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Oh, Netflix alternatives, where art thou?


Angry proclamations of Netflix cancelations have been flying around the Internet today after the streaming site announced it was hiking pricing, essentially forcing subscribers to choose between its DVD selection and its streaming plan. But where will the Netflix refugees go? We consider the alternatives… READ FULL STORY

MoviePass to allow moviegoers to see as many flicks as they want a month for $50. Worth it?

If you’re anything like us, you’re going to spend the dog days of summer planted indoors, namely at an air conditioned movie theater, seeing everything under the unforgiving sun (Transformers: Dark of the Moon may blow your eardrums out, but at least you’ll be cooled off). While it’s certainly cheaper than buying a pool or sitting in front of your open refrigerator all day (turns out that really hikes up the electric bill), going to the movies a few times a week definitely adds up.

With the average price of a movie ticket in San Francisco hovering around $10, an avid moviegoer could very well spend roughly $100 a month at their local multiplex (that’s not including assorted goods at the concession stand, which, let’s be honest, would be about $100, too.) In other words, Californians, you may have to start subletting your living room in order to keep going. Or just start charging your out-of-towner friends for your Full House tour.

Alas, there’s MoviePass, a new $50-per-month service — launching this weekend in, you guessed it, the San Francisco Bay Area — which will allow subscribers go to unlimited movies in theaters. READ FULL STORY

Netflix users fly into a blind rage at new interface; company stands by the change

Anybody else log in to Netflix this week and notice something was amiss? The site unveiled a new interface with a focus on instant streaming, an update which did away with sortable lists and instead showcases larger title images and a new click-less way of viewing movie options. If you’re like me, the biggest change is that your personalized ratings are no longer immediately viewable. (You want me to hover my mouse over this icon for 1.5 seconds before I can see how much I’ll like this movie? Unacceptable.)

If you’re not crazy about the new interface, you’re not alone. When the change occurred on Wednesday, Netflix’s director of product management Michael Spiegelman posted a short explanation on the site’s blog. As of today, over 1,950 Netflixers, mostly angry ones, have responded online. While some say they appreciate the change, many others have called out the update as “God-awfully hideous,” “bulky and awkward,” “totally horrible,” and “jarring,” among other choice adjectives. One user, Eric, commented, “I like the look and feel but the mouse delay to add to your queue is extremely unintuitive.”  Some users have even threatened to cancel their subscription if the old interface is not brought back. READ FULL STORY

Netflix is officially the biggest video-on-demand subscription company

Netflix has put Comcast in quite a fix: The video subscription service has officially overtaken Comcast, boasting more subscribers than the Cable TV operator. In fact, according to the company’s earnings, Netflix welcomed 1.1 million subscribers per month in 2011′s first quarter, bringing its subscriber number to a grand total of 22.8 million in the U.S., and 23.6 million globally. That latter number bests Comcasts’ — the cable operator boasts 22.8 million subscribers. And Netflix shows no signs of slowing down: Some have put the company’s subscriber number at 30 million by the end of 2011.

Now, I could ask you, PopWatchers, the simple question: Do you have Netflix? But I want to also ask you: Has having Netflix replaced your desire to go to the movies? READ FULL STORY

What movies or TV shows do you watch at work?

After reports of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job, it shouldn’t come as much a surprise to hear that another member of that illustrious trade was caught slacking off. This Sunday, an air traffic controller near Cleveland, Ohio was found out to be watching a movie after he accidentally broadcast three minutes of Cleaner, starring Samuel L. Jackson, to every plane in the airspace he was supposed to be monitoring.

Now, the fact that he was kicking back and watching a DVD isn’t what raised my eyebrows. I just can’t get over the idea that this movie about Jackson cleaning up after crime scenes — which has a 17 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — is apparently so entertaining this guy couldn’t be bothered to make sure airplanes weren’t about to fly into each other.

