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An online DVD and Blu-ray Disc rental service, offering flat rate rental-by-mail and online streaming to customers in the United States.

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Revolutionized the way we watched and rented movies!

  • Feb 8, 2009
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What can I say? I used to go to Blockbuster and stay in line to get my movies--there are days that I didn't even come home with the new release I droved 5 miles for to bring home. Back in 2001 or 2002, I was introduced to "Netflix" by a co-worker and I was instantly hooked.

the Pros:
-no lines, no late fees, watch the movie whenever you want
-Millions upon millions of movie selection, they have a wide range of foreign films
-hundreds of warehouses across the nation
-Fast convenient turnaround in San Francisco. I return one, I get a new one in 2 days.
-user friendly website, you don't really have to be a computer genius. You can search movies via titles, actor or director.
-able to add pre-release movies in queve.
-Inspired Blockbuster to begin their own online service.
-reasonable price with a lot of options, including unlimited dvds a month. I use the unlimited 3 at a time service.
-now has an "instant watch" feature via computer or streaming video via receiver to TV.
-there are member reviews to help you choose a film
-good customer service
-can be used as a gift
-actor/director profiles

the cons:
-once you see "very long wait"--it takes forever.
-no guarantees on "new releases" but I've been very lucky so far. with a 94% new release receipt average
-need more Asian films
-credit card/check card required. I prefer a checking account or online banking automatic deduction option.

Other than the need for minor improvements, Netflix rules!
Note: I tried Blockbuster online two years ago, and at that time, you couldn't add pre-release movies in the queve. I'm not sure if this was improved.

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June 17, 2009
I am a subscriber of Blockbuster Online and they do have a lot of Asian films. Just need to dig a little bit.
June 17, 2009
Yeh I know what you mean. I'm a sucker for Asian cinema and while netflix and blockbuster does have a good collection, I usually manage to get those asian titles before stores. Thanks for the comment!
April 17, 2009
Totally agree with you on the lack of asian films. Know any good sources for asian films since netflix aint cutting it for me there?
April 17, 2009
I've heard about Tigercinema.com but I've never tried it. I usually rent in Tokyo Video or in Chinatown here in San Fran.
April 18, 2009
yea, all the little mom and pop vid stores are closing down these days due to online media/netflix. I guess i'll check tigercinema and see. thanx for the info
February 20, 2009
I've been reading a lot of comments on the Netflix reviews lately that said that there have been many problems with the unstant viewing system. Most often the complaint is that it shuts down before the film ends and apparently there isn't any real way to contact them and rectify this.
February 20, 2009
Rache, no....they don't force you to pay. I've had a few incidents when I reported a disc lost in the mail (but they received it after 4 days) and they never charged me for them. They may put your account on hold if you have too many incidents of lost dvds; But this never happens!--it operates on an "honor" system, if you admit of breaking one or losing a dvd then they will charge you regular retail. They also have "instant watch" so it is very cool.
February 09, 2009
It took me a long time to get into Netflix simply because 1) I like the spontaneity of going into a store, looking around, and finding something special, 2)I'm into instant gratification, 3) I like to keep stores in business so that other people can have jobs to go to--in the long run the fact that they have jobs will benefit me. I'm selfish that way. What finally forced me to make the leap to Netflix was the fact that Blockbuster's selection of films sucks and Hollywood Video has closed down--they tended to have more off-beat films than their competitor. It works out to be cheaper to use Netflix of course (I'm on the the $8.95 plan. I see the movie and return it the same day, that gives a really fast turn around and I can knock out movies like crazy. addendum:just got a movie today that they shipped from Alaska! Waited a long time. It wouldn't even load--it just flashed a bright light and turned off my tv. I tried both sides of the disc and got the same results. Oh well.
February 09, 2009
Ling, nice one. Social networking needs to be improved in netflix. As good as it already, it can still be so much better! Stephanie, wwhhatt??? you cancelled netflix?! shame shame--but that's ok, some really don't want to watch that many movies a month.
February 09, 2009
T-man, you know there's a so-called "Tigercinema.com" to rent Asian films but I dunno. It may take forever to get here. I don't know anyone who subscribes to them. oh, yeh, netflix completes me...
February 09, 2009
Great review. I gave up netflix a while back but still get their emails asking me to come back. I may have to reconsider!
February 08, 2009
Agreed. In terms of variety and diversity, Netflix just has it all. My wait time is usually 2 days too. I do think they could improve the social-networking aspect of the site. It still has the potential to become so much more!
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Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) is an online DVD and Blu-ray Disc rental service, offering flat rate rental-by-mail and online streaming to customers in the United States. Established in 1997 and headquartered in Los Gatos, California, it has amassed a collection of 100,000 titles and approximately 10 million subscribers. The company has more than 55 million discs and, on average, ships 1.9 million DVDs to customers each day. Netflix previously claimed to spend about $300 million a year on postage. On February 25, 2007, Netflix announced the billionth DVD delivery. Two years later, on April 2, 2009, the company announced that it had mailed its two billionth DVD, and awarded the recipient with a complimentary lifetime membership. It topped the ForeSee Results’ Top 100 Online Retail Satisfaction Index with an American Customer Satisfaction Index score of 86, well over the industry average of 75.
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