About two years ago, I signed up for Netflix because its on-demand streaming service had just arrived in Canada. There was a free trial which lasted a month, which was what got me to sign up. When I looked at the initial selection of movies and TV shows, I was very disappointed. It sucked, plain and simple. There weren’t any recent movies being offered and most of the older movies which were good I’d already seen. Probably due to laziness and some hope that the selection would get better, I began paying $8 a month for the service. Unfortunately, it did not get better. I would spend 10 minutes looking for something to watch and then deciding video games was a better choice. Eventually, I went two straight months without watching a single thing on Netflix. That was the sign that I needed to cancel my subscription.
This week, I received an e-mail from Netflix asking me to come back to their service. To entice me, they offered another free one month trial. I figured why not, since it was free and I have lots of time now. It took a minute to re-establish the service. Perusing the available the titles, it didn’t take long for me to realize Netflix in Canada has gotten a lot better since I had left. A large majority of the titles are no older than 2 years, which was hardly the case when I last used Netflix. In the thirty seconds of browsing, I already saw two movies I wanted to see and were less than a year old. There were even a few TV shows that piqued my interest.
I’m not sure if I’ll continue my subscription beyond the free month but I’m very surprised at how much better the selection is. If you’ve been away from Netflix as long as I have, it might be worth your time to take a look again.