September 1st Deadline

Netflix has informed me that my current $9.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be split into 2 distinct plans:

Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, 1 out at-a-time (no streaming) for $7.99 a month

Your price for getting both of these plans will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99). You don’t need to do anything to continue your memberships for both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs.

SCREW THAT!  I think I’ll be ditching the streaming option and sticking with the old-fashioned dee wee dees.  With that in mind, I have until September 1st to watch the vids I have piled up in my Instant Queueueue.  So, vote for your favorite to help me prioritize and be done with it:

Brick
Man on Wire
Damages
Sherlock Holmes: Hound of the Baskervilles
Friday Night Lights
Serenity
Mary and Max
Xena: Warrior Princess
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
A Walk to Beautiful
Mother
Man Push Cart
Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four
Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love
Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied
Dollhouse Season 2

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16 responses to “September 1st Deadline

  1. You haven’t seen serenity???

    Brick: yes.
    Mary and Max: yes.
    Man on Wire: yes.
    Damages: yes.

  2. Xena: Warrior princess?! Really??

    I mean, I definitely watched it as a kid, but it doesn’t seem worth it to me to revisit it. Ever.

  3. that’s the thing – i’ve never seen a single episode! how can i maintain my nerd cred without having that under my belt?

  4. make sure to watch: man on wire and brick

    for mother, i assume you’re talking about the korean murder mystery and not the albert brooks film from the 1990s? (if it’s the latter, skip it)

    the girl with a dragon tatoo is an okay film. semi-faithful to the book, with many of the same flaws.

    while i thought it was a good show, i never thought that dollhouse was one of joss’s greats, and i liked season two less than season one, so it is also skipable (or at least delayable) if you would rather see the other stuff. (also, if you don’t mind watching it on a computer screen, i have the video files for both season one and two on my laptop. i could send it to you if you don’t get through the season by the end of the summer)

    if you’ve already seen serenity then you don’t need to know where it falls on the priority scale.

  5. check re: man on wire and brick.
    yes re: mother
    i’ve had dragon in my queue for AGES but always push it down the list b/c i just am never in the mood to watch it.
    yes, please send me dollhouse season two!
    i miss serenity so much that i’ve got the comics on my to-read list.

  6. DAMAGES
    damagesdamagesdamagesdamages

  7. Also, you should support Netflix and keep both options. (Well, maybe you don’t need to since you have cable.) They don’t have the massive cash behind them that Hulu (owned by NBC/Fox/Disney), Google and Amazon do and so they are getting screwed out of streaming rights because others can afford to pay more, even though back in the day Netflix was pretty much the only one streaming at all. (Not to mention, give them credit for kicking Blockbuster in the junk and being the ones to pioneer the no-late-fee model.) I love Netflix and always thought $10 was too little to pay for what I got in return.

  8. i love the ‘flix, i do. i was thrilled when the walls fell around b’buster’s ears. “Shaka, when the walls fell.” sorry. just had to get that out. anyway, between the local library’s offerings, hulu, on demand, and hbo, i think i’m set. i don’t want to spend $8 on one or two dvds per month when i can just download the few i want to see.

    p.s. – one of the deciding factors was that netflix doesn’t even have ‘misfits’ available at all! what the crack!?

    p.p.s. – who am i kidding? i’ll downgrade for a while and then re-up (can you tell what i’m watching these days?) down the line.

  9. You can watch Misfits on YouTube. The quality’s good, but season 1 is subtitled in Italian and season 2 in Spanish. Lemme know if you want the links. It’s hard to find through all the fan supercuts.

  10. Nextflix just yanked the BBC series we were in the middle of watching. No warning, nothing, the 2nd through 4th seasons were just gone from streaming. And now they want more money? NOT happy.

    And Xena is a fabulous homoerotic (lesberotic?) cheesefest with a mythology that makes a classicist twitch. Good stuff.

    Serenity now, though, Serenity now. Definitely.

  11. It was Doc Martin. Hulu Plus (which we don’t have) and Amazon Streaming (non-Prime) have Seasons 1-3, but I’m not going to pay $1.99 an episode on Amazon. Netflix did have Seasons 1-4, but they’ve pulled all but Season 1 now. We were about halfway through Season 3, and had just gotten to a crucial point in the story arc. From the comments, it looks like Netflix has done this for a number of BBC series.
    It’s a total bait-and-switch: get us hooked on the convenience of streaming with the cheap add-on, and then yank half the streaming content and ask for another $7.99 to get the DVD option so that you can actually get the content you want. (Stream season 1, get hooked, then it’s $7.99 for the DVD option, please, if you want to find out what happens next!)
    I’m not quibbling at the price hike so much as the way it was done. They tried to spin it as a win-win with benefits for the consumer as well, as though their customers are too stupid to do the math. And now they start yanking streaming content, basically asking us to pay more for less? Hike the price gradually and blame the economy, if you must, but don’t treat your customers like idiots.
    We’re already streaming-only, since we hadn’t really had the time or energy to watch movies lately anyway. Streaming was really nice for watching TV series because you didn’t have to wait for the next DVD to finish a long series. I do think we’ll keep Netflix streaming for a bit longer, but if they keep yanking content out from under us, I guess we’ll have to consider Hulu Plus, and maybe Redbox and Amazon Streaming for movies.

  12. i feel your pain and frustration and agree. i’ve been lucky in that the tv shows i’ve been catching up on (mad men, the wire, soon breaking bad) are available at my local library or (game of thrones, the wire, true blood) on hbo go. and i’ve got redbox right around the corner at harris teeter for those ‘i wanna see tangledddd!’ emergencies.

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