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Posted on 01/08/2011 8:07:42 PM PST by mamelukesabre

Who's got it and what do you think of it? What is there in the way of competition?


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KEYWORDS: computers; internet; movies; television
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I'm curious about this product. I know Karl Denninger is down on netflix as an investment because he thinks they are doomed to failure in the long run. But in the short term, I'm thinking about subscribing. I sure would like to know what if any alternatives are out there.
1 posted on 01/08/2011 8:07:50 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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It’s an outstanding service. I love it.

Competition? Online you have Zune, I guess. Offline I seem to recall that Blockbuster and Walmart have movies by mail.


2 posted on 01/08/2011 8:09:34 PM PST by neutrino (Globalization is the economic treason that dare not speak its name.(173))
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To: mamelukesabre
Netflix is pretty good. You can get a wide variety of movies, both on disc by mail, and by streaming video over the internet.

As for Karl Denninger .... he's a blowhard who's always looking for the worst-case scenario. If he is down on anything, it's probably not all that bad.

3 posted on 01/08/2011 8:11:27 PM PST by r9etb
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To: mamelukesabre

Had it for years, works great. Streaming is real.

Don’t know of any competition. (Is Blockbuster still in business?)


4 posted on 01/08/2011 8:11:52 PM PST by MV=PY
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To: mamelukesabre

I attended a high society party in Richmond VA about 10 years ago. There was a small group of people talking at this new company called ‘Netflix’ and were looking for investors.

I blew it off thinking it was a ridiculous idea.

Go figure.

Guess I’ll keep playing those 7-11 lottery tickets. :(


5 posted on 01/08/2011 8:12:12 PM PST by Hammerhead
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To: mamelukesabre

Love it. Competition is Blockbuster combined with Hulu...and it doesn’t stack up.

Very fast delivery (though I have a distribution center in my town, and problem resolution has been easy (mail lost a CD, reported it, no problems).

Besides the CEO’s politics Netflix is a very good company.


6 posted on 01/08/2011 8:13:34 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: mamelukesabre

I love it. I get blue ray and if you play it right you get two per week. Plus live stream, its better then paying for premium channels.


7 posted on 01/08/2011 8:13:40 PM PST by Brimack34
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To: mamelukesabre

I have it and like it. Quick service. Movies arrive quickly. I like the fact that you can start with one movie at a time.
Or if you prefer, two or three. I am currently receiving three at a time. Haven’t had a problem with it.


8 posted on 01/08/2011 8:14:01 PM PST by rep-always
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To: mamelukesabre

My Daughter gives me Netflix for various presents. In general their service is pretty good.

For some odd reason, I have more gifts right now than they will let me redeem so I will have to wait a few months to redeem the last one.


9 posted on 01/08/2011 8:14:23 PM PST by yarddog
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To: mamelukesabre

Are you looking to watch DVDs or stream your movies?

They have a great selection of DVDs, but the streaming selection isn’t as large. That being said, the streaming side still offers a ton of content that will keep you busy for quite a while.

I’ve been a subscriber since 1999 and don’t have any complaints.


10 posted on 01/08/2011 8:14:31 PM PST by bobwoodard
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To: mamelukesabre

I give Netflix two thumbs up.

I give my internet provider, half a thumb up.

It is a month-to-month contract. Also, if you have a Wii or such, you can watch from there, too.

Also, one can watch from your computer.

I’ve had it for about a year.

Hope this helps.


11 posted on 01/08/2011 8:14:58 PM PST by taxcutisapayraise (Making Statism Unpopular)
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To: mamelukesabre

My family thinks it’s great. I’m not a fan of TV or movies and I’m sick of the grade C- stuff constantly being played on the tube. I suppose it wouldn’t be bad if the users have some amount of disclipline and/or won’t watch garbage just to have something to look at.


12 posted on 01/08/2011 8:15:41 PM PST by FourPeas (From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Ja 3:10)
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To: mamelukesabre

Netflix is great. I got rid of my direct tv and don’t miss it. Netflix goes on my big screen through my Wii system.


