Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I Net-Flicked It

So today is the release date of Season 3 of Dexter on DVD, and Netflix would be sending me a disc except that they now work on Saturdays. Let me back up.

Netflix. Traditionally their warehouse was open Monday through Friday (the St. Louis warehouse, anyway). That means anything they send out typically gets to you the next day, but it gets a little tricky with the weekends. Send something back on Friday, they're not there on Saturday so they get it on Monday and send you your next disc, which you get on Tuesday. This works out well enough because Tuesday is new release day, and if you want to catch a new release on the day it comes out, you have to time it pretty carefully. Make sure you send something back on Friday or Saturday, they'll send you out the new release on Monday and you'll get it on Tuesday.

Only now the warehouse is operating on Saturdays. On the one hand this is great, because now you can get a movie on Monday, but if you send back a disc on Friday expecting to get a new release (like I did last Friday), you've missed the window.

I'm not complaining, just commenting that now the system is slightly different, so we have to approach it differently if we want to get the most out of it. It's changed before. It'll change again. Who knows, in five years will we even be sending discs through the mail or will it have been completely supplanted by streaming video?

Time will tell, but my lips are sealed.



Anonymous said...

I think things like Apple TV will make Netflix obsolete sooner rather than later. Why mess with mailing and waiting, when you could download something directly to your TV instantly?

Now if it could just make it through an entire movie without freezing and black-screening for several minutes at a time...

Kurt said...

I sort of agree--I don't think Apple TV will make Netflix obsolete, but I do that that the Netflix streaming will eventually make their mail service obsolete. Between Roku, PC's, and XBox, its at the head of the video-on-demand curve, especially if Apple TV is mildly broken.

Also, I don't know of anyone else who has that service.

Still, Blockbuster's beyond hosed.

Abby (aka AgatheAthena) said...

Netflix is actually already planning toward the day that the streaming service makes the discs obsolete (towards bottom of article here: http://www.macon.com/248/story/803718.html). Actually that story is just really interesting in general.