AppleTV to replace Netflix?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by nburwell, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2008
    I am wondering if any users on here have cancelled their Netflix subscription completely after they purchased an AppleTV? I'm considering doing just this, since I'm fed up with the long waits I have to put up with for most new blu-ray releases. The only thing that concerns me is the fact that I watch a good amount of movies each month. I know with HD movie rentals through AppleTV, they go for $3.99 a pop. So I figure if I rent 6 movies a month, that adds up to a little over $23. But then again I'm paying $18/month with Netflix now.

    Ultimately I just want to get opinions from people that have made the switch. Maybe this is a completely foolish idea, but I wanted to get some feedback before I were to actually do this.
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    If you want to watch the newest of the new you'll probably have to go with renting through Apple... but you definitely have more streaming options with Netflix... way more content and it's only going to get larger. Just try it. It's not like you can't start Netflix again and stop renting from Apple.
  3. macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Did you purchase the old AppleTV or the new hockey puck-sized AppleTV that is streaming only? If it's the old one, stick with Netflix.

    How do you feel about Netflix's streaming content? The new AppleTV works with Netflix to stream that content directly to your HDTV (like Roku and a bunch of other devices already do) instantly. If you like the offerings Netflix has, you can downgrade your account to a streaming-only account with Netflix. It is considerably cheaper than what you are paying now.
  4. macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    I am going to cancel netflix subscription and this is because I want everything in HD. I have TV that can handel 1080P and 720P. It makes no sense to own HDTV without HD video.

    I am very likely to buy apple TV because itunes always have newly released titles on Day one for streaming. NETFLIX? Sorry, wait for 30 days.

    IF you watch a lot of movies and I mean a lot, then you should just stick with Netflix. I am planning on watching 1-2 movies per week. In this case, it fits me better to go with itunes and apple TV. However, I am still going to wait for reviews and people's first impression on Apple TV before I buy one. Netflix also has instant streaming, but their selections SUCK! I know that netflix's HD STREAMING is still no where near the itunes HD streaming. When I saw SJ streaming Iron man 2, I was surprised by how fast it was and how quick it was. I am going to try HD video streaming at apple store and as long as it can live up to what SJ showed. I am in.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2010

    Get the basic netflix for $10 a month.

    You can only check out one disc at a time, but that is all you need. Also add $1 a month extra for blurays. The streaming options are nice. It lets you have more options. Hopefully Hulu Plus will also be added to the new Apple TV. Remember if you have a 1080p TV bluray is still the best in quality for sound and video. None of these streaming options are real 1080p and 7.1 HD sound. Only bluray. The best way to rent blurays is netflix or Redbox.
  6. Joined:
    May 30, 2010
    Sunny Southern California
    I personally bought the new AppleTV for the primary purpose of using it to stream Netflix. Will probably end up using the iTunes store on the aTV but am quite satisfied with Netflix.
  7. thread starter macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2008
    @Critical Hippo, I am looking at purchasing the newly released Apple TV.

    @SilentPanda, you're right. I can give Apple TV a try since I'm not tied down to a contract with either Apple or Netflix.

    @hcho3, that's what irks me about Netflix. Robin Hood was released on blu-ray last week, yet us Netflix subscribers have to wait until October until we can rent it.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2009
    I looooove Netflix and use it for 80% of my TV viewing. I really want to give cable the boot, but have yet to find an indoor OTA antenna that picks up channels.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2008
    Just in case you're not aware of the site, here's a great resource for determining what OTA HD signals you can receive at your address:

  10. macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2009
    I've been to all the web sites and such. I just live in a condo that is on the bottom floor surrounded by trees. But thanks.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Streaming Netflix is painful but it is watchable.. I have netflix and would rather just get the dvd or blu-ray then stream it.. I can't understand why anyone would prefer to sream to their TV.. streaming tv content or movies is shoddy at best...

    I was at blockbuster the other day to rent Robin Hood because netflix doesn't have it.

    I ended up joining the Blockbuster program because the rep told me Blockbuster is now basically buying the rights to new releases which gives them a 30 day window where you can only get the movie from blockbuster... Blockbuster is also going full steam with their streaming service.. If it's anything like the rep talked it up to be it's going to be pretty phenomenal..
  12. macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    Netflix Watch Instantly is great for watching good movies and tv shows that you have missed over the years but my biggest problem with it is there is no 5.1 surround sound. For tv shows, it is not needed but it's a real bummer for movies.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    If anything, I find that my AppleTV supplements my Netflix subscription. Anything that I can't find on Netflix I watch online for free, or download in HD. I am too busy to care about keeping up to date on the latest TV shows. There are only a few that are important enough for me to be home to watch live. The rest I can tolerate being a season or two behind.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2007
    New Orleans, LA, USA
    You can rent new releases on iTunes and watch lots of back catalog content from Netflix. These services together give a pretty wide selection of movies for the new AppleTV.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2008
    Melbourne, FL
    As long as Blu Ray is superior, I'll keep using the mail with Netflix.:)

    But I am thinking of giving Apple TV a try for those movies and TV shows I don't care so much about the very best in video and audio. In fact, I would probably give up my cable TV before I give up Netflix and Blu Ray. I think Apple TV and Netflix will work well together--seems more direct competition to Amazon on Demand--which I have also tried.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2010
    Didn't blockbuster just announce they were going out of business? I know I read an article that as soon as they do their contracts over movies form certain studios will be up for grabs and Netflix will be making these titles immediately available for streaming. it sounded like it was happening within the next month or so.

    As for your comments about streaming netflix, we do it all the time and it works great. I don't have any real complaints. Every once in awhile our internet connection will slow and the video quality will be downgraded, but this only make it unviewable once. it downgraded to SD, and was very blurry. The few other times the video quality has been reduced, it only took it down by 1-2 bars, still very high quality, just not technically HD. It still looked great. If Netflix offered all of their content instantly, we would never opt for physical disks again.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    No, they went into Chapter 11 not Chapter 13, it's a "reorganization of debt" which gives them time to generate capital and pay down debt to avoid true bankruptcy. They did announce they are closing between 500-1000 stores over the next year to "trim the fat" and will reduce the physical presence of the company by about 20%.

    They're hurting but they aren't gone forever.

    That being said I hate physical rental now. Red Box and Netflix take care of all my needs in that department. Watching Netflix through my Mac Mini is awful as to the best of my knowledge "HD" netflix has been limited to physical streamers, so I use my xbox360 or ps3 for watching them.

    I'm interested in the Apple TV for this purpose though. If you have a decent internet connection they can look pretty great, at least DVD quality if not 720p.

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