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RandySF

(62,615 posts)
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 06:50 PM Dec 2013

Netflix Streaming sucks!

"Santa" brought a new game system to my son for Christmas, so I decided to give Netflix streaming a shot during the free trial period, and I have to say it really sucks. I cannot find one movie I'm looking for. So, I will just watch the full House of Cards season and bid Netflix goodbye.

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Netflix Streaming sucks! (Original Post) RandySF Dec 2013 OP
They have a lot of very good movies lunatica Dec 2013 #1
Law & Order Criminal Intent Miles Archer Dec 2013 #3
I heard they are doing well because of the binge viewers lunatica Dec 2013 #5
I don't think they make any more money off the binge than infrequent viewers Bucky Dec 2013 #34
Oh, yeah. narnian60 Dec 2013 #61
If what you want are recent and/or big studio films, then yes, it sucks. blogslut Dec 2013 #2
Agreed on amazon prime being about the same NewJeffCT Dec 2013 #11
I use it mostly for TV series, kiva Dec 2013 #4
Try Orange is the New Black alphafemale Dec 2013 #6
Yeah, I second that recommendation. Great show. Liberal Veteran Dec 2013 #24
The character development is fantastic. alphafemale Dec 2013 #33
They have an very good selection of little known but outstanding foreign movies. Kaleva Dec 2013 #7
I looked for foreign films. RandySF Dec 2013 #10
I love foreign movies; often prefer them. IrishAyes Dec 2013 #27
I have a fondness for Asian drama based on actual historical events Kaleva Dec 2013 #40
Might not be your bag, but are any of you guys familiar with the so-called "New French Extremity"? nomorenomore08 Dec 2013 #58
That's probably outside my area of interest! Kaleva Dec 2013 #59
I kinda figured as much. But you never know, which is why I addressed it to the group. nomorenomore08 Dec 2013 #60
Wait till you see Canadian Netflix... Locut0s Dec 2013 #8
And here's the proof... Locut0s Dec 2013 #14
They actually suck in pipi_k Dec 2013 #9
I had an issue and called them up on the phone and they were very nice. grantcart Dec 2013 #26
Oh, I'm sure pipi_k Dec 2013 #35
I understand. I have Menieres disease and have both tinnitus and diminished hearing grantcart Dec 2013 #36
I have broadcast and Netflix and I'm happy. Skip Intro Dec 2013 #12
watch Talhotblonde Skittles Dec 2013 #13
Watch Lilyhammer before you dump it Brother Buzz Dec 2013 #15
Pretty funny and they start filming season three next week. grantcart Dec 2013 #25
Really? COOL! Brother Buzz Dec 2013 #28
Yep grantcart Dec 2013 #31
Outstanding. I really liked Season One. yellowdogintexas Dec 2013 #47
The on-demand selection is poor. The DVD-by-mail selection is much better, snot Dec 2013 #16
Seiously??? JCMach1 Dec 2013 #17
I am not much into TV ... etherealtruth Dec 2013 #18
I finished off Scrubs. Am working on Doc Martin and, even better, magical thyme Dec 2013 #19
Eh... The wide variety of streaming TV shows makes up for it in my mind. Agschmid Dec 2013 #20
Netflix isn't for finding the famous movies that you are looking for but discovering grantcart Dec 2013 #21
I wasn't even looking for famous movies RandySF Dec 2013 #22
According to this listing, many are available. Ptah Dec 2013 #30
I am surprised at how many Thai language films they have as well. grantcart Dec 2013 #32
Netflix streaming is awesome, especially for TV series. yellowdogintexas Dec 2013 #49
i work at home as well grantcart Dec 2013 #52
Add "Scandal" to your list tabbycat31 Jan 2014 #63
I love love love love streaming Netflix!!! dawg Dec 2013 #23
When I finally at long last DO get Netflix, IrishAyes Dec 2013 #29
You really do have to know what Netflix is for and what it's not for.. nirvana555 Dec 2013 #37
my first binge watch was LOST. We did not have streaming at the time yellowdogintexas Dec 2013 #50
I like their huge selection of films chungking34 Dec 2013 #38
watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi NightWatcher Dec 2013 #39
I second this. alarimer Dec 2013 #42
Thirded! Fearless Dec 2013 #54
Fourthed! OriginalGeek Dec 2013 #56
There are a lot of TV series on there, though. alarimer Dec 2013 #41
We just signed up for it -- we're considering dumping cable because it went Flaxbee Dec 2013 #43
The PBS ones definately jannyk Dec 2013 #45
I run out of things to watch on Netflix in about 3 months Mnpaul Dec 2013 #44
Did you know we have a netflix group on DU jannyk Dec 2013 #46
Watch Trailer Park Boys XRubicon Dec 2013 #48
Love that show. redqueen Jan 2014 #64
Breaking Bad. itsrobert Dec 2013 #51
Long live Heisenberg! Initech Dec 2013 #55
Dig a little deeper. Fearless Dec 2013 #53
Ok, I changed my mind. RandySF Dec 2013 #57
The Netflix page on Facebook used to be a hoot Lydia Leftcoast Jan 2014 #62

lunatica

(53,410 posts)
1. They have a lot of very good movies
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 07:00 PM
Dec 2013

