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Are you being throttled?

Inglourious BasterdsI recently added both Inglourious Basterds and In The Loop to my queue and saw that they were both ‘Long Waits’  for me. However,  two friends who I’d just persuaded to try out Netflix both reported having been quickly shipped these exact two titles as their very first titles from Netflix! It was enough to make me wonder if I was being singled out for this treatment or if the demand just totally outstripped supply for these titles.

To help answer this question, we’ve added a new visualization to movie title pages on FeedFliks. You’ll now be able to see the statues for any title bucketed by these wait times. For example , the #1 most in-demand title today Inglourious Basterds and it is Available Now for some 60% of everyone who has queued this title: this graph is right below the DVD box art on the FeedFliks page. On the other hand, the #2 most queued title, The Hurt Locker is Available Now for almost no one and in Long/Very Long Waits for over 40% of everyone. So, if you’ve been ‘Very Long Waited’ for The Hurt Locker, you are not alone. (500) Days of Summer is also in the most queued list but is Available Now for  more than 90% of those who want it. If you’ve been long-waited for this title, by all means, reach for that tin foil hat. After all, it’s not paranoia when they really are out to get you!

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What’s the first movie Netflix ever shipped?

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow

Ever wondered what movie was in that very first red envelope Netflix sent out? The oldest we have in the FeedFliks database is Sleepy Hollow which was shipped out to a subscriber on 18th July 2000 and returned to Netflix on the 5th of August. Netflix was in business atleast a couple years before that so does anyone out there have a DVD shipment even older than July 2000?

What was *your* first Netflix movie – and when did you rent it? Ours was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in July 2007.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2010 in feedfliks, feedflix, netflix, shipping