Recently Netflix changed their prices, not that radically (in my opinion), but enough to make me reconsider who we are paying for the privilege of showing me a movie.
Go to a Movie Theater
This is the most expensive way to watch. On the plus side, you have the largest screen possible and great surround sound. Additionally, having a large audience (depending on when you go) can add a tremendous lift to your enjoyment of a movie. Nothing like laughing with the crowd to pep you up. On the negative side is the cost and the food. Popcorn and candy are traditional, but they are also fattening and unhealthy. The chairs aren’t as comfy as my couch and I HATE wearing the 3D glasses. Overall, I just think the price is so much it’s not worth it. Grade: D+
In actual use, I find that we don’t watch that many movies from them. We could have their lowest tier and rarely exceed the limits. Now that they don’t stream for the same price, I think we will be using them less and less. Maybe even quitting the service. Grade: C+
Generall, this is more expensive that Netflix at an average of $5 per movie. If this was $3 a movie, I might get rid of Netflix and do on Demand only. The convenience is good. The only down-side is the limited selection and the horrible, HORRIBLE search interface. Grade: C- (Would be B- with a price adjustment)
Downloading from Internet
There are plenty of ways I have discovered of downloading high quality movies quickly. However, this isn’t legal. We want to pay the people who make movies to continue to do so. However, it is a question of what kind of movie and how much to pay. If it was legal, this would be an A-. Grade: N/A
HBO or other Cable/Satellite Channel
We have DirecTV and a DVR. There are plenty of movies that we get, but it is catch-as-catch-can. HBO is $10-15 per month. This is just too much to pay for the content. If it was $5 a month, I would add it today. Grade: C-
All the choices suck. The one that is closest, based on our viewing habits is On Demand about 2 times per month. This would cost $10, but I could eliminate Netflix in the bargain. I didn’t review Hulu, VuDu or some of the other services because I haven’t used them. Opinions welcome.