Give it more than just one tv series. It grows on you at a whalloping $8 a month!

lunatica

(53,410 posts)
5. I heard they are doing well because of the binge viewers
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 07:21 PM
Dec 2013

Who can watch all the episodes of any series they love. No commercials and you can stop the show and rewind it. Plus you can rate what you watch. Netflix definitely fills a niche very well. the binge viewing.

Bucky

(54,493 posts)
34. I don't think they make any more money off the binge than infrequent viewers
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 07:34 PM
Dec 2013

As long as subscribers re-up each month, it's just a matter of keeping their subscribers happy at whatever level they use. Not that there's a pricepoint worry for them, but they make a marginally bigger profit off the subscribers who don't view all that often.

blogslut

(38,172 posts)
2. If what you want are recent and/or big studio films, then yes, it sucks.
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 07:08 PM
Dec 2013

If you like obscure films, documentaries, British television and campy B-Movies, then Netflix is wonderful.

ProTIP: Amazon streaming offers virtually the same collection of titles as Netflix so, there's that.

NewJeffCT

(56,832 posts)
11. Agreed on amazon prime being about the same
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 11:43 PM
Dec 2013

as Netflix streaming. Good for some obscure movies and binge-watching TV shows, but not so much recent movies or "big" movies.

kiva

(4,373 posts)
4. I use it mostly for TV series,
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 07:09 PM
Dec 2013

not movies - and yes, the movies are iffish. The TV choices are good though - they have some good British and a couple of good Australian shows.

 

alphafemale

(18,497 posts)
33. The character development is fantastic.
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 05:42 PM
Dec 2013

So many characters I thought I would dislike had such compelling backstories that I started to care for them.

Is it really going to be next summer before the next season?

ugh

Kaleva

(36,808 posts)
7. They have an very good selection of little known but outstanding foreign movies.
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 08:19 PM
Dec 2013

Like you, I couldn't find many movies on Netflix when I first signed up but I gave the foreign flicks which Netflix recommended a chance and I've not been disappointed since.

Some people don't like reading subtitles but that doesn't bother me and seems to give the movies a more realistic feel. Not everyone in the world speaks perfect English.

RandySF

(62,615 posts)
10. I looked for foreign films.
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 11:03 PM
Dec 2013

I googled top foreign films from 2012 and 2013 and found nothing no Netflix that I was interested in watching.

Kaleva

(36,808 posts)
40. I have a fondness for Asian drama based on actual historical events
Sat Dec 28, 2013, 04:17 AM
Dec 2013

"Back to 1942 ", "1911", and the "The Front Line" are examples.

nomorenomore08

(13,324 posts)
58. Might not be your bag, but are any of you guys familiar with the so-called "New French Extremity"?
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 01:15 AM
Dec 2013

I mean all these really fucked-up French movies - "Irreversible," "High Tension," "Frontiers," "Martyrs," "Inside," - from the 2000's. Not for all tastes, obviously, but a horror fan with a strong stomach really can't go wrong with that subgenre.

Kaleva

(36,808 posts)
59. That's probably outside my area of interest!
Tue Dec 31, 2013, 07:40 PM
Dec 2013

But I'll keep them in mind as what I watch depends on my mood and there may come a day when I'm in the mood for that!

Locut0s

(6,154 posts)
8. Wait till you see Canadian Netflix...
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 10:12 PM
Dec 2013

We still keep a subscription to watch TV series but Netflix up here in Canada is way worse than in the US. WAY smaller selection. I'm not even looking for block busters and new films. Just about anything I can think of that I'd list as a "good" movie they don't have. Even the great selection of foreign films and docus mentioned above is very very much smaller here Hop on over to iTunes and it's there though, not I want to pay to rent or buy each film.

pipi_k

(21,020 posts)
9. They actually suck in
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 11:00 PM
Dec 2013

More ways than one...

