Before I knuckle down to my rewrites for the day (Trouble in Paradise, Feb. 2007), I thought I would give a little report on my Netflix experience of the past seven and a half months.
I give this service an "A" and highly recommend it to others who love watching movies, both old and new. With the exception that sometimes I have to wait awhile when hugely popular movies are just released on DVD, I’ve had great success with Netflix. It’s definitely saved me money (I turned off premium channels on my cable service, and I’m not buying as many DVDs for my personal library). Best of all, I’ve discovered movies I’d never heard of and/or never would have paid almost $4 to rent from the local video stores.
During the 7 1/2 months of my membership, I’ve seen 54 individual movies and seven TV series (those seven series had a total of 25 DVDs). On a scale of one to five (one being "hated it" and five being "loved it"), I’ve seen two movies I rated a "1," ten movies I rated a "2," twenty movies I rated a "3," nineteen movies I rated a "4," and three movies I rated a "5." The seven series got 3’s and 4’s.
One of the things I’ve also loved about this service is the "Friends" option. I have three Netflix Friends at present. I can recommend movies to them and they to me. I can see what they are watching now, will soon watch, have already watched, and I can see how they’ve rated particular films. This has allowed me to discover some excellent films I’d never heard of before.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift to give to a movie buff in your life, whether for Christmas or some other reason, pop over to www.netflix.com and consider giving a gift subscription. (I have no stock in the company, BTW.)