Netflix’s Instant Watch selection sucks – or does it?

07 Oct

One of the most common gripes about Netflix’s Instant Watch/Streaming selection is that the quality of the titles is, umm, sub-par.

Certainly, from a casual look at  the selection, it’s clear that it is not spilling over with blockbuster hits or Oscar winning titles. But what if we took the average rating of titles that are available for instant watch and compared with the overall (with the caveat that at 17,000 titles out of a catalog of 100,000+, some 85% of the titles are *not* available for streaming) . Over at FeedFliks, we have a copy of the Netflix catalog and at least by one common metric, the average rating of a title, the numbers are less stark:

Average rating of ALL titles in the Netflix catalog: 2.94

Average rating of titles available on instant watch: 2.98

Average rating of titles available on DVD only (not via streaming): 2.93

It appears that while the sheer number of IW titles is small, the average rating is not worse. It is, in fact, slightly better: 2.98 vs 2.94! In other words a title that you picked out randomly from the catalog would actually be better if it was a stream-able title than not.

I certainly did not expect that – did you? As always, comments are welcome.


Posted by on October 7, 2009 in feedfliks, feedflix, insant watch


79 responses to “Netflix’s Instant Watch selection sucks – or does it?

  1. David

    October 7, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Not that surprising, my guess is that there are a lot more titles in the DVD only section that are complete duds with less then 2 stars then there are in the Instant Watch list.

  2. Matthew

    October 7, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    There is nothing more infuriating than an uninformed Netflix subscriber who has nothing better to do than talk smack about a service they do not use. They are a minority, of course, but their stupidity speaks for itself. They only want to stream movies that were released in the last 6 months on disc… anything older, and they immediately jump to the conclusion that it’s crap.

    I’ve always figured that more people streamed certain titles than watched them on disc. Some titles on Netflix wouldn’t have 1/2 the ratings if they weren’t streaming capable. People feel more open to watching something on streaming, even if it’s something they’d feel guilt to admit to, or something they wouldn’t want to “waste” a disc ship on.

    If you’re really still in the boat of people who don’t get it, just look at Streaming Soon… we prove that your theory is null and void. We can’t make you take chances, but we can give you visual proof that there are GREAT titles out there and on the way that you aren’t even giving the time of day to.

  3. Bill

    October 8, 2009 at 1:27 am

    It would be interesting to see a breakdown of how many movies on each service surpassed a certain threshold (say 3.5 average rating). This could prove to be an even more meaningful way to quantify the difference.

  4. Will

    October 8, 2009 at 1:36 am

    I find that many people just tend to glance at the IW titles and may find some not so great ones, but the plethora of IW television and great movies are there to find. I often end up finding multiple IW titles that I want to watch when I go in looking for a specific title.

  5. DrTall

    October 8, 2009 at 2:46 am

    You can’t compare averages without std deviations as well.

  6. Sam

    October 8, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I agree with DrTall, you need to look at the std deviations when you compare averages. It would also be useful to compare the distributions of ratings by making a histogram.

    I think what people overlook is that when they take a quick glance at the WI collection, they’re only seeing movies they haven’t rated. There’s a lot of great movies in the WI collection that most people have probably already seen, like The Terminator, The Road Warrior, and Die Hard.

  7. Killian

    October 9, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Haha, I was taking a diversion from analyzing standard deviations at work while viewing this post. Seems like I can’t avoid them.
    My criteria for selecting instant view films is much more liberal than choosing films to be delivered. This has resulted in watching lots of garbage, but also some hidden gems I never would have tried.

  8. Joe

    October 22, 2009 at 12:30 am

    The instant selection doesn’t exactly suck but I definitely have some gripes. I’ve been a user of instant watching since it’s launch. The selection has gotten much bigger and somewhat better, but the slow trickle of quality content and classic films (even fairly enjoyable films) has been like chinese water torture. For every one decent movie that gets released (usually through Starz play and normally a minimum of one year old), you get about 10 pieces of crap that no one would ever want to watch.

    Heres a link for you :
    See how few are available for instant watch? Its pretty sad.

    Another link :
    I’m a huge horror movie fan. Sort all titles by rating and see how many you have to go through before reaching one thats viewable instantly. Notice how few there are. Again, sad.

    But it is nice to have a nice selection of decent 80s/90s films to watch instantly. The TV selection is nice as well.

