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Anecdote: DVD Subscriptions

Netflix 4Q Profit Up 45 Percent – NYTimes.com
It doesn’t hurt that Blockbuster has pretty much dropped the ball with their online service.

I’m a Netflix re-convert. I joined them back in December of 2005, dropped them in February of the next year when the throttling got to be too much and joined Blockbuster Online.

When I started, Blockbuster offered a free in-store rental each month, which was a nice perk. Then for a while in 2007 they had a ridiculous deal going on. As an online subscriber, you could return any mailed DVD in-store for another. With the 3-at-a-time plan, I was getting 6-slightly-staggered. They started losing money on that because, while a once a month coupon might entice a customer into the store to rent or buy something else while they were there, turning in three movies for three more doesn’t do that. When they raised the price of their subscriptions, I dropped them for a while. Not really because of the price increase (which was minor at that time), but because I had run out of things I wanted to rent.

When I was interested in their service again (April of last year), Blockbuster had changed their subscription structure entirely. In-store trade-ins were now a premium. Since I favor that $15 price point (and I have a feeling many other people do as well), I went for the plain old 3-at-a-time subscription. They were still better than Netflix, I figured. Things were good for a while. Blockbuster doesn’t throttle; they ship on weekends. But gradually, I ran out of movies that were available. Everything in a queue that included old and new, cult and mainstream, was at least on a short wait. Screw that, I thought. And I certainly wasn’t going to go to a Blockbuster store to rent movies while I was paying $15 a month to have a queue of on-hold movies.  So I went back to Netflix.

It’s only been two months, but so far Netflix has impressed me. The instant downloads are handy, especially since I like to have a movie going in the background while I work. I watch them on my laptop and generally the quality is good. They’ve changed their policy about damaged discs; they now immediately send a replacement or next disc instead of waiting for the other one to be returned. And surprisingly, when one of my discs needed longer for shipping, the sent the next quickly-available disc as well. Maybe Netflix is trying too hard now, but it’s working for them.  For the moment, it’s working for me too.

Disc today was good and wanted.  I didn’t play particularly well, but it was good to run around with other people in the sunshine and mud.  Beautiful weather.  Tomorrow night women’s practices begin.  I wonder how the turn out will be.  Really, a mere month of practices is only good for judging participation level, and not much more.  I guess there’s a possibility that the ‘A’ team will follow through with some of blAZe’s plays, who knows.  Updated the Huckwallas page, though it should probably be changed to non-Huckwallas.

Mail today (’cause it was a pretty decent mail day):
~Blockbuster sent me a non-cracked copy of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.  They’ve bee very good about replacing discs quickly, thus far.  “No time for broken DVDs, Dr. Jones!”
~Got my card tricks book from PaperbackSwap.  The lady who sent it gave new meaning to tape.  But the book is in perfect condition, so “Tape On, Ms. H.  (And you know I just had to use this shiny, new icon.)
~Also received the jogging pants I bought on-line with Christmas money.  Alas, they are too big.  As kind of annoying as it is, I like things being too big.  I still way over-estimate my size.  At least, I can return them in store, and Target is very good about returns.

Got some free writing done.  I’m starting to *think* about work.  Not pleasant thoughts…  I figure I should work on both the rewrites and the short story at the same time.  Otherwise, I’m likely to go nutty.

Maybe, I’ll get a calendar or two tonight…  Ooo…

Well, not the greatest weekend ever.  We watched a lot of television while Eric attempted to fix his computer.  He managed to pick up some malware on Thursday, I think it was.  After a restore attempt, his computer is still acting up.  Not good.  And the back room is a terrible mess that will do me no good to clean up.

Blockbuster Online exceeded my expectations.  The top three of my queue arrived on Saturday, instead of today.   I didn’t check the mail until Sunday though.  I didn’t really expect anything.  Good thing it didn’t rain.

Watched: Brick (rented with the in-store coupon), V for Vendetta, and Syriana.  And three hours of Battlestar Galactica (season 2) to get through the resurrection ship plotline.

Brick was an okay story that doesn’t bother with being set in reality.  It’s been described as high school noir.  That’s apt, and it’s kinda cool to see a young cast (‘course, none under 20) that isn’t doing some stupid teen comedy.

V for Vendetta was better than I expected and better in the end than its own first fifteen minutes.  (And another film not fettered by reality…How does one go about buying all those masks?)  Yes, yes, the alliteration was lovely, but too long, and I wonder if it would have been better to keep V more mysterious at the beginning.  For the longest while, I also thought that someone like Billie Piper might have been better as Evey, but Natalie Portman played broken pretty well.

And lastly Syriana.  Again, better than I expected.  The major criticism of this movie was that it was slow and a bit muddled.  It’s definitely not a casual film, it requires attention, but it’s worth it.  And I think there might have been expectations that the storylines with wrap up in some sort of grand event.  That doesn’t happen, but I didn’t find that unsatisfying.  And Alexander Siddig is not James Callis, but I want to see them in a room together.

Also played some good disc and ate at Rigatony’s.

Today:

I have signed up for Library Thing.  I will probably write another AC article and use my proceeds to get a lifetime ‘membership’.  I can export it to an Excel file, and cataloging my library by ISBN is probably worth it.

And Eric has come up with a great idea for NaNoWriMo, so I’m off to sign up for that as well.

Need to get some work done today on Divine Fire and do some cleaning.  Although I’m tempted to leave everything aside from laundry until Wednesday when Eric’s gone.  I plan on keeping myself busy while Eric’s away instead of drinking and watching chick flicks for four days straight.

<written last night> I’m going to try Blockbuster Online. Netflix had it’s problems, but I do miss all those movies coming and going. We’ve had our EverCrack fun, now it’s on to the next pay-for service.

Issue one: If you’re going to sign up, do so on Monday. The printable coupon is valid Monday – Sunday for one week only. Don’t know how the less-than-one-coupon-a-week plan’s dates work.</written last night>

As of this morning, nothing has been shipped.
Edit:  Two of three have been shipped and will arrive on or around Monday, Oct. 23rd.


I’m going to start keeping progress bars. Because I like them…

As of last night:

Model Species polish (in pages):

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
93 / 550
(16.9%)

Divine Fire progress (in words):

Zokutou word meterZokutou word meter
26,486 / 100,000
(26.5%)

I have that niggling want to do NaNoWriMo.  Don’t know what I’d want do, and it would be a bad idea to take a month off of the above projects, and there’s WFC in the way, but…


I like coffee, lots of coffee.  I have a lattee glass that I make a 1.5 serving of International Coffee in.  Except, I really don’t like how many calories that is.  So I figured I’d add some instant coffee to single serving.  Tasty.  And caffeinated.

Need to run today.  Probably in an hour or so.