Comment AGMH Re: It's just like Cable TV


Netflix is running ads, which it insists aren’t ads


It's just like Cable TV (Score: 2, Insightful)

by Anonymous Coward on 2015-06-03 17:46 (#ABZ3)

When cable TV was first introduced, we were promised no commercials because the revenue was coming from the monthly fee, and the channel selection would attract more customers and revenue. Well, there were two bad effects from that. First, the content providers very quickly went to commercials, I suppose instead of raising rates, and worse we ended up getting forced to buy content we don't want. Although I dropped cable over 15 years ago, and satellite about 5-6 years later, I never appreciated having to pay for ESPN. I'm sure the programming is fine, but I'm not interested in sports, but there was never an option to not pay for it.

Now Netflix is in the same boat. Obviously, they are looking to generate more revenue, but given that selection isn't a big draw, no commercials is a major feature. If they want to use commercials, they need to offer an option out with a higher-priced tier. I don't watch a lot of movies on Netflix (because the selection isn't so great, but there's a lot of cool older stuff on there), I mostly watch old TV shows (right now I'm reliving "M*A*S*H"), which I really enjoy and find it a great value. I _will_ pay more for no commercials if I have to, and if I can't, I'll consider dropping Netflix.

Re: It's just like Cable TV (Score: 1)

by on 2015-06-04 17:40 (#AEAW)

I'm still using the original Netflix delivery method: Physical discs mailed to me once a week.

Sure, there are previews and other types of bonus material on DVD/Bluray discs, but they can be easily skipped with the method I use to watch them.

Re: It's just like Cable TV (Score: 1)

by on 2015-06-05 17:23 (#AGMH)

Most the time it's enough to put in the disc and leave it for a few minutes, before even turning on the TV.

This doesn't work if there's, say, a language prompt before the unskippable ads, but they're fairly rare.

Junk Status

Not marked as junk