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The reason I finally cancelled Netflix.

09 Nov 2011  |  Tags: ,

A few days ago, I made the decision to cancel Netflix, before my account renewed on the 12th … meaning I now have to mail my two remaining movies back within the next 7 days and then, receive no more.

Why would I do this?

The main reason is: movie fatigue. I’m generally pretty busy, and do a lot of different things at once. Whenever Netflix gets setup for me, I’m always excited to start watching the movies. Yet, when the same amount of movies appear on a regular basis, I find myself less excited about finishing them and generally postpone watching.

This also coincides with movies that I’m less excited about watching appearing lower in my queue. After I watch the movies that I really want to see, I wait longer to watch the others. Sometimes for weeks at a time.

Movies Watched "Per-Month" since Netflix Account's commencement

Overall, the service is still great, but it’s just not a good value unless you’re constantly refreshing and cleaning your queue of discs you don’t actually want to watch. There are shipping delays, and yet … the streaming service doesn’t have most of the material I’d want to watch in the first place. It’s a lose-lose for me, especially at a fixed monthly-fee.

Why now? When Netflix started, there were no streaming services available. In the future, I’m looking forward to renting movies on iTunes or Amazon for less, and when I actually want them.

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