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Since the news has been slow this past week and everyone is still on Thanksgiving vacation, we thought now might be the best time to pick out some new Netflix Instant titles for you to sink your teeth into along with some delicious turkey (leftovers). There haven't been a ton of new updates, but it seems like we have at least one pick for everyone's own tastes. There's a Best Foreign Film nominee, a sci-fi action favorite, a Sundance indie, and a feature length behind-the-scenes doc, plus even a holiday comedy. In addition, I've tossed in a few recent favorites to keep you and yours busy over the holiday weekend. So what's in our queue this week?
Looks like we unknowingly timed the return of our Netflix Instant feature pretty well since Netflix announced (via their company blog) that they're now offering a streaming only subscription service. Anybody who wants all the benefits of viewing movies via Netflix Instant, but doesn't want to deal with those pesky disc mailers can now join the club for a price. However, this new benefit comes with a bit of a downside for existing members. Since the streaming service is apparently good enough to stand on its own subscription plan, all of the other subscription plans will be given a price increase. See details on the new subscription costs below.
It's been months since our last update regarding the growing library of titles available on Netflix Instant, and for that we are dreadfully sorry. But we're back with a vengeance and a slightly different format. Before we used to highlight the forthcoming titles heading to Netflix Instant over the next week, but to make things easier, we're going to take a look back at the previous week (or some golden oldies) and let you know what's available to start watching immediately. This way you're not overflowing with eager anticipation, and we can make sure our fresh picks are available before we tell you about them. So what's in our queue this week?
Hot on the heels of the application update allowing Netflix Instant to be used on the iPhone/iPod Touch, here's a big update to let you know about the plethora of titles that will hit the library next week. The huge chunk of cinema comes courtesy of Netflix's deal with the cable channel Epix who has provided plenty of classic and recent releases for Netflix subscribers to enjoy almost anywhere. Just so everyone's aware, all of the titles listed below won't be available for streaming until September 1st, but there's so many of them we just wanted to get them out there ahead of time so you're prepared. So what's in our queue this/next week?
Well after months of it only being available for iPad users, Netfix has finally come through on its promise to deliver Netflix Instant to the iPhone and iPod touch this summer (even though school has already started, summer doesn't end until September). With the newest update for the Netflix app software, anyone with a Netflix subscription and an iPhone or iPod touch device running iOS 3.13 or later will be able to stream all available instant library titles right to the palm of their hand. The streaming is available only over WiFi and the 3G network. But also remember, every time you watch a movie like this, Roger Ebert cries on the inside.
As long as there's good titles hitting every week, we do our best to provide you with a list of new arrivals on Netflix Instant. The past two weeks haven't been worth an update, but perhaps that's because the people with Netflix have been busy securing a plethora of new titles for the streaming service. THR reports Netflix and cable channel Epix have struck an exclusive, multi-year deal which will give Netflix Instant a collection of new releases and library titles beginning September 1st. The deal, which is currently set for five years, includes a wide array of films from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM for your viewing pleasure. Read on!
Sorry for Netflix Instant being MIA two weeks in a row (honestly there wasn't a whole lot you missed), but our preparation for Comic-Con 2010 followed by the convention itself just took a whole bunch of time away from us. Anyway we figured you'd like coverage from all the kick-ass happenings in San Diego than a couple more titles to add to your ever-growing queue. But fear not, because we're back with a vengeance this week as a whole new slew of old favorites have hit Netflix Instant in nearly every genre you can think of. Thrillers, comedies, action-adventures and foreign films are at your disposal. So what's in our queue this week?
Hopefully the past holiday weekend allowed you to take advantage of some new Netflix Instant titles along with some great barbecue and some well-deserved time away from work because this week we've got another batch of fantastic titles to fill up your queue. Some are timely additions to the library while others seemed to have appear a couple days late (you'll see what I mean). But in the mix you'll find not one, but two franchise titles that begin with the letter "X", a couple of movies from Robin Williams, an enraging documentary for these economic times and one of the most critically hated films of all time. So what's in our queue this week?
We're back again with a great selection of new titles for Netflix Instant. In addition to the list of titles you'll find below, be sure to check out some cinematically relevant television shows being added into the mix too. Available for streaming on July 1st (which means now) are shows like "The Sarah Conner Chronicles," the cheesy, but enjoyable "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," Aaron Sorkin's wrongly canceled "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and just for fun, all four seasons of "Futurama" which just premiered new episodes on Comedy Central. But there's plenty of great movies to enjoy. So what's in our queue this week?
It's been more than a little while since our last Netflix Instant post, but we're back with a vengeance this week catching up on some titles already available and adding some new titles which will be available later this week. Between our last update and this one, we got word that a Netflix app will hit the iPhone later this summer allowing you to stream your favorite instant titles right into the palm of your hand. With or without Roger Ebert's blessing, new film titles that you'll soon be able to view include a must-see documentary for aspiring screenwriters, an absolute childhood classic, and lots of sharks. So what's in our queue this week?
With the Netflix Instant streaming feature, viewers have been able to enjoy their favorite movies nearly anywhere there's a wifi internet connection floating around. However, only recently has Netflix Instant left desktop/laptop computers and televisions behind with the recent introduction of a Netflix app for Apple's slick iPad. After the Netflix app hit the iPad, we all assumed it was only a matter of time before it would hit the iPhone or iPod touch as well. Now it's official as Steve Jobs and Apple announced today (alongside their fourth gen. iPhone) that a Netflix app for both the iPhone and the iPod touch will be available this summer.
Last week our batch of Netflix Instant updates was absent simply because the selection was outrageously terrible (though there were some excellent additions in TV - like Nicktoons such as "Rocko's Modern Life," "Rugrats," "Aaahh! Real Monsters" and "Ren & Stimpy"). So right now, we're just playing each week by ear and seeing if there's a good enough selection up for grabs. Luckily we've got a pretty decent batch this week: plenty of award nominated films, including Pixar's first Best Picture nominated effort, a classic western and a fantastic indie horror flick from last year that you don't want to miss. So what's in our queue this week?
So last week with the Cannes Film Festival shifting into full gear and the time zone difference with our own Alex Billington bringing us the latest from the fest, we didn't have time to publish the newest weekly Netflix Instant update. But now we're back with a vengeance (and last week's list sucked anyway). This week we've got a solid collection of flicks including a film from my Top 10 of 2009, an animated flick that was snubbed for an Oscar nomination, one of my favorite comedies of all-time, an 80's horror favorite that has a remake lined up and a throwback to when Tom Hanks used to actually be funny. So what's in our queue this week?
It's not exactly the worst week in Netflix Instant, but there's nothing that's going to knock your socks off. This week's addition are an odd assortment of films ranging from twisted horror reminiscent of Rosemary's Baby to a sci-fi horror that inspires memories of Event Horizon. In addition, check out Edward Zwick's (The Last Samurai) feature film debut with one of a couple films in this week's choices that are essentially poor man's John Hughes movies. Finally, a comedy that will easily be wiped from my memory if Harrison Ford ends up kicking some extra terrestrial asses in Cowboys & Aliens. So what's in our queue this week?