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I almost never have long wait or any wait at all unless it is something like halloween time and everyone is trying to get those classic fright night special type movies that are popular that time of year. Classic christmas movies during christmas time is another example. If you are on long wait and haven't gotten that title for more than 3 or 4 weeks make sure to contact netflix. A long time ago there was an error that was causing me not to get a title that was showing as long wait.
The 3rd party app cause is not incorrect. My queue only reorders when using some 3rd party apps or web sites that access my account. And only tv shows that were once multiple title entries combined into one entry for the whole show instead of for each disc set. Netflix API support has claimed time and again they fixed the problem yet over a year later and tons still have the problem. I'm convinced they screwed up their code so bad it's unfixable since they get all sorts of reports of problems and have yet to solve any of them. Makes me wonder if they have a bunch of morons working for them trying to code stuff out of text books.
What moron(s) got paid for this idea (actually lack of idea). Have they learned nothing over the post 40 to 50 years of trying the same things. Force action to be able to continue, force watch/listen/read, etc doesn't accomplish anything but punish the law abiding consumers. This quote this situation and threes people up nicely: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." -Benjamin Franklin
the best time to keep a show alive is to save it before it's canceled so the cast hasn't already found other roles or too much time has passed. from the contents many shows who's writers completed their story are being asked to be resurrected. makes no sense to me since there is no more sorry to tell. eg Babylon 5 a mini series written from beginning to end and was aired to completion. Other were canceled for good reason the story was going nowhere or was just plain bad writing. best thing to do is take the good ideas the short lived canceled shows had and get great writers to actually make the good idea into a great series or mini series that has a complete story contract so we see the story to its completion. tv networks don't care about that any more and it's all about the quick buck at the expense of pleasing it's viewers. As long as at the end of the day advertisers are paying that's all they care about. and all advertisers care about is people see the adds. they don't care if the same people are watching the channel ever again.
One of the first thing I noticed going IW only was, search excluded stuff not IW available. Not a huge deal since you can use any number of 3rd party app or site to search all content disc and IW and access the proper listing page. Also with my IW only I still see the proper movie/tv detail page when clicking from queue or search. Maintaining two sets of pages is rather pointless.
I'm not interested in getting a play by play of what movies watched when in a stream that would probably be cluttered with all sorts of other stuff I may or may not be interested in knowing. However I did like netflix's friend feature where I could add my friends and see what they have watched when I'm interested in the info. Personally the friends feature they had on their site was the best way of handling social sharing of movies. Now that is something so far up to 3rd parties to handle. One I know of, feedfliks (sp?) has the option.
I wouldn't say netflix is one of the worst companies but I would say they handled price increases poorly and made a bad decision which was reversed quickly and that was spliting dvd and iw. Could have been worse and they gone through with it. Right now netflix even at the new price is the best deal for both streaming and discs combined. But amazon and hulu are gaining in contect making them valid streaming only competition.
As was mentioned previously in the comments they used to have this feature. It was handy for looking for shows from a specific channel if you weren't after a specific show or didn't know the name of the show. Typically for me it was: I wonder if there is anything new from discovery channel available to instant watch. Without the feature I have to go to discovery site and then go back and forth performing a search for each show. Very tedious to which I welcome this feature back and hope it remains.
It is clear networks don't want shows to be long running any more. when's the last time since a non-reality show not been cancelled after a season two if lucky? Heck even reality shows get the axe quick. Seems to me every show needs to be written as a miniseries or have unbreakable contracts for a fixed number of seasons and write complete stories to cover the duration of the series. I'm so sick of quality non-reality shows getting cancelled, leaving fans ticked off because the story is left unfinished.
netflix offering a subscription bundle option through a cable and/or satelite company is not the same thing as a merger. So netflix remains independant of the other companies. It may boost their customer base to make one or more deals for that. Comcast has their own crappy on demand and dish is making blockbuster's streaming service their bundle thing. So it is obvious they don't want alternatives to those though comcast could benefit greatly from it since they haven't improved their selection since the added the service (10+ years ago?0. That leaves ATT, wow, directv, and other smaller than those providers. Specifically the three named would be good choices for a bundle offer. All the provider needs is to add the software option to their boxes.
There was a handful or titles that are nice, netflix will likely sign deals for the more popular ones. But stars had too many titles that were trashed by altering aspect ratio to made for broadcast tv edited versions. I'm glad netflix will have the funds freed up to gain quality content from others now.
