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Devolution
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Devolution here,

From 2003-2010 I think we might call those days the golden days for collecting everything movies and TV. We talked about it on here all the time, Buffy season this, and Family Guy Volume that, and Growing Pains season 1 and Simpsons season whatever. My question is: Has Netflix killed the need to start or finish collections of TV shows or movies?

As "Binge Watching" has become a term that all of us here have coined long ago, without using those exact words, because we bought the seasons, we sat there till 3 am, writing about them on this site, and we sadly had to wait, sometimes a year, for the next season to come out.

Hindsight (A great show by the way) is 20/20. The fact that we as a group can find everything we want (for the most part) on Demand, is what is killing the collections that we used to enjoy taking pride in. Moreover, it is now Financially IRRESPONSIBLE to collect seasons of things.

At $9 a month, The 12 total seasons of Buffy and Angel pay for about 4 years of Netflix. Sitting there? Waiting? 9 Seasons of Scrubs, bought by me, currently on Netflix. 8 seasons of The Office, yep, on Netflix. Every season of Bones, Friends, Frasier, and Cheers, you guessed it, on Netflix. Netflix also saves you money by having the shows you Wouldn't BUY.
My Name is Earl, Doctor Who, How I met your mother, Breaking Bad, etc...

Forget about the movies that we have all bought because they were new. We all have to answer the question or the statement from time to time, I can't believe you bought _______!

Netflix eliminates the need of the secret love by purchase. Your skeletons in the closet are safe, except if they are in your queue.

I know this is long, but I'm curious, who else has been stunted by the growth of Netflix?

The way I see it, as long as Netflix keeps updating, it's pointless NOT to have it.

We are DEVO

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I'm not a big collector of movies or tv shows. I'm one of those "if I see, and I want it, I'll buy it" type people. The only series I have is the entire run of Rescue Me. I was going to try to get the entire Mad Men series on the cheap, but missed out on Thanksgiving Day when the first 6 seasons were only $5 each on Target's website. I'll wait until after Christmas and see if they get marked down again.
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Netflix really changed the way people watch TV. That model will ultimately kill cable and satellite TV. Why do you need movies or shows running at a scheduled time when you can just stream stuff when it is convenient? TV in the future will be all web-based.
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You are right Crash. I think eventually we'll all pull the plug on cable tv, and go with Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.
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You are right Crash. I think eventually we'll all pull the plug on cable tv, and go with Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime.
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Collecting is in my blood so i´m old school man ´till the end. ´Nuff Said. [Cool]
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I only use streaming for watching stuff im not gonna physically buy. I realise that tangible media is on its last legs, but I have been collecting VHS since the late 80's and DVD since 2000 so I have quite the collection that im proud of, that I love and that I wouldn't trade for anything. I like going to the shelf, looking at the covers, holding them in my hand, when I wanna watch a movie. Sort of like the home version of the old trip to the video store of my youth. Which are some of my most treasured memories. Yeah, im old school as well, and highly favor tangible product over streaming.
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Devo,

I love Netflix and it has definitley reduced my need to collect anymore.
Are yo uaware of Unblock-Us? I pay less than £3 a month for it (1 months free trial convinced me) and it allows me to log in to other countries' versions of Netflix using my UK login details (not illegal). Currently logged in to Denmark where I can watch, amongst other things, American Sniper and Guardians of the Galaxay which are to date unavailable on UK Netflix.
I tie this in with moreflicks.com. Simply go on their website and type the name of the movie or show you wanna watch and it will tell you which, if any, country is currently offering it on Netflix.

Nomsflix [Cool]

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I have bought tons of TV seasons in the past (all from the 70's and 80's) and this has basically ceased all together. I think I reached this wall just prior to having Netflix, so don't attribute it to just that. Just too expensive and I'm over it a bit. Occasionally I'll see some of my favs in a bin for $10, and I'm still drawn to them and will buy from time to time. I have tons and tons of my favs shows on electric media as well...but like aTomiK...still drawn to the hard copies. Canadian Netflix is not awesome, but for $7 bucks a month, still well worth it. Never tried to access other countries' Netflix or explored other options, but may do so in the future...
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When Netflix starts having some of the more obscure horror films complete with bonus features then I'll take notice.

With the price of blu ray movies, it makes sense to purchase them.

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Well, to be honest I think it has. Before I downloaded all my movies I'd buy them from the shops.
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