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Frequently Asked Questions

    What phone and tablet do you recommend out of these?
    I currently have HTC One X and iPad 2 and there both very good. Both are fast, look good and there great for my needs. However, HTC annoy me with updates and the phone sometimes lags while the battery isn't great. The iPad 2 is quite old now, and its not hugely quick while I miss some features like Siri which you can get on other iPads.

    I won't be swapping either till at least May next year, so I understand there will be other devices out by that time. But if I was to swap both my iPad and One X now, what would you recommend to replace them?


    The big choice is whether to continue with 10 inch or drop down to 7 inch. I love the big screen on my iPad fr things like web browsing and watching films/Netflix. However, it's not very portable and I love my mums Nexus 7 for that. Should I continue with Apple and go for the new iPad or iPad Mini, or go with Android and choose Nexus 7 or Nexus 10? I do prefer Android to Apple and although the Nexus 10 is fantastic, I'm not massively keen on the design but don't know whether I will miss the big screen if I go for Nexus 7?

    Nexus 7?
    Nexus 10?
    iPad Mini?
    iPad 4?


    Like I said the One X is great. It's hugely quick at everything, the design if fantastic and the camera and display are incredible. However, because the processor wasn't adapted for ICS, it can lag sometimes and it's anyone's guess as to when HTC will release JB in the UK! I will choose Android for my phone and I'm not considering Apple's iPhone. I know new phones will be out by next May but for now, what should I choose?

    Galaxy S3?
    Nexus 4?

    I love both but I like the Nexus 4 a lot as updates are instant, it's running on the latest version of Android and it looks a great phone with quad core power, a fantastic camera and great screen. However, I know the S3 is popular for a reason and that too is quad core, has a great display and a great camera. I heard battery life is better too?

    What should I choose for my next tab and phone if I was to go out now and get them?

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      For tablets, I'd go with either the Nexus or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (size is your choice, but personally, I like the 10" screens over the 7"). I like the design of the Galaxy Tab 2 better than that of the Nexus (I think it looks sleeker), but that's entirely an aesthetic detail... both are excellent tablets.

      For phones, I'd definitely go with the Galaxy S3. I have the Galaxy S2 and LOVE it. The only reason I haven't upgraded is because the S3 isn't yet supported on my carrier.

    What are some good horror movies on netflix streaming?
    Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm looking for horror or slasher films on Netflix streaming. Some movies I saw that I liked were The Human Centipede, Hostel, The Hole, Red State. Any suggestions?

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      Grave Encounters was a great movie, a little slow but deffenitly one of the better ones ive seen

    How to put my dvds onto the kindle fire hd?
    I'm going on a long flight and thought that I could watch some films to pass the time. However, I can't find any way of putting my DVD's onto my kindle. Does anyone know how I could put films onto my kindle. Obviously I wont have internet connection so love film, Netflix etc. are out of the equation (I'm assuming). Anybody help?

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    what are some good indie films to watch instantly on netflix?
    I just got a netflix on my ps3. Is there any good indie films on netflix?

    • ANSWER:
      The girl with the dragon tattoo.

    Is it legal to watch Alfred Hitchcock films online for free?
    A friend of mine and I want to have an Alfred Hitchcock film marathon. There are a number of Hitchcock films on Netflix which we intend to watch, but Psycho and Vertigo, the two I want to see most, aren't. Is it legal to watch Alfred Hitchcock films online for free since they're 60-80 years old and possibly public domain, or are they still copyrighted? Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      They're still under copyright, since it lasts around 100+ years, so it wouldn't be legal to watch them for free. Current copyright is the lifetime of the creator plus 90+ years - it might be 93 or 97 tears, I forget which, but Hitchcock is certainly not neat public domain yet.

    Are there any French revolution/period pieces on Netflix instant?
    I've seen many Holocaust geared films on Netflix instant, which are very interesting, but I can't seem to find any other historical type films, specifically films based in the French Revolution or the 18th century. Are there any? I wouldn't mind watching documentaries.

    • ANSWER:
      You should be able to find some of the movies listed below on Netflix.

    What fights were portrayed in the film Cinderella man? And what were the dates of those fights?
    I'm writing an essay on the film and got the film through netflix and accidently returned the movie and cant find the dates online.

    • ANSWER:
      1910 and it was a very poor man; who became a legend when he was much older

    POLL: How do you usually watch movies at home?
    DVDs? Bluray? Love film/Netflix? Download? Illegal sites? Other?

    • ANSWER:
      Standing on my head

    is there a site to stream blu ray movies to your tv besides netflix?
    We streamed a film from netflix the other day for the first time on our new tv.The film did not look like it was in hd? Im thinking netflix only mails netflix blu rays in the mail but does not also stream them is there a website that's streams blu ray?.maybe one you don't have to be a member or join i just want to watch some blu ray without having to wait 2 3 days for the mail to arrive.

    • ANSWER:
      netflix does not stream 1080p content (1080p == the resolution of blu ray). HD != bluray. it can be anything 720p or over. also, not everything netflix streams is HD. when you start the stream, it will have an "HD" icon if it is. generalli'd say the streamed, HD movies look worse than DVD quality but still reasonable.

      the selection of streamable movies on netflix is really sad. the movies are mostly old and B quality. too bad, it's a great service otherwise.

    Are there any French Revolution/period pieces available for instant watch on Netflix?
    I've seen many Holocaust geared films on Netflix instant, which are very interesting, but I can't seem to find any other historical type films, specifically films based in the French Revolution or the 18th century. Are there any? I wouldn't mind watching documentaries.

