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post #7951 of 8769
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

Don't blame Netflix. They can only rent out what they get. If the movie studio decides to have a rental only disc with DD instead of an HD audio codec, then that is what you get.It is certainly nothing new. There have been other titles that were the same way and Blockbuster and Redbox had the same rental discs as well. Although I don't recall my copy of The Grey being only DD.

I knew it is not Netflix's fault. But if that trend continues and movie studios get their way, I'm affraid Netflix will no longer get my money. I hope these rental companies will take up the fight for their own sake instead of moving to streaming business where only sub-standard video and crappy audio is offered. That's probably a lost cause I'm affraid frown.gif
post #7952 of 8769
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Originally Posted by Foxbat121 View Post

Just got my rental disc of "The Grey" and disappointed by the only audio track on disc: DD5.1. What is next? 480p Video? If this trend continues, I will have cancel all of my Netflix subscriptions, streaming and disc. Sorry to say, Netflix lost all its attractions.

My copy was DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 .. and a quite satisfying mix, I might add ..
post #7953 of 8769
It's strange that NF has Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows showing in my Q as ... Releases August 2012 yet RB has it coming out tomorrow ..

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post #7954 of 8769
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

It's strange that NF has Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows showing in my Q as ... Releases August 2012 yet RB has it coming out tomorrow ..
??

Redbox must be buying it from retail outlets. They did the same thing with John Carter and had it for rent a week after the release. Tomorrow will be one week after the Game of Shadows release.
post #7955 of 8769
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

Redbox must be buying it from retail outlets. They did the same thing with John Carter and had it for rent a week after the release. Tomorrow will be one week after the Game of Shadows release.

That's gotta be it .. making Sherlock Holmes one of the first I've seen on the 2 month delay release ... John Carter did end up available from NF about the same time as RB ..
post #7956 of 8769
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

Where are you seeing a Blu-ray logo? I don't see any mention or indication of a Blu-ray version, just DVD.
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I'm sorry, but I am not good at posting pictures. If you search on Netflix for "Downton Abbey," you come to a page with several choices of which Downton Abbey is the first. That is the page that clearly shows the BD logo next to the "Choose Discs" box. When you do choose discs, that logo disappears, and there is no choice for BD.

This is the link to that first page:

http://dvd.netflix.com/Search?oq=&ac_posn=&v1=downton+abbey&search_submit=

SMK
post #7957 of 8769
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Originally Posted by RoyGBiv View Post

I'm sorry, but I am not good at posting pictures. If you search on Netflix for "Downton Abbey," you come to a page with several choices of which Downton Abbey is the first. That is the page that clearly shows the BD logo next to the "Choose Discs" box. When you do choose discs, that logo disappears, and there is no choice for BD.
This is the link to that first page:
http://dvd.netflix.com/Search?oq=&ac_posn=&v1=downton+abbey&search_submit=
SMK
That's the lower image from my previous post, maybe it's me, but I'm just not seeing any Blu-ray logo or text stating Blu-ray for Downton Abbey. Below is the image when you mouse over the "Play/Discs" box, I don't see a "Choose Discs" box.

Does anyone else see it?

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My account is set to default to Blu-ray when available, when I choose a Series 2 disc it shows up as DVD in my queue, no mention of Blu-ray anywhere.confused.gif
post #7958 of 8769
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

Does anyone else see it?

Yeah, I see it using the link RoyGBiv gave (searching for "downton abbey" on dvd.netflix.com just like he said):

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It looks like you have streaming, keenan, and so are not using dvd.netflix.com which has a slightly different interface for us po' disc-only folk. Anyway, must be a glitch, since they don't have it on BD.
post #7959 of 8769
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Originally Posted by Cinema Squid View Post

Yeah, I see it using the link RoyGBiv gave (searching for "downton abbey" on dvd.netflix.com just like he said):
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It looks like you have streaming, keenan, and so are not using dvd.netflix.com which has a slightly different interface for us po' disc-only folk. Anyway, must be a glitch, since they don't have it on BD.

Ah, that would explain it then, I do have streaming with my account. Mystery solved, other than why Netflix doesn't actually have the Blu-ray version of the release. wink.gif
post #7960 of 8769
Strange thing happened. I put a new release into my queue on Sunday. Think it was "Dave who lives at home" or some such, as a bluray. It showed as releasing Tuesday.
Didn't ship Monday and when I looked at my queue it showed as Unknown now. Still in the active queue ( not "saved") at the same position.

