I am keeping Netflix for now but I am sure running out of stuff to watch and I have been watching it way less then I use to. I have zero interest in all this popular original content. Also there movie selection is still terrible. After losing Epix it made it worse. Took me 20 minutes to find a movie that ended up being a no name foreign dubbed European crappy movie. Went on Hulu instead to watch something. At least when the Disney movie contract comes soon and it can't come soon enough there will be better movies besides bargain bin crap they have now.
I do know some people who feel that way as well, but one thing that I have found to be useful is going through the categories as it gives a full listing of what is available beyond what is featured in a particular genre, which I believe is only fifty films/programs. By going through the categories in full, I have been able to stumble upon some really good documentaries and also a few films I was not aware of that are worth watching. I watched a movie with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton last week called And So it Goes.
Given the caliber of cast, I would have expected this film to get a theater release, but it seems that this one was either given a limited release or was released strictly via home/digital media. Regardless of how it was released, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the quality of the film as it was one of the better movies I have seen in a while and given that I buy a lot of digital movies and am subscribed to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Tribeca Shortlist, that covers a lot of ground. A very good movie for those who haven’t seen it, I recommend it.
I think the slight increase will only help Netflix in the long-term not only with regard to developing original shows and films, but also with regard to the never ending battle for streaming rights among networks and OTT services. One thing I would like to see them focus more on is their development of stand up comedy specials. Back when I originally subscribed years back they had almost all of George Carlin’s HBO stand up shows with the lone exception of the 40 yrs in comedy special HBO did in the 90’s that was hosted by Jon Stewart. Although those programs were made for and aired on HBO, HBO doesn’t own the footage and if you watch HBO’s comedy channel, they haven’t aired a classic block of Carlin material, Rodney Dangerfield material, or Robert Kline material to name a few in a long time. I think it would serve Netflix well to seek and acquire those rights to air that material as part of their Stand up comedy selections while also showing current comedians. It’s something that HBO used to be a dominant force in, but they haven’t really done much in the way of comedy in a while. I also subscribe to the comedy streaming service Seeso. When I subscribed to Seeso, I was hoping that some of the classic Carlin stand up material as well as others would be available as it is a Comedy centric streaming service, but the only Carlin content they have is from the first episode of Saturday Night Live in 1975. It’s just something that I see as an untapped source of content that Netflix could capitalize on.
It would also be good in terms of introducing people like Carlin, Dangerfield, and others who are no longer with us to a new generation of viewers. Just one man’s opinion.