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DirecTV vs. Netflix

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by -Draino-, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. Jun 18, 2009 #61 of 128

    techdimwit Legend

    Sep 23, 2007
    What sealed the Netflix deal for me was the variety of programming I was able to get. With premium channels I get movies...over and over and over and over...you get the idea. With Netflix I get a constant variety of movies, TV programming from the US and Britain and I can catch up on shows I haven't had the time to watch on TV. For instance, I just recently decided that I needed to watch "House" - a show I hadn't seen but was interested in. I Netflixed the first two seasons and am ready to start season three.

    The huge plus for me is I can get shows from Britain like "Foyle's War" (complete, not cut like PBS presents it), MI-5 (Spooks) and "Robin Hood" (again, not chopped up like it is on BBCAmerica), and all the great stuff that we've never seen over here and will never see.

    I know I sound like an ad for Netflix but that's the title of the thread so there you go. I'd never, ever pay for premium channels from D* when Netflix is cheap and easy. And I haven't even mentioned the things I can watch instantly on my MacBook.
  2. Jun 18, 2009 #62 of 128

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004

    Our schedule is complicated at times and we don't always have the time to plan things out that far in advance. A good example of this was Mrs. Fluffybear was scheduled to work the PM shift this afternoon but learned last night at 10:30pm that her employer changed things around and she was to report to the firing range at 8am.

    DirecTV's PPV is there when we want it & yes, it may cost us more then $8.99 a month on occasion but most month, it costs us nothing. At the end of the year, we probably save $30 and to be perfectly honest, we rarely watch movies more then once. If I really like it that much, I would rather buy it.
  3. Jun 18, 2009 #63 of 128

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    If your network speed is decent, you can use PlayOn to stream Netflix (non HD) movies and shows through your HR2x. It's not awesome PQ, but it's not bad. It's perfect for streaming TV shows.
  4. Jun 18, 2009 #64 of 128

    moob Legend

    Nov 19, 2008
    Nope. LG players do as well. I have a BD370 which has Netflix, Youtube and, recently added through a firmware update, CinemaNow. Supposedly Pandora is coming soon as well (it was listed on their site at one time but they took it down).
  5. Jun 18, 2009 #65 of 128

    Tom_Oliver Godfather

    Jan 4, 2007
    Kind of why I've never ordered a movie from DirecTV.

  6. Jun 18, 2009 #66 of 128
    Christopher Gould

    Christopher Gould Icon

    Jan 14, 2007
    not that i'm a conair fan. but its not free on hbo , if its on tbs or others you are watching an edited for tv with commericals. if you go to the video store they will charge you too.
  7. Jun 18, 2009 #67 of 128

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    It doesn't matter what your schedule is like because with my Netflix I get 3 DVDs in BluRay HD and then when I want to watch I pull those 3 out and watch one of them and then send it back so it's not like I have to wait until they are delivered like ordering a pizza.

    You just order 3 or how many you want to pay for according to the Price Tier you can afford and then watch it when you have time. And there is no 24 hour limitation. Very important to me and my wife.
  8. Jun 19, 2009 #68 of 128

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    So many of those British shows are really good. I like "Foyle's War, "Prime Suspect", "A Touch Of Frost", etc. Netflix has more than I could ever watch in TV shows alone. I do have all of the premium channels as well, but I may cut back on them in the future.
  9. Jun 19, 2009 #69 of 128

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

    Jan 25, 2007
    Halifax, MA
    I broke down and purchased a ROKU and hooked it up yesterday and all I can say is “Amazing” this is the second best product to hit the market since the DVR/TIVO. I am using it wirelessly and it’s about 20 feet from my router and I’m getting the highest readings possible.

    After fiddling with the settings and setting up the 720 widescreen option it just broke the back of what the HR2X can do in standard definition.

    I hope DirecTV and NetFlix can work out an agreement to have a software update for ROKU functionality in all the HR2X down the road.
  10. Jul 14, 2009 #70 of 128
    The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    Went to order a PPV movie the other day and my wife looked up that the next showing was going to be in about an hour. I decided to just go to DoD and start downloading the movie and in a 1/2 hour when we would be ready to watch, we could just start it.

    I was a little shocked when I saw that the DoD offering was a $1 more than the PPV offering. I didn't realize that there was a difference. Being the cheap-o I am, we just waited the hour before starting the movie.

