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In late February, my wife and I enrolled with Netflix. Its something we have talked about for quite a while and we finally took the plunge. One of the major motivators was that we wanted to catch up with all the Oscar nominated movies prior to the Academy Awards Ceremony. We were able to see all the Best Picture nominated films, either in the theater or via Netflix.

But I digress. I can’t believe we had waited this long to take advantage of Netflix. What an amazing serivce they offer! Its so neat. I’ve already watched Crash, Napoleon Dynamite, Enron, Super Size Me, The Constant Gardener, Hustle & Flow, Cinderella Man, Ocean’s 12, Finding Neverland, and Batman Returns. I may have to start a movie review section a la Jason Kottke has!

One thing I have heard about Netflix, which I have no solid facts to back up, is how their service suddenly starts to slow down after your 2nd month of subscribing. According to rumors I have heard, when you first sign up for Netflix, they make you a “priority” account, ensuring that you get the movies you want ASAP and that the turnaround of the movies on your queue is super quick. However, when you get to around your 2nd month and after, all of a sudden the movies you want have a super long wait, and the turn around time of your movies is that much longer. Now this is nothing more that rumor, but I’ll be keeping tabs on this for the next few months to see if there are any impacts to our Netflix service.

In our queue now is Capote and Pride & Prejudice, and wouldn’t you know their availability is “Long Wait” and “Very Long Wait” respectively. I guess I’ll have to settle for Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle instead.

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WITH OUT A QUESTION THEY HAVE SLOWED DOWN…I AM ON A BLUE RAY PREFERENCE. AT FIRST I RECEIVED THEM; IT HAS BEEN OVER A MONTH AND NOT ONE BLUE RAY MOVIE HAS BEEN SENT.CUSTOMER SERVICE HAS BASICALLY SAID TO TRY ANOTHER SERVICE (BLOCKBUSTER), BEING THEY HAVE THE MOVIES ON THEIR SHELVES!!!I SAID IF I ONLY HAVE BLUE RAY ON MY LIST AND THEY DON’T HAVE THEM, DO I PAY FOR THE SERVICE AND NOT GET A MOVIE….HER ANSWER WAS….YES!!!!!AT THIS POINT, ALL THE MOVIES ON MY LIST ARE ON SOME FORM OF WAIT….WONDER WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO PIZZA HUT IF THEY RAN OUT OF CHEESE!!!!!!!!

I’ve actually done allot of reading about the slow down since I’ve been a netflix customer for several months now. I think for the most part it is an over blown experience.Netflix has never slowed down for me. In general it sound like it would only slow down if you were going through 1 movie a day. Their problem is volume. If you rent too many movie a month they lose money. I think the number I’ve read is some where over 12 movies a month.Netflix does take the past in consideration. You can rent a whole lot on month and then not so much the next and Netflixs will not penalise you.The people who complain about Netflix really seems to be the people who watch a movie every day and send it back. Netflix can’t handle you renting 30 movies a month.I started netflix right after I moved to Boston and had yet to find a job. With tons of free time I went through a lot of movies. Two months later when I found a job and my renting slowed down. I never once experienced a bump in service.