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post #2491 of 3052
One peeve I've got with NF is that there are titles in "New Releases" that have been there for over a year! It's like they don't have enough staff to move the older titles out to the regular library and keep New Releases new (like last 30 or 60 days). Usually Monday I check though there wasn't much new today probably due to staff taking last week off. I also wonder if some of the distributors pay extra to get their titles at the top of new releases? Sometimes you can find rare indie or foreign gems by scrolling clear to the bottom.
post #2492 of 3052
Agreed! It's same on recently released for Amazon Prime, sometimes there's a new addition or two but mostly stuff that's been there for quite a while....guess "new" to marketing people has limited value when talking to existing customers as its probably more about showing things for marketing to new customers ...
post #2493 of 3052
You could always used TVandMoviesNow--you can see all Netflix titles sorted by date here. You can further filter by TV or Movies, HD, 5.1 sound, etc. For instance, all HD Netflix movies sorted by date added can be seen here. If something seems as though it's been there for a while it's probably because it's license expired and was recently renewed.
post #2494 of 3052
I find most of those sites are a day or two behind the listings I actually find on Netflix. I check Instant Watcher too. There was another site that reported what was coming but Netflix took away that ability from site developers. Relicensing SHOULD NOT keep the title under "new releases". Probably Netflix is not spending enough on head count for management of this.
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Gee, now what might be the most popular film on Netflix last night? Might it be "Starlet" which has a warning about explicit sex scenes (and not the first one on NF)? With a 11 mbps link speed the title which is HD would only come it at 1.2 mbps. I gave up at that point. biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

Gee, now what might be the most popular film on Netflix last night? Might it be "Starlet" which has a warning about explicit sex scenes (and not the first one on NF)? With a 11 mbps link speed the title which is HD would only come it at 1.2 mbps. I gave up at that point. biggrin.gif


Wow, I'll have to check that one out. Thanks! cool.gif



Ian



PS: I'll let you know how good the HD looks. wink.gif


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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

Gee, now what might be the most popular film on Netflix last night? Might it be "Starlet" which has a warning about explicit sex scenes (and not the first one on NF)? With a 11 mbps link speed the title which is HD would only come it at 1.2 mbps. I gave up at that point. biggrin.gif

Makes sense to me .. biggrin.gif

Off topic but has anyone seen an icon on the interface now that called Bob, or Hal or Herman or some such that's supposed to help you make a selection based on your mood .. ?? I had not been on NF for a while until last night and the critter was in my Instant Q ..
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

Gee, now what might be the most popular film on Netflix last night? Might it be "Starlet" which has a warning about explicit sex scenes (and not the first one on NF)? With a 11 mbps link speed the title which is HD would only come it at 1.2 mbps. I gave up at that point. biggrin.gif

Makes sense to me .. biggrin.gif

Off topic but has anyone seen an icon on the interface now that called Bob, or Hal or Herman or some such that's supposed to help you make a selection based on your mood .. ?? I had not been on NF for a while until last night and the critter was in my Instant Q ..

I forget what the marketing people came up with, but I've tried that. It's another automated guessing game based on interpretation of type of movie and your ratings of other movies (even movies you've already rated) as to a "guess" as to what you'd like. Apparently a lot of people out there have no idea about what they want to watch. I just wanted to see if it was much different than their suggestions have been so far and I'd have to say it's just new marketing crap.
post #2500 of 3052
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Originally Posted by lovinthehd View Post

I forget what the marketing people came up with, but I've tried that. It's another automated guessing game based on interpretation of type of movie and your ratings of other movies (even movies you've already rated) as to a "guess" as to what you'd like. Apparently a lot of people out there have no idea about what they want to watch. I just wanted to see if it was much different than their suggestions have been so far and I'd have to say it's just new marketing crap.

Pretty much what I figured .. maybe they should link to this thread instead .. wink.gif
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

Makes sense to me .. biggrin.gif

Off topic but has anyone seen an icon on the interface now that called Bob, or Hal or Herman or some such that's supposed to help you make a selection based on your mood .. ?? I had not been on NF for a while until last night and the critter was in my Instant Q ..

