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Netflix: the good,the bad and the downright ugly

After a treacherous journey across the Atlantic Netflix has finally reached our shores with a few casualties along the way.  Launched in January this year Netflix is an online site allowing customers unlimited access to their film and television show catalogue for a small enough monthly fee.  Starting in America in 1999 Netflix became a massive hit and has now launched its European counterpart.  Seems all great in theory, your favourite film or sitcom at any time of the day, streamed in HD with no limits but there is a catch..

According to reports Ireland’s version of the site has only a small percentage of what the American version does.  The content just doesn’t seem to be there yet. Lots and lots of straight to D.V.D movies containing actors you’ve never heard of before.  But don’t be fooled, if you look hard enough there are plenty of gems found amongst the stones. Take for instance the brilliant sitcom Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  Apart from a small run on 3e a few years ago the show has not had much publicity in Ireland, which is such a shame. Set in Philadelphia, it centres around a group of friends who own an Irish Bar. Starring Danny DeVito and the always funny Charlie Day, its crude and stupid while still managing to retain a sense of intelligence.  Probably one of the most underrated comedy shows running currently and with Netflix all seven seasons are available for the subscribers pleasure.

Other great listings on the site include  the beautiful if not slightly depressing Into The Wild, directed by Sean Penn.  The American version of The Office, widely regarded as better than its source material. The Ben Affleck directed Gone Baby Gone and the George Clooney directed Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.  These all nearly make the site worth paying for. Nearly being the operative word. At times a slow internet connection can give the viewer a fuzzy image and some of the films audio is so low its nearly inaudible, even with the sound at full volume.  It still has its appeals though, recommendations based on what you have viewed and your preference ratings make it easier to decided what to watch. You might even discover something you didn’t know you’d like. For the price of a cinema ticket once a month you can’t really argue.

There is still a lot of kinks for the people at Netflix to work out but when they do they will be on to a winner.

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