Written by Liz
I have a new love in my life. It has revolutionized how I live and my day to day activities. It is more than just a tool- it is a lifestyle. This love…. Is Netflix.
For just $16.99 a month I get an unlimited amount of DVD’s (3 at a time) and access to their “Watch Instantly” section where years worth of TV shows and movies are available with the click of my mouse. Already I have gotten hooked on Dexter (a Showtime series) as well as relived Charles in Charge and the Dick Van Dyke show. Not to mention the movies you can watch online as well as those DVD’s I get in the mail.
I recently bought a house and instead of getting a good cable package chose to just go with Netflix. Granted this is a little more expensive than a cable upgrade but it also substitutes for all those nights wandering around Blockbuster trying to decide what to rent. For those unfamiliar with how Netflix works, once you are a subscriber you set up a ‘queue’ of movies you would like to see. This can be altered at any time, with movies moved up and added. For instance, I chose to get Season 3 of Dexter (which is not available to watch instantly) on DVD. Since there is a bit of a wait on this item (which is rare- typically discs are available as soon as you want them) I moved other items up until those are available. At this time I am watching the tv series “Christy” (based on the Catherine Marshall novel) and have “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” on the way.
Netflix gives you the chance to watch movies you may have only thought about watching in the past. I may not have considered renting movies about John Wayne Gacy or Ted Bundy, but after reading “The Stranger Beside Me” my curiosity got the better of me and I watched parts of these movies online. While I like an occasional documentary, I would not pay $5 at Blockbuster for one. On Netflix I can instantly watch one of hundreds of documentaries, from political to inspirational, so if I get bored with the movie I can switch to another.
While this service can be overwhelming, in a way it is liberating. Pick a movie- almost any movie- and its available within a couple of days. I was completely unaware of the instant movies and shows available online as well. Not only can you watch via your computer, but over TiVO and certain DVD player systems on your TV. While I would love to use one of these options, I would rather wait and save for a really nice new TV first and then also get a good HD DVD player.
Have you tried Netflix? If so what movies should I add to my queue? Anything that really caught you off guard, or that I should steer clear of?