Microsoft Bob is BACK? Oh no....tongue.gif
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Microsoft Bob is BACK? Oh no....tongue.gif

Funny you should say that since that's exactly what I was thinking when I typed the post .. eek.gif
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

Makes sense to me .. biggrin.gif

Off topic but has anyone seen an icon on the interface now that called Bob, or Hal or Herman or some such that's supposed to help you make a selection based on your mood .. ?? I had not been on NF for a while until last night and the critter was in my Instant Q ..

It's called "Max" and supposedly has been rolled out on the PS3. I haven't plugged in my PS3 for a while; I'll try it today.
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Yes, Max....that's the name. It's on my PS3, hadn't looked for it on the other player I use in my bedroom....
post #2505 of 3052
I doubt that they'll migrate that to many platforms any time soon. I haven't seen the other changes they recently made to the PS3 on any of the several other players that I have yet.
post #2506 of 3052
What is it with Netflix these days. They advertise the release of a new streaming movie such as "The Expendables 2" and only deliver it in 2ch audio and 720 hd. I don't mind the 720 so much, but to only have 2ch audio for a brand new release on their service is ridiculous imo. Very disappointing! I am using the PS3, like millions of others.
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Page Eight http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Masterpiece_Contemporary_Page_Eight/70209135?trkid=8169550 Excellent "Masterpiece Contemporary" production featuring the always suave Bill Nighy as well as appearances by Dumbledore & He Who Can Not be Named. Nighy plays an updated George Smiley type character - well written - superb acting.
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What is it with Netflix these days. They advertise the release of a new streaming movie such as "The Expendables 2" and only deliver it in 2ch audio and 720 hd. I don't mind the 720 so much, but to only have 2ch audio for a brand new release on their service is ridiculous imo. Very disappointing! I am using the PS3, like millions of others.

Yes, this is interesting. I just checked on Amazon Prime and The Expendables 2 is also playing in HD (720p) but with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. I'm using the Roku 3 streamer.
post #2509 of 3052
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Yes, this is interesting. I just checked on Amazon Prime and The Expendables 2 is also playing in HD (720p) but with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. I'm using the Roku 3 streamer.

I believe EX 2 is a Lionsgate release .. and with their past history of stripped rental BD's, it come as no surprise to me that a streaming title gets short changed as well ..
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What is it with Netflix these days. They advertise the release of a new streaming movie such as "The Expendables 2" and only deliver it in 2ch audio and 720 hd. I don't mind the 720 so much, but to only have 2ch audio for a brand new release on their service is ridiculous imo. Very disappointing! I am using the PS3, like millions of others.

If you use Unblockus, The Expendables 2 is available with 5.1 audio and Super HD from the UK Netflix.
post #2511 of 3052
Occasionally the description of a title will say Super HD but it's still 720p only.
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Originally Posted by rupterr View Post

What is it with Netflix these days. They advertise the release of a new streaming movie such as "The Expendables 2" and only deliver it in 2ch audio and 720 hd. I don't mind the 720 so much, but to only have 2ch audio for a brand new release on their service is ridiculous imo. Very disappointing! I am using the PS3, like millions of others.


This movie comes to Netflix streaming via their deal with the Epix pay channel, which holds primary internet streaming rights to it-and all recent Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM films. The deal has Epix sub-leasing strreaming rights to a package of their content to NF, Amazon Prime, and Redbox Instant. Their deal with Netflix, as you've discovered, does not seem include the right to stream Epix titles in Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Obviously, Epix feels the need to hold back on the best possible presentation of the material they've licensed  for their own service. Outside the US, Netflix' foreign divisions are sold full audio versions of those 3 studio's films.

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Occasionally the description of a title will say Super HD but it's still 720p only.
Not The Expendables 2, which I've verified has available 1080p video encodes.
post #2514 of 3052
I've seen films which came in that Epix deal without 5.1 sound which now have 5.1 sound. Captain America and Super 8 are two of them.
post #2515 of 3052
Apparently we are supposed to buy a new streaming player every year to keep up with things.