I have an open case going right now with Paypal regarding Netflix

Last year I signed up for streaming Netflix and, like yourself, did not find much of interest so I cancelled on Nov 3 2012. Then for Christmas last year a family member gave a years subscription which basically went to waste...again because there was nothing of interest.

That gift subscription expired at midnight last night

Today in my email I get notice that Netflix has charged my Paypal account for a months subscription

I do not recall authorizing this when I redeemed my gift subscription last year

No way to contact them except by chat or phone. I do NOT want to try to talk on the phone with someone because of hearing issues. I want to email them and not have to be tied to my computer via chat. I HATE chat. Bastards!!!

grantcart

(53,061 posts)
26. I had an issue and called them up on the phone and they were very nice.
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 05:01 PM
Dec 2013

Most folksy customer service people I ever talked with.

pipi_k

(21,020 posts)
35. Oh, I'm sure
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 08:04 PM
Dec 2013

they're extremely pleasant. Most places I've had to talk with someone are pleasant.

But it's frustrating for me because I usually get someone like a young woman with a high voice who talks quickly and I have to strain to understand what she's saying.

Or I get someone who doesn't speak up. I have my headset sound level turned up as loud as it will go, but often it's still not loud enough.

There was one time I had signed up for something...I think it was Ancestry.com...and I went to cancel by email and was told, sorry, you have to call to cancel, and I wrote back that I never had to call to START my membership and I certainly would not call to CANCEL it, either. Personally I think some places that require you to call them like that are hoping to convince people to keep their memberships active.

I get real cranky when I can't hear/understand what someone is saying to me.

grantcart

(53,061 posts)
36. I understand. I have Menieres disease and have both tinnitus and diminished hearing
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 08:19 PM
Dec 2013

on my left side. I can handle phone calls fine but basically can't hear anything in crowded places like a restaurant.

Skip Intro

(19,768 posts)
12. I have broadcast and Netflix and I'm happy.
Thu Dec 26, 2013, 11:47 PM
Dec 2013

Cut the cable cord a couple of years ago and have adjusted well.

Everybody has complaints about a fave not being on Netflix but if you look at what you get for $8 a month, it's pretty good.

I stream at least two tv shows or a movie a night with Netflix. They could get some better sci fi and horror movies, pick up a few more long running sitcoms, but over all, I love it.

Brother Buzz

(36,711 posts)
28. Really? COOL!
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 05:06 PM
Dec 2013

I just informed 'She Who Must be Obeyed" and she responded, "COOL!", too.

I noticed Stevie has taken an active role in the writing.

grantcart

(53,061 posts)
31. Yep
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 05:32 PM
Dec 2013

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Van Zandt announced he has signed on for a third season of the show, with filming to begin 3 January 2014.[8]


Its pretty clear which parts he writes too. The homage to Soprano parts and the NJ dialect are clearly his touches. I am just waiting until they have him do "just when I thought I was out they dragged me back in".

I have known plenty of Norwegians and they see themselves as painfully shy and love to make fun of themselves as they do so effectively on that show.

New Jersey and Norway, I delightful cultural juxtaposition.

snot

(10,590 posts)
16. The on-demand selection is poor. The DVD-by-mail selection is much better,
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 01:31 AM
Dec 2013

but it can be a challenge to get your money's worth, since they have to be mailed back and forth.

etherealtruth

(22,165 posts)
18. I am not much into TV ...
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 11:46 AM
Dec 2013

... but, when I watch it it is streaming Netflix. Lots of good documentaries. I love TED talks

 

magical thyme

(14,881 posts)
19. I finished off Scrubs. Am working on Doc Martin and, even better,
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 12:01 PM
Dec 2013

CHEERS!

From Episode 1 forward. It's fabulous because on the one hand, I remember it and on the other, I don't remember the individual episodes.

One thing I noticed is that, unlike most ensembles that take a few much of the 1st season getting their rhythm, the ensemble work is top notch right from the get-go.

I've been from episode 1...Shelley Long and Ted Danson play so extremely well off each other, but every single member of that cast is dead on hysterical.

Agschmid

(28,749 posts)
20. Eh... The wide variety of streaming TV shows makes up for it in my mind.
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 12:29 PM
Dec 2013

I do agree that movies I want to see are often not available, but I can get my 24 fix whenever I need it.

grantcart

(53,061 posts)
21. Netflix isn't for finding the famous movies that you are looking for but discovering
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 12:44 PM
Dec 2013

great movies and TV shows that you have never heard of.

Find some recommendations here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1143

I watch much more Netflix than I do cable. I find some TV series that I like (usually foreign) and can watch it without commercials while I work.