  9. Ralph

    December 12, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    From now on all of the really crappy movies I watch I will give 1 star

  10. Joe

    December 13, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    The problem is not quality, it is the AGE of the selection. It would be interesting to graph the age of a film when posted on streaming versus DVD.
    I think the average age of a title is older in the streaming list versus the DVD. Also, there is a longer period from cinema release to digital release (DVD/streaming) when comparing DVD to streaming.
    In the Netflix realm streaming is the job lot of titles. DVD is the discount store/Best Buy.

  11. steve clark

    December 30, 2009 at 2:20 am

    netflix streaming selections SUCK!!!dont waist your time unless your looking for 3 year old titles.

  12. Matthew

    December 30, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Which – ironically – is also your age, Steve Clark.

    If you people don’t bother to look further than page 1, you’ll never learn anything. I can’t help the undiagnosed idiots that are STILL saying this.

  13. E.

    January 3, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I have to agree with the first poster.

    The selection isn’t very good. I mean what is the problem with having the films streamed? What are the studios so wary of? They want us to pay $3.99 for a measly 24 hours of time to watch a film? The corporate greed is unbelievable! I like the idea of being able to watch what I like at the time of my choosing and as many times as I wish. I mean, to me, it would give more access to shows that otherwise could be ignored, like Chuck for example. This show is STILL not on IW. Why? The exposure could help get people watching. The only thing IW is good for at this point is not movies, but TV shows. Although the TV selection is vastly superior to the film selection I’m surprised of the unavailability of shows like Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    I mean Jesus Christ!

    The movie selections are total ****.

  14. Jason

    February 13, 2010 at 2:07 am

    It’s sad that it’s not even an option to stream a “new to DVD or Blu Ray” even if there was an additional charge. I have the PS3 Disc, but still find myself having to download movies through iTunes and making trips to the local RedBox or BlockBuster to watch movies.

    What an incredible way to make money!! Boost up your library, maybe charge a couple of dollars more per month, and give the customers what they really want…THE BEST SELECTION!!

  15. Erik

    March 7, 2010 at 3:49 am

    I’ve spent, literally, hours looking through the instant que, on playstation 3, and also actually online through, and while they do have a small selection of decent movies (almost all of which are through Starz instant watch) the overall selection is truly….Crap. Most of the movies are just horrible, like B grade 1960’s movies….I mean seriously, they’re making all sorts of money off of us, and can’t give us a good selection for instant watching. And if you do decide to get a dvd from them, they take forever to mail it, if you want to get a TV series, they mail you 1 disc at a time, which will have literally like 3 episodes on it………soooo 3 episodes, send back wait 1-2 weeks for the next 3??? What a waste of money and time. Unfortunately Netflix is the only real provider of this service, so they can just give us crap and we have to take it.

  16. Bubba

    April 12, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Here’s an idea if you don’t like what netflix has to offer cancel your subscription pretty simple fix. I for one am glad to have the ability to watch streaming movies on my computer. Remember when you couldn’t even stream movies anyone ever have dial up as a kid? Be happy for what you have and stop whining your mothers and fathers didn’t have such luxuries. I’ve been using it for a while now and yes it does take a long time to get new movies shipped. Usually by the time they do ship the movie is on cable premium channels already, so in some cases you will be able to watch them instantly. That aside the instant/streaming movies and tv series are great. If you expect new blockbusters then you will be disappointed. However they do have quite a few brilliant films available foreign and domestic. Some tv series air then are on instant the next day. I would have never experienced certain movies had I not had access to netflix instant viewing. In closing if you like random interesting movies and mainstream films streaming is wonderful, not to mention some of the cult classics they have.

  17. Chad

    April 30, 2010 at 3:10 am

    even though the dvd is free and you get a 30-day trial DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME

    the movie selection absolutely SUCKS !!!

  18. kelly

    May 25, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    couldnt be more True.

  19. keith

    June 21, 2010 at 8:29 am

    sorry i wasted my time with net flix.. got it just for the instant feed and there isnt a movie on the whole damn thing i havent had for 3 years or just completley sucks… i for one will be canceling my subscription

  20. Ivan

    August 7, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    I think Netflix has good films for instant viewing, but, you have to dig, but for example, if you want to watch films that are fairly recent, like from the early 90’s to early 2000’s like Kill Bill, etc you know films that are on DVD and have been for a while, its kinds frusterating to find…thats not available unless you get it in DVD, I think that for netflix to be successful you need to at least have titles for instant viewing that are at least three to five years old from the current date on file for viewers, I like films from the 80s, 70’s etc, but everynow and again, I like to sit down to something rather new, that I am familiar with from my time.

