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Netflix Shutters Its Public API

timothy posted about 4 months ago | from the seemed-so-promising dept.

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esarjeant (100503) writes "I guess it shouldn't come as a total surprise, but Netflix has gone from not issuing new developer keys to announcing the entire [public API] program will be shut down. It's a real shame they are going to be taking this offline; it spurred quite a bit of innovation for the Netflix service. For major sites that have already gone live it sounds like Netflix will let them keep going, but if you're looking to build the next FeedFliks, then you better look elsewhere."

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So long... (4, Funny)

xeoron (639412) | about 4 months ago | (#47236459)

Netflix Roulette [netflixroulette.net] , we barely had time to enjoy you.

Re:So long... (2)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 4 months ago | (#47236583)

What about canistream.it? Can that keep going without a public API? I hope so because it is vital to my movie watching habits.

Re:So long... (5, Informative)

SydShamino (547793) | about 4 months ago | (#47236621)

The link is like ten lines long. This is most of it:

Through the process of ending the program, we will be partnering more directly with a small set of developers whose applications have proven to be the most valuable for many of our members. Those applications will continue to operate beyond November 14, 2014. The following is a list of these applications:

        Instant Watcher
        Fanhattan
        Yidio
        NextGuide
        Flixster
        Can I Stream It?
        FeedFliks
        Instant Watch Browser for Netflix

Re:So long... (1)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 4 months ago | (#47236637)

yay! best service ever. bet google buys them within a year.

Re:So long... (3, Interesting)

thunderclap (972782) | about 4 months ago | (#47238397)

yay! best service ever. bet Google buys them within a year.

And shuts them down in five years. (shall I list examples?)

Sounds like a "screw you - we got what we wanted" (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47236467)

type of message.

But it's not a window (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47236557)

or a camera.... Why did they put a shutter on an API? Did they print it out, then put it in a window?

Oh, I'm so confused.

If only they had said "shuts down" or "closes"...

Re:But it's not a window (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47238275)

verb
shutter: verb; 3rd person present: shutters; past tense: shuttered; past participle: shuttered; gerund or present participle: shuttering

1. close the shutters of (a window or building).
Ex: "The windows were shuttered against the afternoon heat."
(principally) North American usage, by way of analogy:
close (a business).
Ex: "The city was gripped by economic forces that were squeezing its tax base and shuttering its factories."

Oh, I'm so confused! If only they had phrased it in my favorite dialect of English!

Re:But it's not a window (1)

thunderclap (972782) | about 4 months ago | (#47238407)

Or it could mean 'Netflix adds wooden window covers to its Public API' I think that would be some much more interesting than closing, don't you? http://www.homedepot.com/b/Doo... [homedepot.com]

Never trust a corporation (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47236561)

Just a truism that's almost always proven correct...

Don't give a company anything without a veritable guarantee you'll also receive what you want in exchange. All negotiations are hostage negotiations, it's wise to plan accordingly.

Re:Never trust a corporation (5, Funny)

mrmeval (662166) | about 4 months ago | (#47236665)

The only good way to deal with corporations is to have orbital bombardment capability.

Unfortunately you have to get them to build it for you.

Re:Never trust a corporation (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 4 months ago | (#47236863)

You have to build it yourself. That's the only way to be sure.

Re:Never trust a corporation (1)

mrmeval (662166) | about 4 months ago | (#47301209)

I am absolutely sure NASA will get right on that. ;)

Heh, there is a story in an issue of Heavy Metal called "Patriot" it is the most prescient story about modern times I had read 20 something years ago.

Re:Never trust a corporation (1)

jbmartin6 (1232050) | about 4 months ago | (#47237471)

This is hardly unique to corporations, it is always a hazard when relying on another party.

I never heard of FeedFliks (2)

OzPeter (195038) | about 4 months ago | (#47236563)

I never heard of FeedFliks, so I went and looked at it. And then wondered why do I need someone else to tell me about how I use Netflix? Or to tell my friends what I like watching?

Seriously, Is this what amounts to "innovation"?

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47236575)

I never heard of FeedFliks, so I went and looked at it. And then wondered why do I need someone else to tell me about how I use Netflix? Or to tell my friends what I like watching?

