To Flix or net to Flix?

February 17, 2010


Well, it’s been about a year that we’ve had NetFlix. It started because Lauren found out that she could watch movies on her computer. She happily did that for maybe a month before I wondered why she didn’t get any DVDs. It turns out that she wasn’t interested in getting any DVDs, so I’ve had the NetFlix queue mostly to myself for the better part of a year.

Think of the postage

I like movies, and there are a fair number that I always meant to see, but I never did. Now if someone mentions a movie they like, or I see a reference to one that sounds interesting I just add it to the list (there’s an app for that). My list is about 12 movies long, so it’s about 3 months later that they send me that movie. It’s always a surprise when it arrives. Their turn-around time is amazing. If I put a movie in the mail on Thursday I get a new movie on Saturday.

Click me to see all of the movies Lloyd's rented. It's very voyuristic.

But there are some drawbacks. Since we started we’ve rented 36 movies and spent about $99.00 doing so. Roughly $2.75 a movie. Much cheaper than going to a movie, but maybe not worth it if you compare it to renting movies in Seward (which costs around $2.00). Except we never do.

The other big downer is that I always feel like I should watch the movie right away to that I’m getting my money’s worth. There are no late fees, but if I sit on it too long then I feel like I’m wasting my $8.99 per month.

There are currently 14 movies in the queue, and I don’t know if I’ll keep going after that. Lauren doesn’t use it much on her computer anymore, and my dad is retired from the Post Office, so I don’t have to worry about covering his paycheck.

There’s a neat NetFlix feature where you can see what your friends are watching. So far Kristi is my only friend. If you have NetFlix, will you be my friend?

About Lloyd

Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Laurenโ€™s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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12 Responses to “To Flix or net to Flix?”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Did you save those mailing envelope cast-offs? I think you might have a problem of some kind.


    • Lloyd Said on:

      What would you take a picture of if you wanted to post about Netflix? Huh? Did you ever think of that? Huh? Did you? Well? Did you?


      • Brad Said on:

        You saved those so you could take a picture of them so you could post about Netflix? Now I KNOW you have a problem… Hehe…

        And if I were posting about Netflix, I’d probably take a picture of my feet. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Lauren Said on:

    Personally, I could drop Netflix at any time. I’m too tired at night to commit to a whole two hours of something. A movie sounds like a chore.


  3. Kristi Said on:

    I’m so glad that we’re friends, Lloyd, even if some people say you have “problems.”


  4. Kristi Said on:

    Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog gets 5 stars, yet Adding and Subtracting Integers only gets 1? Who’s rating these things?


    • Lloyd Said on:

      The red stars are how much they think we’ll like the movie. The yellow stars are our rating of the movie. That’s what they base their stars on. Netflix recently had a contest where they awarded ONE MILLION DOLLARS to the person/people who could improve their recommendations the most.

      As for Adding and Subtracting Integers, taping me teaching it on a blackboard would have resulted in better instruction.


  5. Peggy Said on:

    I did Netflix for about a year…but then stopped.

    But if you ever want a movie review, I’ve seen just about every movie out there. You have my email address.


  6. Karla Said on:

    Nuts. I was going to add to your queue, but it asks for a user name and password. ๐Ÿ™


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