  21. me

    October 27, 2010 at 3:46 am

    my frustration is this… i started watching a series on instant YESTERDAY.. and yet, TODAY it is no longer on instant watch???? whats up with THAT????? and this is a series that is from the eighties for heavens sake.. yesterday i was all excited putting things on my instant watch list.. today they are GONE, or shifted to my DVD list!!! what kind of bait and switch scam is going on here?????

  22. Jim

    November 14, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I understand the problems with obtaining the streaming rights for recently (last 2-3 years) released movies, but why are many of the older movies (30s, 40s & 50s) in their database and available on dvd, not available for streaming???

  23. Carolyn

    November 26, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Matthew the pure vitriol you throw at people who do not like Netflix’s Instant Watch offering makes you seem like a complete shill. There are many valid reasons to think the selection is poor. There are many 3 to 10 year old movies I would love to watch Instantly but they are not available, including most classic Disney movies. Yes they do have a fair selection, but it’s time to step up their game. There’s no reason to get all huffy and condescending.

  24. Ziggy Stardust

    November 29, 2010 at 3:23 am

    I was quite disappointed with the selection of streaming titles and any that were worth watching I’ve seen many times over on cable throughout the years.
    The main reason for dropping movie channels is because they keep showing the same old tired movies over and over.
    I find it hard to believe anyone could be satisfied paying for something you already get on basic cable or satellite channels.
    P.T. Barnum was right !!

  25. Mark Seibold

    November 29, 2010 at 6:40 am

    I am sorry to tell the youth today that the greatest films ever made were long ago yesterday! This new world of everything is now and hot is total ignorance. What I have just found is that one of the most respected movies of the 1950’s, Kirk Douglas acting the portrayal of the artist Van Gogh in the film Lust for Life is not available as an instant watch in Netflix for members. Why not? I’ll tell you why. This service sells to those who sell out on money and that’s all the garbage populist film listings that our commercialistic world desires. It is a service to make money – Not to make great art or education. Without the finest films getting recognition in the film world, we have those who do not want great cinema- We have a society that sells out on commercialism. Your money or your life?

    When will we see the technology serve to educate and raise the standards? Where is the great art in cinamatography ?!

    -Mark Seibold, Retired IT Tech, Artist-Astronomy Educator, Portland Oregon
    *Please RSVP –

  26. Pat

    December 26, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I got a Roku box for Christmas and just subscribed to the Netflix streaming service. So far, I am definitely underwhelmed. The available selection is disappointing. I enjoy watching older movies and I’m a great fan of independent and art house films. But it seems that every title I search for is available on DVD only. In terms of television shows, much of what is offered for streaming is readily available on cable channels. My subscription is a 30-day free trial and I’ll probably cancel when the trial period ends. It doesn’t seem worth having. Netflix should advertise the streaming service as a limited-selection service.

  27. jonathan

    January 27, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve had netflix for over a year now. I do enjoy the service but I agree that the IS section leaves something to be desired. Now its true that many of the older movies are good…or rather were good in their time, but their time has passed. In order to capitalize on their business and to prevent other companies from taking their spotlight, netflix needs to step it up. Also as a side note telling people to cancel their subscription if they have complaints is just plain ignorant. That’s not how the world works, companies need this feedback in order to make corrections and/or modifications to their current service to try to provide us, the consumer, with something we are willing to part with our money to have.

  28. Auguest Castro

    February 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I understand them not streaming new movies, but honestly having On Demand and all premium channells gives me much better movies than the ones Netflix streams. I use it only for DVD’s in fact my 2 kids have xbox360 and ps3 and have netflix on them and never watch movies on them. In currently loking at the xbox 360 it looks terrible. The powers that be really need to invest in some better programers and come up with better search options, you should at the very least be able to search by actors name, or sort by release date and rating. The selection of movies is not good either, they have Bourne identity, but the rest of the Bourne movies are DVD only, lol what kind of garbage is this? last I checked the last one came out in 2007.

    Netflix has a great business model and if they don’t be carefull someone will come by with a better product which would not be that hard to do in the streaming format anyway and kick them off the mountain. Maybe Dish, direct or Verizon will one day figure out how much money they can make by offering pay by month access to their PPV selections which honestly blow Netflix out of the water an its game over. Streaming will do to netflix what netflix did to brick and morter movie rentals if they are not carefull.

  29. PattyW

    February 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I’ve subscribed to Netflix for many years, including before ever having instant-view movies. When the instant view first became available, I was fairly pleased with the selections. But I’ve observed (and this is NOT my imagination) that Netflix is increasingly providing poorer and poorer quality films for instant view. There seem to be more instant films, but of one and two star quality.

