So a couple of weeks ago, I decided to give Netflix a chance to impress me. I heard they had a two week trial, which isn’t bad at all, considering that you get a “1 disc at a time” rule, as well as an unlimited “instant play” allowance. In a nutshell, you get 1 disc mailed to you at a time, and you can watch movies online instantly, provided the movie you want to watch is made available to watch online.
I read on how it worked, and basically it works like a queue. You goto the website, and browse through their selection of movies (which I have to say, is quite nice! ) and you add to the queue. The interface is quite easy to navigate through, allowing you to narrow down your selection while browsing. Or you can do a search by movie title, director, or genre, using the search box. I can attest that it works wonderfully!!!
When you find your movie, you simply click “add” to add it to the queue, and based on it’s availability, which you can check on instantly, they’ll mail it to you. And they even send you an email when they ship it to you!
So I decided to have them mail my selection choice of movies, which included:
The Dark Knight
Origin: Spirits of the Past
Now I mention earlier that the trial also allows online viewing as well. So I decided to take advantage of that, too. Unfortunately, my computer doesn’t have the proper connection speed, but I found something better to view it on. It turns out that you can view the online movies from your Xbox 360! I was happy and ecstatic to hear about it. So I go and download the Netflix client on my 360, and add your 360 to the “Netflix Ready devices from your PC (or Mac, if you have one), and you’re ready to go. So I create an “instant” queue the same way I made the DVD queue, and I can view instantly, and I can watch instantly! Keep in mind that you are limited to what’s available for online viewing only. Some movies are both DVD and online queue ready, and others are one or the other.
I can safely say that Netflix is here to stay in my life, and with their soaring profits (I think they made 45% profits last year!) they’re getting better, adding more and more movies to the list. I hope you’ll give them a try.