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.


  1. Hi Becky! How are you? I'm trying to find an email address to contact you on to ask if you would please consider adding a link. Thanks and have a great day!

  2. Network speed is the only thing keeping you watching DVDs? What about selection? The newest, best, and most popular movies aren't available on streaming.

    And what is available on streaming is unreliable - it comes and goes, unlike the DVD inventory.

    Streaming seems fine for those who just want to watch something and don't care what it is, but if you're trying to do a list, for example, you want particular titles.

    Only about 1 in 20 of the top rated titles for me on Netflix are available in streaming.

  3. You're exactly right, Bryan, I have lots of issues with streaming besides connection speed, but that was the tipping point for me.