NETFLIX Subscription Arrives!

Today, I got my First NETFLIX DVD in the mail I was wondering if I’d get a parcel slip and have to pick up the disc at the Post Office desk or if it would just come in the Box. Guess what movie it was…

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I remember our first video player, a Sony Betamax SL-6000. We got it in the late ‘70s and felt like we were on top of the world. Well were were at the top of the world, literally, because we lived in Barrow, AK, the most northern city in North America. betamaxWe bought the Sound of Music, The Ten Commandments, the African Queen. If memory serves, these movies cost around $70-$80, and I worked part-time at the sony store in Barrow.

The movies were so expensive that we rarely bought any movies. Mostly we recording things off the TV and watched them later. One of our favorite things to do was to record all of a series all on one tape—which took some skill, because you had to rewind and fast-forward the tape after each use, or use the counter-reset to mark things. Dad used to watch the farm-show, to get a clue on when to sell his grain or make somewhat informed decisions on commodities.

Of course there were no video rental places at the time, because no business one wanted to rent out tapes that cost $80 a piece for fear that they would not get them back. After a few years of course, we all know what happened. Sony lost the Betamax/VHS war, and Video rental places grew up in just about all neighborhoods across the country. Of course late-fees and the loss of rental privlideges made movie rental possible.

Last year, our only dedicated video place  Video 144 went under and scores of people switched over to NetFlix for Mail-In DVD rental. I can see the writing on the wall already—many friends are not even using the instant watch option and aren’t even getting DVDs in the mail any longer. Our connection in Haines is still not fast enough to stream movies, or I haven’t paid for a fast enough connection, so I opted for the DVD in the mail program for $8.99/month.

The day after I got my subscription, they raised the mail-in program price to $9.99 and are now pushing the instant download option at $7.99 or some such.

So what was the movie? 101 Dalmations. The Haines Library has the movie for free rental at a week at a time, but the disc is scratched and skips a lot and refuses to show about 3 minutes in the middle. I think it’s rather funny that the disc I got in the mail from Netflix was scratched in the same place, and also skipped a lot.

I’ve come to the conlusion, that the kid’s movies are all going to be scratched up because kids don’t know how to care for the discs. Oh, well.

Maybe the next one will play. Guess what’s next?

Iron Man 2.

BAM.

Then UP, then The Mask

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