Similarly a (DVD) of the old TV show UFO exited Saved into the active queue. Cool. No wait associated with it. Put it at top of queue and it also shows Unknown.

What's with unknown in the active queue all of a sudden? Never saw it before. Anyone else seeing it or know what's going on?
post #7961 of 8769
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Originally Posted by Marc_G View Post

Strange thing happened. I put a new release into my queue on Sunday. Think it was "Dave who lives at home" or some such, as a bluray. It showed as releasing Tuesday.
Didn't ship Monday and when I looked at my queue it showed as Unknown now. Still in the active queue ( not "saved") at the same position.
That title shipped to me yesterday, I have it here in BD format.
post #7962 of 8769
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Originally Posted by Cinema Squid View Post

Yeah, I see it using the link RoyGBiv gave (searching for "downton abbey" on dvd.netflix.com just like he said):
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It looks like you have streaming, keenan, and so are not using dvd.netflix.com which has a slightly different interface for us po' disc-only folk. Anyway, must be a glitch, since they don't have it on BD.

Thanks for inserting the pic. That is exactly what I'm talking about.

Too bad they don't really have it. I know BB does, but I can't subscribe to two different rental places. It's just not worth it.

SMK
post #7963 of 8769
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Originally Posted by RoyGBiv View Post

Thanks for inserting the pic. That is exactly what I'm talking about.
Too bad they don't really have it. I know BB does, but I can't subscribe to two different rental places. It's just not worth it.
SMK

I have the Blu versions of Downton Abbey (Season 1 and 2), and they are quite bad actually. Not sure if the dvd versions are any worse, but was not impressed with the BDs. Excellent series though and can't wait for the third season.
post #7964 of 8769
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Originally Posted by RoyGBiv View Post

Thanks for inserting the pic. That is exactly what I'm talking about.
Too bad they don't really have it. I know BB does, but I can't subscribe to two different rental places. It's just not worth it.
SMK
I get the same results when I search for Downtown Abbey. I'm disc only as well, and I've seen some other titles where you search by title and you see the BD logo next to them, but when you open the series details or add them to your queue, it is dvd only. Sherlock, The Killing, and Falling Skies to name a few. I'd prefer if Netflix carried them on Blu, but due to their limited selection, I have to get some of my BD addiction fix elsewhere.
post #7965 of 8769
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Originally Posted by RoyGBiv View Post

Thanks for inserting the pic. That is exactly what I'm talking about.
Too bad they don't really have it. I know BB does, but I can't subscribe to two different rental places. It's just not worth it.
SMK

That was my plan--to subscribe to BB for this show--however the discs never got off of "very long wait". So what I would have been paying for BB, I could have bought them. What I ended up doing is just that--buying them from Amazon and verrrrrrry carefully taking the discs out after just making a slit in the packaging and then slipping them back in and sending them back for the "buy-back" program (and getting the max because it was in pristine condition).

That was my only option because I missed it on broadcast. It was a pain, but I can't imaging watching it on dvd since it is such a visual show and my screen is 100" in fact the blu-ray was much, much better pq than what I get on PBS-HD from DirecTv...
post #7966 of 8769
my wife subscribes to nf streaming at $7.99 a mos. no problem with that.

i add one blu ray disk rental and am told by customer rep my monthly bill will be a total of $9.99 and gave me the impression
that both streaming and rental monthly costs would be $9.99,

got my bill on my credit card and i'm being charged $18.00 a month, so the cost for 1 blu ray rental by itself is $9.99 per month for the
3-4 new br releases i get. wow. that's almost $3 a rental.

guess i'm back to redbox where i won't have to wait for new release like sherlock holmes
post #7967 of 8769
^^^I rent 3 bluray a month and get streaming for $30. I probably watch 4 movies a week just in discs, so that's more along the lines of $2 a rental, and even less if you count streaming. Worth it for me.
post #7968 of 8769
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Originally Posted by mr. wally View Post

my wife subscribes to nf streaming at $7.99 a mos. no problem with that.
i add one blu ray disk rental and am told by customer rep my monthly bill will be a total of $9.99 and gave me the impression
that both streaming and rental monthly costs would be $9.99,
got my bill on my credit card and i'm being charged $18.00 a month, so the cost for 1 blu ray rental by itself is $9.99 per month for the
3-4 new br releases i get. wow. that's almost $3 a rental.
guess i'm back to redbox where i won't have to wait for new release like sherlock holmes

