This past week I decided to finally dump Blockbuster online, and join the clan over at Netflix to see if their service would provide me with more than Blockbuster online had (well that, and I decided to join Netflix because Blockbuster changed their online total access policy without letting their members know).
I signed up to Netflix using MyPoints.com in order to gain access to
1,000 MyPoints, if you are considering Netflix, I suggest you do the
same in order to grab up a hefty amount of points for gift cards.
Anyhow, signing up included a 14 day free trial. That gave me a little
time to decide whether or not I wanted to actually pay, or to cancel
before any payments began.
The thing I did not like all too much was having to add my credit card information when I signed up for the free trial.
I would much rather have been sent an email after the trial ended,
asking me if I'd like to continue. It is definitely something Netflix
should consider for future users.
Anyhow, once I plugged in my credit card number I was now a member. It
was really quite simple, and I absolutely loved how quick and
responsive their site was. At Blockbuster Online I had freezes all of
the time, and browsing through their library of movies was tedious.
On Netflix I was able to browse the site at lighting speeds, I was
able to view plot descriptions just by hovering over the DVD case photo
on the site, and I could easily add it to my Que to be sent to me.
I went with 2 DVD's out at a time, with unlimited use. This particular
subscription also comes with movies to watch instantly on your XBOX360,
Samsung Blu Ray player, Roku box, or on your PC.
I absolutely fell in love with the instant watch feature, so I ordered
myself a Roku box in order to fully enjoy the streaming feature.
Movie Arrival Time:
I placed movies in my que on Wednesday, and they are here today. All
in all it's about 2 days to get your DVD's in the mail, which is very
fast compared to the 'other' company where it would take them anywhere
from 3-7 days just to delete a returned movie from my que.
Now I have no had any issues with viewing movies on my PC, nor do I
have any issues with the shipping times. I do however think that Netflix
could totally improve their streaming library.
If there were more movies available to watch now, it would actually eliminate our needs to even have Cablevision.
Most of the movies Netflix has featured in their watch now sections
are older movies. Newer flicks of course can be added to your DVD Que to
be sent by mail; I would have loved new movies to be as streaming as
well. In fact, I'd like to see Netflix do away with DVD by mail, and go
completely streaming video; with the option for DVD of course for those
who are not as electronic savvy.
Netflix is stating though that they plan to have an all streaming subscription in either the end of 2009, or 2010.
I hope they can whip this up sooner than later though.
Excellent speeds for delivery, lovely customer service, streaming
videos, no LONG WAIT times on newly released DVDs, and their prices are
Truly, as soon as Netflix's streaming feature comes out, it will likely be the nail in Blockbusters coffin.