    I gotta say, I am liking Redbox more and more for just a $1.05 for a rental...

    - Merg
  11. Jul 14, 2009 #71 of 128

    Stealth87 Legend

    Jan 10, 2008
    I've had Netflix for 2 years and never had a broken disc delivered to me.
  12. Jul 14, 2009 #72 of 128

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    Not true. They stream HD to my Samsung 1590 Blue Ray player perfectly. I have 4.3 mb/s and the HD looks very good. It isn't blue ray, but it is quite good. I haven't bought a D* movie in many years (too expensive, too limited). With NetFlix I get all the HD stuff I want, plus can exchange movies in 1 or 2 days, and they are all BluRay (the ones I order).

    One can watch the same things over and over, if one likes. I find their service outstanding.
  13. Jul 14, 2009 #73 of 128

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    Hmmmm...six bucks for one movie for 24 hours or 10 bucks for as many Blu Ray DVDs one can exchange via the mail, plus streaming HD of hundreds and hundreds of titles.

    It's a no brainer. (if you have the bandwidth and device) I only have 4.3 mb/s and HD looks fine. It ain't BluRay, but it is quite good.

    I got my Sammy 1590 at Wal-Mart, and it works beautifully for NetFlix streaming HD or otherwise. Over a period of the last two weeks, I watched 20+ episodes of NCIS in HD and they looked very, very good.
  14. Jul 14, 2009 #74 of 128

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    I downloaded a whole season of Spooks via www.uknova.com recently (legal bittorrent site). Cost=$0 They also have a bunch of British shows which never made it here, like Judge John Deed, The Bill, Inspector George Gently, etc., and much more recent versions of a few which have (My Family, Last of the Summer Wine). Unfortunately some shows which are headed for DVD aren't allowed to be downloaded from there. Most programs are widescreen and some are HD.
  15. Jul 15, 2009 #75 of 128

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    I've had Netflix for one year. In that time I've had two damaged DVDs-one broken, one too scratched to play. In both cases, I went online, reported the damaged disk and had the replacement in no more than two business days. The hallmark of a company, IMHO, is how it reacts to a problem situation. Netflix gets an "Outstanding" from me in customer service.
  16. Jul 15, 2009 #76 of 128

    syphix Hall Of Fame

    Jun 23, 2004
    My problem with Netflix is my own fault: I live in the country, and my DSL sucks...so streaming is not a benefit to me.

    I also have a home PO Box which Netflix doesn't fit into. So I have them delivered to my work. That works fine Monday-Friday, but when a disc comes on Saturday, I can't pick it up until Monday (unless I go to work on the weekend) so there's a few days wasted. A few days where I'm more likely to watch a movie.

    So, let's say I opt for the "$17.99 3 Out" plan. IF I can watch three movies a week, that's about $1.50 per movie. Great. But I rarely can watch three movies a week. And that's if I remember to send them back on time. Redbox is $1.00 per night, and I can rent them on nights I KNOW I can watch them.
  17. Jul 15, 2009 #77 of 128

    shabadoo25 Mentor

    Jun 30, 2009
    We are both new subscribers to D* and Netflix peeps, and we ordered a PPV last Saturday. Why? Because we weren't in the mood for the one movie we had on hand and we don't do the streaming crap.

    If I'm going to watch some crappy romantic comedy that my wife wants to see, it's either Blu Ray or HD.

    And there is a cost for On Demand. You have to pay at least $60 to get the equipment to be able to do it.
  18. Jul 15, 2009 #78 of 128

    CorpITGuy Godfather

    Apr 11, 2007
    I was a Netflix member for several years and recently canceled. When it was just the wife & me at home, we had plenty of time and watched tons of movies. Now, we have a toddler. He's cute and cuddly and wonderful, but he isn't very good about letting mommy & daddy sit down and watch a 2 hour movie. Long story short, our last Netflix movie was sitting on the DVD player for 4 months. Never watched it.

    We decided we'll just do On Demand/PPV or a brick-and-mortar store if we have a child-free evening and want to watch a movie. It's cheaper overall for us.

    Netflix is WONDERFUL, though, and when the kids are older we'll re-sub.
  19. Jul 15, 2009 #79 of 128

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Thank you, I'll check it out!
  20. Jul 15, 2009 #80 of 128

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    Cat-5 cables are dirt cheap at places like monoprice. Unless of course you must have wireless.

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