Seriously, Is this what amounts to "innovation"?

Welcome to Web 43.0

We've adopted Chrome's versioning scheme.

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 4 months ago | (#47236869)

I guess I'll wait until Web 81.3, I have a few hours to kill anyway.

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47236691)

it's because netflix produces unusable UIs

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (1)

Gr8Apes (679165) | about 4 months ago | (#47236731)

I'd have to agree - will the world be a poorer place without any of these [slashdot.org] "applications? With the exception of Fanhattan, the rest are just lists relatively easily gotten straight off the web pages of Netflix with some trivial scraping scripts.

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (4, Informative)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 4 months ago | (#47237225)

Canistream.it is super awesome. You can search netflix, amazon, hbo, iTunes, and others all at once. Also, you can see all the most popular movies on all services in one place. You should try it!

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (1)

Gr8Apes (679165) | about 4 months ago | (#47237903)

Even if I did stream, odds are I'd have 1 or 2 services I'd use, and have no need for a kayak search of streaming videos. I also almost never care about what's "trending" currently, as I've either already seen it or don't want to watch it. Rarely does anything that makes such a list spark the thought that "Hey, I might want to watch this".

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (0)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 4 months ago | (#47238127)

obviously you don't stream, so you don't know the fuck you're talking about. here's the deal, honky:
1)streaming services carry different movies, and all have some "diamond in the roughs"
2) movies are changing all the time, so you never know what new thing could be available
3) the UI of each service makes it hard to find new good stuff, let alone compare to other services.

you should check it out yourself, go to canistream.it and click through the top movies on each service. you'll see that a lot jumps out at you and it's really easy to do.

after you do that, return here and kiss my ass for being a jerk.

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47239877)

canistream.it is primarily for US based services. Nice horse you're sitting on there Tex.
AC

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | about 4 months ago | (#47239957)

The problem is the media corps are such douchebags and continue to shoot themselves in the face by overcharging like mad for their content so that yet again the one that pays for content actually REQUIRES crap like canistream.it just to try to find which of a half a dozen services have the content they want to watch that day while the rest of the world just goes to a streaming site based in idontgiveafuckistan and gets ALL the content in one convenient place.

When are they gonna learn that trying to squeeze that last Shekel and making the content a fractured mess makes piracy all the more appealing and their content that much less appealing? All it takes is a few moments like this [theoatmeal.com] for people to say "fuck this mess" and once they figure out how easy it is to find the content hosted in copyfree land? you lose them forever. I used to think that old joke about corps would rather have no money than less money was an exaggeration...not anymore, because it seems like every time we turn around you have dumb shit like needing canistream.it just to find what SHOULD be the same on all the major legit sites...dumb, just fucking DUMB.

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (1)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 4 months ago | (#47241101)

i know that you're entitled to everything right now for free, and anybody who gets in the way of that is a douchebag who is selling buggy whips so you will just steal what you want. because the whole world revolves around you and you never progressed beyond being a toddler. congratulation, dick.

if I bothered to use a win doze computer and were unemployed and not getting laid I would make computer viruses and upload them to torrent sites so people like you would download them and I would fuck your shit up.

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (1)

hairyfeet (841228) | about 4 months ago | (#47253005)

Fuck off FOSSIe, what does a dumb iGNUorant know about the free market.

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (1)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 4 months ago | (#47258215)

just as the body needs a skeleton to stand, or a pool needs side walls to function as a pool, a free market only works within a regulatory structure. You set the rules, you press play, and the market does its free market thing and makes movies.

the type of movies that are made depend on the dynamics of the market, which depend on the structure of regulation and policy in place. So if you're smart, and if you're mindful, you can design rules such that the market makes great movies. and if you're dumb, or drool over freetard dogma, then you get all excited about certain rules, even though the marketplace ultimately sucks.

so under the rules of the last 80 years, hollywood made some fantastic movies. some were great, some were shit, but in general a while new artform was born that can tell stories unlike any other art form.

, so under your freetard pirates bay rules, the type of movies we would have are 1) cat videos on you tube and 2) streaming pr0n. I love Maru as much as the next guy, but I prefer my way to your way (and oh yeah so does everybody else so kiss it).

