Originally Posted by turls
Not sure why that would matter as you don't get many new releases when they actually come out any more anyway. Who cares if you wait an extra day or three for a disc when they had the 30 day or whatever buffer already.
It matters greatly to me, in the way I use Netflix. While I don't like their release delays, the fact is that eventually they get the discs and ship them to me. I don't care if a movie comes out on NF January 13 or January 20... for me, the key thing is how many turns can I do in a week, and keeping those turns lined up with the Monday shipment of new releases. I'm a 3-out bluray customer. Here's a typical week:
Monday: NF receives 3 discs from me, and ships me some mix of new releases from that week's release batch, plus maybe some other older titles. I typically have at least 2 "first week New Releases" at the top of my queue, sometimes more if there's a newly released TV series I've been waiting for. I've got a good record of getting at least 2 out of 3 new releases on release day.
Tuesday: I receive the three discs and use them.
Wednesday: They are back in the mail headed to NF
Thursday: NF receives them and sends me the next 3 discs in my queue, usually older titles because by now the first week new releases I didn't get shipped on Monday are now "Very Long Wait" status.
Friday: I get the discs and use them
Saturday: They are back in the mail headed to NF, so that they will be received on Monday to start the cycle again.
So, my process maximizes the number of first week new releases I can get, and I get older titles usually later in the week. It's all pretty slick, but depends on next day mail receipt and a six day mail week.
Now, I don't always use the discs immediately. I might be traveling, or too busy to get to them, or a holiday may interrupt the cycle... but the way I do it I've always got plenty queued up to watch on my HTPC, fed by maximizing the turnaround rate whenever possible.
The date NF releases a title doesn't matter much... my queue has 200-300 titles in it at any one time. For the record, those titles are only 15-20% streamable, based on the top 40-50 titles in my queue.
My bill is $29.38/month. I think about $8 is dedicated to streaming, right? (correct me if I'm wrong). Let's round up to the disc w/ bluray service being $22/month. I average 5 discs per week (and let's round down and just call a month an even 4 weeks), so that's 20 discs on average. So, a disc costs me $1.10 per movie. And a lot of what I watch is TV series (average 4 episodes per disc... call it ~$0.28 per episode). I see Amazon or Apple selling episode views for $1.99 or 2.99 each... SHEESH!
So, anything that degrades the service has a big impact on my value of the service, both real and perceived.