What I'm wondering is there a viable alternative method of delivery for netflix to get discs to their customers. Unless the post office is taken out of the government and made a private business it will fail and have to be liquidated. UPS etc has taken sending packages, email has taken sending letters, and online billpay automatic bill pay has taken sending checks for bills. Basically if you think about it the only thing you get in the mail any more is junk mail and even that is reduced to almost none as companies seek or have found alternatives to cutting those costs out. Bottom line is the post offices customer base is a massive rapid watterfall with a very limited supply of water that will dry up in no time at all. Which puts netflix it a predicament sooner than later. They would be wise in figuring out what to do to ensure a continued quality of delivery service when that happens.
Annalists just like journalists have biased agendas. It seems to me he overlooked one important detail. Those who decided that upgrading to more discs at a time as a better value with the price increases. For example I (as I'm sure a lot of others too) switched up to 3 at a time from 1 at a time (before the hike). The way I figured it if I'm going to pay almost twice as much for 1 at a time why not actually pay slightly above twice as much but get 3 times the content out of it. At least until streaming is to the point where discs are unnecessary. In other words all TV shows have all of their episodes available to stream, movies are of their proper aspect ratios, and netflix promptly fixes/gets fixes for bad encodes (so they don't expire with never having a good encode). New releases would be nice too but to be honest there is so much stuff I can watch that isn't a huge deal. What they could do is offer a new type of hybrid style and allow pay per disc with the no late fees etc perks. That way those who only get a few discs can still have a disc queue but not over pay for the option to get discs. Think of it as redbox but through the mail with netflix disc perks. The price per disc could be less than redbox $1.20/$1 if it is feasible. With streaming up to par with my expectations for it then I would definitely desire this option from netflix for the occasional disc I would want to get. I had even thought what if netflix had kiosks on top of through the mail. But then I thought that might be over complicated to work with the current design of the netflix service.
To elaborate DVD queue limit is 500 not counting saved section now. When at the 500 limit items can't be added to either section of the queue no matter where you try to add them from. However if you remove one item from the main section of the queue you can continue adding titles to the saved section. This is quite handy for those of us who find a lot of titles we want to see that either are waiting for disc release or are older titles that for whatever reason netflix no longer has copies of. Maintaining a list outside of netflix is very tedius for checking them for availability. And anyone individual or family who doesn't watch stuff at the same rate stuff they would like to see are discovered or released can relate to how important large queue size and practically no limits are. For me the queue limit only seems to be a problem with the disc queue. Because the rate of watching is limited by the number out at a time and delivery speed. With instant watch one could if they so choose watch 10 hours a day the equivalent of up to 10 discs at a time. But with cost difference people like me can't justify paying it.
Doesn't every state charge tax for everything? Except maybe groceries. The only other exception, but not really an exception, is online purchases from businesses outside of your state. Though it is my understanding that new tax law is on the verge or has been passed that even that will no longer be an exception due to most people no claiming the purchases on their tax returns to avoid paying taxes.
I suppose it is possible they are testing bringing the saved queue doesn't count against the queue limit to the disc queue. That would be rather nice as long as we are still allowed to add stuff to the saved section of the queue. And are still able to view the saved section as well. My disc queue is currently 429 + 71 saved section and I'm not able to add more to it no matter where I try to add from. However it has always been that when saved titles become available that they push the queue size beyond 500 but you weren't/aren't able to add more until the total drops below 500.
If done right it could only benefit their profits. However at the same time it could harm them greatly if it goes horribly wrong. It really should have been something they got into long ago possibly before gamefly existed. The key factors, probably obvious, there must be sufficient demand, reasonably low costs, and priced right to the consumer so they are happy and at the same time turn a profit. All easier said than done since there are many factors that can be problematic with the cost factor of those things. Games cost a lot more than movies to buy so losses due to lost, damaged, and stolen discs will cost that much more. Game systems are more sensitive to game disc surface damage compared to movie/TV disc playback, which means higher rate of replacing. I think a long hard look at gamefly is needed as just one of many things in addition to the concerns I mentioned. If after all of those concerns are analyzed and it still looks like a good thing to proceed with then I say go for it.
One thing people got to keep in mind, though not the main factor, is that transitioning from disc rentals to streaming is a new concept even though it has been a big thing for years now. It has been clear that what consumers want for a decade or two is to what what they want when they want. Netflix and comcast (not sure if there were others) seen this early on and rolled out a way to do that. With the uncertainty of how much it would cost in the long run. Considering that the TV and movie industries would ultimately get greedy and jack prices to obtain the content up, it was inevitable that they would have to raise prices to provide the content. In netflix case they also have to figure out what to do with the discs by mail part of the company that started the company in the first place. Both getting rid of it and going all streaming are unknown territory. And it isn't just them that don't know what they want. Many maybe even most consumers aren't sure what they want. Thats why many do both streaming and discs by mail and still have cable/sat TV, and some even still use the local video store or redboxes on top of all that. Now keeping both sides of the company under one name and one site doesn't mean they can't operate both sides (semi)independently of each other under that. But because the future consumers want is instant access to whatever they want to watch whenever they want to watch, ultimately discs by mail has to go. Which means as they phase out titles by disc they need to replace them in the streaming catalog. Ultimately shrinking the number of customers getting discs by mail and slowly hiking the sub price for streaming. Ultimately it will be the best TV movie viewing option. Cable/sat companies see this and is why they too are investing in a delivery method for consumers to watch what they want when they want to. Netlix currently is ahead of the rest. But ultimately competition will set prices since we will have choices of who will be our provider (since they will all offer everything) as the method replaces traditional TV channels etc.
