I was excited about Netflix and when I first subscribed to the streaming video service. Like others, I had at times grown discouraged at the content available. But, I didn’t give up! I had always found something to watch. I often get caught up watching a long series of a TV show that I was not able to keep up with or revisit an old favorite. I used to rock my youngest daughter to sleep when she was a baby to That 70s Show. One of the first songs she was able to sing along with was that theme song! We watched the entire series (200 episodes) twice through.
The start to what caused me to get agitated and to consider cancelling my account has been getting caught up on The Office. We were happily getting close to the end of the series. Michael had left the show and they were deciding who was going to be the new boss. On Tuesday night we were planning to watch the last 3 episodes that Netflix had available. We go through our Netflix TV app to make the selection and the episodes were no longer available! It seems that there was a change in what programming was available and we’re now not able to finish the series that we had put many hours into watching.
It appears that Netflix is now limiting their shows to 100 episodes. This majorly impacts the level of interest I had in going back and watching older Star Trek Series like The Next Generation or Deep Space Nine, which had closer to 200 episodes in the lifetime of the show. What they are presenting is basically the first four seasons of a show with the first two episodes of each following season. So to do the math, about 10 percent of the remainder of the show is available after the first four seasons.
**NOTE – I just discovered in writing this that this issue is only happening on my internet connected Vizio TV. **
I was considering watching Quantum Leap when I found something discouraging. Several episodes per season are only available “On DVD only.” I look on my Android phone and I see those episodes are available. I should not have to settle for my laptop or a 5.3″ phone screen when I have 55″ of HD goodness with a Netflix button on the remote. I looked at Hulu Plus and all of those “DVD Only” episodes are available.
Since this appears to be a support issue with the TV, I am willing to wait a bit to see if it resolves itself. If not, I can take my monthly payment over to Hulu Plus. I’d prefer to stick with the service I was getting, but if it isn’t corrected I guess there is no alternative.