Who needs Blockbuster when Netflix is available?

Well, we finally got around to joining Netflix yesterday, and we’ve already got 60 movies in our queue! Initially we signed up for the 3-at-a-time plan, but we’ll probably change to the cheapest plan once the novelty wears off.

Several of our friends already use Netflix, and they all had good things to say about the service. The only words of caution I received had to do with “throttling” of the movie pipe. This is spelled out in the terms of service, and basically says that if you burn through your queue they reserve the right to take their time sending your next movie. Fair enough, I guess.

Of course, this gives me another feature to hack/play with here on the blog: displaying our Netflix queue and/or recent activity. I was initially thinking of using Jimbo’s mynetflix 1.5 plugin, but he’s been pretty busy lately. It looks like development work has been taken over by Herichon, who recently released mynetflix2. I’ll be fiddling with this plugin and squeezing it into my page somewhere. Of course, this is going to be another customization that needs to be maintained for each theme, sigh.

If you’re a Netflix user reading this blog, feel free to add us (my wife and I) to your friends list. Our Netflix address is
(In case that’s not clear enough, you’ll need to replace this_blogs_name with SonicChicken.) My wife and I also have personal profiles to cover movies that we disagree about, for example I like Dr. Strangelove and she doesn’t. If you want to add us individually use our name instead of “netflix” in the account, e.g. jim@this_blogs_name.net.

About Jim Vanderveen

I'm a bit of a Renaissance man, with far too many hobbies for my free time! But more important than any hobby is my family. My proudest accomplishment has been raising some great kids! And somehow convincing my wife to put up with me since 1988. ;)
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3 Responses to Who needs Blockbuster when Netflix is available?

  1. herichon says:

    Hello Jim, glad to see someone getting use out of MyNetflix2. I haven’t done much with it lately but it should still work okay; let me know if you have any problems with it.

    Cheers – h

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  3. Rob says:

    I was a Netflix fan for a long time, and then I switched to Blockbuster. I loved the ability to turn you movies into the store to get new ones right away. Unfortunately Blockbuster has put a cap of 5 exchanges on it now.

    Here is a poll: Blockbuster or Netflix http://www.apopularitycontest.com/display_poll.php?ID=4669

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