When you and your family plan a movie night, complete with pajamas and popcorn, where does your movie come from? Do you buy it from the store? Do you go to your local video rental place and pick one out? Do you have Netflix? Do you stop by a local Redbox after work?
I noticed a couple weeks ago that one of our local video stores had closed down. I can’t really say that I was suprised, as I didn’t know many people who utilized it. My neighbor had been a loyal customer of them for years, but had recently converted to Netflix, so perhaps she was the straw that broke the movie store’s back?
I started to realize how much the world had been revolving and that, quite possibly, there was no need for brick and mortar movie stores anymore. I mean, they never seem to have what you want in stock when you go – so you have to settle for something else. For some reason, it’s always a feat to return it on time, and then there’s the cost. For $8.99/month ($10.99 if you want blu-ray, which we do), you can have unlimited rentals and instant viewing via Netflix. Or you can download movies for as little as 99cents sometimes on Amazon. They even have free movies from time to time, or offer promotions when you buy other products that allow you to get videos for free. At one point, after I bought the latest Call of Duty for my husband, they gave me a credit of $5.00. I got a couple episodes of my beloved Law and Order: SVU, along with Food, Inc. And the episodes were to keep, not a rental.
This article from Bloomberg Business Week – http://ow.ly/2FJUW – calls Netlix “Cable’s Worst Nightmare”. I can understand that. There is so much that you can watch on Netflix that is instantly available, that the need for cable isn’t as prominent as it used to be. However, you don’t get the shows right away, you obviously have to wait until they come out on DVD, so if you don’t want to wait a year to find out what Patrick Jane did on the season premiere of “The Mentalist” then you still need your cable, since CBS won’t release that show online for some reason. But if you are a true nerd household that isn’t a fan of that particular series, then you not only have Netflix, but also have Apple TV with Boxee that allows you to watch recent shows. Or you made a Media Center to hook up to your TV and watch Hulu through there. So really, the cable bill can probably go out the window…I wonder if that thought makes Comcast shake in their little space boots? (Quote from Austin Powers, which just MAY be available on Netflix!)
Have a good weekend everyone!