If you watch a lot of movies, I think it is worth it. I have had Netflix for more than 4 years and am going to quit because I do not watch enough movies. And since I have the DVDs mailed to me, it is going to get even more expensive. Just not worth it to me anymore.
We have the Netflix 1 at a time plan and the online access through our Wii.
The online is great if you have broadband and go into it knowing that new not all titles and none of the new releases are available online yet. I read in the news that new releases will be coming sooner next year, but it's not happening yet.
I use my one at a time DVD for newer movies, and the online to watch older films and go back to catch up on TV shows (Psych, Dexter, Monk, etc.)
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I've had Netflix for a number of years...the 16.95 (now 19.95) 3 disk plan. I really can't be bothered with the DVD situation anymore, but we DO use the streaming video with a Roku box all the time. They are now offering a $7.99 streaming only subscription, with no DVDs. So, I'm switching to that.
Personally, I don't watch television and I very rarely watch movies....I have NO time...between a challenging full-time job, kids, horse stuff and a need to sleep once and a while. I prefer to spend my 15-20 minutes, between lying down at night and passing out, reading. But, my husband and kids like to watch the streaming stuff, so it works out well for them.
So...I'm curious about this thread as well...I have all the movie channels and find I'm not watching as much because they play the same movies all the time...there are only so many times I can watch the Hangover or the Sweetest Thing before I'm tired of it...so feel like the cable movie channels aren't worth my time, except I'm hesitant to give up shows like Dexter, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, etc....
But...I think I have so many other things to watch via netflix it may be worth it.
See my thread about the Roku box...just got it for Christmas and it allows you to watch hulu.com, netflix, etc...on your tv directly. I think that is going to be awesome because of the combination of things available...you might want to consider that as well...
I find Netflix to be worth it and would encourage you to get whatever set up that will allow you to easily watch the "Instant Play" movies. For the online movies, I stream them from my laptop and display it on the t.v. by using a monitor cord. You don't have to do that if you have the box that is available but I found the use of the laptop an easy way to save a few dollars.
YES!! I just got a new LG DVD player for Christmas that does the streaming Netflix. It is AWESOME!! Set up instantly out of the box, and we've been adding stuff to our Instant queue for 2 days. No more $5.99 "on demand" movies ever again!
I have the $16.99 plan for 2 regular dvds out at a time, but when the kids go back to school, will drop it down to 1 regular one.
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I don't do the streaming to TV, I just watch it on my computer. Love it. Beyond words. I've watched every episode of Law & Order: SVU multiple times... every episode of Family Guy, and now I'm on season 3 of American Dad. I truly do not know what I would do without Netflix. Mostly, I watch it when I go into work on our days off to get caught up on paperwork. Having something to watch keeps my interested enough to actually stay at work and get stuff done.
Love Netflix! We have been on the 1 DVD at a time plan for about a year, and really like it. We go through 2 movies a week this time of year, plus whatever we catch online. I am a big movie nut, though, so it is a good deal to me.
Love it! Been using Netflix for about six years now and watch about two movies per week. Can't use the instant download since I only get a "sizzling" 28.8 on the dial-up. Cable is not available here and I can't affort $50 a month for satellite. The nearest video store is 15 miles away, costs $5 per night and I refuse to drive to town just to return a video. I love the selection of old movies and videos that Netflix gives me.
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Love it, finally realized a year ago that I could get Netflix unlimited cheaper than Blockbuster. Really like the streaming feature, too. I watch all kinds of random documentaries that way. I'm fine with the unlimited 1 disc plan, my turnaround time is only 3 days between movies so I can get 2 movies per week if I time it right.