Comments on: Why Netflix is such a great deal for the movie watcher. How good can it be, if it isn't HD? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:17:42 +0000 hourly 1 By: » For Sale: two ATI Digital Cable Tuners (CableCARD) » Ben Drawbaugh Tue, 23 Dec 2008 19:41:29 +0000 […] I realized how much money I was wasting on pay TV, I decided to cancel FiOS after football season and go all OTA and Blu-ray via Netflix. And […]

By: Ben Drawbaugh Fri, 07 Nov 2008 13:45:29 +0000 Yeah, 24 hours news could be a problem, but luckily my wife mostly watching OTA TV like me.

As for movies, there are plenty of good movies, here are a few. Also forgot to mention every movie I’ve watched in the last two years was on Blu-ray.

Run, Fat Boy, Run
Indiana Jones/Kingdom of the Crystal Sku
88 Minutes
Iron Man
Vantage Point
The Professionals
The Bank Job
The Longest Day
A Bridge Too Far
The Counterfeiters
Battle of Britain
The Bucket List
Be Kind Rewind
The Spiderwick Chronicles
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Wall Street
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Gone Baby Gone
No Country for Old Men
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Lives of Others
Reign Over Me
The Simpsons Movie
We Are Marshall
Mr. Brooks

By: Dave Zatz Fri, 07 Nov 2008 13:36:21 +0000 Ben, as you and I have discussed many times before – in the past I’d also only subscribe to cable during football season. However a woman with a cable news addiction moved in a few years ago… and that’s all she wrote! I could get by just fine solely (doubly?) with OTA and discs of cable shows (that’s how I watched early seasons of Dexter, Deadwood, The Wire, Burn Notice, etc).

Regarding Vudu, if that deal with $200 movie credit is going on it could be a decent deal. Though AppleTV is probably a better value for most. Of course, the simple cable box VOD/PPV is fine for the vast majority of folks that already rent one…

How many of those 76 movies were good? And can you recommend a few. I’m hurting for good content.

By: DWAnderson Fri, 07 Nov 2008 04:55:03 +0000 Without only OTA, how will you be able to watch Keith Olberman? 🙂

BTW, take a look at which analyzes the RSS feeds from you Netflix account to give you some interesting data.

By: Ben Drawbaugh Fri, 07 Nov 2008 01:45:57 +0000 Rich,
Interesting, sounds like you have a good plan.

My experience with Netflix is a little different. I usually get even the long wait titles long before they become available on Apple TV of Vudu, but some titles seem to come sooner on ATV than others.

By: Rick Lay Fri, 07 Nov 2008 00:56:51 +0000 I have DirecTV, Apple TV, Netflix, and OTA HD (via Tivo Series3). We use them all, but I fluctuate the amount based on the time of year.

In the summer, everyone is home, network TV is on repeats and we watch a movie just about every night, and the kids also watch a few movies a week… we switch off premium channels on DirecTV, do 5-at-a-time on Netflix, and still rent the occasional Apple TV title because Netflix often has a “long wait” on new titles, especially on Blu-Ray.

In the fall and spring, there is good programming on the networks and HBO/Showtime, so we back off on our Netflix plan (2-at-a-time), and hardly ever rent from AppleTV. We don’t have much time for movies, but the DVRs are full of good, new television programming. Also, DirecTV now has HD On-Demand for shows we want to catch up on that we may have missed in the summer months (Weeds, Dexter, etc.). Once new programming tappers off, we simply switch off premium channels and up the Netflix quota.

This gives us the best value because we get the best of OTA & cable programming, we still get good titles on Blu-Ray from Netflix.

Interestingly enough, we’re getting to a point were there is really nothing but new/up-coming Blu-Ray releases in our NetFlix queue.

By: Ben Drawbaugh Thu, 06 Nov 2008 23:22:24 +0000 All those sources in your post are great, but not the greatest picture quality.

As for the Apple DVR idea, most of the DVR software on the mac isn’t great.

By: randall bennett Thu, 06 Nov 2008 22:56:52 +0000 I ended up with the same conclusion, so I’m doing this plus OTA antenna. Should tide me over for now. Might think about doing an apple tuner to faux DVR it.