Yes, except you have to go somewhere and spend time and travel expense to find a redbox to not just pick it up but return it right away instead of the comfort of your computer and mailbox and whenever you get around to returning it. Netflix is a better deal for me. I don't even know where a Redbox is around here, probably a significant drive for me. If the rep gave you the impression the grand total of your account was $10/month then call and complain, but if you called and requested a disc service perhaps the impression was of your own manufacture....or need a q-tip. smile.gif I do fondly remember when my disc account came with free streaming, equal number of hours to my total disc $ per month....
post #7969 of 8769
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Originally Posted by mr. wally View Post

my wife subscribes to nf streaming at $7.99 a mos. no problem with that.
i add one blu ray disk rental and am told by customer rep my monthly bill will be a total of $9.99 and gave me the impression
that both streaming and rental monthly costs would be $9.99,
got my bill on my credit card and i'm being charged $18.00 a month, so the cost for 1 blu ray rental by itself is $9.99 per month for the
3-4 new br releases i get. wow. that's almost $3 a rental.
guess i'm back to redbox where i won't have to wait for new release like sherlock holmes

I have the three out BD plan plus streaming. I still use RedBox for some titles. But there is no way I could use RedBox exclusively since they only have a small amount of BD titles compared to Netflix.
post #7970 of 8769
I find I use a sort of hybrid approach to disc rentals. I put Netflix on hold for about 3 months at a time. During that time I use Redbox, which is no hassle at all, I pass 6 of them every day going and coming from work. Then on roughly that third month I do my Netflix plan to catch all the titles I want that haven't been at the box. Within that month I've exhausted those titles and stop Netflix again. It's a a cycle that works well for us.
post #7971 of 8769
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Originally Posted by mr. wally View Post

my wife subscribes to nf streaming at $7.99 a mos. no problem with that.
i add one blu ray disk rental and am told by customer rep my monthly bill will be a total of $9.99 and gave me the impression
that both streaming and rental monthly costs would be $9.99,
got my bill on my credit card and i'm being charged $18.00 a month, so the cost for 1 blu ray rental by itself is $9.99 per month for the
3-4 new br releases i get. wow. that's almost $3 a rental.
guess i'm back to redbox where i won't have to wait for new release like sherlock holmes

You don't remember the big stink last year when Netflix announced that streaming and dvd plans were going to become separate plans with separate charges? You're anger has no justification because it was headline news for weeks. And it was actively discussed on these very forums (of which you've been a member of for quite some time).
post #7972 of 8769
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Originally Posted by tony123 View Post

I find I use a sort of hybrid approach to disc rentals. I put Netflix on hold for about 3 months at a time. During that time I use Redbox, which is no hassle at all, I pass 6 of them every day going and coming from work. Then on roughly that third month I do my Netflix plan to catch all the titles I want that haven't been at the box. Within that month I've exhausted those titles and stop Netflix again. It's a a cycle that works well for us.

There's a Redbox machine in our local Giant, but I've never looked at it. Do they usually have a good selection of BDs, or is it overwhelmingly DVDs?

Doug
post #7973 of 8769
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Originally Posted by mr. wally View Post

my wife subscribes to nf streaming at $7.99 a mos. no problem with that.
i add one blu ray disk rental and am told by customer rep my monthly bill will be a total of $9.99 and gave me the impression
that both streaming and rental monthly costs would be $9.99,
got my bill on my credit card and i'm being charged $18.00 a month, so the cost for 1 blu ray rental by itself is $9.99 per month for the
3-4 new br releases i get. wow. that's almost $3 a rental.
guess i'm back to redbox where i won't have to wait for new release like sherlock holmes

With good timing and assuming your NF distribution center is within a day mail time, it's not difficult to get an average of 8 discs a month .. I've been able to do it for years .. $18 a month is cheap .. the B&M in my area gets nearly $4.00 a pop for a BD ..
post #7974 of 8769
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Originally Posted by dougotte View Post

There's a Redbox machine in our local Giant, but I've never looked at it. Do they usually have a good selection of BDs, or is it overwhelmingly DVDs?
Doug

I can't speak for each and every RB in the USA, however, other than big releases, those in my area are still mostly DVD .. also, there is a thread devoted to RB on AVS ..
post #7975 of 8769
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

With good timing and assuming your NF distribution center is within a day mail time, it's not difficult to get an average of 8 discs a month .. I've been able to do it for years .. $18 a month is cheap .. the B&M in my area gets nearly $4.00 a pop for a BD ..