  30. Jameshawking

    February 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Netflix instant queue selection is garbage. No starwars movies, no matrix movies, no Jurassic Parks,no Lord of the Ring, No fith element, No potter movies, 9/10 movies you throw into that search will be DVD only. I wouldn’t bother with this service unless you want to watch a bunch of no name films cause that is pretty much all there is.

  31. Jake

    March 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks for all comment~ I was about to buy a ROKU and jump aboard NETFLIX now second thoughts~ sounds like NETFLIX was sucking me in to view a mixed layer of junk!Thanks again-you saved me money-going back to showtiem, encore and whatever.Netflix read some of this!

  32. Jon

    March 28, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Downside to instant watch is that you don’t get the extra DVD features and deleted scenes.

  33. Mike

    March 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    After the free trial is over, we’re dumping netflix. Got an apple tv and tried the netflix streaming service – it blows. NOTHING I want to watch comes up. Just crap. Of course, that is all subjective. However, that doesnt change the fact that for us – its all crap.

    No, I dont want to receive the DVD in the mail BS.. Its 2011. If they cant/wont get their catalog online for streaming then bye-bye netflix for us. Apple tv is probably going back too as I can get anything I want from my mac mini right to my tv without apple tv and without netflix.

  34. Chris

    April 11, 2011 at 4:43 am

    Yes, this service sucks. Limited choice, dated offerings, anything good and new is almost certainly excluded. Lame.

  35. Cromag

    May 1, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Hey Matthew I felt like watching The Burbs released in THE 80’S and it’s only available on DVD only so your defense of “They only want to stream movies that were released in the last 6 months on disc” is pure horse shit

  36. Lisa

    May 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    The instant watch selection continues to decline with every passing wee. I’m getting ready to cancel my subscription. Try bringing up any famous actor or actress…Sandra Bullock…Kevin Costner…try it! See how few movies actually have truly famous people in them these days. And good movies that were once on instant watch are now gone. I went through the entire listing today and couldn’t find a single thing I want to watch.

    Thumbs down, Netflix! You’re going to lose a lot of customers.

  37. Member

    May 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    Netflix, what is your problem? Matilda, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, Mall Cop, and later the GOOD Spongebob series, are deleted. There is a limited time for many movies. And when they’re gone, you need to waste time waiting for a DVD by mail. All you can watch is getting crapier and crapier. I wish ALL movies were instant, and you can get the DVD for SF’s. THAT’s how Netflix should go. But why do availability dues even exist in this very world?

  38. Undecided

    May 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    As a part of my cheap replacement plan for overly inflated Comcast cable prices, Netflix is just one tool of many…and for the price, it’s not bad when viewed in that way. However, if I were depending on Netflix as my only media source, then I’d be pretty disappointed by the current selection on Netflix’s Watch Instantly list. It’s very limited and does seem to have a time-limit for various titles which isn’t really predictable. You can go in to check the list, see a movie available to watch, think to yourself, “OK, I think we’ll watch that one tomorrow night…” and then when you go back the next night to watch it, it might no longer be available to watch. Netflix is a pretty good service overall, but they have a long ways to go to make it the silver-bullet that can kill cable/satellite all by itself. For now, you need to combine Netflix with multiple other options in order to really fill out your movie/TV watching without standard cable/satellite services.

  39. Pissed

    May 26, 2011 at 2:37 am

    The selection on netflix is garbage and im canceling my subscription..everytime i go to search for something its on dvd…everytime! they advertise with the movies they only offer on dvd and thats bs. the new movie releases are old and unheard of. and the availabe for limited time is ridiculous. they are getting cheap titles thus losing me as a customer.

  40. Jose

    June 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    i can’t say I’m currently happy with the netflix titles that are available to stream. There are alot of movies but a large portions of them are b rated movies. Its hard to find alot of older movies that i want to watch. I know netflix has to make its money and limit what people can stream so they will purchase a larger package but perhaps they will see into expanding there streaming movies. I have noticed that they remove movies from time to time and add different movies. But overall i watch alot of crap on netflex. Id pay more for more streaming movies before id buy the dvd rental plan

  41. scott

    June 6, 2011 at 12:02 am

    We’ve been disappointed lately in the lack of titles in Netflix Instant Watch too. I guess I understand not having newer titles. But there is a definate lack of classic older titles. Star Treks, Caddyshack, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Alfred Hitchcocks, are just a few of the ones we recently looked for and was not available. There were a lot more, but those are the only ones I can remember looking for. We’re actually thinking of canceling the IW, but it IS so damn inexpensive…. maybe thats their business medel’s hook? It’s almost not worth canceling!