13 posted on 01/08/2011 8:15:52 PM PST by barbarianbabs
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To: mamelukesabre

We just cancelled our NETFLIX service.

Red Box is a much better bargain for only $1.00.


14 posted on 01/08/2011 8:16:02 PM PST by Beaten Valve
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To: mamelukesabre

I just dumped cable tv, since the kids got a wii so we could stream Netflix. We LOVE it. I had Netflix before, but the value of the instant streaming makes it more worth the money. They also are being much more efficient at getting the DVDs out. One was in a distant center, so they gave me an extra rental. My kids are watching documentaries like crazy. :)


15 posted on 01/08/2011 8:16:14 PM PST by Politicalmom (America-The Land of the Sheep, the Home of the Caved.)
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To: mamelukesabre

My son has it. He loves it because they have everything and it’s a very quick turn around time, about 4 days max. He says they stream a lot of movies to his computer if he orders them, and there’s no late fee. He has the cheapest membership $10/month.


16 posted on 01/08/2011 8:16:27 PM PST by FrdmLvr (Death to tyrants)
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To: mamelukesabre

Got it about three weeks ago. I love it. I’ve been watching “Dark Shadows” I can remember being a toddler and sitting in my Mom’s lap as she watched it.


17 posted on 01/08/2011 8:16:29 PM PST by Thurifer the Censer (If you can see the altar, there's not enough smoke)
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To: mamelukesabre

I have had it for years — they are pretty good about turnaround and you can get the latest releases pretty darn quickly.

I used to do the 3 DVD plan but backed off to the 1 DVD plan (I watch them pretty quickly), which includes the unlimited streaming.

I have been amazed on how many movies and TV shows are available for streaming. My streaming queue is so backed up it will be months before I catch up.


18 posted on 01/08/2011 8:16:35 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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Got it, like it. Use both the DVD service and the streaming service. Dropped Direct TV movie channels in favor of it.

I've streamed movies to my computer, to the big-screen via a X-Box 360, and even through my iPod Touch (more or less just to prove I could). You can also stream movies through a Wii and a PS3... Oddly enough, not through my android based phone - yet. Nor through Linux, actually have to boot Win 7 and Chrome...

19 posted on 01/08/2011 8:17:31 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: mamelukesabre
I have it and it's "ok" but I'm not happy that they just raised my rates. The selection of movies you can stream is limited, although that is getting better. I have the "One DVD at a time" plan with unlimited streaming. Usually the turn around when I send a DVD back is very fast.

That said I wasn't too happy about the CEO's attitude towards Americans and why it's OK we should pay higher prices than Canadians!

That kinda torqued me, and if the raise prices again, I'm outta there! I'll use the Redbox at the local Smith's

20 posted on 01/08/2011 8:17:47 PM PST by JaguarXKE (Life - It's 10 percent circumstances and 90 percent how you react to circumstances - Sarah Palin)
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To: mamelukesabre
For $9 a month you get all the streaming video you can handle.

If you have a broadband connection, there is no better value.

We used to have the 3-DVD at a time plan, but dropped down to 1 DVD. We don't even watch it most the time. Just the streaming.

Go on their site and look at how many streaming videos they have.

We're watching Bonnie and Clyde right now.

21 posted on 01/08/2011 8:17:51 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (DEFCON I ALERT: The federal cancer has metastasized. All personnel report to their battle stations.)
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To: mamelukesabre

I just bought a vizio HDTV, and netflix is built into it. smart move on their part.


22 posted on 01/08/2011 8:17:55 PM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: mamelukesabre
I love the service, but have two complaints;

1) You are not allowed to watch the streaming movies when overseas and I travel internationally frequently.

The online content is somewhat limited.

23 posted on 01/08/2011 8:18:12 PM PST by Natural Law (Grant that we may be one flock and one shepherd!)
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To: mamelukesabre

I believe they said the same things about Amazon.


