Red Envelope Madness!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Back with Netflix

I first joined Netflix in 2004, and stayed until 2015.  I took a one-year break, and just rejoined today, for the basic streaming plan, and started over with a one-month free trial. My list of movies and all my ratings are gone from when I was a member before, so I'm not going to bother rating all those movies again; I don't really need recommendations. The first few titles I searched for were unavailable, so we're not off to a good start. 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Netflix Alternative

Read a book.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Year Without Netflix

I can't believe it's been a year since I suspended my Netflix account. I watched 45 movies last year, and only four were DVDs from Netflix and one streaming.  Now I use Redbox, if I really need a movie, or I go to the theater.

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Friday, May 29, 2015


I have suspended my Netflix account, for the time being. I'm still a huge Netflix fan, and I still recommend the service, but you don't need me to tell you it's awesome. Almost everyone has Netflix now. Congratulations to Netflix, for a job well  done.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

24 Struggles Every Netflix Addict Will Immediately Understand

This list from Buzzfeed applies to streaming customers mainly. I'm a DVD-only subscriber. I gave up my streaming account when I gave up broadband. I've switched Internet service providers. I'm now with Time-Warner Cable on the Everyday Low Price plan, which is $14.99 per month for 3 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload. The speed has been very consistently between 2-3 Mbps download, which is enough for me.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

DVDs dwindling

I know Netflix is trying to force me away from using DVDs and into streaming*, because of money. They make more money with streaming. This is how it begins. More and more of my DVD queue is creeping into the unavailable section. Of the 344 titles in my queue, 77 have a wait status. Those waits consist of 14 short waits and an unbelievable 63 VERY LONG WAITS. That's crazy. I also have 86 movies "saved" which were formerly queued, so that's 38% of my selections I'll probably never see.

77 waits
14 short waits
63 very long waits
344 queued
86 saved

430 Total
163 Wait or unavailable

I remember being so excited about Netflix when I joined in 2004.

*I can't afford faster Internet. I'm using, and it's "up to 10 Mbps" is less than 1 Mbps in reality, and they throttle streaming users after the first GB. It's better than nothing or dialup, because with dialup, you have a phone bill. At least I don't have a phone bill.

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2013 Annual Report

I'm wearing my Netflix sweatshirt, which I got on eBay, while I blog this. Time for my annual report. In 2013, this is how I consumed movies:

 I saw 123 movies in 2013:

Netflix DVD: 70
Theater: 39
Netflix Instant: 6
Other Internet: 5
Redbox: 2

This is the lowest number since before Netflix. I must admit, I'm not including many hours of television I got through Netflix Instant. I don't count those toward my movie totals. My viewing might have increased if I tracked those hours.

I've seen 999 of the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, 2002 edition. The book has been revised many times, so the complete list from all editions now has 1,153 titles on it. The newest edition has 28 titles I haven't seen, so there's a big difference among editions. I'm wondering if I should try to complete all editions, or is that a fool's errand? I'm getting my stats from the new iPhone app for the book, 1001 Movies Before You Die. You can also see them on, which is the only list-tracking site I use now. I still have my stuff on, but I'm not updating it.

I'm still keeping the DVD plan and the Instant plan, until I can afford a faster Internet connection. I'm currently using for my Internet, and even on their best plan, I experience only 1-2 Mbps. I need an external antenna. My house is a Faraday cage, apparently. I've heard they throttle streaming users. Oh well. It's slightly better and cheaper than DSL or cable, except when it rains.

Shout-out to Reed Hastings and the Netflix crew for a job well done. Thank you.

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