limegreen wrote:This is completely unrelated to law school or UVA, but is Netflix worth it if you only want new movies? I got all the movie channels at my parents this year so I have pretty much seen everything I wanted to see, but it would be nice to get new releases.
I am rather embarrassed that my grandma keeps talking about her netflix and I really have no idea how it works other than getting movies in the mail and then sending them back.
You can get new releases the day they come out on DVD. The only catch to this is if you watch too many DVDs in Netflix's opinion (as in, you ship the DVDs back the next day, constantly), in which case, they may put you a little lower on the priority list for newly-released, really popular movies (example: it took me two weeks after the release date to finally get Quantum of Solace out of my DVD queue). For the most part though, I've been able to get new releases shipped the day of the release. You can save movies in your queue that have future release dates. Once a release date is set, you can bump it to the top of your queue and it will ship the day of release (and as soon as you've returned the DVDs you have out).
They also have a pretty awesome instant/online movies and tv shows now; it's unlimited viewing except for the one DVD-a-month plan. In addition to a bunch of classic-ish British shows (and hundreds of other shows), they tend to have the last full season of a number of popular tv/cable shows. They also get tv shows on DVD the day of the DVD release.
Other neat features:
-One of the best recommendation algorithms for recommending movies, esp. once you rate about 50 movies.
-A huge collection of DVDs, even pretty obscure and foreign stuff
-Online viewing used to be kind of meh because of a limited library of films/shows, but it's gotten pretty good.
-The cost of monthly subscription is often less than, or only slightly more, than the cost of one movie theater ticket.
-Turnaround time is generally pretty good. Right now, if I ship a DVD back, they receive it the next business day, ship the next DVDs out that same day, and I get them the day after that (two days after I mailed them in).
I sound like a Netflix troll now, but I've had a pretty positive experience with them.