I know most of you Netflix subscribers are in lynch mob mode after Netflix unceremoniously increased its prices via email, but let’s draw back our pitchforks and torches for a moment. I understand that the price hike makes Netflix akin to a volatile monster like Frankenstein, but by not realizing the value they gave and will continue to give us, we’re prepping ourselves to kill an entity that is merely doing business. There is an assortment of reasons behind Netflix’s increase in price, but I’m not interested in going that route, although applying those reasons would help us understand a misunderstood business tactic. Instead, I’m interested in establishing the level of value that Netflix Instant Stream can offer from a film watching perspective. Via Netflix Instant Stream, there is a wealth of films that a viewer can select from. Obviously all the films known to man aren’t present, and there are often a high number of duds at our disposal, but the selection Netflix possesses is uncanny in a world where film studios don’t always play nice. As you may or may not know, Netflix’s streaming library is predicated on signing contracts with film studios to acquire the rights to stream a studio’s library. As you can also determine, such a deal doesn’t always come to fruition easily.
But despite this constant struggle, Netflix continues to find ways to provide their streaming library with quality films that may otherwise go unlooked on the DVD/Blu-Ray market. You obviously have a few mainstream films like The Fighter and Star Trek at the push of a button, but through Netflix Instant Stream, we’re giving a collection of films that you will not see at a Redbox or Blockbuster store. Terrific films like Man on Wire and Fritz Lang’s seminal classic Metropolis, films that would be tough to find at the aforementioned competitors, are now at our fingertips. Most likely, this is as close these films have ever been to us. For over a year, I hotly anticipated the release of Man on Wire, a documentary that was beloved upon its run on the festival circuit. Unfortunately, the film wasn’t made accessible near me, but if not for Netflix Instant Stream, it would’ve likely evaded my grasp. Instead, I was able to see the film that got away by simply turning on my Xbox and hitting play. Now, I knew about Man on Wire prior to that, but with a quick few minutes of combing through the company’s library and their recommendations, a slew of films were suddenly brought to my attention.
Films that weren’t even on my radar found their way onto my instant queue. From Fritz Lang’s M to the french film Tell No One, Netflix offered me a level of value that couldn’t be achieved through any other means. Of course many people won’t give two shits about being able to access classic, independent, and documentary films, but for those who are truly interested in getting value from a product and exploring the world of film, how could you possibly fail to see the level of depth Netflix’s Instant Stream takes us?
Even more so, the depth and breadth that Netflix gives us from the world of TV is unmatched unless you want to purchase a season pass from Itunes or pay Hulu for access. Yes, it’s disappointing we have to pay more money, but then again, Netflix is now only asking us to pay for a service that they handed out for free in the first place. People will claim that Netflix got greedy, but I’d argue that we are the greedy ones. We paid nothing to a company that showed us an untapped source of great films.