Originally Posted by number1laing
I would definitely pay $8 a month for streaming only. I really have no desire to do DVDs in the mail - none whatsoever. I've had the services and barely ever used them. If I really want to watch a movie I'll just get it on VOD, the Blockbuster near my house, or streaming. Not wait 3 or 4 days for a movie in the mail.
I would as well, if Netflix would stop screwing around (or getting screwed) on a lot of the content. Their most recent big announcement of expanded NBC/Universal content flopped in several ways. Many episodes of the non-OTA content (Psych, Monk, Battlestar Galactica) have serious sound problems, ranging from no sound at all to only missing the dialogue channel. The content that was originally OTA seems to be fine, though. I understand that Netflix claims to be at the mercy of the content providers with the encodes, but it seems odd that one provider would have severe issues only with some of its content.
The other bothersome aspect is the lack of episodes of some TV shows available for streaming. Several shows have only partial content available, such as Quantum Leap. I really wish Netflix would give an explanation similar to Hulu whenever episodes are unavailable for some reason. One really bizarre one to me is episode one of Battlestar Galactica season 4.5. Initially available for streaming but missing the dialogue channel, it is now listed as disc-only. What's strange, though, is that several other episodes of recently added TV shows (including BSG seasons 3 & 4) had the same problem and they were just replaced with correctly encoded files, while this one was pulled entirely.
For a free add-on to the DVD service, behavior like this is sort of acceptable. For a standalone service it would be a pretty big deal breaker.