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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. 

 

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Feb
22

Hello world! Finding my niche..

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Welcome to my brand new blog!  My name is Suze, and I am the owner of Starrbrite.com.  Exciting, huh!  Starrbrite.com is actually the first domain I ever bought, way back in…well, a looong time ago.  It was sometime in the mid-90's I think.  Yikes!  I've owned it for a long time, yet I never did much of anything with it.  Nothing of value anyway, and I finally decided that it was about time to get serious about developing the site.  I'm not exactly sure what it's going to become yet, I'm just going to see how it develops, I suppose.

Though this blog is brand spanking new, I have actually been blogging for a long, long time off and on.  I really love blogging, which is kinda the reason I had to stop. I love it so much, it was interfering with my job..the one that actually pays me, so I had to stop and concentrate on life and stuff.  When blogging was new, the idea of anyone making money off their blog was insane.  Not because they didn't want to, but it was the blogosphere was not commerce friendly.  If people put ads on their blogs or wanted to get paid for reviewing a product or endorsing something…oh, the horror!! well, it was just not done.  There was no such thing as pay-per-post or Google Adsense.  LOL  Times sure have changed.    A lot has changed, actually.  These days, they tell me I need a niche if I'm gonna make any money at this stuff.  I am supposed to pick a subject that I want to write about and only write about that.  I need to find my “brand” and be a “health/fitness  blogger” or a “tech blogger” or an “internet marketing blogger” or a “food blogger”. or a “craft blogger”.  I need to find a pigeon hole to stuff myself in and try to just do that.  Personally, I don't know I can do that, unless maybe I start 20 different blogs, one for each niche.  Wow..just thinking about trying to keep that all straight kinda makes my head explode.  LOL

Oh well, we'll just have to wait and see which direction it goes in.  Until then, I'll just be posting stuff and maybe once in a while, someone will stop by and say “hi”.

 

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