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So I hear differing opinions on Netflix instant. I get the impression from some people that there's never anything good on there, while others say it's awesome. What's your opinion? (We're finally getting all our media stuff set up and I'm trying to figure out what services to get.)

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Ya know, it really depends what kind of movies you want to watch...they do however, have some cool Inside Disney Parks films...but if you want new, popular movies...usually you'll end up disapointed..

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We never liked the instant for the movies, I was so mad when they started charging seperate for each! There just weren't many movies to choose from. I have found the greatest solution though!! We got Hulu Plus, which I love so much more than Netflix.. you can watch TV shows as soon as they air on TV, so now more waiting for the season to be released... then for movies they have some on Hulu Plus (a little better selection than Netflix) and I also have a subscription to Amazon Prime which has tons of movies!!

Do some research, there are some way better options than Netflix!

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I guess ill be the minority and I love.... absolutely LOVE Netflix Instant. They have a deal with Disney (Now... I thought it was supposed to expire either this month or last month, but so far it hasn't...) and all of there TV Shows, and most of the movies are now on there. Like Toy Story 3 and Tangled are on there. I also enjoy the TV Shows that are on there. They have everything from Quantum Leap, to Wings, to Psych. Thats what I enjoy the most are TV Shows. Im not a fan of Hulu... if I remember right... even when you pay for it... you still get ads. Im a believer of... if you pay for something on a monthly basis... why should you still get bombarded by ads like that.

For $8 its great. We have gone months where we may not use it... and we will go a day where were battling on who gets to use Netflix! (A couple times earlier this month... Jess was watching Army Wives, our daughter was watching Curious George, and since only two can use an account... I couldn't watch Burn Notice!) Netflix is awesome for kids too. You have almost every Nickelodeon show on there, and tons of Disney movies. I have a MiFi for my car, so if my kids don't want to watch something on the iPad, they will always find something on Netflix.

BTW... whats your setup? You tell me yours and ill tell you mine... heh

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I agree with Mase, it's awesome! At my apartment I don't have cable so I can just watch Netflix through the Xbox on my tv. I've found so many shows I didn't know about. For $8 it really is worth all you get. Check out the Disney Parks movies! They're really cool seeing some behind the scenes about Disney parks.

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Awwweesome!

We don't have cable so we rely on antenna ears and Netflix Instant. I love it. I have to admit though we really don't watch many movies on it. Occasionally we'll find one that we like and watch it or we watch older movies (Audrey Hepburn mostly). What I love is the TV shows. Almost every NBC show is on there plus most ABC shows including their affiliates (ABC Family, Disney etc). There is also a lot of History Channel and AMC shows on there. Mad Men, How I met your mother, the office, top gear, parenthood, Downton Abbey..there are all there. Now you won't be able to watch the latest shows but that's just a sacrifice we are willing to make. For us it's a great TV substitute. If we had cable I don't know how much we'd use it.

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Bella wrote:
Awwweesome!

We don't have cable so we rely on antenna ears and Netflix Instant. I love it. I have to admit though we really don't watch many movies on it. Occasionally we'll find one that we like and watch it or we watch older movies (Audrey Hepburn mostly). What I love is the TV shows. Almost every NBC show is on there plus most ABC shows including their affiliates (ABC Family, Disney etc). There is also a lot of History Channel and AMC shows on there. Mad Men, How I met your mother, the office, top gear, parenthood, Downton Abbey..there are all there. Now you won't be able to watch the latest shows but that's just a sacrifice we are willing to make. For us it's a great TV substitute. If we had cable I don't know how much we'd use it.

I got back into Myth Busters personally on Netflix! lol

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I actually could use advice on our setup. We've been getting cheap TVs from Costco to fill up our new house, but we haven't started planning the media room yet. I'm far from expert on the subject too.

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We have Netflix through the wii and I like it. It doesn't have the newest movies out available but if you are as far behind as we are you don't really notice. The only way we did was the my 21 step daughter was complaining about it. But I love it for the tv shows my husband is a history/ discovery channel kind of guy so I miss out on all the big network tv shows. With netflix I can catch up on them commercial free. Again its only $8 a month and I am sure we blow more than that on things we don't use.