I'm not impressed with what this multiQs site offers. Sure it offers something people want, multiple instant queues but I don't think they are the only option for doing so and in my opinion the worst looking UI for it. The whole roku aspect seems overly annoying and like the guy in the video mentioned doesn't prevent kids from accessing stuff you wouldn't want them to which I'm guessing is one of the main reasons people want multiple instant queues. Now for people like me who simply always are adding stuff they want to see to their queue faster than they watch it this is not a good solution either. I'm not even sure if there is at the moment. I still open browser tabs, bookmark, or add to a note file titles I want to add to my queue for when there is room for more. What the best solution, and probably obvious to most, is no queue limits (or so high it seems like no limit) and instant queues in profiles. I'm assuming it was the only thing lacking for that feature. What netflix needs is great developers working for them instead of whoever they have now that appears to not have a clue what is good and desired by netflix customers and what is annoying and frustrating to them. It is bad when netflix staff agrees with their customers that their own development staff stinks to put it kindly.
I chuckled once or twice but SNL has done much better stuff in the past.
I'm not aware of any online version of support either. Also I understand that the hearing impared want to enjoy the content as much as everyone else but do they expect it to happen by magic? They do realize it takes a long time to get every studio that provides them content to provide new encodes that include a CC option. With an estimated 20,000 instant watch titles not counting individual tv episodes, I concervatively estimate 60,000 viewing hours of content. In turn concervatably 240,000 man hours to encode with CC. So probably concervativly a year or more for all parties involved to get the whole current catalog CC not counting anything new added.
I'm going to have to watch the video later, no time to do so now. But I would hope they use more to determine what content to obtain since I have heard that the saved queue is no longer used to gage what stuff to get. With that in mind I hope those details are in this video. If not perhaps that info can be obtained and made a new blog article?
This is why there is shows like the worlds stupidest criminals. Sounds like this guy was stealing a lot of mail and not just discs from netflix. Criminal charges being faced are likely dozens of counts of felonies, one for each personals mail that was opened regardless of the content. As it is a federal offense to open someone else's mail.
From most important to least here is what I want: Much bigger queue size say 2,000 or 3,000 if there has to be a limit. 30 day or longer notice for expiring titles. It used to be 30 days and the change made no sense. Correct aspect ratios for all content Fix the TV shows moving to the bottom of the queue issue and stop lying saying it's been fixed when it still is happening. Improved title searching with advanced stuff more like how you can google search. Individual TV shows season ratings, nobody or mostly nobody likes a whole TV show the same especially long running ones. I really like seeing the ratings for titles so I use the old site design for the instant watch home page. I like to know what the best guess for me and also the average rating from everyone. I use both of those to judge if I will watch and if I will delay watching after deciding that it sounds interesting from the synopsis. If best guess rating is not reasonably accurate then those users are rating stuff similar enough to title they want to watch poorly (liked or not liked). 99% of the time it is accurate. I like the idea from another commenter, for those who rarely want discs by mail and prefer streaming a plan for individual rentals could be of benefit to both the consumer and netflix/qwikster. For now there is too much stuff on disc and not on streaming for me to go all streaming o it is to my benefit to go with monthly rates.
I'ts possible they have been planning it since the price hike from about a year ago. But only recently decided on the name and such that required the trademark filing. The logo similarity may be nothing more than the choice in font. Not sure how that plays into things. And that movie site I've found that when searching for movie info when trying to find movies no available from netflix in any form that I may be able to buy or rent elsewhere. The thing is I figured it to be a pirate front. Google search (is "" legal) results in indications that the domain is expired. One would expect that if it was a legitimate business search results would contain details about the company and customer experiences or anything similar. To me the lack of info one way or the other puts up a red flag to me. This may be one of the reasons they proceeded with the name. I think it is catchy sounding and they didn't want it to sound too much like their streaming streaming division which is retaining the netflix name. So that customers aren't "confused". As it would seem netflix customers are easily confused as per the excuse about the saved queue change.