Thursday, November 3, 2011

Concerning Netflix

There's a small hole in my heart where my daily dose of the Dick Van Dyke show used to be. Every month, Netflix rotates what they offer, adding new movies and TV shows and removing ones that have been available for long periods of time. Being a fervent list-maker, I check periodically at my queue to see what will be soon departing and make note of it. Dick Van Dyke was removed from Netflix on November 1st, and I successfully watched every episode, viewing the last one on October 30th. No more guessing if Rob will fall over the ottoman or sidestep it. No more flashbacks into army life. No more one-liners and jokes about finding a husband. No more beautiful, graceful Laura to model my life after.

I'm not bitter. Lots of people are upset about the frequent changing of titles on Netflix. Others are omplaining about them doubling their prices. This would be a big deal if it were expensive in the first place, but seriously folks, c'mon. If you want to get DVD's in the mail as well as streaming movies it now costs you $16/month. That's less than the price of one dinner for two. Do you realize how many movies and TV shows you can watch in a month? Just based on watching Sesame Street everyday it's like paying 50 cents an episode. Compared to what we paid when we had Dish Network, and I feel like a thief.

Such a silly thing to be upset about. I have over 215 items in my queue waiting to be watched. You won't hear me complaining about paying $8/month for streaming films. And though I'll miss Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, I'm enjoying being entertained by John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam. Long live Monty Python's Flying Circus!

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