More about Netflix

Also, Netflix has changed its model completely and became a service that is only interested in streaming TV shows It creates. That’s OK, I get it. But what do people now do for movies? Netflix killed Blockbuster because it could supposedly provide movies in a better way. And now that it mostly dumped the movie business, where do people get movies to watch? Legally, I mean.

I’m sure this was all discussed elsewhere many times and I’m late to the party, as always. But even I, a person who is not a huge movie fan, to put it mildly, am noticing that something isn’t working here.

I also don’t get how Netflix’s model works. Where do they get money to film all these TV shows? From people’s $7.99 per month subscription? And that’s enough?

P.S. A propos TV shows, we are finishing the second season of Ozark, a show that needs to be shown instead of Trump’s election videos. And that’s not only because the portrayal of Mexicans but because of the really offensive and deeply biased portrayal of rural Missouri. And by the way, God, TV shows really suck at portraying white poverty. Would it have been so hard for the casting folks, the makeup and hair people, and the costume workers to go hang out at a trailer park for a couple of hours to see what people actually wear and look like?


15 thoughts on “More about Netflix”

  1. I think a lot of people are using Amazon these days. It’s too bad, because it just increases Amazon’s monopoly on everything in the universe. There’s a service called Vudu that has a reasonable selection. It differs from Netflix in that it’s pay per movie rather than a monthly fee.


  2. Lately we’ve found ourselves doing more Amazon for films, which I’m not thrilled about because of the monopoly behavior.

    You should also check to see if your local public library or your university library subscribe to Kanopy, that allows you to stream to home devices through your library account. They have lots of foreign, historic, and documentary films in their cagalog, though availability depends partly on which packages your library has purchased.


    1. Or Hoopla, another free library subscription service for movies, TV shows, music, comics, and audiobooks. Each library sets a monthly limit for patrons–mine allows ten rentals per month. I find the selection to be great, though I prefer older stuff to newer stuff.

      Your local library likely uses Overdrive as well, which, while mainly useful checking out books and audiobooks, has some movies as well.


  3. To be honest, I end up watching a lot of movies (especially non Bollywood movies) on YouTube. I’m sorry, but if the sound and the picture is jacked (which happens more than you’d think for a paying service) why do I need to give a streaming service money? If I feel like I’m watching a pixelated VCR from 1985 I get very annoyed. And no, I’m noI gave up on finding movies from Netflix a long time ago.

    I haven’t gotten into Hulu, mainly because I’m disinterested in The Handmaid’s Tale. If it’s something like an obscure concert film or an interview I end searching the internet and watching it from whereever because it’s just not available for streaming or to play in another format.

    There’s RedBox but I haven’t rented a DVD or a Blu-Ray from their kiosks in years.


    1. I’m not interested in The Handmaid’s Tale either. Atwood is a great writer but this is one of her weakest novels. I don’t get why anybody would waste time on a clearly ridiculous premise.


      1. “The Handmaid’s Tale…. I don’t get”

        Read and liked the book and saw the first (bad) movie in the early 90s haven’t seen the series, but I think the series turns people, especially women, on… sexual submission porn in line with the new Victorianism which has been progressing for a while now (the Kavanaugh circus was also part of that)
        Look up “handmaid’s tale” and cosplay on google and despair…


      2. I wasn’t interested in the torture porn and they decided to extend the series for a second season when they ran out of book.
        I did enjoy Sarah Gadon in Alias Grace.


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