The downside is that: 1) the movies are old/weird, 2) there are potential bandwidth costs, 3) the Netflix network crashed once, 4) no 5.1 sound, or subtitles, 5) the movies seem older 4:3 versions, 6) few French or foreign films.
In my household, we like subtitles so that everyone can follow along. I like 5.1 sound. (I'm surprised that Netflix doesn't offer this since sound and subtitles take up so little data/bandwidth.)
Old and weird? In some ways, I consider that a plus. I watched the documentary Girl 27 the other night. It was simply a good documentary.
As to bandwidth costs, I reckon that we would have to watch one movie every day to incur data download costs with my ISP. I watch at most a movie or two each week.
The plus side? You get some very good TV programmes. For example, it has all the episodes of Yes, Minister, Yes, Prime Minister and Fawlty Towers. There are BBC's Redgrave's Elizabeth, and The Six Wives of Henry VIII.
But no Filles de Caleb, or Les Rois maudits. IOW, few French movies (although they have one very good Russian movie - in original with English subtitles.)
Because of Netflix, I no longer rent DVDs (except for French movies), and I have now zero interest in paying for cable.
In a matter of months, the movie delivery company Netflix has gone from being the fastest-growing first-class mail customer of the United States Postal Service to the biggest source of streaming Web traffic in North America during peak evening hours.
If I understand properly, Netflix tried out its Internet streaming software in Canada before rolling it out in the US.
God knows how the federal CRTC will deal with this. How will Quebec's Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine respond? (Seriously, that's the name appearing on the minister's title.)
Edited by August1991, 24 November 2010 - 10:48 PM.