Netflix Freak

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  1. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    You may remember several months ago, there was an app called Netflix Fanatic that let you manage your rental cue. It was discontinued and pulled from the web after Apple learned that one of their employees had written it. That was a loss.

    Luckily for us, there's a new Netflix interface app for OS X called Netflix Freak. It lets you manage your Netflix cue, adjust your ratings, and search the Netflix database without having to deal with the slow and cumbersome Netflix web interface. It works like a charm! I was already a huge Netflix fan... this just makes using their system much better. Well worth the $15 price (Free 30 day trial).
     
  2. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    I don't use OS X so I can't relaly check this app out, but I'll say that I find the netflix website to be really easy to use and very fast, and managing my cue there has been great. I don't see the need for an app to help with this, but that's just my experience.

    Looking at the descriptions though, this app does have some cool stuff in it. Is it worth 15 bucks. I dunno. I guess I'd have to play with it to find out.
     
  3. krimson macrumors 65816

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    i kinda like the netflix interface, i dont think it would be that much of an improvement, and usually it's rather fast when im here at work. Still pretty fast when im at home.. except I can use safari to set the ratings (3000+ now)... which i usually do at work anyways.

    Anyone notice a service drop in the last quarter? I've been getting my movies slower and they get back slower.
     
  4. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    maybe a bit. it was two days, now it's 3-4. but my sample size is pretty low. and just last week although it took M-Th to get the movie in, I had the new one on Friday. So who knows. But I'm sure they're increasing subscribers faster than they're increasing envelope emptiers/stuffers.
     
  5. strider42 macrumors 65816

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  6. 3-22 macrumors regular

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    I never understood the purpose of such a program, when you have a completly usable web app.

    But anyway, that's pretty lame about Apple. I assume he didn't do it on company time or computers. Not very supportive to there developers...
     
  7. Flowbee thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Let me rephrase: Compared to Netflix Freak, the Netfix web interface seems slow and cumbersome. And for me, dragging and dropping movies to rearrange my cue is more convenient than having to re-number.

    To each his own.
     
  8. krimson macrumors 65816

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    trust me, i have written a few times. What sucks is, it used to take 1 day to get to me, and 1 back, now it's 2 days, and 3 back..
    I love how sometimes, ill send back all 3, and they'll register 1 of them 2 days later, and then the 2nd one 2 days after that, and the 3rd ill report missing, and they register it back the next day.. i think they've realized they need to slow down rentals to really start making a good profit, especially after this last ad campaign, they (and I) have signed up a number of people.
     
  9. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    I've been wondering if they've been slowing the rentals down too. I know that they will make some movies "long wait" for high volume users (slashdot had ana rticle on it once and some guy proved it), so it wouldn't surprise me. The thing is, I don't think that's legal. All their advertising has said as soon as you return one, they send the next one out. Like you, i've sent back multiple movies at the same time, sometimes they even aknowledge receipt of all of them at the same time, but ship them on different days. That really peaves me, especially when the delay causes it to be shipped over the weekend, whcih means I won't get it till monday instead of on sunday.
     
  10. krimson macrumors 65816

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    I have 67 movies in my queue, and 17 have "long wait"s and 3 have Very long waits. They're kind of obscure cult movies, so that may be it.. i waited like 2 months for 21 grams. I remember Donnie Darko was very long wait since I put it in my queue, then they tell me that it's no loner available from their suppliers, and then I find that Best Buy has like 10 copies on the shelf.. LOL

    Anyways, you couldn't prove that they were slowing down the rental rates for high volume renters, unless you did something illegal. I dont know if i am a high volume renter, i've gotten around 40+/month (3 DVD) a few times, so I'll guess that I am. Normally i'll get around 20-30 on good months... Last month, i had 19 rentals... i figured that i've been tagged.. there really isn't anything I can do, other than email them, and hope for a better alternative.
     
  11. Flowbee thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I'm a pretty high volume user, and I haven't noticed any slow-downs. I guess it may have to do with what city you're in and if there's a distribution center nearby. I'm in the San Francisco Bay Area and I almost always get a two day turn-around (ie. Mail to Netflix on Monday, receive new disk Wednesday). The only strange thing that's happened in the last week is that one of my more obscure movies, "Lady Snowblood," is listed as a 4 month wait! If demand is that high, maybe they should buy a few more copies.
     
  12. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    I'm in the bay area too. I usually have the same experience as you, its just recently the pattern has changed sometimes. Certainly its not all the time, but sometimes.
     
  13. krimson macrumors 65816

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    The LA hub is in Santa Ana, 30 minutes drive from here. I was supposed to get one on friday, it still hasn't arrived.

    One thing i noticed was that the changes really started after they started sending me those "service survey" emails, where you tell them if you've gotten the DVD yet. I used to put down 3 days, so they'd try to get it to me faster, but then the last 2 times i put down 1 day.. that's when they started to slow down... maybe it's just a conspiracy theory. :rolleyes:
     
  14. krimson macrumors 65816

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    I KNOW they're screwing people over now. I've got proof. :p
     

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