  42. Cakes

    June 16, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    does anyone know what the selection on hulu plus is? I just got the trial for netflix and am sad to find that the selection has changed- I searched through 60 pages of movies in two different categories and couldn’t find a single movie that looked like it was worth even wasting my time on… I understand that the movie industry is partially responsible but for fucks sake netflix has billions of dollars that they could use to help convince them. I’m not impressed and am strongly considering canceling my subscription before the trial is over.

  43. David Balfour

    June 17, 2011 at 1:55 am

    I just wish it would load on my PS3. it only loads when it feels like it.

  44. anonymouse

    June 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    it’s pretty sad…been a customer for years…I don’t really have the time to even deal with discs anymore, and travel too much, so really like the streaming service, in theory…the movie selection is pathetic though. time to cancel and just start downloading movies again..

  45. Joe

    July 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    IW is like on-demand TBS or WGN. Old, par-rated movies that make you feel like you just ate 5 lbs of junk food after you’re done.

    I’m dissappointed. I thought I could drop cable and be satisfied with streaming; now I realize I’d rather watch local news than most of the garbage on IW.

  46. Cimi

    July 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Soooooo I watched Cleopatra (Taylor <3) when first got Netflix on my PS3, now today four months later I wanted to watch it again. I searched for it to add to my queue and WTF now it is "only available for DVD"!!!!! How did I watch it the first time? This is suspicious since EVERYTHING my hubby or I search for is always non-streaming-must-upgrade-to-dvd's-to-see!

    I am done, this is it, no more…..its scamming us all to upgrade. Please look into what you are subscribing to, we will go back to RedBox to see NEW movies for a buck.

  47. Disappointed

    July 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    About to cancel my subscription but wanted to share a few things. IW is crap. Let me explain.
    Go to genres and select action. Now go to genres and select thriller. Same thing.
    Now look at the all time to 100 list and see how many of those are on IW.
    Now notice how new release are all foreign films. Every weekend I see half a dozen movies pop into theaters only to disappear forever because even the average flick with big name actors never makes it to netflix. They have hiked their prices and changed their plans to separate IW and Mail Only. Meanwhile the quality is declining. I have watched over 2000 titles and of those, not 1% of the ones I can stomach to watch again are on IW. Disappointed? Yes. Back to newzbin I go.

  48. bradford posey

    July 24, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Netflix instant streaming selection definately lacks an ongoing decent selection of movies to watch. If you are a regular watcher, you can quickly exhaust a decent selection of movies. I signed up and a member now for almost a year and I don’t subscribe to “commercial” TV so NetFlix is one of my only sources of entertainment. Their movie selection ‘dried’ up a long time ago and They don’t add any decent titles on a regular basis. They seem to scrap the bottom of the barrel and I’d like to know why they can’t offer a better selection available for streaming sense it seems it is the one feature that costs Less than the DVD rental. Seems they could at least offer better quality movies if only for a shorter time period. Their catalog for instant streaming is overfilled with a class worse than “B” movies. Most you can’t sit 10 minutes through. What’s up NetFlix? When are you planning a reorganization? Give your regular’s something for their money.

  49. Aaron

    August 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    People want new movies. It is that simple. If Netflix streaming service cannot provide them, then people will look for alternatives like RedBox for example. I can certainly appreciate older content, but it is hard to justify Netflix streaming to be your primary movie content provider when I can’t watch Avatar for example. It was released in 2009 and to DVD in April of 2010. Is that really an outlandish expectation?

  50. CJ

    August 2, 2011 at 6:15 am

    No question – I am a member of the old guard and have resoprted to watching films 3 and 4 times. I fell duped and it is no doubt the fault of Netflix; they are unconcerned with attaining new titles rapidly – or even moderately consistently. It’s laughable because even movies I have watched and liked are then removed from the instant viewing. I am open to all sorts of movies but if you don’t Hugh Grant (and I don’t) or The Jersey Shore, man it’s difficult. They need to speed things up and respect there consumer base. Yeah…and we’ll all but bridges to sell later on.

  51. CJ

    August 2, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Sorry about the spelling kids – it’s late.

  52. noname

    August 12, 2011 at 12:34 am

    i have to agree with the very first post. i just got it through my ps3 and it sucks all the movies that are worth watching are not wtf??? why get netflix when the movies i might like are only on dvd..i might as well take my ass to red box….