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Mase wrote:
I guess ill be the minority and I love.... absolutely LOVE Netflix Instant. They have a deal with Disney (Now... I thought it was supposed to expire either this month or last month, but so far it hasn't...) and all of there TV Shows, and most of the movies are now on there. Like Toy Story 3 and Tangled are on there. I also enjoy the TV Shows that are on there. They have everything from Quantum Leap, to Wings, to Psych. Thats what I enjoy the most are TV Shows. Im not a fan of Hulu... if I remember right... even when you pay for it... you still get ads. Im a believer of... if you pay for something on a monthly basis... why should you still get bombarded by ads like that.

For $8 its great. We have gone months where we may not use it... and we will go a day where were battling on who gets to use Netflix! (A couple times earlier this month... Jess was watching Army Wives, our daughter was watching Curious George, and since only two can use an account... I couldn't watch Burn Notice!) Netflix is awesome for kids too. You have almost every Nickelodeon show on there, and tons of Disney movies. I have a MiFi for my car, so if my kids don't want to watch something on the iPad, they will always find something on Netflix.

BTW... whats your setup? You tell me yours and ill tell you mine... heh

They have WINGS!!?? Must. look. up. immediately!

And Netflix is how we've managed to watch ALL of Phineas and Ferb. Believe it or not, we don't have The Disney Channel.

And DD LOVES MythBusters.

We are trying to figure out another choice for Blu Rays, though. DH isn't happy with how long it takes to get new titles.

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Brad wrote:
I actually could use advice on our setup. We've been getting cheap TVs from Costco to fill up our new house, but we haven't started planning the media room yet. I'm far from expert on the subject too.

I guess it depends on what you want to do and how easy you want to make it. First I HIGHLY recommend a Harmony Remote from Logitech. Its a universal remote that you program on your computer to maintain all of your devices. Say you want to watch Cable or Direct TV. You would press a button on your remote called Cable or whatever you want to name it and it will turn on your TV, set it to the correct input if its not there already, turn on your surround sound if you use it. Say you want to play some DVD's or Blurays... press your DVD button, and it will switch inputs to the DVD and everything else that needs on. I honestly don't know how I could live without it anymore. I love my Harmony Remote!!!!

Second... I have a computer hooked up to our HDTV and that is how we watch all of our movies and tv shows. I have a BR player, but I will rip all of our movies to my computer and play them from there. So if I want to watch Tangled, ill switch the TV to my PC, go to my HD Movies folder and click on Tangled and it will play on my TV. All in HD. Its awesome! Took me a couple years to get to this point. Not because it costs a lot... just because it took me a while to figure it out correctly... lol

Say if I want to watch Netflix? I have multiple ways of doing it... go to my PC input and throw the browser over to the TV, maximize the show and watch it that way, or we have our PS3 or 360 as well. The fun thing with the PC being on the TV is not surfing the net... thats horrible... lol... but putting YouTube on it... lol.

Thats a bit of information on how I do things. It sound complicated, but it truly isn't. Just and HDMI cord from my PC to the TV, and its all good. I run duel split screen... included an image below on what it kinda looks like. The left is the TV, and the right is the PC. I think I may even have a thread on here somewhere with my setup?

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Mase wrote:
I guess ill be the minority and I love.... absolutely LOVE Netflix Instant. They have a deal with Disney (Now... I thought it was supposed to expire either this month or last month, but so far it hasn't...) and all of there TV Shows, and most of the movies are now on there. Like Toy Story 3 and Tangled are on there. I also enjoy the TV Shows that are on there. They have everything from Quantum Leap, to Wings, to Psych. Thats what I enjoy the most are TV Shows. Im not a fan of Hulu... if I remember right... even when you pay for it... you still get ads. Im a believer of... if you pay for something on a monthly basis... why should you still get bombarded by ads like that.

For $8 its great. We have gone months where we may not use it... and we will go a day where were battling on who gets to use Netflix! (A couple times earlier this month... Jess was watching Army Wives, our daughter was watching Curious George, and since only two can use an account... I couldn't watch Burn Notice!) Netflix is awesome for kids too. You have almost every Nickelodeon show on there, and tons of Disney movies. I have a MiFi for my car, so if my kids don't want to watch something on the iPad, they will always find something on Netflix.

