We finally did it. We joined Netflix. I know, I know – we’re right on top of the latest trends. It’s just that we never felt we needed it. A few things changed recently.
First, we reviewed out bill from Cox Cable and realized how much we’re paying them every month for their awful, awful service. $45/month for the phone that works about half of the time ($5 of which is for voicemail we can’t access.) About $50 for the cable modem that goes down every single day, and about $100 for TV, including their terrible DVR. Yeah, that had to stop.
Tomorrow the Dish Network comes out to install our new set up – Turbo HD. I’m sure I’ll be reporting extensively on how that goes. I have high expectations. We’re not getting a ton of channels, just the Bronze Turbo HD package + Cinemax (free) + local channels.
The phone will be replaced with Skype.
And then there’s Netflix. It’s only $10/ month for 1 Blu-ray movie at a time and unlimited streaming! It’s really hard to pass up. I didn’t realize it was so cheap! The streaming is what really put us over the top. We’ve already used to watch two movies – Dan in Real Life and Oceans 11. We also started watching the series Weeds, which looks promising.
Dan in Real Life – startling revelation: it’s possible to having writing so bad that Steve Carell isn’t funny. I never would have believed it, but it’s true.
Ocean’s 11 was pretty cool. It’s my kind of flick. I look forward to the rest of the franchise, which is in my Netflix queue already. 12 and 13 are not available through the Watch Instantly thing.
One last note – if you join Netflix be prepared to spend a LONG time sifting through the movies. Not because you have to, but because it’s fun. It’s a really well designed interface and it’s just fun searching for movies. I keep going back and adding things to the queue. I had no idea there were so many things I wanted to see. I’m finally going to see 24!