Originally Posted by tt92618
The comment you made about Netflix is indicative of your overall style, John, and while I totally understand if you don't like Netflix and the Apple TV, lets at least tell the truth. Netscape streaming did not just get 60% more expensive, and you know it. If you only want streaming, your bill isn't going up one dot.
Apple TV + Netflix is, in my opinion, the best game in town right now. I pay $90 less a month for entertainment than before, and I have the added plus of being able to keep my kids from being exposed to trash in the middle of some discovery science show on how they build bridges.
The value in Netflix to me is, and always has been, in the content of their DVD delivery service. Streaming content was their own version of a "hobby" as far as I'm concerned -- almost a throwaway -- and I don't see that changing any time soon. So, yes, the combination of the two did go up 60% and, no offiense indended, but you'd have to be a pretty big ATV2/Netflix apologist to overlook that.
There's no value add in what they've done here. They've just raised their rates on something that today is only has the value of a freebie. I don't care if something is $10 a month or $90 a month, if I don't get perceived value for my money then I'm going to object. When my son says there is nothing to watch on Netflix that he hasn't seen, that's when I know their content is lacking.
Here's what I wish they did instead: Admit that, yes, streaming content selection hasn't been good, but in return for a price hike they were going to aggressively go after content that hasn't been available at the rates they've been paying. That would be a real value add, but that's not what they said.
For anyone who thinks I'm unfairly ripping on the ATV2, you should realize that I was literally first in line at my local Apple Store to buy one the day they went on sale. (The store manager had have someone open up the morning's shipping boxes to find one. LOL!) I'd like Apple to succeed with this, but without more content I don't see it happening. Right now it's just another cool tech gadget with a good bit of competition. The only reason I haven't fleabayed mine already is the ability to do some "stupid pet tricks" with it and Airplay that, frankly, can already be done with iTunes, a Mac mini and the HDMI output.