Watching Breaking Bad without the commercials was completely different than watching it on TV.

Have you seen the Scandinavian version of "Girl with a Dragon Tattoo"?

RandySF

(62,615 posts)
22. I wasn't even looking for famous movies
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 02:54 PM
Dec 2013

I was looking for some foreign films from 2013 and none were available.

Ptah

(33,152 posts)
30. According to this listing, many are available.
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 05:27 PM
Dec 2013
http://instantwatcher.com/genres/123

« Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 … 16 17 Next »

2013
ABCD: Any Body Can Dance 2013 NR 3.7 Prabhu Deva, Ganesh Acharya, Kay Kay Menon, Lauren Gottlieb, Remo D'Souza HD

Chennai Express 2013 NR 3.6 57% NYT Review Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Satyaraj, Nikitin Dheer, Rohit Shetty HD

Ghanchakkar 2013 NR 3.0 NYT Review Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajesh Sharma, Namit Das, Raj Kumar Gupta HD 2:17

Haute Cuisine 2013 R 4.0 68% NYT Review Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, Jean d'Ormesson, Hippolyte Girardot, Christian Vincent HD 1:35

Himmatwala 2013 NR 3.0 NYT Review Ajay Devgn, Tamanna Bhatia, Paresh Rawal, Zarina Wahab, Sajid Khan HD 2:30

I, Me aur Main 2013 NR 3.2 NYT Review John Abraham, Chitrangada Singh, Prachi Desai, Mini Mathur, Kapil Sharma HD

Kai po che! 2013 NR 4.0 57% Raj Kumar Yadav, Amrita Puri, Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh, Abhishek Kapoor HD 2:10

Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola 2013 NR 3.2 NYT Review Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma, Pankaj Kapur , Lekha Washingtonn, Vishal Bhardwaj HD

Mere Dad Ki Maruti 2013 NR 3.6 Saqib Saleem, Rhea Chakraborty, Prabal Panjabi, Ram Kapoor, Ashima Chibber HD 2:25

New World 2013 NR 4.0 Lee Jeong-jae, Min-sik Choi, Jeong-min Hwang, Sung-Woong Park, Hoon-jung Park HD 2:14

Populaire 2013 R 3.9 73% NYT Review Romain Duris, Déborah François, Bérénice Bejo, Shaun Benson, Régis Roinsard HD 1:51

Que Pena tu Familia 2013 NR 3.6 Ariel Levy, Andrea Velasco, Paz Bascuñan, Nicolás Martínez, Nicolás López HD Canada

Race 2 2013 NR 3.6 Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Abbas Alibhai Burmawalla, Mastan Alibhai Burmawalla HD 2:30

Satyagraha 2013 NR 3.3 NYT Review Kareena Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal, Prakash Jha HD 2:33

Settai 2013 NR 2.8 Arya, Hansika Motwani, Anjali, Santhanam, R. Kannan HD 2:16

Theeya Velai Seyyanum Kumaru 2013 NR 3.3 Siddarth, Santhanam, Hansika Motwani, Ganesh Venkatraman, Sundar C. HD

yellowdogintexas

(22,444 posts)
49. Netflix streaming is awesome, especially for TV series.
Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:55 AM
Dec 2013

I work from home and have my laptop right next to my work PC. I run Netflix while I work. I have plowed through "Breaking Bad", "Orange is the New Black",
"Leverage", "Psych", "Burn Notice", "Lost", "How I Met Your Mother", "Sunny in Philadelphia", "Doc Martin", "Eureka", "Continuum , "Fringe", "Bones", "Longmire", "Haven" "Hart of Dixie", "The Guardian" and a host of others.

I have watched a few movies but the TV series are the greatest.

Currently working through "The Killing", "Damages", "House of Cards" and "American Horror Story".

grantcart

(53,061 posts)
52. i work at home as well
Mon Dec 30, 2013, 03:48 AM
Dec 2013

There are dozens of interesting British and Scandinavian TV series that are quite good as well.

dawg

(10,644 posts)
23. I love love love love streaming Netflix!!!
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 03:13 PM
Dec 2013

If you want movies on demand, get a $99 Apple TV, and rent them through iTunes. Sometimes, you can just buy them for $10 and have them available forever. Rentals are $4-$6 and nearly everything is available.

But for the cost of one movie (or two rentals), Netflix gives you tons of great content. I'm just getting to see seasons 1-4 of Dexter. What a great show.

All the series I missed before, or did not watch because they were serials and I couldn't watch enough to keep up with the storyline, are available to me at my convenience.

