Entering the world of Netflix

NetflixThere are a fair few film streaming services knocking around now, but Netflix has quickly become one of the most popular, probably something to do with the relatively modest monthly subscription price. So I thought I’d give it a go.

Annoyingly (cleverly?), you can’t view what’s available to watch unless you sign up, so I was a little wary of what I’d find, but it turns out there’s plenty of decent stuff available. Granted, a lot of classic stuff I’d already seen, such as The Godfather and The Usual Suspects, but for those who haven’t seen them, they’re great films to have on demand. And they’re always worth a rewatch or five anyway. By the way, I’m definitely not on commission here. Unfortunately.

There is also quite a lot of television stuff available, which may lead to a bit more of that seeping in to the blog. But of course, it’ll mainly be the films I’ll be checking out, so expect to see reviews of such classics as Baby’s Day Out and Killer Klowns from Outer Space very shortly.

In the meantime, here’s a review of the first film I’ve watched on Netflix – Buried.

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14 thoughts on “Entering the world of Netflix

  1. Lindsey says:

    I’ve had Netflix (DVD delivery and Instant) for about two years and I love it. So many strange gems (independent, foreign, obvious rip-offs of big Hollywood films, etc.) to be found in the streaming service.

    • There looks plenty to watch, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s there. I’m guessing you’re in the US though, don’t think we have DVD delivery here in the UK and I think the US Netflix does have a bit more stuff on it.

      • Lindsey says:

        Yep, I’m in the US. I’ve always wondered how different the selection is in other countries. Somewhat ironically, there are a whole lot of British television and films on the US streaming site, and lately I’ve noticed a random spike in Australian content.
        I’m sure you’ll find a ton to watch, and I look forward to reading the reviews! 🙂

      • It is decent over here but still pretty new to be honest, sure there’ll be more over time. Glad you’ll be stopping by 🙂

  2. ianthecool says:

    Here’s my problem with Netflix: its convenience over quality. So many people are buying in because its cheap and easy to use. Which is fine, I can’t begrudge them too much, as those are attractive aspects. But video/sound quality is poor, which I know doesn’t bother people, but if it cuts into blu-ray too much, then it will. I am also skeptical of someone in a Netflix office somewhere being in control of what movies are available to us and what aren’t.

    • All very valid points. I would never use Netflix to replace watching films on DVD or, even more preferably, Blu Ray, but I can see its place for those wanting something easily accessible. I have only had it for a week or so, so it remains to be seen exactly how much I get out of it, but if I find it’s not for me, it’s pretty easy to cancel and doesn’t cost a fortune. I’ve also found the sound and picture quality pretty decent when watching on my iPad, but i’m guessing that may well depend on Internet speed as much as anything else.

  3. Dave says:

    Welcome to Netflix! I’ve been a member since 1999, and use it multiple times a week. I enjoy both the disc portion (which is good for home viewing on the big screen) and the streaming portion (perfect for on the go with my iPad/iPhone or at the office.) The kids also use streaming for their cartoons/tv shows etc. So I’m really enjoying the best of both worlds. I have over 300+ titles in the queue, and about 30% are available in streaming, so I’m never without anything to watch at any time. It all depends on your lifestyle, really.

    Hope you enjoy. 🙂 Looking forward to your upcoming movie thoughts.

    • Ah, it seems you are also someone viewing Netflix from across the Atlantic. Here in the UK, we don’t have the disc service and there isn’t nearly the same choice on demand. It’s still relatively new here so will likely improve over time, but titles are a little thin on the ground. There’s still plenty to check out in the meantime though!

  4. I love my NetFlix! I just can’t get enough of the unique mix of forgotten old films that are on the streaming service. So many of the reviews I do at my blog, Forgotten Films (www.forgottenfilmcast.wordpress.com), come from watching films on NetFlix streaming. It’s been well worth the cost for me!

    Welcome to the LAMB!

    • Thank you very much! I am enjoying it so far but the UK choice is a little lacking and i can imagine it wouldn’t take a huge amount of time to watch most of the best things on there. Hopefully it’ll pick up as time goes on though.

  5. Eric says:

    I’m not sure how the UK vs US libraries compare, but the US is loaded with great content. My queue hovers at around 200 titles, and I always tend to find a new movie or two to add every time I get on the site. The only downside is that films do tend to fluctuate from time to time, with several titles disappearing and then reappearing months later. Rights issues and all that jazz. Still, fantastic value for the $$$.

    • From the sounds of things, the US service is streaks ahead of the UK at the moment, although it’s still really in its infancy over here. There’s some good stuff but it is a little lacking. Hopefully it’ll improve over time, but as you say, it’s pretty good for the money.

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