24 posted on 01/08/2011 8:18:26 PM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: mamelukesabre
Good-a lot of movies you can get by mail, especially if you actually watch them when they come in. You can ave two vids a week if u watch them right away

Ok- can download to your widescreen , quality is good but variety is only ok but u can find gems

Bad- normal people tend to let vids sit on kitchen counters for weeks at a time

What I am ordering you to do- get a one disc at a time subscription and then play it ny ear, or eye, in this case

25 posted on 01/08/2011 8:18:48 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (Being awake is dangerous and silly.)
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To: FourPeas

Well, my kids are probably unusual, but the tv hadn’t even been on for a month or two before I dumped the cable tv. They are watching classic old tv shows, Dr. Who, and historical documentaries.


26 posted on 01/08/2011 8:18:53 PM PST by Politicalmom (America-The Land of the Sheep, the Home of the Caved.)
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To: mamelukesabre

It is fantastic. I’ve gotten rid of cable television and watch almost everything over streaming. You can port it over your tv using most any video game console and several different models of blu ray player. Turn around is great and I can get up to six movies a week through the mail. Although I hardly ever bother with the mailers anymore as there is so much online content.

The only competition I can see . . . is now that they offer the steaming only package for something like 8 bucks a month . . . would be from people like me downgrading their accounts and using Redbox when they absolutely had to see a brand new release.

I highly recommend the service.


27 posted on 01/08/2011 8:19:01 PM PST by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: mamelukesabre
My wife subscribed us. We don't go out much to the movies. It is the best thing since sliced bread but I don't know about competition.
My wife gets the DVD’s in the mail and has a cue that as soon as she sends one back she gets the next. She can alter her cue on the computer at any time.
I like the streaming video that I can watch in my office in a second. Westerns, war movies, classics, they are great for taking a break from work. If I don't watch a movie all the way through the next time I log on it will ask if I want to resume. It will in a second and I can pick up right where I left off.

All in all I would recommend it highly.

28 posted on 01/08/2011 8:19:12 PM PST by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: mamelukesabre
I blew off Blockbuster several years ago because they didn't offer Blu-Ray disc. Netflix did and I have not looked back. I just scaled back to two disc's at a time from three because they raised the price. I'll leave one of the disc's sitting next to my TV for 6 weeks before I watch it.Come to think of it that isn't very smart on my part, but I get distracted by this damn internet and Call Of Duty every damn night!!!

I've had Shutter Island sitting there for about a month now...should i watch it?

29 posted on 01/08/2011 8:20:10 PM PST by BreezyDog
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I’m not interested in DVDs. Internet streaming only. I have two of those “redbox” DVD rental/vending machines within walking distance of my house for only a buck/movie/night. So subscribing to netflix for DVDs just wouldn’t be worth it in my opinion.


30 posted on 01/08/2011 8:20:31 PM PST by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: mamelukesabre

I have it and love it. My favorite thing to do is watch documentaries and movies on my kids X-Box while they are at school. ( I work the night shift at times)

My wife likes the quick turn around via the mail, plus she also watches streaming movies on her lap top sometimes.

It’s definately easier then going to a box store to rent.

Partly because of Netflix, partly do to Hulu, and partly do to increasing cable bills, we are canceling our cable TV subscription. The cable company wasn’t real happy about it and they tried real hard to keep us, but it just isn’t worth it. I can get my local channels with an antenna and everything else I can get on the interwebs.


31 posted on 01/08/2011 8:22:53 PM PST by ScubieNuc
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To: mamelukesabre

I hate the bastard’s endless spam and their intrusive pop-unders ads but finally beat them. Will never give them a freakin’ dime ever. But that’s just me.


32 posted on 01/08/2011 8:23:08 PM PST by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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Also Netflix provides a great app for iPhone and iPad that will let you stream over one of those devices. I haven’t tried it on my iPad yet, but it works great over the iPhone and even when limited by using the cell data net. There is no similar app for Android yet, but I believe one is not far off.


33 posted on 01/08/2011 8:23:57 PM PST by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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I think it’s great. Had it several years. I was astonished at the speed with which the dvd’s were delivered,because at the time I lived way out in the desert.


