Sunday, April 24, 2011

I miss you, Netflix

I just spent two hours trying to stream something, anything, I found remotely interesting, yet all I got was a couple dozen popups, probably a new virus or two, and an unwanted radio player download. When I finally found a soundless Megavideo version of "Cyrus", I was almost desperate enough to try to lipread for 1.5 hours!

I'm a little bit depressed that I cant get Netflix in Chile. Last time I lived in the US, having Netflix was one of the best parts. Between having the 2 rentals and the online streaming, I was set.

But its not really the ease and delivery service that I appreciated most... it was the website. I liked the ease of browsing through all the titles and seeing their synopsis, and having the ability to click to add it automatically to my queue. From the queue you could reorder the movies according to priority, and it would send the next one on your list automatically. Plus many of them allowed for online streaming. A good majority of video sites are now restricting based on country location, and Chile is usually on the block list.

Unfortunately, when I moved and had to close my Netflix account, I lost access to my list of movies! Now I have trouble figuring out which movies I would like to see, and usually end up with a list of movies that wont be available to me ...forever!!! (online or for rental- forget theaters, the movies I like most rarely make Chilean theaters). And when they finally are, well, I've long lost my list.

I'm sure there are other websites that do this type of thing. Maybe I should find one of those and see if I still have a Blockbuster account.... or an online streaming site that hosts less mainstream stuff. Orrrrr....Netflix could follow me to Valpo! ;-)

13 comments:

  1. ahhhh Im right there with you along with Hulu and Pandora!

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  2. wouldn't that be nice?? my boyfriend has no problem getting a handful of jackie chan and other action/martial arts films online, but I cant seem to find many decent ways to get the quirkier things I like... i couldnt even find a good romantic comedy tonight. :-(

    it's a long shot anyway....netflix would not be compatible with correos chile jajajja

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  3. right?! My boyfriend is still waiting for a letter I sent him a year ago hahah

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  4. Una amiga de Oklahoma me dijo que netflix es maravilloso y una amigo chileno que vive en Miami también, SIN EMBARGO, yo soy un cinéfilo de 1ª categoría y soy un "gourmet" con las películas que gusto de ver. Generalmente mis gustos están muy enfocados al cinearte, consumo películas francesas (y de otros paises de Europa y Asia) que no se encuentran en Netflix por lo que recurro a bajarlas via torrent (si es que las encuentro) o por E-donkey (cuando ya son muy rebuscadas).

    Creo que Netflix funciona bastante bien para una noche de sábado con cabritas o pizza y pasar un rato entrete, sin embargo, si uno quiere ver cine de más calidad y más "intelectual", buscar en Netflix, sería mi última opción. Lo he podido comprobar ya que mi amiga siempre me pregunta sugerencias de películas "no hollywoodense" y las que le recomiendo jamás las encuentra en Netflix, asi que estoy a punto de mandarle un pack de de DVDS con todas las películas que le he recomendado ya que no las encuentra en Netflix.

    Asi que mi recomendación es que te bajes Utorrent y trajines en algún sitio de torrents (recomiendo www.isohunt.com, es mi favorito)para bajar alguna película hollywoodense de tu gusto. Sale mejor, la copias a un DVD y listo! la ves en la TV en la comodidad de tu hogar sin gastar ni uno.

    Aparte de eso no se me ocurre nada más, LA opción es que arriendes en Blockbuster.

    Peronalmente, no me gusta, cerré mi cuenta allí hace caleta y nunca más posé un pie adentro de la sucursal. Yo soy super mañoso con las películas, soy muy exigente y no me gusta ver cualquier cinta proveniente de Hollywood y lo peor es que mientras mas veo cine "alternativo", mas exigente me pongo con el tiempo.

    Saludos.

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  5. I've never used Netflix before, sadly. It was invented after my time in the U.S. It's almost strange to me how I haven't lived hardly any of my adult life in my home country.

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  6. Creo que con los torrents no echarías de menos ninguna película o serie, y hasta me atrevería a decir que encontrarás tanto o más surtido de títulos que en Netflix. Para hacerte una lista, basta con que las pongas en tu lista de descargas xD. Me extraña que tu pololo no te lo haya sugerido (si es que no lo ha hecho ya).
    Este es el cliente de Utorrent, que es tal vez el mejor:
    http://www.utorrent.com/intl/es/
    Y para páginas donde buscar títulos:
    - http://btjunkie.org/
    - isohunt.com
    - http://torrentz.eu/

    Con esos, yo creo que encontrarás desde películas viejas, a series de TV, pasando por películas raras y documentales.
    Ojalá te sirvan!

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  7. cbass and marmo... its necessarily the titles and the endless alternative films that attract me to netflix (because while its better than streaming bc it never gets blocked, it still has limits on titles- though they did have a decent amount of the major cine arte stuff), its the website. its all together the process of helping me decide what i want to watch, lining them up, and automatically giving them to me instantly or with pretty much no wait or effort on my part. from what I remember about torrent sites, they don't help you much with that aspect, you have to search for the titles you want. i suppose it would help me line up the movies i want to watch though, once i get them in the process of downloading. i have heard of this process before, it just doesn't particularly interest me. at this point i dont even have enough space on my computer to edit a photo and save it, and i find myself less and less with the energy to clean up my computer, so downloading is really not something im gonna have the energy to manage right now.

    i havent gone to Blockbuster in years either....but for exactly that reason, having not rented anything in years, im sure they have tons of good movies accumulated just waiting for me to rent them!

    hahah kyle netflix has been around since you were in middle school. i never had it either till i went back from chile for a period of time.

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  8. Netflix does exist internationally I think, but not in Latin America yet. In Costa Rica they had sort of a rip-off Netflix business complete with those pirated DVDs you can buy on the street but this was a legitimate business.

    My solution to the Chile conundrum: torrents. You do have to download them, but it's not bad if you have fast internet...once you get over the fact that you aren't paying for it.

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  9. I have another alternative for you that my brother in law in Chile introduced us to! It's free/probably illegal, but we've had really good luck with it and it has all the movies/t.v. series' that I love from the States! When I lost hulu, it just about broke my heart, but now I think this is better!

    cuevana.tv

    Give it a shot!

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  10. sarah- good tip, i do quite like the site but i think selection is somewhat limited. its pretty good in terms of the popular programs though

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  11. My stepson who lives in the States read that Netflix is exploring new markets and Chile is one of them. Unfortunately, we live in the campo so, I don't think it would work for us since we only have a wi-fi stick for our internet.

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  12. Yes, Netfix is coming to Chile!

    http://ilovechile.cl/2011/09/05/netflix-arrive-chile/30104

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  13. Wow, what a vacuous American ditz. "I enjoyed the website, the browsing!" Read a book instead.

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