I love me some Netflix. Well, at least I used to. But lately I’ve been thinking it might be time to cancel my subscription. Here’s why.
First and foremost, there’s nothing I want to watch. I have had the same three DVDs sitting on a shelf in my office for months: The Hangover (I think I’d like it, if I ever get around to watching it), Yellowstone: Battle for Life (I have no idea what I was thinking), and The Hills Run Red (I don’t even recognize that name, but I generally like B-movie horror films). I’d either watch these or send them back for something better, if I could find something better. And there lies the issue.
It has been literally months since I have seen anything on the Netflix new releases list that I really want to watch.
Here’s the list of new releases for this week.
For one, there’s the consumer-be-damned 28 day delay for new releases. I’m not going to buy a DVD to watch it once, and I’m sure as hell not going to drive to a brick and mortar video store (do people even do that anymore?). So all this does is irritate me, and hurt Netflix. Because the result is that I spend a lot more time browsing iTunes looking for something I can watch, you know, immediately.
It’s crazy that what used to seem so fast (2-day shipping) now seems so incredibly slow. Anything I’m really excited about gets watched via iTunes, before I would otherwise get it via Netflix.
At this point, only inertia and the low monthly cost is keeping me from abandoning ship.
Clearly, the future of movie rentals is online, via downloads and streaming. Now that Blockbuster is giving Toni Braxton and Hollywood Video a run for their money in the bankruptcy filer department, maybe Netflix will hang on long enough to become the other primary source of online video (behind Apple, of course). Progress is clearly being made, but there is much work to be done.
Netflix better hurry, because new release lists like this won’t keep me around for long.