I used to have about a 2-day turnaround. Return a disc on Monday, get the next one on Wednesday or sometimes Thursday. Lately, it seems like it's 3 or 4 days. I attribute it to one or several of these reasons:
1) USPS has cut back its operations;
2) our local USPS carrier pays more attention to chatting on his phone than doing his job;
3) Netflix has cut back its operations(?).
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

I can't speak for each and every RB in the USA, however, other than big releases, those in my area are still mostly DVD .. also, there is a thread devoted to RB on AVS ..

That's what I thought, and it makes sense based upon the number of people who have DVD players vs. BD players. Thanks.

Doug
post #7976 of 8769
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Originally Posted by dougotte View Post

I used to have about a 2-day turnaround. Return a disc on Monday, get the next one on Wednesday or sometimes Thursday. Lately, it seems like it's 3 or 4 days. I attribute it to one or several of these reasons:
1) USPS has cut back its operations;
2) our local USPS carrier pays more attention to chatting on his phone than doing his job;
3) Netflix has cut back its operations(?).
That's what I thought, and it makes sense based upon the number of people who have DVD players vs. BD players. Thanks.
Doug

I believe timing is everything .. when we get a disc, we watch it that night .. I then take it to a Postal Drop Box near the Post Office the next morning .. that insures it gets into the mail stream that day .. if you put it in your mailbox at home, it can be a crap shoot .. on new releases, I drop off on Saturday, they get it on Monday and it's very, very rare that I don't get a new Tuesday release in my mail on Tuesday ..
post #7977 of 8769
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Originally Posted by dougotte View Post

I used to have about a 2-day turnaround. Return a disc on Monday, get the next one on Wednesday or sometimes Thursday. Lately, it seems like it's 3 or 4 days. I attribute it to one or several of these reasons:
1) USPS has cut back its operations;
2) our local USPS carrier pays more attention to chatting on his phone than doing his job;
3) Netflix has cut back its operations(?).
That's what I thought, and it makes sense based upon the number of people who have DVD players vs. BD players. Thanks.
Doug

1/ Getting there
2/ Sounds like our guy who delivers to our office and has to chat with several people here each day in their native language (tagalog) (and assume he does this on many other stops)
3/ Not that I can see but I live near HQ too

I drop a viewed movie in the mail and two days later my next in queue arrives almost always...works for me. Lots better than standing in a store fighting to use a limited kiosk to save $1 and then spend it in gas...
post #7978 of 8769
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Originally Posted by tony123 View Post

I find I use a sort of hybrid approach to disc rentals. I put Netflix on hold for about 3 months at a time. During that time I use Redbox, which is no hassle at all, I pass 6 of them every day going and coming from work. Then on roughly that third month I do my Netflix plan to catch all the titles I want that haven't been at the box. Within that month I've exhausted those titles and stop Netflix again. It's a a cycle that works well for us.

i think that's where i'm headed. nf only advantage is it carries a lot of old releases in br.
but it stinks with new releases which is what i mostly want.

still waiting on sherlock, wrath, and 21 jump which are all already available at redbox.

not worth $10 a ,month if they don't have the title i want to watch.

3 redbox locations on my way to and from work.
post #7979 of 8769
Just signed back up after the Blu Ray fee fiasco. And I'm ready to cancel all ready. Every single movie in my queue is short wait or long wait. They aren't even new releases...all older releases by years. Never going back to these idiots again after this month is up.
post #7980 of 8769
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Originally Posted by 357 View Post

Just signed back up after the Blu Ray fee fiasco. And I'm ready to cancel all ready. Every single movie in my queue is short wait or long wait. They aren't even new releases...all older releases by years. Never going back to these idiots again after this month is up.

The key is always timing .. I consistently get a new release BD every Tuesday .. unless a holiday screws up the mail time ..
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