For nine dollars a month, I expected a huge drop-off from cable.
I was wrong.
Now, Netflix isn’t going to be the solution for everyone, but it’s been pretty close to perfect for my family’s viewing habits.
My kids have enjoyed watching their favorite Disney and Nick programming in chunks, whenever they want. It’s also been fun to introduce them to some of my childhood favorites like Fraggle Rock and The Littles.
For the adults of the house, Netflix has given us the opportunity to watch past seasons of popular shows that we’ve missed, or even series that are long gone. Arrested Development, Weeds and The Dresden Files are a few that we may have never watched, if not for Netflix, not to mention a wave of documentaries and Frontline-type offerings.
Crazy thing is, I initially justified the Netflix expense by comparing it strictly to what we spent on movie rentals. Two new movie rentals would cost the same or more than the nine-dollar monthly fee. So, if we rented just one movie a month, we would be ahead, or at least even.
I went in measuring Netflix as a movie-rental service, gauging the streaming offerings as a bonus. Our usage has been the opposite. Sure, we get 2-4 disc rentals per month, and watch movies via the streaming service. But, for the most part, we watch 30 and 60-minute programs.
Netflix has its cons, to be sure, but the service seems to have just about everything nailed. The lack of live sports–for me, anyway–keeps it from being a complete offering. However, the company continues to grow its catalog and its stock price.
Even with my current broken TV situation, Netflix still rules the roost in this house. We can watch it on the non-HD television via Nintendo Wii. Thanks to the iPhone/iPod app, we can also watch it on handheld devices. Then, there’s always the option of watching Netflix on the computer.
The saga of our broken TV continues.
A local tech told us he suspected the lamp. So, I ordered this thing.
That didn’t fix it. So, until I order a new ballast and/or power supply–assuming one or both of those things fix it–we’re still living with our temporary TV arrangement.
Anyone else out there had problems with a Samsung DLP? I’d love to find a fix that doesn’t involve spending a TV’s worth on parts and labor.
Is this ridiculous, or what?
Since our TV pulled a hamstring, we’ve called up a has-been from the minors.
I don’t know if this is some “Maximum Overdrive” stuff, or what. But my TV is turning itself off and on. And I want answers.
Yo-yo champion in town preaching his “green” message to schoolchildren stops by the local morning TV news show. What could go wrong?
Let’s go to the tape.
Takes a minute to soak in. And it raises a lot of questions, chief of which is: “Is this guy for real?”
Any time we ask that question, the initial answer is typically, “No way.”
But there was something about this guy. He didn’t pitch anything. No, “Here’s my website,” or “Buy my DVD.”
Plus, he was just weird enough to be real.
It is 2010. Perhaps he intended to rely on the Google magic. Business plan?
1) Pose as aloof environmental activist/yo-yo champion on small-market morning TV news show.
2) Go by a weird nickname that no one else will own, SEO-wise or otherwise.
Let’s go to the tape again.
No way this guy’s for real. For real?
Throughout the day, I wrestled with the seemingly real reactions. The way he responded to the anchors didn’t come off as scripted. (How about those anchors, by the way? They handled that situation as well as anyone could have.)
I didn’t notice it until my second viewing, but after K-Strass hits himself with the yo-yo, Ariane asks how long he’s been practicing. His response: “When did Schubert Dip come out?”
Then and there, I started thinking, “He’s Unbelievable.”
My journalism training made me a skeptic. My obsession with Lost made me think the fake yo-yo guy deliberately dropped an obscure 1990s album title as a hint about his believability.
There we had it. A nice, tidy wrap-up to the story to coincide with the end of my work day.
But I couldn’t stop thinking about it. What was this guy trying to sell? A stand-up comedy act? Environmentalism? Yo-yos?
I went back to the site that Google gave us earlier. In addition to the publicity blurb for our new buddy, K-Strass, it had links about green living and stats on environmentally-unfriendly toys.
Could it be? Was this whole thing Gallagher-meets-Greenpeace? A cleverly-planned publicity stunt that capitalizes on search-engine-optimization strategy to drive traffic and attention to a five-page website of “green” tips and statistics?
Or is the website just part of the front to perpetuate the hoax, so the comedian can continue to make morning-show appearances?
Hard to say. But K-Strass is for real — even if it’s just in the arena of strategic attention-grabbing.