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Learned Something; Controlling the Beast

June 29th, 2010 at 10:58 am

Learned something interesting.

What do you call the @ symbol used in e-mail addresses?

There really is no name for it, but "at." So I feel like less of an idiot trying to figure out what that symbol is called.


For the short summer, dh signed up for a free trial of Netflix. Now that we have the internet/HD TV.

Netflix - their streaming service sounds really awesome.

We currently have Blockbuster online. The blu rays do not cost more (huge plus, to dh). Their shipping is lightning fast, we get free game rentals (in-store) and the store exchanges, and free in-store rental coupons, are uber convenient.

Oh, and dh can't stand to wait for new releases. Blockbuster makes them available immediately - Netflix has to wait a week or something? Do I have that right?

Clearly, Blockbuster is the better service. BUT they don't do streaming.

SO, I am worried dh will want BOTH. That said, he may just get a more bare bones Blockbuster subscription and the barest bones netflix one. It's probably not horrible. I suppose he could also just go back to in-person renting at BB, occasionally, if it is cheaper than a full subscription.

Though he did tell me he may want to subscribe to HBO for a few months next year. It's hard to tame the beast. You would never imagine how patient his nature is when you talk to him about stuff. He couldn't possibly wait until it came out on DVD. Rolleyes

Anyway, I can only hope the netflix sucks. Wink But, he figured it would be good to subscribe with the kids home for the summer. For now, he is just trying it out, and we will go from there.

I will be pushing to choose just one service - of course. If it were just me - I'd probably take the streaming. I could care less about the rest.

9 Responses to “Learned Something; Controlling the Beast”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    There are some new releases on netflix, but not all are available...you might be disappointed in the selection. My kids like the streaming for some of the kids shows where they can watch 20-30 minute episodes. That part would be great for your boys.

  2. Looking Forward Says:

    Big Grin Boys and their toys!

  3. Tabs Says:

    Looking Forward: HEHEH!

    Yes, due to limited quantities, not all Netflix titles are immediately available. Sometimes, it may take up to a week before you can get one.

    Streaming is nice but.... If you're someone with a big screen and you're used watching HD content, I think you're going to be disappointed with streaming, which is more like standard 480p type video. Think YouTube or even Hulu.

    I do like streaming personally. Sometimes, I just want to watch the simple stuff from the Discovery channel or History channel, and much of that older programming wasn't HD to begin with. It's very convenient.

  4. monkeymama Says:

    Actually, the streaming is good. Dh is particular. I don't know the details - is high quality - due to the TV and internet service we have. & I can vouch that it is full HD - nothing like YouTube.

    That said, not sure how it plays into his BIG movie screen. For that, sure he will prefer Blu Ray. Is a big reason why he will want to combine the convenience of Netflix with sticking with Blu Ray for the movie room, probably.

    I hadn't thought about it, but not sure we can play netflix on our other TV, either.

  5. Tabs Says:

    Hmm, you guys must have big pipes. I'm getting only standard streaming video. But Netflix I think calculates your bandwidth before it streams the quality according to what your relative speed is.

    Which makes me sad because my pipes are suppose to be pretty big too. Frown

  6. monkeymama Says:

    We got FIOS. Doesn't really matter for everyday internet, as we've discussed, but dh does a lot of video streaming and uploading, etc. I should have foreseen where that was going. Big Grin

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I have the cheapest Netflix plan (on hold currently) $4.99/mo ($5.07 after tax). I'd have to up to the next level plan in order to get streaming via Wii, etc.. Frown If I did that, I'd lose the ability to do the $4.99/mo plan (grandfathered in I think.) I can watch up to two movies a month streamed on my computer, and love it (well, while my subscription was active.)

    I bet you're going to end up with both. Big Grin

  8. Tabs Says:

    Oh that explains it. Big Grin I have DSL, and it's pretty fast... for DSL. But it's still no match for FIOS. In fact, I just checked real quick, and it can get as much as 6x the speed of my DSL. Yikes!

    By the way, did you change the color scheme again? Not bad!

  9. monkeymama Says:

    Yes. I think dh is in the, "It's ONLY $9.99" stage. At face value, is a steal, but he just talked me into Surewest FIOS, recently, which isn't exactly cheap. Big Grin The free trial is nice though, to see if it is really that great.

    We probably can't get a cheaper BB plan because we are grandfathered there, too. But, we will figure something out. Might make sense to do their cheapest plan, for the occassional new release. OR so dh could always have one Blu Ray on hand. We don't have the cheapest plan - we could probably live without some of the extra we pay for now.

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