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Updates
Topic by: ariggleman
Posted: October 13, 2013 - 12:08 PM PDT
Last Reply: October 16, 2013 - 6:45 PM PDT

author topic: Updates
ariggleman
post #1  on October 13, 2013 - 12:08 PM PDT  
Is there a reason the site is NEVER updated anymore? What are WE paying GC for?
Cinenaut
post #2  on October 14, 2013 - 8:35 AM PDT  
I noticed that. Apparently we're just paying them to ship us DVDs.
kaream
post #3  on October 14, 2013 - 11:56 AM PDT  
> On October 14, 2013 - 8:35 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I noticed that. Apparently we're just paying them to ship us DVDs.
> ---------------------------------

Or not, as the case may be. When did you last receive something from them?

Speaking for myself, I'm nearly on a roll with them, but that's just because I've been adding some green-barred titles that Netflix has on long wait, and Facets doesn't list. A small percentage of my newly-added greens, of course; but better than nothing.
ariggleman
post #4  on October 14, 2013 - 5:42 PM PDT  
> On October 14, 2013 - 11:56 AM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On October 14, 2013 - 8:35 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > I noticed that. Apparently we're just paying them to ship us DVDs.
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Or not, as the case may be. When did you last receive something from them?
>
> Speaking for myself, I'm nearly on a roll with them, but that's just because I've been adding some green-barred titles that Netflix has on long wait, and Facets doesn't list. A small percentage of my newly-added greens, of course; but better than nothing.
> ---------------------------------


I have not had any probemswith GC shipping DVD's lately, but I have a very large queue of discs.

Cinenaut
post #5  on October 16, 2013 - 1:25 PM PDT  
Yeah, I haven't had any shipping problems either.
kaream
post #6  on October 16, 2013 - 3:30 PM PDT  
> On October 16, 2013 - 1:25 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Yeah, I haven't had any shipping problems either.
> ---------------------------------

As I've said, the warehouse is functioning fine in getting movies out in the mail - when they have something in stock to send. It's just all the rest of their operations that have gone all to hell.

(And hey, right now the website is actually working. Be grateful for small favors.)
StealthMonk
post #7  on October 16, 2013 - 3:42 PM PDT  
So whose staying/going elsewhere?

Blockbuster by mail - when i was a member managed 20+ out of under 50 had to be reported.however, they do/did atleast offer refunds when this happens.However, the fact that they don't seem concerned at all it happened that many times.

Netflix - they won't let me be a member. some how cancelling and restarting my account within my bill cycle got me labeled as a promo hopper. Yes, it is possible to be labeled as someone who promo hops while you are paying for service. Am told i am not welcome back.

Greencine - Site outages,innacurate availabilities, etc etc.

Local library - closed

Redbox - as if new releases are the only thing out

local video rental - have 0
Cinenaut
post #8  on October 16, 2013 - 3:45 PM PDT  
You should ask kaream about Facets.org.
StealthMonk
post #9  on October 16, 2013 - 3:59 PM PDT  
> On October 16, 2013 - 3:45 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> You should ask kaream about Facets.org.
> ---------------------------------
Searched around a dozen titles ranging from mainstream to obscure and less than half are available.
Cinenaut
post #10  on October 16, 2013 - 4:06 PM PDT  
Personally, my plan is to swim in the Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming streams until I run out of stuff to watch, then I'll come up for air and reevaluate what's out there.

Right now, it seems like there's not a good one-stop solution.
StealthMonk
post #11  on October 16, 2013 - 4:20 PM PDT  
> On October 16, 2013 - 4:06 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Personally, my plan is to swim in the Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming streams until I run out of stuff to watch, then I'll come up for air and reevaluate what's out there.
>
> Right now, it seems like there's not a good one-stop solution.
> ---------------------------------

Streaming isn't an option with my internet (1 isp neighborhood so channels get overloaded) so I have to live by mail.Netflix doesn't want me as a member for some reason.

So it's looking like i have to double dip with two different services.Problem there is none are problem free.

$16.99 at blockbuster for 3 out at a time (as i stated 20+ out of <50 had shipping problems was my previous experience and blockbuster doesn't seem to care.No quick return feature or anything like that.So no guarantee even 1 shipment a week.

$21 for 4 at a time here.Where you can't plan what gets sent out at all.

Meaning $38 a month for roughly 24 movies maximum.Not to mention holidays etc coming up etc.
kaream
post #12  on October 16, 2013 - 6:45 PM PDT  
--Streaming: Totally out for me, for several different reasons. First, even with newsclips or YouTube I keep having to wait for buffering. Second, even aside from unaccustomed accents, my hearing is slowly going to pot, and more and more I need to rely on subtitles (or Closed Captions), which are wiped out with Netflix streaming - haven't tried other sources. Third, I want to at least try commentary tracks, and at least look at whatever extras there are, to see what might be of interest.

--Blockbuster: No. I've mentioned elsewhere that I have little interest in mainstream movies-of-the-moment for an evening's entertainment. If you're just looking for blockbusters, this is worth trying. I'm looking for very specific films, mostly either foreign or independent (and many of which tend to get poor reviews, especially at Netflix where people will say "worst movie I ever saw, how do I get two wasted hours back?"). I love this funny Netflix review for L'Avventura: "What adventure? Our Greater Swiss Mountain dog, Oscar, has more adventures sniffing out deer and chasing squirrels." Somebody missed the point of the movie.

--Netflix: This is where I get the great bulk of my movies. I've cut back to 1-out, but have fast turnaround. It's a well-run professional organization. They have far more titles, and more copies of each title, than any other rental service. They carry all sorts of weird stuff, and they update your queue daily with notices of non-availability: Short wait, Long Wait, or Very long wait. If your #1 queue slot is marked "Short wait", they will often send it to you from a different warehouse location as an extra rental at no additional charge. But on the other hand, Netflix can be very stingy, refusing to buy a lot of releases from Criterion, Flicker Alley or Lobster, so these need to be looked for from other sources.

--GreenCine: This used to be a good source of movies that Netflix wouldn't carry, plus specializing in genres like anime that no one else had. The website used to work, the color bars had some relevance to actual availability, and there was a good feeling of community with lots of subscribers engaging in banter on these discussion boards. Underdog and weezy always went out of their way to help solve problems. The staff had a real interest in film as an art form, and posted useful reviews. It's very unfortunate that GreenCine has obviously fallen into serious financial straits.

--Facets: I had long known that Facets released a number of titles under their own label, but I only recently realized that they also run a rent-by-mail service. I've discussed my experience with Facets at some length in Blumphf's thread "A likely answer to exactly ...", which I hijacked.

--CafeDVD: Has a slim catalog, but it includes a number of out-of-print titles that are worth checking for. They rent by the disc, plus shipping, rather than as an ongoing subscription basis. If any title has a "Rent" button, that means they definitely have it in stock, and can send it to you immediately. Otherwise you probably won't be able to get it at all. My post #17 in the "A likely answer ..." thread gives a few more details on their service.

--local public library: Depends on where you live, of course. A few years ago someone posted here, complaining about the inability to get all seven discs of Berlin Alexanderplatz, and in sequence, from GC. It turned out that he lives in San Francisco, and the libraries there had several copies of the entire set.

--Amazon: Sometimes you can find very inexpensive bargains on used or even new copies of movies.

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