34 posted on 01/08/2011 8:26:46 PM PST by ducdriver (judica me, Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta. (Ps. 42))
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To: mamelukesabre

Got uit, love it, would not have enjoyed my video time for tyhe last couple of months without it. With all the holiday glut of programming, and most all regular shows on hiatus til the week after next, I have been relying heavily on my Netflix “watch Anytime” cue of movies and shows. I have started a pattern of getting DVDs in the non snow months, and only watching streaming content until the winter breaks. The ‘Watch instantly’ content is a subset of their full content, but it’s quite impressive in it’s amount...and it’s been growing.

I’ve had my disappointments with Netflix before they began their ‘Watch Instantly service, but now I am a very happy customer.

There is some content I will have to wait for spring to see, but even their new Online only $7 offer is something I could live with.

I hate praising it this much, as they’ve already bumped my monthly fee a dollar...But if they keep adding “new” content to their streaming library, I;l still be happy with them and their service.

The more I can watch online, the happier I am going to be.


35 posted on 01/08/2011 8:27:38 PM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi)
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Good service for both the by mail DVD's and streaming.

Make sure you have a high speed router if you use a wireless connection for streaming. If not, it will spend a lot of time rebuffering.

36 posted on 01/08/2011 8:29:19 PM PST by Ghengis
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I have NETFLIX and I absolutely love it!

I am a documentary hound and I’ve found SO MUCH to love, learn/watch—either by instant play or mail videos.

I’ve had a couple of busted discs over the last couple of years but they shoot out a replacement amazingly fast!

I would say they do customer service in a way that has passed most business by—as old fashioned— they satisfy, satisfy, satisfy!

They are starting to jack prices up and we’ve had to step back from our top-account choice but until we are priced out... I say it’s an AWESOME value for the dollar.


37 posted on 01/08/2011 8:29:30 PM PST by Irenic
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To: mamelukesabre
I've had Netflix for several years and am very satisfied with the service. I was live streaming via Netflix, using a Wii console, until my youngest son wanted it back. My oldest son took pity on his old mother, and bought me a Roku Digital Video Player for Christmas. It allows me to live stream Netflix via ethernet or wireless. I'm watching an episode of Sherlock Holmes (with Jeremy Brett) on my TV as I write. The Roku comes with a remote. The box I have cost about $100 on Amazon, and came with a free month of Hulu Plus. Roku has several other live streaming channels available through their channel store. Many are free, while others require a monthly or yearly fee to subscribe. The Roku is small, measuring only 5 x 5 inches, so it's portable. I'm extremely pleased with it. Here's the link to their website if you're interested:

Roku

38 posted on 01/08/2011 8:30:33 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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I love it.....11.62 a month, full streaming and 1 DVD at a time as fast as I return them....


39 posted on 01/08/2011 8:30:47 PM PST by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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I think he’s upset because some content providers are grumbling about the fact that Netflix is more profitably marketing their content than they are.


40 posted on 01/08/2011 8:31:16 PM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi)
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Great service. Today for instance: I had a movie in my queue that wasn’t available from the facility that normally sends out our movies, so they ordered it from another facility.

But so not to hold us up, they also sent us the next one in our queue, so we received two movies in the mail today, even though we’re signed up for the one at a time plan.

If there is ever a problem with a movie, scratch, etc...you just report it online, and before they receive the returned movie, they’ve already sent out a replacement.

We love the online unlimited watching. Especially old TV series. Plus my husband’s addicted to MI5 (which is why we joined Netflix in the first place so he could watch previous seasons)...and now they have some of the seasons on the watch instantly side.

We never go to the theater anymore, use a movie rental store like Blockbuster, or use pay per view. Saves lots of money.


41 posted on 01/08/2011 8:32:31 PM PST by dawn53
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"I was astonished at the speed with which the dvd’s were delivered,because at the time I lived way out in the desert."

They're fast here too. My mail man picks the discs up at 3 p.m. and the next morning, I've got an email from Netflix telling me they've received them. New discs are out in the mail to me that day, so turnaround is really quick for me.