  53. candid_tiger

    August 24, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Seems everyone is saying the same thing, Netflix instant selection sucks! Very few blockbuster movies, if any from the last 15 years. Oh and the crappy sequels such as Ghostbusters 2. Why not part 1? It takes me just as long to find a good movie as it does to watch it (if I find one at all). I think IS is a waste of time and not worth the money…but I’m still hopeful it will get better.

    On the other hand, I’m a satisfied member/supporter of the DVD/Blu-Ray service. No late fees! Don’t have to remember to take it back on time! Wide selection and excellent customer service!

    I also think that the film companies are keeping the good movies out of the queue because DVD retail sales are down (thanks to Netflix) and that means less money in their pockets. I read somewhere that Walmart and Best Buy aren’t too happy about it either. And that’s why Walmart bought Vudu (which has a fresh a$$ PPV selection). Streaming rights sold to the highest bidder!

  54. Dan

    August 27, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Have you noticed that content which was available for Instant queue has also been removed ie; Season 1 and 2 of Dexter – not exactly new content. Overall, Instant queue content leaves a lot to be desired. Netflix slogan “Watch what you want, when you want by streaming instantly over the Internet right to your TV.” is pretty far off the mark and coupled with the 100% price increase – I’m not feeling the love.

  55. bradford64

    August 27, 2011 at 5:20 am

    Your on the Mark. Totally Agree. Don’t know what’s up with Netflix but I can’t imagine any new customers staying with them after the first month.

  56. Markis Gardner

    August 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    That was a sucky comparison. Let me give you an example.

    Let’s say I start my own service and only offer 1 movie for online streaming. Lets say I pick the BEST movie of ALL time.
    Then by USING the SAME criteria you did, I offer a great service because the items on my online streaming are better than I offer for DVD. DUH!!!!

    Sorry, your comparison fails.

    I canceled my free subscription today, because I did a list of 61 movies I liked and they only offered 17 of them online, 2 did not offer at all (not bad). But only 17 out of 61 available for online!??? Many of mine were old movies.

  57. Markis Gardner

    August 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Are there any other competing companies that offer streaming video – but MORE variety?

  58. salkor

    August 29, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Folks, instant watch selection’s a joke…no debating it. BUT…where else can you go online to stream more quality flix? Hulu is tv only. Any other options.

  59. bradford64

    August 29, 2011 at 6:19 am

    EPIX is a newer Movie Channel that is FREE to try. Some good movies but also limited. New Movie channels are slowly coming and hopefully there will be one to kill out Netflix. Crackle is also Free and Limited but at least you don’t have to pay anything. Crackle don’t add movies frequently tho but neither does netflix.

  60. MikeC

    September 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    The streaming selection that Netflix offers is TERRIBLE. Any movie that I want to see isn’t there. And I’m not talking about movies released in the past 6 months. Here’s a few movies that aren’t available for streaming: The Matrix, Unforgiven, No Country For Old Men, Training Day, The Godfather, Silence of the Lambs, … and the lsit goes on and on and on… like these movies or not, they are popular movies that were out years ago that can’t be streamed. Netflix is doomed in the long-term.

  61. cmurry

    October 2, 2011 at 6:47 am

    stop bitching u old farts netflix streaming does suck no one cares about your 20th century crap movies

  62. findthisnetflix

    October 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    its bull if they were smart they would add newer movies to instant sooner in the long run they would make more money insted they add whats coming on stars movie channel when all that damn near blows too i mean they could charge 15$ a month for newer movies and 5$m for whats only on dvd i knw they have to get consent by the movies maker to add it to instant but that cant be to hard ,a email and wait for a yes or a no, ill say instant sucks ass only thing i use it for is so my kids can watch cartoons when they want, 90% of the movies are shit i mean 2 1/2 stars really i just pray the people at netflix come across this and read it plus its stupid when you give one of the few good movies on there 4 or 5 stars and they giv u movies you might like that are 2 or 3 stars thats a wtf moment right there comment how you want on what iv said i most likly wont be back to read them

  63. bradford64

    October 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I HEAR YOU! Perfect Summary of Netflix and their crappy service. They recently increased their prices in July without notifying my of the price change. They went up 6.00 for 2 out and more for the others. If Amazon can offer newer movies and better selections for only 79.00 per year, Netflix and all it’s so called glory should match or beat the service. If I pay 21.00 per month for the crap they offer, that’s 252.00 per year vs. 79.00 from amazon with much better selection. Even Crackle is free and offers a limited amount of streaming but has newer and more popular movies. Even when NetFlix adds new movies, they are mostly foriegn or 1 star crap or sucky documentaries. I hope people research Netflix Better before signing up. Maybe when they start loosing their customer base and new customers, they will wake-up. Anyway. You said it best.

