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Yes, I got the notice that the current service (2 DVDs at once and unlimited streaming) is ending for me. I told them to forget streaming.

Mostly, this is because until a month ago, streaming was my favorite thing. Then two things happened. Netflix made some changes...and whatever they did totally screwed up streaming. The chosen movie would lock up time and time again and take as much time 'loading' to re-start as I spent watching it.

Calling Netflix got me told that was the fault of Comcast. And I believed that at first. But, oddly, streaming Amazon is no problem. Nor is streaming television directly from sites like ABC. Only Netflix locks up for me. My son solved this issue by putting a hard-line on his blue-ray player. I don't feel I should have to crawl under the house and rewire everything AND pay extra to stream movies.

So, if I decide I must stream film, it will likely be someone else getting the bucks for it....like Amazon, Hulu, or Greencine.

I am further frustrated that I cannot get real answers from Netflix either online at their site OR on the phone. I get sympathy and canned excuses. Too bad, because I had been pleased with Netflix till recently.
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So for instance, our current $9.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be split into 2 distinct plans:

Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, 1 out at-a-time (no streaming), for $7.99 a month.

The price for getting both of these plans will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99). For new members, these changes are effective immediately; for existing members, the new pricing will start for charges on or after September 1, 2011.

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WTF Netflix?! I just told my mom (the owner of our account) and her response? "Uh uh, no way! They can kiss my ass!"

What do you all think?
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Does anyone else note that television series on streaming option are often completely scrambled in terms of order? We watched (or attempted) both seasons of The Tudors that are available on instant play. They were totally scrambled and each season missing at least one entire episode, due to the double appearance of at least one.
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 I watched a French film called "Student Services"  Or  Mes chères études the other day, about a young woman who turns to prostitution to help put herself through college. Don't ask me what I was thinking, I have no idea. By the end, I kind of got the idea that it's the French version of an Afterschool Special, only with lots of graphic (and mostly not fun) sex.  Has anyone else watched this weird little thing?
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"Young at Heart" is a documentary, streaming on Netflix, about a chorus where the average age of the members is 80. They sing all kinds of popular music, including songs by the Clash, Coldplay, James Brown and Sonic Youth. They tour in Europe and are generally awesome. I loved this documentary! I laughed and cried! The director is a task master and is trying to get the chorus to learn some new songs for their upcoming tour. Unfortunately the streaming version does not have captions.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sony movies were pulled from Netflix Inc.'s online streaming service Friday because of what Netflix said is a "temporary contract issue" between Sony Corp. and its pay TV distributor, Starz.

Netflix notified its members in a blog post on Friday, when movies such as "Easy A" and "Grown Ups" stopped being available on its "Watch Instantly" service. They are still available to be rented as DVDs through the mail.

Starz said in a statement that "all parties are working diligently to resolve the issue."

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I noticed that several movies had disappeared from my Instant Queue without warning, and this is why. According the source, Sony may be wanting A LOT more from Netflix in order to have their movies on Instant Watching. I hope they do renew their contract, but I'm thinking that may raise our monthly fee. Worth it? Maybe.
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The National Association of the Deaf, in a lawsuit filed in Massachusetts federal court, accused Netflix of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not providing the deaf with equal access to its "watch instantly" digital video.

"While streaming (video) provides more access to entertainment to the general public, it threatens to be yet another barrier to people who are deaf and hard of hearing," the lawsuit said.

Another advocacy group and three individuals filed a separate suit on Wenesday against Time Warner (TWX.N). Both lawsuits seek injunctions requiring the companies to provide closed captions on all streaming video content.

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Netflix ignoring their customers has been a real trend lately, so I can't say I'm surprised. They need to get their act together, or they're sure to lose even more customers in the near future.

Does the lack of closed captioning effect anyone here on DW?

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Another mini review from me, and I do recommend this one! I also watched "White Oleander" tonight, which I've seen once before. Great book and a great movie. It also won't be available to instant watch after the 22nd!

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert )
Don't be shy about posting what you've been watching!
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A new study by research firm The Diffusion Group shows Netflix subscribers increasingly are downgrading their pay TV service, a bad sign for cable and satellite operators contending against the $7.99-a-month unlimited streaming offering.

The firm’s March survey asked 2,000 U.S. adult broadband users how likely they were to downgrade their pay TV service in the next six months. Thirty-two percent said they were likely to either downgrade or cancel altogether, double the 16% who said the same in 2010.

“Despite its rhetorical positioning, both Netflix and pay TV operators have long been aware that there will come a point at which its services are not only dilutive to regular TV viewing, but antithetical to pay TV subscription levels,” said Michael Greeson, TDG founding partner and director of research. “The question for realistic observers has been not if this will occur but when. According to our latest research, that time is upon us.”

Greeson noted that economic belt-tightening also was a likely factor in the survey results, but stressed that a majority of respondents listed the availability of online video as a primary factor in downgrading their pay TV service.

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I think that's pretty interesting. I personally barely watch TV, and when I do it's only new episodes of a handful of shows. Since most shows are off for the summer, I'm hanging out with Instant Watching. We do have cable here, but it's mostly because my parents like to watch TV. My dad doesn't even use Netflix, it's just for me and my mom. When I get my own place, I'll likely not even have cable. Most of the shows I watch have the episodes available online soon after they air, and I prefer movies and having TV show marathons anyway.
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I just finished watching "Love and Other Disasters" on Instant Watching, since it says it'll be unavailable after June 17th. If you like romantic comedies, which are more on the cheesy side, I'd definitely recommend this one. I couldn't help but smile during some parts. I wrote a little review which I'm sticking behind the cut. There's no spoilers though!

Love and Other Disasters )
Now I'm about to begin a "My So-Called Life" marathon! I was only 4 when this show was originally on, so I didn't watch it then. But when The-N (now Teen Nick) picked it up, I was hooked! Too bad there's only one season. I'm just really excited that Netflix has it on Instant Watching!
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Netflix doesn’t appear to be having the best week when it comes to PR. A couple days ago the company rolled out a redesign, which has been met with overwhelming hostility from users. It’s not completely unanimous, but it’s clear that a lot of people are pissed, and some are saying they’re going to cancel their accounts.
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So Netflix users, how do you feel about the issues brought up?

I personally HATE the new layout. It's ugly, and the new scrolling feature is irritating. It's not so bad that I'd want to cancel, but I do hope they change it back. I'm not sure how to feel about them replacing the genres. I like the current system, so I guess it depends on what they do to it. I would like to see a "browse by decade feature" since I've been wanting to watch some 80s movies.

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Welcome to [community profile] netflix_dw !

This is going to be an introductory post, so we can get to know a little about our fellow Netflix users. Feel free to share as little or as much about yourself as you want. Here are a few suggested questions to get us started:
  • How long have you had Netflix?
  • Why did you decide to join Netflix?
  • What plan do you currently have?
  • Have you used any other by-mail rental services?
  • Do you use the Instant Watching feature?
  • Do you primarily rent new releases or older films?
  • What's your favorite genre? Least favorite?
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