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Topic # 147266 14-Jun-2014 06:56
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So I just got a Netflix account, but was disappointed by the lack of movies available.

 Google tells me the cable companies (who are loosing revenue to Netflix) has put pressure on the movie companies not to renew netflix's license to stream movies - which really is dumb as it then encourages people to go back to piracy (or a trip to the DVD shop).

So, the question then is are there any better movie streaming services?

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  Reply # 1065319 14-Jun-2014 07:19
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Google says that Amazon's LoveFilm is better for movies (and worse for TV!).

Don't give up on Netflix's TV series though....

I never thought I'd say this, but the best TV is better than the best movie. A critic said that Breaking Bad was (paraphrasing here) 47 hours of the best movie he'd ever seen.

The fact that you have the whole season or more ready to watch, and it remembers exactly where you have got to, changes the game completely. You don't lose track of what is happening week to week, because you can watch another episode every night.

Since dumping Sky we are watching way better TV for way less money than ever before.




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  Reply # 1065321 14-Jun-2014 07:29
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There's a huge range of movies on Netflix and they keep adding more. Plus I've noticed a few more TV programmes. Some of the stuff isn't shown on the thumb prints so you have to search for the movie title, as you use it more it get's to know your watching habits and I find more and more movies appearing.

You can change region on Netflix and quite often find other movies/TV.

Crackle is another good one (and free) it's basically Sony, they have the odd add now and then but worth adding to the list.

Huluplus is another interesting one, downside is even though your are paying for the plus part it still has adds. Upside is it does have more recent TV. But not as many movies as Netflix.

Amazon Prime is okay I'd say slightly behind Netflix with the amount of content but you do have the option of purchasing or renting some recent release movies/TV.

Vudu is good too, but it's a rent or purchase a movie no sub for unlimited streaming but they have recent films. Plus at the moment you get 5 free movies and 3 or 4 (can't remember) $5 dollar movies on sign up.

Redbox is another sub unlimited streaming service but hasn't got the range there yet.

Best thing to do is to get a Roku, cost me $80ish all up and then the world opens up. Quite a bit of content plus Roku have deals now and then on some of the paid services.

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  Reply # 1065329 14-Jun-2014 08:24
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turb: Google says that Amazon's LoveFilm is better for movies (and worse for TV!).

Don't give up on Netflix's TV series though....

I never thought I'd say this, but the best TV is better than the best movie. A critic said that Breaking Bad was (paraphrasing here) 47 hours of the best movie he'd ever seen.

The fact that you have the whole season or more ready to watch, and it remembers exactly where you have got to, changes the game completely. You don't lose track of what is happening week to week, because you can watch another episode every night.

Since dumping Sky we are watching way better TV for way less money than ever before.


I concur.

The real strength of NetFlix is in its excellent TV content. We're working our way through shows we missed the first time around (currently binging on The West Wing). And their original series' are all kinds of awesome, with House of Cards my personal highlight there.

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  Reply # 1065341 14-Jun-2014 09:09
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The best selection of movies on Netflix is Brazil, they seem to have the latest movies quicker than any other country, followed by Canada. USA is the worse.




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  Reply # 1065342 14-Jun-2014 09:11
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bigal_nz:....(or a trip to the DVD shop)...


Our preferred rental shop is in the process of selling all of their stock and closing down. Looks like we'll be doing the online streaming thing now. Expected this to start happening, but hoped it wouldn't be for a while yet! They only charged $5 for a new release so it was a viable option.

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  Reply # 1065348 14-Jun-2014 09:36
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The big studios/tv networks had gone on record a while back as saying they didnt want netflix go get the monopoly. Hence some content now being split over different providers. You might see some tv series where certain seasons are with one provider and the rest with someone else.

For my part I try and be a little selective about what a watch - not that keen on most mainstream movies and only a limited amount of US tv appeals, so havent been too captivated by Netflix. But I can see its attraction for many. The concept of a flat monthly fee "all you can eat" is good value.

I found that hulu (as opposed to hulu+) is supposed to be launching some android apps etc quite soon. If you look at the hulu website its an aggregator for most us tv networks. Like a super on demand. And its free. That could be quite interesting.




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  Reply # 1065353 14-Jun-2014 09:51
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I initially had difficulies decid ing what to watch.

Started looking at sites that had best top 10 movies on Netflix in horror/drama etc.

Also when see mention s of classic movies mentioned in the paper or other movie reviews I noted them on my phone.

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  Reply # 1065360 14-Jun-2014 10:03
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The Netflix made content is pretty good!

Love House of Cards and Orange is the new black....


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  Reply # 1065394 14-Jun-2014 10:24
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It;s a fairly common misconception in NZ that Netflix has everything. In fact this is not true and never has been.

Netflix has never ever ever had the latest movies available to stream on subscription.
In fact no company does, so if you are looking for subscription based movies with the latest releases you aren't going to find it at any sort of decent price.

The studios simply make too much money on DVD sales and PPV (like iTunes) with the latest movies to allow Netflix (or anybody) to do that.

To allow the latest movies to go on Netflix would be like Porsche allowing people to rent a brand new Porsche for $1/day, and then wondering why nobody buys them at full price anymore.

Furthermore, Netflix doesn't even have much brand new TV either. All their TV content (apart from the stuff they produce themselves) is at least 1 year old, most of it much older.

Not that this is bad, there is heaps of awesome older stuff out there worth watching. Netflix is great for the long tail content and the large volumes of quality TV shows made over the last 10-15 years.  That's why I watch Netflix.  

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  Reply # 1065403 14-Jun-2014 10:45
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bigal_nz:....(or a trip to the DVD shop)...


They only charged $5 for a new release so it was a viable option.


Not for them though !

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  Reply # 1065406 14-Jun-2014 10:55
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Yep. Lack of new release movies is a problem for Netflix particularly those who cancel their Sky Movies subscription and expect to find the new releases on Netflix. Shopping round on the different netflix regions should be ok though. Use http://www.moreflicks.com to look for movies and then their region. If all else fails use itunes or VUDU for new release at around the same price as DVD rental stores.

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  Reply # 1065451 14-Jun-2014 12:17
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Pretty sure Netflix could stream new releases even sooner but that would impact on their DVD service so why would they.




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  Reply # 1065456 14-Jun-2014 12:21
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You want latest TV series? Hulu+ (if you can stand the ads at start, end and two or three interruptions)
you want full TV series but only released after season is finished? Netflix
You want latest movies? Amazon Instant Video or iTunes

There.





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  Reply # 1065672 14-Jun-2014 18:33
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Use Movielens to find movies recommended for you and you'll find most of them on the different Netflix regions. I've found some fantastic films that way that I'd never even heard of.




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  Reply # 1065687 14-Jun-2014 19:30
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freitasm: You want latest TV series? Hulu+ (if you can stand the ads at start, end and two or three interruptions)
you want full TV series but only released after season is finished? Netflix
You want latest movies? Amazon Instant Video or iTunes

There.



This.

Netflix has TONS of content, including lots of movies that are really good.

But if you want blockbuster releases early then look elsewhere.

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