Originally Posted by jamieva
Most of the time when I read folks saying they couldn't find "anything" on Netflix streaming it's because they expect everything to be available to stream. Hello! It's $8 a month!
I agree, $8 isn't much.
However, the way I (try to) use it, I'm often disappointed. I certainly don't expect recent movies, that's what we use DVDs by mail for.
Here's a recent experience of mine. I read or saw something about the documentary movie Woodstock, so I wanted to see if I could view it. Nope. It was filmed in 1969 but it's still not available for streaming.
That's what I mean. When I go looking for something specific I usually can't find it.
That's probably a "style" difference between people. Many people like to scan available titles until they find something that might appeal to them. OTOH I don't like to browse, I go to Netflix to check for specific titles.
I think the problem is the "all you can eat for $8" business model. It forces Netflix to be very selective about what they will license for streaming, and forces studios to be very selective about what they will license to Netflix for streaming.
I would be willing to rent a-la-carte for a movie such as Woodstock, perhaps $1 or $2. But I don't have that choice.
For comparison I just went to iTunes, and I see I can rent recent movies for $4 (or $5 in HD). Vudu also rents movies for that price. Or I can rent virtually any movie I want to for about $1 by mail from Netflix (about 8 movies for $8 a month).
But what about something in between for streaming? I want to rent a 43 y/o movie for $1 or $2. But I can't. Interestingly enough, Woodstock is available from iTunes for rental for $4, but only to an iPad or Apple TV. Too expensive, and not available in HD to my iMac.