Opinion: Instant creaming



Dylan Lusk

Dylan Lusk

Dylan Lusk is a junior Electronic Media Production major and a columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected]

Netflix seems to be in hot water lately. The instant movie streaming service has been facing a lot of controversy and backlash from its customers for its rapidly changing policies.

This, of course, has led to many people exterminating their contracts with Netflix.

I don’t understand how this sort of thing makes someone just give up on a company, though; especially a company that is as life-changing as Netflix.

Netflix decided to split into two separate companies. Netflix would still handle the instant streaming of movies and TV shows; Qwikster would handle the DVD rental service. How is this a big deal? Did anyone actually rent DVDs from Netflix? I’m not going to pay to rent a movie that is going to come out six months after I want it. Go ahead, get rid of that service. I don’t need it.

Possibly due to its ridiculous name, Qwikster ended its service earlier this week before it could even begin. So now if you have Netflix you can pay a little extra a month to get the DVD rental service. But it’s likely that by the time the DVD arrives, it will have already been on instant streaming for a few months.

I think we’re all forgetting how amazing Netflix is. I wouldn’t even understand a life without it. With a few concert DVDs being the exception, I don’t remember the last time I actually watched a DVD.

Hell, if Netflix sent me a DVD rental I would be offended that they expected me to actually get up and put the DVD in my Xbox to watch it. I don’t want to go through that; that’s what I have Netflix for!

For less than $10 a month, I can watch almost anything I could think of instantly. If you told me that I could do that ten years ago, I would’ve punched you in the face. Or maybe kicked you in the shin since I was 10 and probably couldn’t reach that high or punch faces that hard.

And now I can watch nearly every TV show ever. That’ll be great for Trivial Pursuit. If I had to guess, I would say at least half of the people reading this just recently “got into” “Breaking Bad” because it’s on Netflix now. Netflix basically decides what people enjoy watching for them. It’s like an easier way to get along with Hitler with a monthly fee.

I don’t want to come off as too much of a billboard for Netflix, so I must mention that I do not have a Netflix account. I am only able to watch it because I have two friends who let me mooch off theirs. So Netflix doesn’t get any of my money, but I’ll support any service that lets me watch any episode of “King of the Hill” that I want, whenever I want.

So if a bunch of idiots want to cancel their Netflix subscription because they’re cowards who can’t handle change, then so be it. As long as no one whose subscription I use does it.

Contact Dylan Lusk at [email protected].