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Netflix or Pay Channels: Better Value?

Fef 2011/06/20 04:38:16
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Netflix offers great technology to download streaming movies on demand into my living room for nearly $7/month -- less than the price of a large popcorn at the movie theater. I currently have pay movie channels (i.e. HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, etc...).

Netflix doesn't have every movie available for streaming download in high definition. Netflix doesn't have some movies at all. But for a few dollars more I can get those movies in high def on BluRay via postal mail.

Has anybody given up pay movie channels for Netflix? Did you do it for the savings or the convenience of on-demand? Did you miss getting the original series produced by the pay movie channels?
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  • lucythetooth 2011/06/20 05:16:49 (edited)
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    lucythetooth
    +6
    I canceled our cable altogether about a year and a half ago. Haven't missed it a bit. I may have to wait a little while for newer movies to show up on Instant Watch or Disc, but I can deal with that. You can still get the shows produced by Showtime and HBO, just may have to wait a little while.

    I actually prefer to wait so I can watch the whole season in one go instead of waiting a week for the next episode.

    Just finished watching Sons of Anarchy (awesome show, by the way.). Before that, I watched all the seasons of Bones over the course of a week and before that it was Dexter. Now I'm watching Jericho. I like to watch all the episodes of a show, then move on to another one.

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  • Magyarita 2011/08/07 00:32:07
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    Magyarita
    I don't use either. :P
  • Chris 2011/07/09 15:49:43
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    Chris
    +1
    It does seem like a crazy thought at first but canceling cable tv altogether really isn't bad... no commercials, watch what you want and when... I would like to see the news available as podcasts on Netflix instant streaming some day, but for now I just watch news podcasts on Apple TV and that works pretty well.
  • gidianedwards97 2011/06/22 06:30:42
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    gidianedwards97
    +1
    Hulu and rent or buy or go to theaters internet
  • Little Miss Monster 2011/06/22 02:08:00
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    Little Miss Monster
    +1
    I have Netflix and I will testify that I love it to death! They have nearly every movie I've ever wanted to see--and more. I say "nearly every movie" because there was 1 movie I wanted which wasn't available. So, if you want Dracula: Prince of Darkness with Christopher Lee--don't bother (at least not if you live where I do) because they don't have it. And that sucks!
  • Netflix Instead of Pay Channels
    Algor. Mortis. - ҎԊǢɬ Physician
    +1
    Netflix can send you movies in the mail, there's more then just what's being streamed
  • rudad5 2011/06/20 22:10:33
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    rudad5
    +1
    kickass torrents are way better never a fee!
  • rock 2011/06/20 21:24:26
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    rock
    +2
    I like netflix better. Its on demand
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2011/06/20 21:02:07
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    MOMMA THOMAS
    +1
    NETFLEX!
  • jeffro2010 2011/06/20 18:41:52 (edited)
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    jeffro2010
    +1
    Netflix is updated weekly, where as pay channels update monthly. I should point out that I have Netflix, HBO, Showtime, TMC, and Hulu plus.
  • Flip-182 2011/06/20 17:44:18
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    Flip-182
    +1
    If only we got Netflix in the UK that would be cool
  • Arty 2011/06/20 17:35:01
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    Arty
    +1
    just buy the DVD and have it forever
  • whipnet Arty 2011/06/21 04:30:35
    whipnet
    +1
    I own over 400 of them, but that doesn't even scratch the surface on what you can watch instantly on demand. For $9 a month. Less than 1 DVD.
  • SoCalEx-Dem 2011/06/20 17:27:47
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    SoCalEx-Dem
    +1
    We have both. I don't watch any of the HBO's. I find alot more to watch on the other channels. The ones that just come with cable.
  • Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll 2011/06/20 17:12:26
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    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    +1
    Pay channels play the same crap for months.... Only thing HBO is good for is the boxing.
  • EliteAmongOutcasts 2011/06/20 16:42:06
  • Warren ... EliteAm... 2011/06/20 20:22:12
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    +2
    I tried Hulu on Xbox one time and will never do it again. Terribly expensive, like $6 or more for a blue ray movie. Only 24 hours to watch a movie, that took several hours to download. And I had to put a shirt over my Kinect controller or it would start fast forwarding through the movie for no apparent reason. And using a game controller to control a movie is horribly awkward. Have you had a better experience?
  • EliteAm... Warren ... 2011/06/21 01:18:13 (edited)
  • Warren ... EliteAm... 2011/06/21 12:33:15
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    +2
    Thanks, you are right, it was Zune I was using. As for the Kinect control, I think it is good for games, but even more awkward than the controller when it comes to making simple choices that would otherwise involve a simple click of a button..
  • Imani 2011/06/20 16:04:26
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    Imani
    +1
    I love Netflix , its better for TV shows than movies. You can just instantly watch anything. Being that it is summer, I just finished watching seasons 1-4 of Prison Break. BEST SHOW EVER.
  • bettyboop 2011/06/20 15:53:40
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    bettyboop
    +1
    I think Netflix offer's a good service for the money and yes I opt. for them because they are cheaper.
  • exsecrare 2011/06/20 15:53:32
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    exsecrare
    +1
    I use Netflix and Hulu plus every day. The only reason I even have cable is because it was provided for free.
  • TiffanyBelle 2011/06/20 15:49:08
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    TiffanyBelle
    +1
    actually thinking of canceling our cable all together. between netflix on our xbox, youtube, vevo, hulu and the like... think that's enough TV related content.
    it's about time to CUT THE CORD, i've been a paid cable subscriber for 20 years now.
    the times they are a changing!!!
    cord ive paid cable subscriber 20 years times changing no more cable
  • Sister Jean 2011/06/20 14:41:38
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    Sister Jean
    +2
    I have never paid for a TV movie YET!!!
  • lucky 2011/06/20 13:43:09
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    lucky
    +3
    I use to have all the pay channels along with 3 dvd or bluray out at a time and unlimited streaming from netflix.