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (1)

Gr8Apes (679165) | about 4 months ago | (#47242011)

obviously you don't stream, so you don't know the fuck you're talking about.

Nice projection, if you'd read and comprehended even what was in these 2 posts much less , you'd note that I am quite aware of what's on streaming services. In fact, I used several since they first came out and they all had crap quality and that includes the "better" premium services, including Vudu, Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.

here's the deal, honky:

Nice ad-hominem,

1)streaming services carry different movies, and all have some "diamond in the roughs"

Almost all available on disks of some sort

2) movies are changing all the time, so you never know what new thing could be available

Funny, the selection of disk based movies seems only to grow and is always available, plus the quality is far superior in all ways. (And yes, that's a side argument for another day - the quality of streaming is abysmal unless you're running it yourself, like I do. A 3 Mbps streaming service has nowhere near the picture quality of a 35Mbps BD or 12+ MBps OTA HD stream, nor the typically 5 Mbps for DVDs, and the differences are painfully obvious on anything above a 40" screen)

3) the UI of each service makes it hard to find new good stuff, let alone compare to other services.

The real problem here is that all of these services are generally somewhat bad at suggesting movies, unless someone has personally added a suggestion list that you happen to agree with. How on earth is a 3rd party going to make a better suggestion list out of the limited data available from the primary service? They can't.

you should check it out yourself, go to canistream.it and click through the top movies on each service. you'll see that a lot jumps out at you and it's really easy to do.

I have no need to check yet another service for "top movies" as those are well known and advertised. So this service does nothing for me. Running through the next month's releases available from any of the many sources including official ones takes < 15 min once a month, and I'm done.

after you do that, return here and kiss my ass for being a jerk.

I count 7 failures on your part without a single valid point. I'm sure you've had lots of practice puckering.

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47238393)

I tried the service you have been cheerleading about and it linked me to the wrong movie. It also had nonsensical ordering of movies. An exact title match for a big box office blockbuster was listed 5th on the page behind not exact titles and movies that did nowhere near the same amount of business.

This is your third comment on this flaky service in this thread. It's either your service or you have a low standard of quality.

Before they neutered the API (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47236799)

Feedfliks was more useful. For example, you could see which movies were going to expire and when, which might influence which movies you watch first. Then Netflix took the expiration dates away.

Re:Before they neutered the API (1)

OzPeter (195038) | about 4 months ago | (#47237079)

Feedfliks was more useful. For example, you could see which movies were going to expire and when, which might influence which movies you watch first. Then Netflix took the expiration dates away.

Ok I can see that that is useful.

Re:I never heard of FeedFliks (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about 4 months ago | (#47245611)

But, it's social ... and that adds huge value, because otherwise your friends would never know the movies you watch, and companies couldn't monetize that information.

And, kidding aside, I'm with you ... I have no idea of what the benefit of knowing every movie my friends watch or them mine is.

But the world seems to have gone gaga for anything related to social media.

I rank it right up there with the .com bubble -- ZOMG, you have a web site.

As a means to hide the crappy streaming selection? (5, Interesting)

swb (14022) | about 4 months ago | (#47236593)

I've noticed that both Amazon and Netflix seem to make navigating streaming kind of murky, never wanting you to have a good grasp of what is or isn't available besides what they show you as featured titles. I've always suspected that this was done to mask the relatively thin and lame streaming titles that weren't on their short list of high-profile titles.

I've also been surprised at how hard it is to browse the web site for DVDs on the iPad. The web site works, but its so Javascript laden that it makes it hard to use. Third party queue management apps were a salvation. Maybe they're trying to make finding DVDs annoying, too, so that all we'll do is watch the featured streams.

No, web APIs are just an infeasible idea. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47236827)

Website APIs were the result of middle managers and executives wanting to be buzzword compliant back in the 2008-2012 timeframe, rather than providing any real value.

They were embraced by shitty developers because APIs allowed these developers to pretend to be smart and to pretend they were doing something useful. They could spend all day babbling on and on about "RESTfulness" and "PubSub" and "mashups", while shitting out reams and reams of absolutely useless and fecal Ruby on Rails code.

