The Netflix plan I have is three discs out a time. With that, I get unlimited streaming online. My price will increase by a dollar or by three -- none of the reports are clear on anything except the price increase for the single disc out a time.
For $7.99 you will get unlimited streaming and nothing more.
And as soon as the story broke at work, everyone was asking, "Stan, is this a good deal?"
No, it's pretty much worthless.
And the idiots covering the story can't tell you that because they don't know what the hell they're talking about.
They'll start mentioning new releases and how that won't be available.
But if they'd do their damn work they'd know that's the least of it.
Pick a favorite performer. I'll go with Bette Davis because I like her and we picked her at Third awhile back as "The Best Actress of the 20th Century."
She starred in many classic films, she won two Oscars for Best Actress. She's been dead for some time so she's got no "new releases" in her future.
What is her body of work in terms of streaming?
You can stream the 70s "Burnt Offerings" and "Bunny O'Hare" (I believe I wrote about both -- I enjoyed both). From the sixties? You can only stream "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" The only fifties option is "All About Eve." And there is only one more you can stream: "Of Human Bondage." Now Bette Davis made a ton of movies and you can't stream them at Netflix. You can't stream either of her Oscar wins ("Dangerous" and "Jezebel") or her film noir classic "The Letter." Not "Now Voyager" which remains a classic. There are so many examples.
It's even worse with Joan Crawford. You get "Rain" and Baby Jane and that's it. You get nothing of Greta Garbo's.
Unless they're planning on beefing up what's available for streaming -- seriously beefing it up -- that $7.99 is going to be a waste.
Better to get some DVDs if you're a movie lover because the bulk of things you'll want to see won't be available.
I like Kurt Russell's Disney movies -- Dexter Filkins, all those ones. You can't stream any of those. You would be amazed how much you can't stream.
I was in the mood for "Will & Grace" two weeks ago and thought, "I'll stream some episodes." I couldn't. You can't stream any of that show on Netflix. (I ended up going to YouTube where a few episodes are still posted.)
I have never seen "Working Girl" with Melanie Griffith (Best Actress nominee), Sigorney Weaver (Best Supporting Actress nominee) and Harrison Ford. I wanted to see that one. It's not a 'new release.' But it's one of the many you can't stream. Most of Melanie Griffith's work doesn't stream.
Are you a Hitchcock fan like me? The bulk of the streaming of Hitchock films? They're from when he was a British director working in England before he crossed the Atlantic. Since then? You get "I Confess," "Stagefright" and "Family Plot." And that's it. No "Vertigo," "North By Northwest," "Psycho," "Birds," etc.
Julie Andrews? I'd love to watch "Victor Victoria" and will have to buy that one in order to watch it when I want because you can't stream that on Netflix (the film can't be streamed, there's a stage performance of it that can be).
No Audrey Hepburn film is available for streaming.
Do you see what I'm saying here?
The reporters and 'reporters' seem to think there's this great libary of classics available online and that's not the case. So if you just get a streaming subscription? You're not going to be happy and you're going to feel like you've been cheated.
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