I recently tried Netflix’s Unlimited Streaming. This was the second time I’ve given it a run. I did it back in 1999 when the DVD only version was first rolling out. This time, I signed up using their free trial for streaming and Netflix now has $7.99 from me. But that’s all they’ll get. I’m cancelling.
Netflix Unlimited Streaming is Not for Me
For a while Netflix Unlimited Streaming and I were getting along just fine. I discovered the TV show “Swamp People” and was hooked. Thankfully, Netflix had the entire first season. I rolled through those 10 or so episodes in about 2 weeks. When it was time for me to get crackin’ on season two, there were no episodes to be found. I checked, and Swamp People’s second season has finished airing on TV. So why is it not available on Netflix? Disappointing.
Another thing I found disappointing was Netflix’s choice of streaming movies and more importantly, how they sorted those streaming movies in their online virtual shelf. I’m a big fan of new movies. If it’s new and highly rated, I’ll watch it. Netflix’s definition of “new” is not the same as mine. A new arrival, to me, is a movie that has just left the theater. A new arrival is not Gone with the Wind now remastered on Blue Ray. Nothing against that film. It’s a classic. But I don’t want to have to sort through it when I’m trying to find the this year’s Oscar nominations and current box office hits. Additionally, with no sort-able rating system, you’re left to dig through loads of junk titles. Reminds me of those $5 DVD bins at Wal-Mart. “There’s got to be an old copy of Caddyshack in here somewhere!”
Who Should Use Unlimited Streaming from Netflix
Unless you’re an old movie buff, or unless you have a lot of patience when it comes to series programming, skip the Netflix Unlimited Streaming. Or pony up to a higher price and couple it with a DVD, for a total monthly price of $15.98. For me though, this is getting too expensive (and it’s about to get cumbersome as Netflix is separating the DVD from the brand and forming Quickster, where you’ll have to go to rent DVDs. You’ll never catch me waiting on a movie by snail mail. If there is one thing in life I’m A.D.D. about, it’s watching movies. When I get it in my head that I want to see a movie, I go watch the movie. That’s why I was hoping Netflix Unlimited Streaming was going to be an answer for me. It wasn’t. I’d rather take my chances with Hulu and what’s available at the Redbox, a two minute drive down the street. Please, Netflix, in the future would you add some decent functionality to your site and bring in some new titles, both for TV shows and movies?
Current Unlimited Netflix Monthly Pricing Plans
- Unlimited Streaming (No DVDs) – $7.99
- *Unlimited DVDs (No Streaming) – $7.99 (one DVD at a time); $11.99 (two DVDs at a time)
- Unlimited Streaming (+1 DVD) – $15.98
*About to become Quickster.com.
What about you? Where are you getting your TV and movie fix these days? Has Netflix’s new unlimited pricing structure been positive for you?