The APIs that were actually released typically ended up being rather shitty. They'd either give too little info or be too inflexible and limited, or they'd just give nothing more than could be scraped from whatever website they were for.

Sensible companies that provide real value don't have resources to waste on pointless endeavors like APIs. That's why they either didn't bother with them in the first place, or they've gotten rid of them if they did make the mistake of implementing an API.

Re:As a means to hide the crappy streaming selecti (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 4 months ago | (#47236839)

I've noticed that both Amazon and Netflix seem to make navigating streaming kind of murky, never wanting you to have a good grasp of what is or isn't available besides what they show you as featured titles. I've always suspected that this was done to mask the relatively thin and lame streaming titles that weren't on their short list of high-profile titles.

I've also been surprised at how hard it is to browse the web site for DVDs on the iPad. The web site works, but its so Javascript laden that it makes it hard to use. Third party queue management apps were a salvation. Maybe they're trying to make finding DVDs annoying, too, so that all we'll do is watch the featured streams.

Because they want to "Guide" you to choices that are more profitable. Basic website marketing.

Re:As a means to hide the crappy streaming selecti (2)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 4 months ago | (#47237029)

I think you have a point.

Stores or every type found out years ago that the "best" way to arrange their store was not one that make it easy to navigate it was one in which it made its customers get lost and wander around, and pass certain things in certain orders, etc. It does not matter if we are talking about hardware stores or casinos, this is always true, so why not for digital stores?

Re:As a means to hide the crappy streaming selecti (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47237527)

The first point is definitely true. The part about difficulty browsing for DVDs wasn't like that back in the day, but as a streaming-only customer I've still noticed their use of web technology -- like many other websites -- seems to be getting much worse over time, not better.
 
For a while recently, they had a "feature" you couldn't disable that would automatically start up the next episode of a series. So instead of falling asleep to an episode of an old show, I could burn through 3x as much data for zero additional benefit to myself.
 
Now they've been trying to push a quasi-multi-user thing that pops up a window every single fucking time I log in, asking me to choose which user -- of the 1 user I have listed -- is watching. At the exact same time this started, I now often have to log in multiple times in a row or while browsing my way to my watch list, I always have to log in again between episodes, and it hangs the browser if I use the back arrow icon (of Netflix's, not the browser's) while watching a show that's supposed to take me back to my watch list.
 
Why does it seem like for the last few years, people making websites are getting more and more inept? As a software developer I've never understood how once you have something implemented and working well and the only thing you have to do is not go back and fuck it up, people still do it as a matter of course and try to sell it as progress.

Re:As a means to hide the crappy streaming selecti (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47239801)

Now they've been trying to push a quasi-multi-user thing that pops up a window every single fucking time I log in, asking me to choose which user -- of the 1 user I have listed -- is watching. At the exact same time this started, I now often have to log in multiple times in a row or while browsing my way to my watch list, I always have to log in again between episodes, and it hangs the browser if I use the back arrow icon (of Netflix's, not the browser's) while watching a show that's supposed to take me back to my watch list.

You might be having some peculiar problem (or browser interaction). The multi-user thing used to pop up when I'd first go to the site, but then I clicked something, and haven't seen it in at least a month. And I basically never have to log in, using Chrome in both Windows and Linux.

Re:As a means to hide the crappy streaming selecti (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | about 4 months ago | (#47237951)

It is typical marketing bullshit of trying to maximize profits instead of focusing on the customer experience.

When you search DVDs they don't want to show you it is available streaming.
If you searching streaming they don't want to show you it is available on DVD.

The Marketing BS favors streaming (1)

zippthorne (748122) | about 4 months ago | (#47238481)

My experience is that they try to move you to streaming if you search for disks, but I have both for my account. They really push the streaming service, which I understand is because their profit is way higher without the physical disk overhead.

I would totally switch, too, if 99% of everything wasn't missing from the streaming service....

I get a lot of "suggestions" for things I've already watched (they love the "watch it again" recommendation under the assumption I'll probably like it because I liked it...), and they don't let you filter out things you've already watched, or things you never want to watch. Instead all you can do is try to train their recommendation system and hope that it actually has some kind of meaning.

