Until recently, I’ve been content to watch videos and movies when at home, to watch what I already have, or to borrow from friends. My husband and I are particularly fond of this last option and tend to borrow TV series on DVD and have almost-free, stay-at-home dates over ice cream. While we’ve approved of things like Netflix in general, we never really had the need or the budget to sign up.
Last week, a friend finally got me hooked on Avatar: the Last Airbender, which, by the way, is brilliant! The problem was that for once I wasn’t borrowing it; I was watching online. Despite the frequent blackouts and other inconveniences of ferry travel, I frequently attempted to continue whatever episode i was on while on the ferry. This got particularly frustrating over time, until I discovered that Avatar is on Netflix! Since Netflix has a free trial, I decided to bite the bullet (for now) and give it a try.
Streaming online and limitless DVD’s just didn’t do it for me. I know too many people willing to borrow out from their large collections. However, the ability to watch half an episode on the computer at home, drive to the ferry, turn on the mobile app and pick up right where I left off to finish the episode: that got me hooked!
Good job, Netflix. Your mobile savvy-ness not only works, it sold me when nothing else would.