Netflix streaming videos selection is a joke

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Hockeynut

Rolling Meadows, IL

#1 Dec 25, 2010
OK, got my nice shiny BluRay player that has Netflix streaming capabilities.

Signed up for my FREE 30 day subscription.

Amazed when I saw the selection. Poor, poor, poor.

I mean, for the "New Arrivals:Movies", I get to select from Precious, The Bounty Hunter, Centurion, Avalon High and Exit Through the Gift Shop as 2010 releases.

Really? Two movies I have heard of and that's it? Avatar...of course not...at least not able to stream. Anything that was recently released in the past six months? Nope.

There was also National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989!), Bourne Identity (2002) and The Beach (2000) as "New Arrivals". New to who? Netflix? Certainly not new releases.

So, I decide to stream "Love Actually"...nice holiday movie for the family. Nope, not available to stream.

EVERY other choice (older to old movies) I wanted to stream...not available to stream.

So, basically Netflix is like the $2 movie in my neighborhood...showing second, third and old movies. Not thanks.

After the 30 day trial period, I will cancel my subscription. To me, this is a worthless service.

Why not have EVERY available movie in Netflix' library available to stream? Saves Netflix a ton of money without shipping any DVD's.

To me, this is a poorly thought out business model.$8 a month for garbage. Really? Do I look that stupid?
bro

Huntington Station, NY

#2 Dec 26, 2010
couldn't agree more. the streaming selection is terrible!!!! they have a bunch of documentaries and then some old movies from like 2001 -- i mean give me a break. the whole point is to watch the movies you want, when you want them. but nobody wants to watch these lousy choices.

netflix streaming stinks!
rad3d

Olathe, KS

#3 Jan 3, 2011
Hockeynut wrote:
Why not have EVERY available movie in Netflix' library available to stream? Saves Netflix a ton of money without shipping any DVD's.
To me, this is a poorly thought out business model.$8 a month for garbage. Really? Do I look that stupid?
Because they aren't Netflix movies to do as they want with them. Netflix has a particular deal that allows them to stream a large amount of most studio's catalog (though, I agree, not many new ones). Part of that deal also delays their ability to get new releases on DVD and Blu-Ray by 28 days. Very different deal from a Blockbuster, who pays rental fees to the studios to have new releases.

So - yes - Netflix streaming is older releases. I still find the $9/mo. charge a bargain and have no problems filling 90% of my movie watching needs with them. When I need to watch a new release, I'll go with Amazon's VOD service which can cost anywhere from $1-4 for a 24 hour rental.

Now, to say that the Netflix model is poorly thought out is to completely ignore the fact that they are currently making money hand over fist, and will probably own enough of the streaming market soon to make better deals with the studios and find a way to get into new release streaming. A recent study showed that, during prime time, 20% of all internet traffic was Netflix traffic. Not too shabby a model, IMO. Obviously, many people like the service.

For now, if you only want newer releases, just use Amazon.
Anon

United States

#4 Jan 7, 2011
Hockeynut wrote:
I mean, for the "New Arrivals:Movies", I get to select from Precious, The Bounty Hunter, Centurion, Avalon High and Exit Through the Gift Shop as 2010 releases.
Dude, you gotta click on "See More" to view beyond the initial 5 they show you.
Jon

Jackson, TN

#5 Jan 10, 2011
I have been with netflix for over 2 years and can explain ''why'' it is done that way. Think logically NF makes their $ from renting out 2+ dvds/blurays at a time although i agree that more newer releases should be available and quality should improve, then it's price should go up if that should happen just as the saying goes you get what you pay for. I personally only watch streaming for t.v. shows but rent dvds if i want to see it, which NF takes 4ever to ship new blurays so i either wind up watching new blurays from either the local movie store or from on demand. $8 is worth what NF is offering because at my local movie store just 1 bluray is nearly that, if it was $20 i could understand hating it but like i said you get what you pay for.
Mr Cheese

Niles, IL

#6 Jan 15, 2011
OMG I got like over 200 movies/documentaries/tv series in my instant queue - are you guys even freaking serious?! I got eons of stuff to watch and everyone else is bored.
What did you think, they would put all the new movies in there so that nobody would ever need to buy them at the store? Nodody wouldn't love a grand comprehensive display of every flick ever recorded. I must agree, I too would find this to be superb.
But think about all the older movies, tv series, documentaries, and other obscure stuff on the instant queue that rarely get played on cable/satellite etc.
So much complaining going on these days. I just want to say that my roku live stream is like super crazy jumbo cheese.
Please excuse me, somebody just emailed me on my toaster phone.
Banana Man

