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Amazon Prime announced today that they have added 3000 more titles to their streaming Amazon Prime free library, They made a deal with Discovery Network to bring shows from Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet and Science to Amazon Prime’s streaming library.
Some of the shows available will include “Deadliest Catch,Mythbusters, Man vs. Wild, Dirty Jobs, Gold Rush: Alaska, andShark Week, TLC series like Say Yes to the Dress and Cake Boss, as well as content like How It’s Made from Science, and The Jeff Corwin Experience from Animal Planet.” Yes, LA InK is included, too.
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Netflix sent out an announcement today that first apologized for the way they handled the announcement of the price hikes that started this month, and then in the next breath majorly screwing the pooch again! They announced the launch of Qwikster, their new DVD division. Apparently, Netflix is tired of providing their customers with a streamlined service and website where they can select movies to either stream or order on DVD and manage both queues in the same place. Instead, they are now going to split their DVD and streaming services into two completely separate entities, with different names and different websites. That means two accounts, two charges on your credit card, if you subscribe to both services, and too many things to manage. For people who only stream or only get the DVDs, the change isn’t a big deal. Since many people dropped one or the other option with the new price hikes, they will now still only have one account to worry about. For those who are still using both services, like me, it’s going to be a big hassle.
Typically, I mostly stream my movies and things from Netflix..quite a lot, actually. I’m sort of addicted, and I’m not ashamed of it. I do, however, like to order movies on DVD as well, even though they may sit there for two weeks before I watch them and send them back. Now with this split, for me to keep that 1 or 2 DVDs I manage to watch every month I have to have another account, pay two separate charges, and go to a different website to order said DVD. Too much of a hassle for me! With Netflix’s current service, if you want to watch a movie or a show you can search for it on one website, and stream it right then or put the DVD in your queue and you’re good to go. Now, if you search the Netflix site and it’s not available streaming, you have to go log in to Qwikster, search again and then add it. Why, no, that’s not a major pain in the a** at all! Thank you, Netflix!
I had planned to keep both my DVD and streaming services, but now I think the DVD account will be canceled, and it will just be streaming for me. Of course, with the loss of Starz movies, a lot of my streaming choices will be quite diminished. There’s that to consider, too.
For people like me, it’s still worth keeping Netflix for their streaming service only, because I love it so. Unfortunately, for a whole big bunch of Netflix’s subscribers, this is most likely going to be the thing that pushes them over the edge and into choosing to just go with Amazon Prime for streaming and maybe Blockbuster and Redbox for DVDs. I also predict Hulu will be seeing another huge spike in new subscribers very soon! Why pay $7.99 a month for 1 or 2 DVDs when you can get them cheaper some place else, without having to have another account to manage.
It’s really sad, because Netflix was pretty awesome for quite a while, but it seems they just keep getting worse and worse. I don’t know whose idea it was to make this move, but they must be off their meds.