That Mysterious Red Envelope

I’ve written here before about how much I dislike most network television these days, and it’s only gotten worse now that I’m spending so much time at home with Spenser and Becky. We rent some movies On Demand because we’re never able to get them back in a timely fashion when we get them from the video store, but I know there are TV shows out there I’d like to be watching. So I briefly considered subscribing to Showtime and HBO for movies and TV shows, but it would be more than $30 a month for both and that seems a bit ridiculous.

Around this same time I was fooling around with the Netflix website and decided to give it a try for the 2-week trial. It seemed like a good enough deal and convenient. After my first experience though I wasn’t too impressed. The website seemed complex and unwieldy and I wasn’t able to find many new releases. But after we received our first movie so quickly, I started thinking about it some more and went back to explore the site again. This time was much better and I was able to find some new releases that weren’t even out to On Demand yet. I was also able to find some great TV shows like Dexter, Weeds, and the final season of The Wire that I missed. I’d really like to watch True Blood, but I’m sure if I wait long enough it will show up as well. I was also happy to discover I could number the movies in my queue by priority so I could sort of know what I would be receiving next. Now I sent back my movie and I’ll be receiving two more because I switched to the 2 at a time plan instead of the 1. I’m excited about the possibilities.

Anybody else here use Netflix? Any stories you’d like to share? Tips, etc.