Worse, their "new releases" section provides a list of everything released in the last $@#NNNANAS ago, instead of whatever was added in the past several weeks, sorted by week. They are deliberately making discovery difficult, which gives the impression that they are trying to disguise a shallow pool of movies.

Still, they are one of the few services that provides the kind of streaming service that I'm actually willing to pay for - a service in which I pay them, and they show me movies. This is far superior to the BS system that hulu has in which they show stupid ads on the free service, which is fine because you pay with your attention, or you can pay them and watch the stupid ads on your phone or TV, too. There is no option where you are the customer instead of the product.

Re:As a means to hide the crappy streaming selecti (1)

Kasar (838340) | about 4 months ago | (#47240231)

Their licensing is off and on all the time, a movie you can stream today might seem to vanish from existence next week without a word and reappear sometime in the future when it's relicensed. Their search system used to take you to those pages to see that the movie is not available, then they stopped doing that so now the only time you see a movie page that isn't currently available is when doing ratings. If you don't see it, you won't miss it seems to be their angle.

It mostly means they're a really bad place for information about movies or what actors have done.

Re:As a means to hide the crappy streaming selecti (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47240615)

The only way to track what is leaving on Netflix and when is to do it manually, which is a freaking nightmare.

The best source for that is the link below, although they still miss some stuff (it looks like they catch maybe 80-90%).

http://allyourscreens.com/index.php/streaming-tv-news/1309-disappearing-from-netflix-the-complete-list

Netflix is such a piece of shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47236669)

How can companies like that be so arrogant when it comes to hiring but then produce unusable garbage UIs? Shouldn't that tell them they're not competent enough to recognize competence?

hum (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47236703)

Europe(UK, Denmark) and South America(Chile, Brazil) get the best and latest content compared to the U.S and Canada. Why wouldn't Netflix release all licensed(granted by the content owners)TV and Movies to all regions in the first place? Why play musical chairs with the content? Right, well, because the content owners are always screwing those in the U.S Market and to squeeze as much profit as they can even though they made all their money(to produce the film) back from the Movie theater.

Streamingsoon.com was such a great website giving you info on upcoming new releases and heads up when movies and tv shows expired, but netflix changed the api removed the OData catalog which these types of websites relied on. As usual, the free market(corporate) likes to screw the average joe, look at the ISP bullshit we have to deal with now.

Netflix has a new look but you still can't sort anything under "My List" and instead they give you the "Netflix Suggests" bullshit, FUCK YOU!

Now google chrome is blocking "Netflix queue sorter" that's not in the google store, I have to go with Firefox just to sort. Firefox and IE 8 -> 11 are very slow viewing web pages because of flash player. I disabled flash player and both FF and IE 11 run as fast or faster than Chrome. Hulu and crackle are the reasons I still use flash player I can view youtube just fine with html5.

CORPORATIONS! CORPORATIONS! JUST LOVE TO SCREW THEIR CUSTOMERS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AHHHH, USA, THE LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE SCREWED!

Re: hum (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47236963)

Denmark here. No we don't. Old crop, seldom updated with new. VPN for US version is still the preferred way.
By the way then Netflix has started to enforce subtitles on some movies with no way to remove them. Pure shut

Re:hum (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47237009)

>Why wouldn't Netflix release all licensed(granted by the content owners)TV and Movies to all regions in the first place?

Licenses are granted per country, because the content owners own by country (except in some cases where the content owner owns it in all countries).

That means for a film independently owned in each country, negotiations have to happen in each one of them.

It really is not Netflix's fault in this case, they're being held captive by copyright legislation.

Re:hum (1)

alen (225700) | about 4 months ago | (#47237011)

that way content owners can sell it here and give it away in the highest torrenting parts of the world

Re:hum (1)

thunderclap (972782) | about 4 months ago | (#47238415)

CORPORATIONS! CORPORATIONS! JUST LOVE TO SCREW THEIR CUSTOMERS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AHHHH, USA, THE LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE SCREWED!