BTW... whats your setup? You tell me yours and ill tell you mine... heh

They have WINGS!!?? Must. look. up. immediately!

And Netflix is how we've managed to watch ALL of Phineas and Ferb. Believe it or not, we don't have The Disney Channel.

And DD LOVES MythBusters.

We are trying to figure out another choice for Blu Rays, though. DH isn't happy with how long it takes to get new titles.

Yup... last I remembered it was there. Hope it is now so I don't get your hopes up for nothing! lol

As for Blu Rays... I think the only true options now is to buy them. I think Blockbuster has the rights on day of release... but I know around here... they have all gone out of business. I know they have the Netflix type of mailing them out.... but I hated it. Took too long to get the movies.

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TV shows (Dr. Who, BREAKING BAD!!!!, Family Guy) are the highlight of Netflix. I rarely watch movies on my account on my xbox.

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Add me to the fan girl parade. I enjoy Netflix and loved watching Firefly, Phineas & Ferb, Pawn Stars, and some great movies. I usually catch up while working sidejobs on my iPad. DW loves watching through the Wii... awesome

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Pawn Stars is on there,,forgot about that one. I lost my Pawn Star craze when I found BReaking Bad.

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We have streaming and snail mail Netflix. The snail mail selection is awesome. Streaming, not so much. But I can usually find something streaming that's worth watching if I'm in the mood to veg out in front of the TV and I don't have a snail mail disk on hand.

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It's great if you're trying to catch up on TV episodes, but new releases are either not very popular, or not that new. I guess it all depeneds on what you're looking for.

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We have streaming only, that with an antenna for a few local channels is enough for us. Netflix is pretty good with getting new episodes from some channels. The first season of Sherlock was on immediately, but when it got popular they had to wait to put up the second season until after it aired on PBS. It's not ideal, but fits our budget much better than paying for cable or satellite tv.

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We have a very limited selection in Canada compared to the US. I had netflix for about a years before I decided it wasn't worth it and that I could rent one new movie a month on iTunes for less than what I was paying for netflix. That being said, occasionally there is something I want to watch on there and I will watch it at Eric's place but not enough for me to justify paying for it each month.

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dontthrowsand wrote:
We have a very limited selection in Canada compared to the US. I had netflix for about a years before I decided it wasn't worth it and that I could rent one new movie a month on iTunes for less than what I was paying for netflix. That being said, occasionally there is something I want to watch on there and I will watch it at Eric's place but not enough for me to justify paying for it each month.

My brother in law recently moved to Canada and was surprised by the difference, too. Definitely sounds like it's not worth it.

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We also have Netflix. My husband loves it and uses it far more than I do. I'd rather just go to Redbox for a movie rental. eek

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We have Netflix through our AppleTV and love it. Like someone else said, you can go days and weeks without using it and then use it constantly. Right now we're catching up on Breaking Bad. It all depends on what you want to watch and when. Redbox is handy for newer movies, as well as iTunes rentals.

Mase, you're absolutely right about the Harmony remote... It's a must! I can't recall which one I have, but I got a great deal on it through Mac Mall. I do know it would have been over $100 from anywhere else!

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strummer77 wrote:
We have Netflix through our AppleTV and love it. Like someone else said, you can go days and weeks without using it and then use it constantly. Right now we're catching up on Breaking Bad. It all depends on what you want to watch and when. Redbox is handy for newer movies, as well as iTunes rentals.

Mase, you're absolutely right about the Harmony remote... It's a must! I can't recall which one I have, but I got a great deal on it through Mac Mall. I do know it would have been over $100 from anywhere else!

I keep wanting to upgrade mine... but then I remember ill have to reprogram... lol

I love mine as well. Cant go back to the days of old with multiple remotes!

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I love you for catching up on Breaking Bad. I did it a few weeks ago and it is the greatest TV show, with the greatest actors that I have ever seen. Too bad season 5 is the finale sad

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we use Netflix streaming daily. My 5 year old likes Pocoyo, Super Mario Bros Super Show (starring Captain Lou Albano) and My Little Pony Friendship is Magic. My 12 year old like Doctor Who. A LOT.

I'm watching Bones -- up to season 4 now. Breaking Bad is in queue, but I have to finish one before beginning another.

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