Now that the air has become a bit cooler, even in parts of Florida, and Columbus Day is approaching, the final day of reckoning has arrived. Netflix finally carried out their agenda and raised their price structure!!
Heavens!! Where’s Anderson Cooper when you need him??
I do not need remind anyone of the singular point concerning the 60% increase, calculated only in the area where Netflix has split their DVD and streaming capabilities into separate entities. Thank God we have the media to beat us over the head in case our short attention spans wander. Everyone acts as if it was an increase across the board, choosing to stress that one instance to make it sound like the arrival of Fifth Sign of the Apocalypse. Still waiting for that dark horse of video vengeance to descend with a fiery purpose.
Reading the comments following an Internet article comes across as comical at best. One posted comment mentioned the economy and how everyone is already paying more for gas, groceries, utility rates, insurance (now that’s a rip off). How dare Netflix take advantage of the working class already stretched to the brink and beyond.
Another mentioned the Japanese way of sacrificing profit, working longer hours, the ‘all for one, one for all’ Musketeers mentality in order to create quality cheap products. It reminded me of Animal House, where Tim Matheson, in a latch ditch effort to save the frat house, mentioned the determination of the masses when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.
The comment vitriol continued ad nauseam, with everyone providing their stance about the greed of Netflix. Mankind foregoing their differences, banding together to chase the four headed monstrosity out of the village, lest the pillaging and destruction continues unabated.
I did notice one thing. In the sampling of comments, only a very small number of astute individuals mentioned the studios who are asking for exorbitant fees and increases to lease their content. Starz, Sony, we see you. If you want to get mad at someone, get mad at them.
While the public venom continues, ask yourself how much people pay for satellite, only to have their reception disappear when it rains? $1500 to $2000 a year or more? How would you feel if your car failed every single time it rained? (don’t live in Florida or Seattle?)
How about cable. Hundreds of channels no one watches or cares about, the same movies that are continuously run until you can recite every line of every character, including the ending credits, only for the viewer to watch less than eight of those channels, and that includes local channels and the premium services. How much a year? When I had cable, my yearly cost was $1020, and that was extended basic cable only. Imagine how much you spend with the added cost of the premium channels, the Sunday NFL ticket, monthly DVR fees, taxes and other fees and extras.
My Netflix subscription only increased $4. That’s right. Nowhere near the 60% that is continually hammered into everyone’s conscience. See what happens when a single particular instance coupled with math is used in a dangerous fashion? It’s grab the torches and pitchforks time!! By the way, if you rent movies and never watch them, that’s a ‘you’ problem.
Let’s look at some other creature comforts, otherwise known as vices. (didn’t The Doobie Brothers once mention what was once vices have now become habits?)
A carton of cigarettes costs upwards of $50 to $52. A pack to a pack or more a day smoker can kill that in a week. That’s an expenditure of over $2500 a year for a reward of declining health and an anchor on our health care system. Two packs a day? How much are you spending? Stop it, you’re killing me. Let’s move towards alcohol consumption. We won’t even include the cost of driving while intoxicated, leading to the financial and emotional loss due to a fatal accident. How much are watered down night club drinks these days? Let’s say a weekend of personal debauchery costs on average $75 (gas, cover charge, alcohol, tips, other recreational stimulants, junk food consumed, and I’m low-balling the money spent). We’re looking at a yearly cost of close to $4000.
And you’re bitching because you have to pay a separate $8 per month for door to door DVD’s and at-once streaming. Your ass doesn’t have to leave the couch. One movie at your local theatre without the concessions will set you back that much, per person. And you still have to drive your vehicle, and maybe pay for a baby sitter. Or pay for your date, who you know became hungry AND thirsty while walking from the car to the theatre entrance. (didn’t they just eat 30 minutes ago?)
It’s called perspective, people. Step back from the ledge. (How much do you pay for bottled water that arrives from the tap for free?) So thousands of people are fleeing Netflix to protest a rate increase, knowing they spend twice that much on a daily basis on items that decrease their health, add nothing to their forward motion in life, or purchase items for no other reason than someone else has one and they don’t want to be left behind.
Shouldn’t you become mad at yourself?