I would give you mod points for this truism. However, the rest of your comment is a simply a screed that is not true (because the US, UK, Canada and Australia are about the only places making quality English programing. Europe waits a lot longer for the US stuff (if you ignore the Pirate bay) and they have a different dvd set. So no points for you.

Re:hum (2)

thejynxed (831517) | about 4 months ago | (#47240825)

If Hulu is still providing their desktop app (and I think they may have a mobile one as well), I would suggest using that instead of their actual site - it runs on Air which funnily enough, runs worlds better than the actual browser Flash modules.

As for sorting - I agree, their current methods leaves much to be desired, as it seems their system only sorts by up to three "tags" applied by their employees, and many (I dare say most) of their movies are mis-tagged, at least for their streaming service. To be fair, Amazon isn't any better with their movie tagging.

Sad because their interface sucks (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 4 months ago | (#47237049)

I want to be able to sort by any and all reasonable criteria, I'm not offered sort options at all in most views. I want to be able to view all lists as a list, coverflow, detail list, etc. XBMC does all this for the files I have lying around, why can't Netflix manage it for a bunch of files it's already got indexed in a database?

What will happen to Moreflicks? (2)

Sits (117492) | about 4 months ago | (#47237051)

Moreflicks [moreflicks.com] lets you see what's available on multiple streaming services based on various "best of" lists (e.g. it's unlikely Netflix will ever tie in to the IMDB top 250 but Moreflicks does) and even has support for countries like the UK [moreflicks.co.uk] . It's sad to see an ecosystem like this being removed without replacement...

how is nextflix still around (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47237069)

they are arrogant, ignorant, their selection sucks, their price is shit, and their services may or may not work on devices due to steve jobs like head up ass random tantrums

are people just so addictive to a totally passive waste of time mind suck form of entertainment to sustain netflix and all its shit when most everyone else in the field has failed?

Streaming? (0)

PPH (736903) | about 4 months ago | (#47237147)

Perhaps Netflix is having second thought about streaming. It never did have the depth of selection that DVDs by mail did. And after getting caught up in the ISPs' protection rackets, perhaps they are realizing that streaming just isn't where the money is.

I never went with the streaming option due to bad broadband back when Netflix split their services. And I thank my lucky stars. Most of the people I know who did came back, begging for the deeper DVD selection.

Re:Streaming? (1)

AuMatar (183847) | about 4 months ago | (#47237361)

Seeing as they're spending 10s of millions on custom content to stream, this isn't very likely. They just decided they didn't want the security risk of opening their data and the engineering headaches it caused for the low amount of value it gave them. Its unlikely it generated them more revenue than it cost.

Re:Streaming? (1)

yoshi_mon (172895) | about 4 months ago | (#47237953)

Yeah the idea that they are going away from streaming is crazy. I used Netflix during their early days, DVDs via mail only, and it was fine for the time. But today I only use disc media when I'm forced to. Everything else is either streamed or moved around via some form of flash tech.

That is for day to day usage. Discs still have their use IMO as backup but the idea of using them for my day to day media consumption is something I don't even consider.

All that being said I still see them in use for people who don't have the same technical skills that I do and or specific needs. So it is not like that functionality needs to go totally away but the idea that Netflix is going to go away from their online streaming is again just crazy talk.

In other words... (1)

StripedCow (776465) | about 4 months ago | (#47237375)

Thanks, developers, for bringing an unsurpassed level of adoption to our service.

Now you can take a hike!

Because We Can (1)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | about 4 months ago | (#47237483)

Motto of the 21st Century

Thanks for the free code, now GTFO! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47238775)

Extracted all the value from free programming I guess.

Netflix (1)

CauseBy (3029989) | about 4 months ago | (#47245867)

I stopped using Netflix a year or two ago, after they said "We have to raise our prices so that we can offer more shows" immediately followed by removing all the stuff I wanted to watch from their streaming library. At that point it was all cost and no benefit, so I just stopped paying, even though the cost wasn't terribly high.

For $12 a month I'd have to watch, oh, maybe 50 hours of TV to make it "worth it". I probably watch two or three hours per month, so I'd value Netflix at about one dollar per month. If they ever offer a service level around there then I'll re-up.

To those of you watching 50 hours a month, awesome, it's an excellent service.

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