Lost “Sheep”

On my Netflix queue, the new DVD of the long-unavailable, mired-in-music-rights-disputes Killer of Sheep has apparently slipped into “Very Long Wait” status. WTF?

I’m so glad I’ve got TCM in my crib. The greatest non-porno, non-sports cable channel ever will air Killer of Sheep twice (as part of a Charles Burnett festival) on Mon., Jan. 21. Now I can finally get to see why critics are crazy about this movie.

157 comments to Lost “Sheep”

  • admin

    Does anybody understand just what is implied by the Very Long Wait notice on Netflix? I have had Blood Simple on Very Long Wait for a couple of months. Doesn’t this mean that there is a demand and that Netflix should get more copies for rental. Does it mean that one forgetful individual rented the one copy and hasn’t gotten around to returning it?

  • It’s because we’re among Netflix’s most frequent renters, and Netflix likes to thank us for our years of loyalty to their service by “throttling” us.

    Netflix CEO Reed Hastings describes throttling:

    “When we are short on new releases, which we try not to be, we believe it’s fairest to allocate those new movies to subscribers who have not rented much recently. This upsets heavy users because they are not in the front of the line for new releases.”

    Sure, it’s frustrating, but I’ve stuck with Netflix all these years because there aren’t any better options (for instance, Blockbuster refuses to carry unrated and NC-17-rated titles–how lame).

    And what other company has a free “Watch Instantly” streaming service for its members? The “Watch Instantly” feature, which Netflix expanded this week to compete with Apple’s new (but not free) rental streaming service, is pretty sweet. I got a little pissed when the recent sketch comedy movie The Ten, which I placed at the very top of my queue, slipped into “Short Wait” status. But luckily, Netflix has The Ten available on their “Watch Instantly” feature, so I watched it there the other night. Entire seasons of shows from the NBC/Universal and Showtime libraries (Kolchak, Heroes, Dexter, Sleeper Cell) are also being streamed by Netflix as well.

    Several bloggers have come up with tricks to beat the Netflix throttle, like these guys:



  • admin

    But why reward new users over heavy users? Shouldn’t heavy users be the ones to get the rewards for their loyalty? I think that they should use their computers to track how long a “very long wait” movie stays on a queue. If it is there longer than a certain period, it means that the demand is heavy and additional copies should be ordered to reduce the wait time.
    I have a Mac, and as far as I can tell the Watch Instantly feature doesn’t work for Mac users, so that’s not a viable option.

  • MGant

    I’m beginning to obsess over Netflix’s Very Long Wait status. I now have four movies at the top of my queue marked VLW. I’m going to starting tracking how long very long really is.
    Some of the advice given on other sites seems like more trouble than it’s worth. Am I really going to get two accounts under two different credit cards and start juggling them back and forth in order to appear like a new customer in their computer? There must be a better way.

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