Niles, IL

#7 Jan 15, 2011
I completely and utterly agree with Mr Cheese.
Bubba

Campbell, CA

#8 Jan 16, 2011
Great 200 movies in your queue. Too bad they have been out for years. Why stream them, just use cable on demand. I wanted Netflix so I could see new DVDs, not old crap.
bonesdad

Caldwell, ID

#9 Jan 22, 2011
Bubba wrote:
Great 200 movies in your queue. Too bad they have been out for years. Why stream them, just use cable on demand. I wanted Netflix so I could see new DVDs, not old crap.
Maybe you should have done more research then, not like they hide what they have available...or maybe expand your viewing habit.
Facade

Alexandria, VA

#10 Feb 4, 2011
Make no mistake. When they put something in the "New Movies" category, it's "New to Netflix" and not a "new" movie.

Don't get me wrong, it's still nice to have something to watch once in awhile when they actually do get a new movie once in a blue moon but the selection is downright horrible. Also, I DO watch the random indie film or even some other random movie every now & then, and then seriously regret that I wasted my time with how **** poor it was.
Dixie

AOL

#11 Feb 9, 2011
The available movies for streaming are movies that i saw years and years ago. I mean some of them are 20 years old, gimme a break

“truth is a three edged sword”

Since: Jan 11

Babylon 5, Epsilon Eridani

#12 Feb 9, 2011
Dixie wrote:
The available movies for streaming are movies that i saw years and years ago. I mean some of them are 20 years old, gimme a break
and it is so good to see some of those movies again.

“truth is a three edged sword”

Since: Jan 11

Babylon 5, Epsilon Eridani

#13 Feb 9, 2011
why is it people are blaming netflix for the streaming selection when it is not their fault. If the studios and productions companies does not want to sell the rights to stream, what can netflix do?

Since: Feb 11

Chevy Chase, MD

#14 Feb 9, 2011
I have to agree that the choices among "recent releases" for the streaming service is extremely limited and, for me, quite disappointing.
Drillbear

United States

#15 Feb 9, 2011
Netflix moved some of the movies they had as streaming over to rental once they offered a streaming only plan. Netflix that was not a good move. Films actually disappeared from my instant watch list.

“truth is a three edged sword”

Since: Jan 11

Babylon 5, Epsilon Eridani

#16 Feb 10, 2011
Drillbear wrote:
Netflix moved some of the movies they had as streaming over to rental once they offered a streaming only plan. Netflix that was not a good move. Films actually disappeared from my instant watch list.
the rights to streaming expired, movies are expiring just about every day, not because there was a subscription plan change.

http://instantwatcher.com/titles/expiring

“truth is a three edged sword”

Since: Jan 11

Babylon 5, Epsilon Eridani

#17 Feb 10, 2011
Grey_Beard wrote:
I have to agree that the choices among "recent releases" for the streaming service is extremely limited and, for me, quite disappointing.
you have to remember that list is based on your likes, it is not a list of all recent releases.
dbossmx

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Feb 10, 2011
some of you people kill me. The selection is fine for the price. In fact it's better than fine....it's great. For one you pretty much get Starz. Everything Starz has netflix has streaming. That itself is worth the price. Then you have a huge library beyond that. I have found many diamonds in the rough that I never saw before. Combine the streaming service with the 1 mail rental it's like 12.99/month so I get all new releases AND a premium movie network!?

Im one happy customer.

Since: Feb 11

Chevy Chase, MD

#19 Feb 24, 2011
Another disappointment for me is resolution. I spent a lot of money on a high definition television and none of the Netflix streaming offerings seem to be in hi def.
Saviore

Stanley, NC

#20 Feb 26, 2011
This entire post is funny!!! The fact is, for those who actually "use" Netflix on a regular basis, that Netflix is the BEST VALUE FOR STREAMING MOVIES/SHOWS ON THE INTERNET!!! Where else can you watch entire seasons of a TV show back to back, be able to choose from thousands of movies ranging from new to old, and be able to do so on so many devices including cell phones. laptops, tablet PC's, all for around $10?

For those complaining about selection of new movies, you can always go to Redbox and pay $1 per day and have to return it back to the machine. I guess gas doesn't cost anything huh? You can also go to a video store, Amazon, or BLockbuster Online and spend about $5.00. And again with the video store you have the problem of using up gas.

Also for those complaining about slowness on network, I suggest you check your home network setup. Also use a decent device like XBOX 360 where you get more options on Netflix.

Bottom line, this is the best Online Video Value out and they are making money hand over fist with this product and pricing model!

Dang I didn't even mention that you still can get movies by mail from them. I digress!!!!

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