TV and slip in a movie, it's not hard to rack up that many movies.

    I find myself watching 1 movie every 2 days on average. Owned or rented.
    Whatever floats your boat I guess.

    I don't have that sort of time after sport, surfing porn, etc etc.
    If in doubt, Google it.

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    We do 2, sometime 4 "movies" a day during the summer with the Freedom Pass. Not just 4 hour extended Return of the King, but the 20 minute Bob the Builder and so forth.

    We still keep Netflix running, for selection. We mail out the movies, they get them the next day, then we get our new movies on the third day. We've had it for over a year, and haven't suffered the "Frequent Renter Curse" yet.

    They were even gracious enough to extend our service for free when the new mailman stoppped delivering them to us because he thought that when we left them for him to pick up, we were actually refusing them

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    Come on now, I have to agree. 6 movies every week for several months? I just recently rejoined Netflix and even when I was renting alot of series I was happy to watch 3 discs one weeks and 3 the next. If I could I would return them the same week and frequently have the new ones that same week. Did it for about a year and like the previous poster, never had Frequent Renter Curse . I've gone back because I like mainly indie and anime, something that chains stores like BB don't carry much of, at least not here. I've still been returning movies fairly quickly and have not seen any slowdown.
    Keep in mind that their service is mainly promoting the convenience to rent a movie, watch it at your leisure and return it when you finally "remember" wihtout having to get slapped with an $2 late fee that somehow turns into $10 for one late day, not watch 3 movies today, return them tomorrow and have the next selections the following day.
    You can't expect the turnaround time to be exactly the same all the time. There were plenty of times when I mailed all 3 back and they would receive 2 first and the next one the following day. Within the same city I live in I'll mail something out one day and it usually arrives the next day but sometime it won't arrive until a few days later, it happens. I also wonder if you read their terms and conditions. For one thing if the next title in your selection is not available they will wait a couple of days to see if it becomes available and if not then send you the next selection.
    I'd like to know what you do to watch that many movies evey week. I usually only work about 40 hours if overtime is not necesary and even so I have other things I want to do or watch on TV.

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    Originally Posted by Bullworth
    I usually only work about 40 hours if overtime is not necesary and even so I have other things I want to do or watch on TV.
    i.e. you, like me, have a life !
    If in doubt, Google it.

  21. I've been a Netflix user, off and on, for years. I have noticed in the past, that for the first 2 months, they treat you like royalty. Once that 2 month period is over, the turn around time and selection availability deminishs.

    However, in this my most recent subscription, I have the 8 out plan. I've had it for about 4 months now and I haven't noticed any slow downs in the turn around time or the selection availabilty.


    I'm about 1 hr away from their SJ distribution center. Generally, When I receive 8 in the mail, I'll just keep one or two for viewing--depending on if the wife or kids has an interest in any of the titles I receive, and I'll send the other DVDs back the same day. (I like having a variety of DVDs to choose from on the 8 out plan, it not because I like copying the DVDs. ).

    Netflix mails me about 120 DVD each month on my current 8-out plan. I haven't had any problem with them delaying my shipments in the last 4 months.

    Back in the early days when I first begin using netflix, they had a bad habit delaying shipments and trying to bill your credit cards for DVDs that were lost the mail. Come to find out, many Postal workers were stealing the DVDs!

  22. i have a friend that has a night watchman job, he regularly watches 3 or 4 dvds a day on his portable.

    just because you rent alot doesn't make you a theif or a loser
    drink up....the world's about to end

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    Originally Posted by jimmalenko
    Originally Posted by Marco33
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    I find it hard to believe that people can claim to consistantly watch in excess of 30 DVDs a month and they're not copying them.

    Simple, that's 2 hours a day. We (the consumer) watch more than 2 hours of TV a day, so if you cut out regular TV and slip in a movie, it's not hard to rack up that many movies.

    I find myself watching 1 movie every 2 days on average. Owned or rented.
    Whatever floats your boat I guess.

    I don't have that sort of time after sport, surfing porn, etc etc.
    What about watching a DVD on your computer while surfing? I often do that, myself, and don't see it mentioned in previous posts.
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    Originally Posted by Madz
    What about watching a DVD on your computer while surfing? I often do that, myself, and don't see it mentioned in previous posts.
    I'm not cross-eyed enough to do that

    How can you concentrate of the vision and sound of the dvd if you have an <insert browser here> window over the top ?

    I think you are taking Windows' multi-tasking capabilities to a new level
    If in doubt, Google it.

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    Originally Posted by anubis13
    i have a friend that has a night watchman job, he regularly watches 3 or 4 dvds a day on his portable.

    just because you rent alot doesn't make you a theif or a loser
    When does he get time to do his job ?
    If in doubt, Google it.

  26. He's just there to make sure no one steals the stuff in the warehouse. he does a 15 min round every two hours.
    drink up....the world's about to end

  27. Originally Posted by jimmalenko
    How can you concentrate of the vision and sound of the dvd if you have an <insert browser here> window over the top ?
    thats where dual monitor comes in handy.

    i have a 13 in tv right next to my video rig that i use for end product previewing. it also gets cable.
    drink up....the world's about to end

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    Originally Posted by jimmalenko
    I find it hard to believe that people can claim to consistantly watch in excess of 30 DVDs a month and they're not copying them.
    I agree. The same person most likely brags to their buddies daily about what they are doing too.

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    Originally Posted by anubis13
    Originally Posted by jimmalenko
    How can you concentrate of the vision and sound of the dvd if you have an <insert browser here> window over the top ?
    thats where dual monitor comes in handy.

    i have a 13 in tv right next to my video rig that i use for end product previewing. it also gets cable.
    Exactly! There's a small TV near my rig as well. Although I could get a DVI->VGA adapter and plug a second monitor into my vidcard.

    On a side note: I'm thinking of trying this GreenCine since they have a nice selection of anime, indy, import & cult titles.
    http://www.greencine.com
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    Originally Posted by jimmalenko

    The poster has given no reason to believe that he's doing copying of any kind, just giving a warning to people that for heavy renters service can get crappy.
    Thanks...Actually, since the kids are at home for summer vacation they are the ones requesting the movie titles. The two of them can easily go through 6 movies a week and still wish for even more.

    I would enroll them in summer school, but both of them are almost straight "A" students, and did not qualify for summer school. Summer school, in the area where I live, is reserved for students that get a "C" or worse in a class and need some reinforcement in the subject.

    Since they still have several weeks left of vacation and now the NETFLIX movies have slowed to a crawl, I have broken down just today and "upped" my membership to the "8-out" level to have more movies on hand. Their vacation time is fleeting, and these movies are a reward for all of their hard work during the last school year. I will cut it back when school starts....well maybe I will wait a tad longer until "Dad" here gets some of his Jazz DVD's (not available elsewhere) arrive. Funny how my e-mail got bombarded with offers to increase my membership to the "8-out at a time" just about the same time as the movies mailed out to me slowed to a crawl. Guess Netflix got their way.

    (BTW, I don't let my kids lay on the couch all day watching movies and eating ice cream....they also go to the park almost everyday, swim, take tennis lessons, and Karate lessons )




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