42 posted on 01/08/2011 8:38:00 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mamelukesabre

My brother has it. He loves it. Watches what he wants to, not what some network is offering. Or shoving down your throat.

He uses a Playstation to connect, but they have DVD players that have wifi built in, but they have to have Netflix installed.

There are a number of other internet apps available, too, built into the players. I see TV’s now have the same capabilities. Facebook, Pandora radio, on and on.

I’m on a promo deal with the cable company. When that ends and they double the bill, I’m probably going to get a converter box for the local over the air channels and go with a Netflix account.


43 posted on 01/08/2011 8:38:16 PM PST by bigheadfred (As a rapturous voice escapes I will tremble a prayer and I'll ask for forgiveness...)
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Wife and I dumped cable for DirectTv because of cost. Recently, we took it a step further and dumped Satellite for Netflix for $8/mo. Just added Hulu Plus for $9/mo. For $17/mo we get more TV than we know what to do with, plus DVDs shipped to our house regularly.

We are never going back unless the price structure changes dramatically (which it may).


44 posted on 01/08/2011 8:39:33 PM PST by bolobaby
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To: mamelukesabre

Oh, despite me loving Netflix, be prepared to be initially disappointed with some of the streaming movie choices. It’s not uber-fantastic.

Once you get past that, you realize it is good enough when coupled with the DVDs being shipped to your house.

BTW - their turnaround time on shipping is beyond fast.


45 posted on 01/08/2011 8:42:06 PM PST by bolobaby
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To: mamelukesabre

I am all for Redbox...$1 per movie is a winner


46 posted on 01/08/2011 8:44:08 PM PST by JRios1968 (This is me, in a nutshell: "Let me out of here...I'm trapped in a nutshell!!!!")
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To: mamelukesabre

In the spring of 2010, I signed up for the 2-DVD + unlimited streaming for $14.99 (was $13.99 until January 2011), and I got the Roku box for streaming.

Great service, considering the price and increasing number of titles available.

I watch Netflix more than regular TV.

And, NO COMMERCIALS.

I average between 8 and 10 DVDs per month (takes about 3 business days for each turn-around), and probably 20+ hours a week of streaming.


47 posted on 01/08/2011 8:44:20 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: mass55th

Same for us, we have a two day turn around. I put a movie in our mailbox on Monday, they send me an email early AM on Tuesday saying they’ve received it, and then Tuesday afternoon we get a “sent” email...and receive the next movie on Wednesday. Can’t beat that.


48 posted on 01/08/2011 8:44:20 PM PST by dawn53
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To: mamelukesabre

Netflix = Mainly Movies $8.00 a month
Hulu = Mainly TV Shows $9.00 a month

You can watch a lot of movies instantly with both services to your TV, Computer,iPhone, iPad, etc....

You can dump your Cable/Satellite company, and get these two for $17 a month.

On top of that several companies sell a device for your TV. For instance, TIVO and APPLE are just two. You buy a box (one time deal when you buy a box) per TV. Then you connect your box to your WIFI in your house. It will give you access to the entire web. For instance, youtube and many other sites video sites. You can download all this stuff to your TV here.

I have seen some neighbors with it. It’s awesome and probably a reason so many people are dropping their cable and Dish.

Just an FYI about youtube I read the other day. Over 35 hours of video is uploaded every minute on youtube. That’s crazy if you think about it. I have found a lot of movies on youtube alone. If you enlarge a picture, or subscribe (always free and you can unsubscribe when done watching) videos will not stop after 10 to 15 minutes. They will run whatever time they are. There are a lot of great movies on the web. You just have to look for them. Very few I have not found. At any rate, it will save you a lot of money.

Good luck!


49 posted on 01/08/2011 8:44:54 PM PST by Sprite518
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I have both a Xbox360 console and a Wii console. Does anyone out there know if there is any difference in the video quality between the two consoles using Netflix?


50 posted on 01/08/2011 8:45:24 PM PST by copaliscrossing (Progressives are Socialists)
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