    I cancelled everything except my unlimited streaming. The husband and I only watch tv mainly in the evening on weekends so I like to watch a series several episodes at a time and netflix works a lot better for that, plus a few of the shows we watch come on at the same time other shows do, we kept having problems with schedule conflicts when we wanted to record, netflix solves that.

    The only drawback is netflix streaming content is selective, there is still a lot of movies you cant get and a lot of television series that are not available.
  • arose13 2011/06/20 13:42:01 (edited)
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    arose13
    +4
    I get 99 channels now & could never possibly watch everything I would like. As for Netflix, I don't watch that much TV. I'm quite happy w/ the great cable service I have had for almost 30 years, which keeps improving.
  • Kara ~~~ American Patriot 2011/06/20 13:40:05
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    Kara ~~~ American Patriot
    +2
    I like both.
  • Jareth Majere 2011/06/20 13:35:19
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    Jareth Majere
    +2
    for the price
  • Huki68 2011/06/20 13:15:35 (edited)
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    Huki68
    +3
    All of my kids have netflix, I do have the local channels, I don't watch TV so I don't need them only the news and weather. cheap for us
  • Chris - The Rowdy One! #187 2011/06/20 13:11:42
  • merlinskiss 2011/06/20 12:58:40
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    merlinskiss
    +1
    Just Netflix and that way we get what we want. Don't do pay channels at all. Gave that up years ago and don't miss them.
  • Hobbitt / Oldsquid 2011/06/20 12:45:11
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    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    +3
    Don't know...Have no Xbox, WII or Playstation...can't get netflix streaming..
  • apachehellfire65 2011/06/20 11:49:53
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    apachehellfire65
    +3
    Netflix unlimited movies to my computer for 10.00 a month. pay per veiw unlimited movies to my tv 4.00 each. i would say netflix was the better deal if you watch more then three a month.
  • L!Z3TH♫ 2011/06/20 07:46:14
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    L!Z3TH♫
    +4
    Netflix!! It's more affordable and plenty of stuff to watch! :)
  • Bowman 2011/06/20 07:15:31
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    Bowman
    +4
    Netflix!!! Plenty of crap to watch.
    148 episodes of "Dog the Bounty Hunter" can't be wrong.
  • Xerxes 2011/06/20 06:57:20
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    Xerxes
    +5
    tried Netflix did not care for it, since i'm one of those people not in a hurry to see a film, i don't use pay channels either, eventually a friend will have the DVD or it will be on HBO, or one of the others
  • sglmom 2011/06/20 06:48:45
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    sglmom
    +3
    NEITHER ..

    I have a collection of OLD Classic Movies .. on DVD. WHEN I feel like listening to one, then I just go to the index number, pull it up, load it and listen.

    With me now .. going to the movies is .. odd .. since the reason I would go is only because some friends ask me to come with and I am there just because it is a prelude to an event or just after somewhere else (prior to going home).
  • SK-pro impeachment 2011/06/20 06:46:46
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    SK-pro impeachment
    +4
    Right now i don't have cable anymore at all or dish. I do have netflix but not to get more current movies in the mail. probably should. It's only 2 dollars more but i can also go to redbox for one dollar a movie. Not many movies worth watching anymore. Only a few come out per year. Netflix also has a lot of educational documentaries of various kinds as well.
  • Bothergirl 2011/06/20 06:45:33
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    Bothergirl
    +4
    I watch about 2 netflix movies a day.I love the choice and the small bill.
  • Another Lone Wolf 2011/06/20 06:40:48
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    Another Lone  Wolf
    +5
    i think its easier and cheaper
  • Daryl 2011/06/20 06:39:04
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    Daryl
    +5
    Neither.

    Netflix had an unplanned outage.

    I guess having an enormous tech budget is no guarantee of uptime:

    http://techcrunch.com/2011/06...

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