Ian, I was able to watch the first 40 minutes of "Starlet" after I finished watching "The Bridge" on FX at 11:30 PM. Then I was able to get a decent stream. This is a great little film BTW and those watching just due to the warning will probably tune out after about 15 minutes or earlier. It's a heartwarming story without being hokey.
post #2516 of 3052
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

Apparently we are supposed to buy a new streaming player every year to keep up with things.

Ian, I was able to watch the first 40 minutes of "Starlet" after I finished watching "The Bridge" on FX at 11:30 PM. Then I was able to get a decent stream. This is a great little film BTW and those watching just due to the warning will probably tune out after about 15 minutes or earlier. It's a heartwarming story without being hokey.

Looking forward to watching it. Thanks.


Ian
post #2517 of 3052
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Originally Posted by Westly-C View Post


This movie comes to Netflix streaming via their deal with the Epix pay channel, which holds primary internet streaming rights to it-and all recent Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM films. The deal has Epix sub-leasing strreaming rights to a package of their content to NF, Amazon Prime, and Redbox Instant. Their deal with Netflix, as you've discovered, does not seem include the right to stream Epix titles in Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Obviously, Epix feels the need to hold back on the best possible presentation of the material they've licensed  for their own service. Outside the US, Netflix' foreign divisions are sold full audio versions of those 3 studio's films.

Thanks for the replies everyone and this explanation. It seems odd that Amazon prime would stream this title in 5.1 but Netflix would not. I assume they must have different contracts with Epix.

It's not only this title's 2 ch audio that annoys me, but other more recent releases as well, like "The Avengers". Alot of Netflix's 2011 and up released movies are 2 ch.

Sorry about the rant but I'm getting disgusted with Netflix. Most of their movies available for streaming are old, and although they offer 1080 and 5.1 DD+ sound they just aren't worth watching to me as I have likely viewed most of them already.
post #2518 of 3052
Amazon has an Epix deal as well, signed some months after Netflix's original one. From the beginning they had 5.1 sound on those titles; perhaps they negotiated better than Netflix.
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Sorry about the rant but I'm getting disgusted with Netflix. Most of their movies available for streaming are old, and although they offer 1080 and 5.1 DD+ sound they just aren't worth watching to me as I have likely viewed most of them already.

$4-to-$6-for-24-hours VOD of the latest released-to-disc movies are available from numerous sources, like VUDU, Amazon, Blockbuster, etc. There's only so much that Netflix can provide for $8/month. It is what it is and what it is may not be for you. Many of us enjoy its diverse offerings; sharing those is what this thread is about. There's much more to Netflix than blockbuster Hollywood releases and if that's all you want you should look elsewhere.
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Originally Posted by michaeltscott View Post

$4-to-$6-for-24-hours VOD of the latest released-to-disc movies are available from numerous sources, like VUDU, Amazon, Blockbuster, etc. There's only so much that Netflix can provide for $8/month. It is what it is and what it is may not be for you. Many of us enjoy its diverse offerings; sharing those is what this thread is about. There's much more to Netflix than blockbuster Hollywood releases and if that's all you want you should look elsewhere.

I agree. It's simple. If you want the best picture and sound from the latest releases, Netflix offers BD rentals.



Ian wink.gif
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Originally Posted by michaeltscott View Post

It's called "Max" and supposedly has been rolled out on the PS3. I haven't plugged in my PS3 for a while; I'll try it today.
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Originally Posted by lovinthehd View Post

Yes, Max....that's the name. It's on my PS3, hadn't looked for it on the other player I use in my bedroom....

I just tried this and I'll be surprised if they implement it on any other platform, ever. It's awfully elaborate, with a funky 60s style; it's vaguely reminiscent of the TV show Bewitched or some 60s game show like What's My Line. I wonder how many hours of talking descriptions of movies they recorded for this? Weird.
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