Thursday, October 13, 2011
Stan covers Netflix and does a great job of it. I was asked my take on Netflix in an e-mail so I'm going to weigh in.
I was a Netflix subscriber back in 2005. I'm on the road so if I'm a year off, forgive me.
Being on the road, I had little use for the DVD aspect. It was just too much of a hassle to keep up with a DVD I carried on the road. So I just stream and when they did their price hike, I dropped the DVD effort. I wouldn't recommend it for everyone. But if you're on the road like I am, streaming's a good choice.
If I wasn't, it wouldn't be. But we can be anywhere and I can stream.
The selection's not that great if you've got the time to stream all the time. But if you grab a movie or TV show on the go the way I do -- I probably stream a film from Netflix no more than twice a week -- it's worth it. There are times when we're at a hotel where the cable goes out and that's not fun. Or there's nothing on worth watching. Or I just want to go to sleep and want a movie on in the background. (I can write about that if anyone's interested.)
Right now I'm watching Damages, the third season. I wouldn't have been able to enjoy that series (Glenn Close stars) without Netflix. I couldn't have followed it because I can't watch a program every week at the same time. My schedule's in too much flux. But instead, I've been able to discover the show via Netflix. I'm only on episode three currently. Again, I don't have that much time to watch. Episode three of season three.
As for the NPR story I put on hold, I'm all for Congress defunding them. The way they've screwed over listeners, they can kiss my ass. I enjoy Cokie Roberts' analysis (I'm serious) and that's more and more about it. Sorry. I can't believe how they've walked away from Iraq coverage. That, more than anything else, is why I will be firmly on the side of "Defund NPR."
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"