Originally Posted by mproper
I assume you've already checked out the "gems and finds" thread and still nothing interests you? I think you'd be surprised if you took a chance on some of the dozens/hundreds of movies in that thread you may not have heard of.
I do from time to time, but to be honest a lot that is mentioned doesn't interest me. I do scroll through the lists that Netflix suggests for me to see if there is anything I want to see, but even then with it using my personal preferences, I still am not finding much. Then again, I'm not so sure setting up your preferences on the Netflix site helps much because I made sure to say that I had no interest in documentaries, anime, or children's material, but when I load it up on my PS3 there are categories for all three. What part of I have no interest in them didn't it understand?
Anyway, here is my main beef with the service. I fully understand them not having new material right away. They would have to charge much more for it if they did. What shocked and upset me when I first signed up was how many older movies I couldn't find.
A quick synopsis, I had back surgery at the end of December, so I was going to be pretty much confined to the house and doing nothing for a while. I decided to compile a list of movies that I either wanted to see again or see for the first time. Since I have DirecTV's On Demand service, I figured I would have no problem finding most, if not all of these movies. No such luck. I did find some, but nowhere near as many as I thought I would. After two months of getting frustrated that I couldn't find much, I decided to go with Netfix because I was sure they'd have to have what I couldn't find on DirecTV. Keep in mind a lot of what I'm looking for is older and there is no real demand for these on DVD so I figured the service wouldn't be losing money on DVD rental/sales and they should be available for streaming. Imagine my surprise when almost every title I typed in came back with no results. That's my main gripe with the service. Not that they don't have the new stuff, but that you can't find things that aren't making anyone any money anymore.
Here is a list of what I'm talking about. Keep in mind this list has changed a little from the first time I compiled it, but for the most part it's pretty much the same.300 (2006)
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
Almost Famous (2000)
Better Off Dead (1985)
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
Blade: Trinity (2004)
Captain America (2011)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Hellboy 2 (2008)
Sin City (2005)
Smokin' Aces (2006)
Aside from Captain America, Hellboy 2, Thor, and Warrior, all the rest are 6 - 28 yrs. old. Why wouldn't these be available for streaming? It's not like anyone is beating down the door to rent/buy these movies now.