Today I signed up for Netflix. Originally, I was thinking to go with either Blockbuster or Intelliflx. However, both Blockbuster Online and Intelliflix seemed to get awful reviews on review boards I checked, so in the end I went with Netflix at first. I thought this site would be as good a place as any to review Netflix’s service and offer some observations on my experience.
The sign-up was painless and easy to understand. Simply type in your email information, your address, and add a payment method. Within a couple of minutes I was signed up and selecting movies.
The movie selection process is relatively efficient, but off hand I wonder if there isn’t a better way to browse Netflix’s database. I found it easy to search for movies, and easy to get recommendations by popularity or other critics, but I didn’t find it that efficient to browse through categories. I very well might be missing something, however.
Two features that interest me are the recommendations Netflix makes based on either the movie you just put into your queue, and recommendations based on movies/genres that you have rated. I look forward to seeing how helpful these recommendations become as I zap more movies with rating stars on their site.
I’m curious to see how the service is. I signed up for the two DVDs at a time plan, which is running at $13.99/month at the moment.