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November 10, 2008

I keep on keeping movies out longer and longer on Netflix

Netflix was pretty thrilling in 2001. I mean, the very idea! Getting DVDs! Digital Video Discs! In the mail! I'm sure it's going to be one of those things that I tell young people in fifty years, and they'll think I'm an idiot for ever thinking it was exciting.

But, here we are in 2008, my queue hovering around a hundred movies, which it's been doing pretty much since I joined. The difference is, a lot of those movies, nay, most of those movies, I'm not sure why I put them on there in the first place, and when they finally show up at my house, it'll take me a long time to finally sit down and watch them.

This is basically just a long winded excuse for me to post another chart I made in Excel.

Around mid-2002, I was returning movies pretty much as quickly as they came. As you might imagine, I was unemployed at the time.

Two movies have the honor of sitting on my desk for over a hundred days: Triumph of the Will and Bus 174. Triumph of the Will, of course, is the famous Nazi propaganda movie by Leni Riefenstahl. I didn't think I could want to be a Nazi less than I already did, but boy, is that movie boring. I ended up sending it back without finishing it. Bus 174 is a documentary about a Brazilian bus being taken hostage, is generally depressing, and also got sent back unfinished.

Twelve movies made the quickest possible round trip, three days, including three made for video animated Batman movies, a Deep Space 9 Season 4 Disc, and Mutiny on the Bounty, which I don't recall ever actually watching, though I probably did.

The average is thirteen days, which, when you think I'm paying twenty some bucks a month for Netflix, isn't that great a deal compared to going to the video store. But then, video stores in my neighborhood don't have the weird selections that I choose on impulse and then regret a few months later when I actually have to watch them. Not to mention, it would be a lot tougher to make graphs.

Posted by Will at November 10, 2008 12:53 AM


Years ago, we had Frailty for about four months. I finally convinced Will to watch it without me. We were pretty good after that. Then we went without Netflix for a couple years. Which - boy, try telling people you don't have cable or Netflix. They think you are insane. We have it again and so far the longest we've kept anything is a week. I doubt this sort of efficiency can last.

Posted by: Annika at November 10, 2008 1:33 AM

I toy with switching to cable every once in a while, which I would probably get more use out of. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing, who knows.

Posted by: Will at November 10, 2008 1:49 AM