Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday fragments

Welcome to Friday fragments, my weekly recap of topics too big to forget, yet too small to be their own post.

Like most of you, I was shocked and VERY unhappy about the Netflix subscription changes to go into effect Sept 1. Netflix is discontinuing the subscription we have where you can stream films and get DVDs by mail for $9.99 per month. In Sept you have to choose streamed films OR DVDs by mail for $7.99 per month. If you still want to stream and get DVDs by mail you must pay for both subscriptions at $15.99 per month. To clarify, in order to keep what I'm currently getting for $9.99 per month I will have to pay $15.99 per month. I guess they are banking on subscribers opting to keep what they have and pay the extra $6. per month. Sure they'll be pissed for a month but will soon forget about it. Afterall, Americans have extremely short memories. But I think I will just select the DVDs by mail subscription for $7.99 per month since their streaming library is minuscule compared to their DVD library.

My friend Joe P sent me this cute video from the tv show Australia's Got Talent. He's not a bad singer. Enjoy!

While most of you have already enjoyed your Pride celebrations in June, Pride is celebrated in Sept here in DE. I'm SUPER EXCITED that this year's Pride celebration headliner is Taylor Dayne!! I've been a big fan for years and saw her in concert in the early 90s. I hope she performs all her hits because that's what I'll be expecting. She was a guest judge on 1 season of RuPaul's Drag Race but didn't perform.

Spouse's family is still here. They were originally going to leave tomorrow but they're having such a good time they decided to stay 2 extra days so now they're leaving on Mon. Spouse & I have had plans to go to Ikea with Steven & Thad on Sun and basically be gone all day. The family doesn't care. They'll go to the beach and we'll go with Steven & Thad. The visit has been pretty good, with the exception of 1 night when everyone except me stayed up late watching a movie. I had to get up for work the next day but was kept awake until almost 1am by their noise. But other than that its been fine.

I have a busy day planned tomorrow at work. I'm showing a property to a couple at 9:30, then showing 4 properties to a different couple at 10:30. This is our prime season and its been as busy as I've expected.

Here's hoping everyone has a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

When I got my notice, I canceled that minute. Then I got even more pissed off when I was unable to list the reason why or to email them and tell them off.

behrmark said...

I personally don't understand why everyone's panties are in a bunch; the cost of EVERYTHING has gone up so it make sense that entertainment does too. Since I don't stream (I know, I'm odd), I have no problem paying a lower per month charge for the DVDs. Oh and incidentally, the comment about "miniscule library" may be true but it contains movies NOT available on disc. It's a trade-off.

Ron said...

Re Netflix, I never did download streams so my decision was easy, two DVDs out at a time. I expect eventually that Netflis will raise the price of mailing DVD's. They want to cut the costs of mailing DVD's and all that is involved in processing (both in and out) those DVD's that they mail. Everything seems to be going this way with businesses wanting to opt out of mailing your bill to you and instead send it by e-mail which, of course, creates more of a chance that you'll miss paying your bill on time and thus incur finance charges. More money for less service, that's where we're going.

BlogMarkBlog said...

I'm canceling at the end of July. Since I have HBO and Showtime and Hulu, I don't need Netflix. I hardly ever use it as it is and I'm not paying more not to use it.

Rick said...

Just like everything else. Next it will be Debit cards and emails. There's money to be made out there.
Two extra days. That will teach you to be such a nice host.
Hope you had good results from your showings.