  64. Marshall

    October 24, 2011 at 12:10 am

    The selection has some decent picks.
    But over all about 75% aren’t good movies.
    “Good” meaning just that.

    You can find plenty of tv shows or movies sure, but your not going to find anything you haven’t seen in the last few years. Its a good ‘catch-up” service. That’s about it.

    There are a shit-ton of b-rated, lazy, quick-money making scheme type “movies” here. The sort of stuff you could make in your backyard. That could be recorded with a potato.

    With that in mind, you can find some good stuff if your willing to dig. And FUCK do I mean dig.

    Sidenote, Fuck you Mat. This shit isn’t the greatest stream ever, its decent at best. I find your silly WhiteKnighting pretty fucking sad.

    Love, Marshall.

  65. Libertas Maximus

    December 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Obviously good and bad movies are a matter of opinion. But, yeah, Netflix movie selection does pretty much suck.

    I looked for a Christmas movie the other day, and found, in my opinion, CRAP. The only thing I liked was The Santa Clause 2. Otherwise, a bunch of old, “B” movies.

    I am keeping my subscription for now, but I have my eyes peeled for something else. If anyone has any ideas, I would love suggestions.

    Take Care

  66. mertens266

    January 21, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    The streaming selection is abysmal. Type in Tom Hanks or George Clooney and you can stream exactly ZERO for Hank’s and one for George. The comedies you can stream are horrible as well as anything else. As for mailing DVD’s, I can run down to Redbox for a buck as I wish or go to the library for nothing. Neflix definitely needs to upgrade it’s streaming library.

  67. Ian Calhoun

    March 11, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Netflix is a company with corporate offices near San Fran-Sicko, California. The company is managed by leftwing liberals, Reed Hastings (CEO) & Ted Sarandos (CCO).

    Netflix is so liberal they proudly display a genre titled Gay & Lesbian; which hosts 286 films (more than any other category).

    What’s more, nearly 50% of these films include covers displaying homosexual men kissing and/or embracing in the nude.

    To contrast this with anything decent, they also have a category titled Faith & Spirituality; which hosts a scant 60 films. A closer examination of this genre reveals a collection of films which mostly portray Christianity in an unfavorable light.

    There are many so-called “Christian” films which are not Christian at all. There are also documentaries; which address Christian subjects — if only from the perspective of atheist scholars, who don’t even believe in God.

    The rest of this category consists of movies about New Age and Pagan religions like Hinduism and Buddhism.

    There are many excellent religious movies; but companies like Netflix have a personal agenda they want to advance.

    I hope Christians will join me in boycotting Netflix. If you’re a member, do the right thing and close your account. Vote with your pocket book and don’t support liberals by giving them your money.

  68. Bradford Posey

    March 11, 2012 at 5:41 am

    You made a very valid and educated point in breaking down Netflix’s catagories and titles. I had never given thought about the context of the films or the message that the film was supporting in the end. I do not like the gay/lesbian catagory even though to each his own. Netflix would be better served in offering a wider array of movies that were at one time popular and fit the main stream population. I agree about the christian movies, most of what I have seen leave me thinking that christianity is portrayed as psychotic and highly bigoted. I would join you in you cancellation and may if I can find an alternative. My ONLY source of TV is Netflix and other ROKU channels. I am hoping ROKU will come up with a better solution than Netflix. NetFlix should have been reorganized or just plain done away with a long time ago. They never offer any new movies of value and regardless of what they say, the mean rating of all their movies is not 3.0 stars. I see alot of conflict in their movie ratings as well. Good luck on your quest. Maybe I can soon hop aboard.

  69. WVfem

    March 12, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Get over yourselves…Rightwing Conservatives trying to find liberal conspiracies in every nook and cranny. Not suprising you are looking here and there, and everywhere to spew your propoganda!

  70. NetFlisux

    March 12, 2012 at 5:18 am

    I simply don’t give a crap about politics one way or the other, I was simply commenting on NetFlix’s crappy service and selection. You appartently are the one who is looking in nooks and cranny’s to find something to gripe about. Take your own advice and get over yourself and let everyone express their opinions. Sure is an odd place for you to be commenting on right wing conservatives and politics. This forum is for people with valid opinions and customer input regarding netflix. weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  71. asdfa

    March 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    The streaming content is really limited. I mean… they don’t even have movies that came out 20 years ago. Basically it comes down to this, any movie that made any kind of impact.. they don’t have. The catalog is filled with flops and so-so hits. They have a lot of old TV shows, which is kinda cool but sometimes they don’t have all the seasons.

