Originally Posted by JDEaston
I have a question for those of you that use the disc by my service netflix offers. Do new releases come out often and early enough to subscribe to it and use it for new releases or should I go with a ppv service like vudu?
Well....they definitely come out "often enough" since there's new releases every week.
"early enough" is another matter, and is entirely dependent on your preferences. A lot of studios have a 28 day delay from the day the disc is released to retailers before Netflix gets them, and Warner just recently pushed it back to 56 days (trying to increase sales or drive renters to more expensive VOD platforms).
That being said, whatever date Netflix gets a movie is the de-facto release date for me. I'm not going to buy discs, and I'm not going to use Vudu to watch it for $6 (disclaimer: I do use Vudu here and there, but it's certainly too expensive for me to use as a replacement).
So it's up to you. Do you absolutely positively have to watch a new release the day it's available on disc, or can you wait 4 weeks (or 8 for a Warner title)? Would you be sitting at home breaking out in a cold sweat and the shakes because you have to wait 4 weeks to watch whatever spectacular remake or sequel or prequel or 3D suck-fest (excuse my biases) is being released, and would have to watch something else instead?
Personally, when the delay was first put in place, I had a single 28-day adjustment period where new releases dried up, but then "new" releases started flowing again. Like I just got In Time, Dream House, and The Thing (the new one) all of which are new (to Netflix) this week. I personally have no idea if those all had 28 day delays or not....and don't care. They're available with Netflix now, so that's the "real" release date for me, and I don't even pay attention to when the retail version was available.
Oh, I'll also point out the other rental outlets have delays as well, although Redbox is supposedly buying Warner titles at retail to avoid the 56 day delay (but it's my understanding it's still taking a week or so for them to show up in the machines). I don't really know what's going on with Blockbuster....they were buying some titles at retail but they've closed so many stores and from the Official Blockbuster thread in the BD Software forum, it sounds like the mail service is even worse than it used to be (at least that's the opinion I have based on the last several pages of negative posts about it).