But criticism aside, it brings up an interesting question: How often do YOU watch movies or TV shows at work? And what kind of shows gel best with the workplace environment? READ FULL STORY

Netflix: We're a streaming company more than a DVD company

Netflix announced its quarterly earnings yesterday, and while I think we can all agree that a good old fashioned Q3 forward-facing financial statement is generally the bee’s knees, this one is even more interesting than usual: According to the CEO’s statement, “by every measure we are now a streaming company … a majority of our subs will watch more content streamed from Netflix than delivered by us on DVD.” READ FULL STORY

Your weekend guide to DVD schlock

Troll-2-movieEvery week, dozens of movies are dumped onto DVD. But some weeks are special. Why? Because every once in a blue moon, the stars align in a way that an embarrassment of schlocky riches comes out all at once. This week, my friends, is one of those weeks. So if you find yourself with some time on your hands this weekend and you have a craving for cheese, why not check out some of these new releases… READ FULL STORY

What classic movies have let you down?

Love-StoryImage Credit: Everett CollectionThanks to the magical powers of instant Netflix, I’ve been watching a lot of stuff lately that I might not have gotten around to otherwise. (Mostly I watch Friday Night Lights over and over. But sometimes I change it up!) I’ve been going through some romance classics because I can never convince anyone to watch them with me. So, perfect opportunity to finally watch The Way We Were! And Love Story. And be shocked to discover how much I hated both of them. [And solidify my slot on the "definitely going to die alone" list.]

I know, I know: blasphemy. They’re classics! Love means never having to say you’re sorry! Misty water-colored memories! Etc. I’d be willing to grant that these films played somewhat differently at the times of their releases, and that they maybe just haven’t aged well, but holy God was I ever disappointed. I’ve been hearing for decades that these are two of the best, most iconic romances in American film. I could barely stand to finish them.

Surely you have had a similar experience, PopWatchers. You fiiiinally got around to that classic, only to discover that, oh, a third of the film is grating montages (Love Story), or that there are weird glaring gaps in the narrative (The Way We Were). What classic movie has let you down?

Life After Blockbuster. We'll survive.

blockbuster-ripImage Credit: Grave: Daniel Smith/zefa/CorbisYou may want hold off on renewing that membership card — according to a Wall Street website called 24/7, Blockbuster Video could well disappear by the end of next year. Blockbuster’s business model of making its customers actually get off the sofa and go to the store to rent a movie has been rendered hopelessly obsolete by the Internet and mail-delivery rivals like Netflix. Some of Blockbuster’s competition, like Movie Gallery, have already thrown in the towel, announcing that they’re shuttering all their shops. All this, figures 24/7, means you only have till the end of 2011 to return that old copy of Kindergarten Cop that still sitting in your VCR.

Personally, I’m not all that broken up about Blockbuster’s theoretical impending demise. Not to dance on anyone’s grave, but I always resented the chain’s prissy attitude about movie ratings. READ FULL STORY

Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy confirm split on Twitter

Jim-Carey-Jenny-MccarthyImage Credit: Alexander Tamargo/Getty ImageJim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy have parted ways after five years together, the couple announced on their Twitter accounts this afternoon. First Carrey tweeted: “Jenny and I have just ended our 5yr relationship. I’m grateful 4 the many blessings we’ve shared and I wish her the very best! S’okay! ?;^>”. McCarthy then tweeted, “Im so grateful for the years Jim and I had together. I will stay committed to Jane [Carrey's daughter] and will always keep Jim as a leading man in my heart.” There’s something poetic about a couple that’s always been a friend of lowbrow comedy announcing the news on Twitter. The only thing that would have made it better is if they had linked to each other, like, “@JennyfromMTV and I have just ended our 5yr relationship…” Probably a space concern. Definitely more respectful in solid black anyway. (For the record, Carrey’s publicist issued the following statement: “Jim and Jenny have recently decided to end their five year relationship. They are grateful for the many blessings they have shared and wish each other the very best.”)

Jokes aside, this was one of the couples I liked. You could imagine the humor that brought them together, and had to respect how they dealt with difficult things, like her son’s autism. Anyone else a little sad?

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