I Am A Bit Bummed With Netflix Today

This post is not about the latest changes at Netflix. It is not about separation of the services or price increases. No. This is about the availability of titles for streaming.

I just got an incredible urge to watch Phantom of the Paradise. This is one of my favorites from the 70’s, but I don’t watch it enough to purchase. This just seems to be one of the movie types Netflix would be offering up as they are pretty good with carrying older films. But alas, they do not carry this title for streaming.

So, I had another urge after that letdown. I really wanted to watch Jurassic Park. Not for the dinosaurs and all that good stuff, but to watch Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcom. That character is one of my favorites of all time. I know Ian Malcom is in part two as well, but he is not the same Ian Malcom as in the original.

If Phantom of the Paradise seems to be the type of movie you would expect at Netflix, then Jurassic Park is a shoe in, right? No. No Jurassic Park.

I am a bit bummed. The idea of not owning things like music was put forth recently by Ev Bogue. He put forth that with the services currently available, we no longer need “ownership” to have access to that which we enjoy. It would seem that with Netflix, Hulu, and other services that would be the same for video, but video is not yet at the point where this is possible. The Netflix and Hulu type of services do not offer near as much as the audio services such as Grooveshark, Spotify, Pandora, and others.

I am going to check Hulu and Amazon now. I will probably end up renting one of these through Vudu or Amazon, but for that I will wait for Effie to get home later. Paying for a one shot movie is an “us” thing. Watching on Hulu or Amazon is more of a “me” or “us” thing.

So, these services have a ways to go in delivering content. Still, these are amazing times we live in. Back when I was a kid in the 70’s and 80’s nobody thought we would have this capability. The fact that we do is just too cool. Back then I had a Commodore 64 and a TRS 80 color computer, both of which were serious toys compared to today’s mobile phones, much less computers. Mobile phones, another thing not yet ready for prime time in my youth. We have come far.

So, this is not a missive about how much Netflix sucks. I love Netflix. I just really wish they carried Phantom of the Paradise or Jurassic Park. I mean, in the end it is really all about “ME” and what I want, right?

****For those that read this and do not know me, that last line was a joke****

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