    When I singed up I thought wow, this is totally cool but then anything you really want to watch is only available on DVD. so that $8 price immediately jumps up to twice that much. I though the whole idea was that we don’t need to go to blockbuster.

    They need to put 100% of the content on instant streaming.

    To all the guys that do netflix streaming on their computer.. Why bother?
    I just hook up my appleTV to my HD TV and boom, I can watch everything right there in HD.

  72. collegehumor

    April 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    we can all relate to this somehow, even if you like netflix.

  73. jason 77

    May 13, 2012 at 5:32 am

    I just tried to get iron man “the first one” and dune “original” one streaming because I could not find my DVD’s.. none are there… but I can stream iron man 2 …. WTF come on netflix!

  74. Zachare

    June 25, 2012 at 4:33 am

    It seems, no matter how old or new, the selection is very limited. Not oly could I not find Citizen Kaine, Deliverance, or Soylent Green…I cannot find Spider-Man, Harry Potter, Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2003 or 2008), or the two Sherlock Holmes movies…HOW do you miss so many popular movies???

  75. mandi

    July 7, 2012 at 8:25 am

    I’ve looked for older films, particularly children’s films for my little ones. Nothing. Their Disney selection is VERY limited.

  76. Kimberly

    July 28, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Netflix doesn’t have a good selection in terms of “big hits”. Here’s a good article to reference.
    But I love my Netflix IW it’s great for things you may never get a chance to see. Documentaries, Indie films and tv shows are easy to find and abundant. My biggest annoyance is having to scroll through all the lists on my PS3, so I use an app called Instant Watcher. It allows you to sort the IW catalog into categories and by ratings. I can now weed out the crap much easier now. Without it I would have never watched 180 south or Timer. I don’t mind them not having “transformers” or “The Hangover”. It’s forcing me to open my mind to new options. Plus I doubt that it’s entirely netflix’s fault. I’m sure that there are certain rights and deals that production company’s and networks put in place when making the movies. Entertainment is a business afterall. I’d bet they’d rather have you buying it then streaming. They make it too accessible then why would anyone ever purchase a movie again?

  77. Upset

    August 7, 2012 at 3:55 am

    What I don’t understand is how they have the final movie in the Transformers series with Shia labeouf yet they don’t have the first two available? Or how the have episodes for How to Train Your Dragon yet the actual movie is not available. I’ve also typed in some classic Disney movies but even those aren’t available, although I understand Disney is very protective of it’s creations.

  78. bradford64

    October 31, 2012 at 4:52 am

    I have been keeping the Faith in Netflix only to be continued month after month after month to be let down. The movies they Add are sometimes movies that are already on the streaming linup. They take away the few that are actually worth watching and add streaming titles that are all one to two stars that no one with half a brain could find remotely entertaining unless they are just wanting to see how crappy movies can really get. Netflix fails to offer any original Titles that cannot also be found on Crackle,(Free), or other Free movie streaming sites. It’s time Netflix to cough up something other than the trash that litters page after page. Even movies that are 20 years old seems like should be available. I NEVER find any title I am looking for and I don’t care how old it is. I sometimes might get to watch a movie on YouTube for free that I am looking for and that’s just sad because they remove most all movies due to copyright law. I have been faithful too long, Amazon is looking better and better everyday. It’s only 79.00 per year/cheaper than netflix minimum fees and you get other benefits. I am going to see you through to the first of the year then I’m gone.

  79. John

    November 11, 2012 at 2:53 am

    Actually, Netflix selections DO suck! It was a bit better when I had their DVD service, especially 7-10 years ago, when their only competition was Blockbuster, which was abysmal. They are better than cable. If I didn’t need 50 Mbps download speeds, I’d drop the Triple-play bundle. I don’t need to be spending almost $200 a month when I never watch TV or use the phone. Cable truly sucks! Reality TV is boring, and now we have hundreds of stupid stations I never watch, but can’t opt out of; VH1, MTV (s), HBO, BET, Spanish language stations, Chinese stations, hundreds of sports channels (worst is YES…all I need is the NFL in HD), Lifetime, etc. I think the viewing public is just becoming dumber and dumber, and its expectations are lower. Can’t find the best Peter Sellers’ movies on Netflix. Who wants to stream “Breaking Bad?”


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