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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by STEVEN-H, Dec 4, 2010.
I did it smart move !!!!
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.
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 .
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...
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 .
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.
Good point but Netflix is good for those who want to discover some obscure films.
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.
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.
5.1 is only on PS3 for now.
What's wrong with using the BluRay discs that come with a membership?
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.
Doesn't the XBOX also have 5.1 audio when available as well?
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.
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.
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
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.
Heck, they don't even carry these on blu-ray:
The Sound of Music
The Ten Commandments
Fiddler on the Roof
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Stand By Me
The Greatest Story Ever Told
All About Eve
An Affair to Remember
Legends of the Fall
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!
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.
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.