May 1st may be Labor Day, but it also is significant for Internet users. It is the day the site that goes by the name of Netflix undergoes a purge of sorts. The great upheaval will leave an Armageddon in its wake.
Netflix is used by so many optical optimists everyday to unearth old flicks and forgotten movies. A day of a Netflix user is like the other freaks and geeks who haunt cyberspace to get visual gratification. But May 1st just may be the day it all undergoes a Net-quake that leaves things topsy-turvy. On this date in time, hundreds of movies of the mid 80s will be transferred to Warner Archive Instant. This is a big loss for those who frequented Netflix. The video phenomenon has been termed “Streamageddon”. Whichever way one may take it, things will never be the same again.
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According to Slate and Instant Watcher, this is not the end of the road. There are more stumbling blocks along the way. Netflix is road-testing a number of interfaces thereby complicating matters. The options left behind after the change-over are merely a handful. This is depressing indeed. Furthermore, the choices have been whittled down to a series of “recommended titles” that have the fans of the site in a dark and pensive mood. A Netflix spokesperson said that the testing was being carried out to see which version of a feature resulted in a larger viewership. Many are already thinking of quitting the site for good.
Even the expected expiry dates of movies are being skipped in this big video tsunami that has shocked the viewing base for better or worse. The portion which is to be removed is a huge chunk comprising 2000 movies. There is no force on earth that can change this decision. The Netflix site is often slow due to the constant traffic. Whether this will remain so in the future is a moot point. The users who are passionate and full of zest will miss many of the golden oldies among the movies. Movies with such titles as “Dr No” and “Cruel Intentions” which have cult followings will do a disappearing act. And though the bosses at Netflix remind viewers that it’s not all bad news, yet something is not quite the same about the website. The transformation has left scars that will take time to heal.