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Thinking of dropping all movie channels and adding netflix

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by STEVEN-H, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. NSwan50

    NSwan50 New Member

    Jul 28, 2010
    I did it smart move !!!!
  2. jsmuga

    jsmuga Godfather

    Jan 3, 2008
    New Hope, PA
    I just changed from the Premier Package to Choice Ultimate this morning. I have Netflix which I really enjoy. I am planning to turn on the premiums when certain series are airing.
  3. pfueri

    pfueri Godfather

    Jan 22, 2007
    Don't drop directv movie channels ! I tried netflix and just droped it . This is why . First off if you get streaming only almost all the movies don't have 5.1 they have mainly 2.0 . If you plan on just using it for mobile devices it's just fine . But if you plan on using it on a home surround system it'sa no fun watching a movie in 2.0 sound ! The picture looks like crap when you stream and I have a 25 Meg Internet speed . Movie selection is week ! If you do get netflix the only way you could even stand it you would need to get blue ray and streaming service from them . And even then movie selection is not very good . The only real cool thing is to watch Netflix on a mobile device .
  4. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    I have both 5.1 sound and the PQ actually looks pretty good when streaming even on my 6MB DSL connection. Does it look as good as BD? No. Does it look as good as most HD channels from D*? No. Its actually a pretty good service, but if I really want perfection I actually rent the physical BD disk...no streaming service can touch the PQ of a BD, and I have no crazy notions that it can...
  5. pfueri

    pfueri Godfather

    Jan 22, 2007
    look I was just telling my story of Netflix . And yes if you look hard enough you can find a movie in 5.1 but by the time you find one you don't feel like watching one any more . All I was saying 95 % are in 2.0 .
  6. TXD16

    TXD16 Icon

    Oct 29, 2008
    The above are the two reason I dropped Netflix after my last trial subscription.

    Even if I were able to somehow get past Netflix's marginal steaming quality at even their highest bit rate (which I'm not), the limited selection is a real deal breaker for me on its own.
  7. cjrleimer

    cjrleimer Godfather

    Nov 16, 2004
    Good point but Netflix is good for those who want to discover some obscure films.
  8. lwilli201

    lwilli201 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 22, 2006
    I agree that Netflix has a lot of offer. I just finished the complete series of Babylon 5 and now going through MI-5. If you have not seen MI-5, you need to try it. I am on episode 10 (out of 80) and totally hooked. I have the 1 DVD at a time sub and watching the Deep Space 9 series. Also lots of stuff for the great grand kids to watch. Netflix is well worth the price. I use a Roku, Samsung BluRay player and Samsung TV depending on which TV required. I dropped Premium a long time ago. I do have the Extra pack.
  9. AMike

    AMike Godfather

    Nov 21, 2005
    We have bounced back and forth on this topic in our household. Last year when I was laid off, we decided to drop Premier and add Netflix. Once I found a job again, we never had the time to watch movies that we had. In November, we added Premier again, and reduced our Netflix to just 1 BD at a time. I have found this to be the perfect balance of the two.

    We do stream content via Roku and via the BluRay players we have. I have not been able to get a true 5.1 sound via either device, but that is probably because we have been watching some of the old TV series they have available such as The Twilight Zone and Mission: Impossible. They will have all of the Star Trek series via streaming over the summer.
  10. joed32

    joed32 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 27, 2006
    5.1 is only on PS3 for now.

    I WANT MORE CowboySooner

    Oct 3, 2006
    Northern plains
    What's wrong with using the BluRay discs that come with a membership?
  12. cjrleimer

    cjrleimer Godfather

    Nov 16, 2004
    And to me both have the good with them with D you get the latest stuff and with HBO GO and MAX Go streaming as well. And Netflix of course the ability to watch stuff that you dont know about.
  13. CCarncross

    CCarncross Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2005
    Doesn't the XBOX also have 5.1 audio when available as well?
  14. mdavej

    mdavej Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    Panasonic 110/210/310 are also 5.1 for Netflix. Unless something has changed very recently, Xbox still won't do Netflix in 5.1.
  15. bobcamp1

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    Nov 8, 2007
    Our house has one Netflix DVD and no premium channels. You get a much wider variety of movies. The premium channels just show the same movies over and over again. We used to have the 3 DVD Netflix subscription and used it heavily when our kids were little. But now that their streaming service has expanded, we went down to one DVD and just watch everything else on our Wii.

    The picture quality isn't as good, but it's a heck of a lot cheaper.
  16. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Netflix is just a fringe benefit for me for these reasons:
    • There are far too many blu-ray titles they choose not to carry
    • Delayed new releases
    • Lack of OAR for HD streaming
    • Lack of DD 5.1 with my Netflix streaming device
  17. lokar

    lokar Icon

    Oct 7, 2006
    I agree, I was wanting to check out the new Sherlock Holmes series from the BBC after catching an episode on my local PBS station and Netflix doesn't have the blu-ray, even though it is available on blu-ray. Crap like this is why I keep my subscription to the bare minimum ($5.99/month for streaming of most of their streaming library and 2 discs a month). I really don't like Netflix's desire to get rid of discs and move to streaming only as they have obviously completely forgotten their roots and really wish someone would come along to challenge them but it doesn't seem to be happening.
  18. Hoosier205

    Hoosier205 Active Member

    Sep 3, 2007
    Heck, they don't even carry these on blu-ray:

    • The Sound of Music
    • Taxi Driver
    • The Ten Commandments
    • Fiddler on the Roof
    • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
    • Stand By Me
    • The Greatest Story Ever Told
    • Awakenings
    • All About Eve
    • An Affair to Remember
    • Ray
    • Legends of the Fall
    • Uncle Buck
    • A River Runs through It
    • Last Tango in Paris
    • Dances with Wolves
    • Once Upon a Time in America
    • Four Weddings and a Funeral
    • The Magnificent Seven
    • A Fistful of Dollars
    • For a Few Dollars More
    • The Color Purple
    • A Beautiful Mind

    ...and those are just the ones released since January of this year!
  19. mluntz

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    Jul 13, 2006
    Thanks for all the info folks! For now I'll keep my premiere subscription. Just doesn't seem like the quality is where I want it to be yet. Might consider trying it as a supplement down the road.
  20. lokar

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    Oct 7, 2006
    Great list, now I hate Netflix even more! I am also rather annoyed that there is no way to contact them through their website to complain about this stuff.

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