There are some good movies there too, but movies are definitely not the best thing about Netflix.

Also, my real name is Reed Hastings. Just kidding. Maybe.

IrishAyes

(6,151 posts)
29. When I finally at long last DO get Netflix,
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 05:11 PM
Dec 2013

I plan to pig out on Lost. Loved that show so much. Big Emmerson fan. Sometimes it concerns me how I could be so riveted by Ben, but there it is. Maybe I've never completely given up Bad Boys.

nirvana555

(448 posts)
37. You really do have to know what Netflix is for and what it's not for..
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 08:55 PM
Dec 2013

As many people have stated, no, new and recent blockbuster movies aren't going to happen. But I binged on Lost and Breaking Bad...which IMHO are two of the best shows ever. Lost is so multi-layered some folks don't get it. And Breaking Bad is just the best show in the history of television (as Ive said many times). I was at a friend's today and while she was getting ready, I was rewatching the BB pilot and it was just amazing. FYI, AMC is having a BB marathon from the first show to the last until Monday afternoon.

yellowdogintexas

(22,444 posts)
50. my first binge watch was LOST. We did not have streaming at the time
Mon Dec 30, 2013, 12:56 AM
Dec 2013

and I had the 3 DVD at a time plan so plowed through the first 3 seasons in time to drop right in to Season 4 when it started.

 

chungking34

(51 posts)
38. I like their huge selection of films
Fri Dec 27, 2013, 09:32 PM
Dec 2013

But yeah, their streaming blows. Painfully slow to load on my PC, which is fairly new. I generally use Hulu to watch my videos anyway.

OriginalGeek

(12,132 posts)
56. Fourthed!
Mon Dec 30, 2013, 04:54 AM
Dec 2013

It was fascinating to me. And yeah, now I look at my local sushi like it's Sushi Bell.


Not Jiro sushi but I'll eat it drunk on sake.

alarimer

(16,280 posts)
41. There are a lot of TV series on there, though.
Sat Dec 28, 2013, 01:14 PM
Dec 2013

The movie selection is a little sparse, especially if you are looking for the latest offerings. But it has Doctor Who (the reboot plus many of the old ones), Fringe, Bones, Top Gear (UK), all the Star Treks, Mythbusters, and many others I can't think of right now.

I also use the DVD service to get current movies or TV series that are not streaming.

I also have Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime (for now, at least). Hulu has a lot of current TV series (but you have to catch episodes soon after they air, or they disappear), plus some exclusives like Moone Boy and the Wrong Mans, which I enjoy. Do not miss "The Thick of It" if you get Hulu. It stars the great Peter Capaldi as the foul-mouthed Malcolm Tucker. I wish they could curse on American TV like that.

Flaxbee

(13,661 posts)
43. We just signed up for it -- we're considering dumping cable because it went
Sat Dec 28, 2013, 01:21 PM
Dec 2013

up another $40 for the new year (promotion expired) and since TV in general is a vast wasteland (with the exception of a few shows) we're probably going to cut the cable cord.

However, I want to be able to catch the new Sherlock when it comes on as well as The Blacklist when it comes back ... can I watch those on PBS / NBC websites after each show's first airing?

Mnpaul

(3,655 posts)
44. I run out of things to watch on Netflix in about 3 months
Sat Dec 28, 2013, 07:56 PM
Dec 2013

then drop them for another 9. I'm currently using Sony's Video Unlimited. Video Unlimited has flics that are in the theaters now. You have to pay for each title though. They even carry unrated versions that are unavailable in theaters.

Netflix is annoying with their stupid emails "you can come back at any time." Put some recent titles up and I will. I swear that 80% of their library consists of box office flops.

redqueen

(115,113 posts)
64. Love that show.
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 02:29 AM
Jan 2014

I've also seen Tucker and Dale vs. Evil on there, and loved it.
Same with John Dies at the End.

Lydia Leftcoast

(48,217 posts)
62. The Netflix page on Facebook used to be a hoot
Wed Jan 1, 2014, 01:05 AM
Jan 2014

because you'd get all these illiterate teenagers writing "Netflix sux," because they couldn't stream some mindless car chase flick or gross-out movie that was still in theaters.

However, it's great for older, non-blockbuster films, TV series, foreign content, and documentaries.

I'm currently watching Capote with Philip Seymour Hoffman doing a remarkable impersonation of the well-known author (I'm old enough to remember seeing him on talk shows) in the story of how In Cold Blood was written.

There are tons of British series and feature films, as well as a couple of great Swedish ones, especially "Wallander" and "Annika Bengtzon."

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