    • ANSWER:
      Vanity Fair
      Bel Ami
      The Devil's Mistress
      Jane Eyre

    What are ways to use copyright material legally?
    So a group of film students and I are making documentaries on the different film studios. None of the film studios have anything to do with these documentaries. We would like to sell the film to Netflix, when it is complete. We would also like to use stock footage of different films the studios have done and news archives. Is it legal to sell are film when it is complete? What are ways we could legally use this copyrighted material?

    I know you can use copyrighted material in a parody and for educational purposes. What are the other ways you can use copyrighted material?

    Please add in anything els you think we should know before we get are selfs stuck in a lawsuit.

    Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      Look into 'fair use'. There are situations where you can, without license, use copyrighted materials.

      You can legaly use short clips of films so long as they dont make up your entire film. For example, a short 5 second clip followed by commentary about it is fine. But using 100 short 5 seconds clips to make a mini movie would be illegal.

      I believe, the clip must be so short that your film could be fine without the clip, meaning, the clip is not essential to your film.

    Can you download fom Netflix to your hard drive?
    Hi there!
    As a paid site, I was Just wondering if it is possible to store films from Netflix on your hard drive? If not, is there a way you can choose favourites on Netflix itself?

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      No. The titles you view via the "Watch Instantly" service are streamed. The movies are not saved to your computer. There are on legitimate ways to download them. Beyond adding titles to your queue, there are not any favorite lists.

    What are some good films on netflix watch instantly?
    Netflix's watch instantly feature is pretty cool but there isn't a great selection. I've already watched most of the good stuff (Dexter season 1 & 2, Let the right one in, No country for old men, and alot of kubrick plus tons more)

    any suggestions?

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      On the Waterfront, Rebel Without a Cause, A Streetcar Named Desire.

    What is the difference between an american netflix and a Canadian netflix?
    i heard that canadian netflix is nothing compared to the american netflix... I even tried to change my proxy to an american server so I can get the american netflix but it didnt work out.... can you plz just list the good films that american netflix has that canadian doesn't?? thanku :)

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      canada has to have a portion of their netflix filled with canadian content and movies, so they cant have all of the stuff that american netflix has. i have canadian netflix, and it sucks. ive used american netflix and their is almost everything on it.

    Why is "Deep Red" dubbed in some spots and subtitled in others?
    I rented an italian horror film from netflix that came recommended. But my gripe with it was that it would be in english a good part of the time, but italian with subtitles in some spots that I presume were edited out of the original english version that was released years before. What I want to know is why they couldn't just take the original copy from italy and subtitle the whole thing, if this is the case.

    • ANSWER:
      You saw the uncut version. Director Dario Argento directed the film with his Italian actors speaking phonetic English (with the exception of star David Hemmings, who was a native English speaker) which was a regular practice in Italian filmmaking at the time; they felt their films could apply to a broader audience if they had English dialogue. But he still required a print for his native Italy, so an Italian-language print was also made.

      In English-speaking countries, however, a lot of scenes were cut prior to release to shorten the running time (Argento's original cut was nearly two hours long). But the scenes cut from the English-language prints were still available in the Italian-language prints.

      So about ten years ago or so, when the DVD makers decided to release a fully uncut version of the film, that meant having to edit in all the scenes which had been cut out by English distributors back in the 70s. But those scenes, for whatever reason, no longer existed. So they had to take the scenes from the unedited Italian cut and insert them into the English-language cut. Resulting in a movie which is primarily dubbed in English, but whose additional edited-in scenes were all dubbed in Italian.

      You'll see this happens a lot with older Italian horror films.

    What are some good scary movies on netflix?
    I want movies like playback or gingerdeadman or area 407 or just any horror movie.give me ones that don't have nudity in them.I'm asking because I can't find a good horror film on Netflix and I'm tired of clicking on every movie until I find a good movie

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      Drag me to hell

    What are some good foreign films streaming on Netflix?
    What are some good foreign films streaming on Netflix ?

    Some that I've already seen:
    Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, North Face, Ip Man, Ip Man 2, Trollhunter, Castaway on the Moon, John Rabe, Happenstance, The Ramen Girl, Oldboy, Irreversible, Russian Dolls, The Girl on the Bridge

    I'll watch any genre, just so long as it is a good movie.

    Thanks for your help,
    any and all help is appreciated

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    Which classic films on Netflix Watch Instantly are in color?
    I am looking for films that have the look of North by Northwest and Rear Window (Technicolor).
    Something from the 50's is preferable. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the "Browse DVDs" section from the home page.

      The, from the genres drop-down menu, choose "classics"

      Click on "see all classics" on the right.

      Change view to "sortable list."

      Sort by year, with oldest first.

      Page through until you get to the 1950s.

      Films available for instant viewing will have a blue "play" option.

      Click on the title to get the details. The "DVD Details" will say whether it's in black or white.

      That's kind of involved, but Netflix doesn't seem to allow smart searches, so it's the best I can recommend.

    What's a good foreign comedy film to watch on Netflix instant?
    I love foreign films and I watch Netflix a lot. Trying to find a hidden gem. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I like Kung Fu Hustle (martial arts action/comedy), Delicatessen (dark comedy) and the Triplets of Belleville (Dark animated comedy/adventure)

      None of these are out 'n' out comedies, but they are good pics with some good laughs. Belleville and Delicatessen are both dark, but have relatively upbeat endings.

    What is the difference between hulu plus and netflix?
    Besides the price and the fact that netflix is on your tv, Can you watch more of your faavorite shows on netflix or hulu +? Which has a better variety?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no difference in price. The primary differences are focus, selection, stream quality and availability. Hulu is focused on new TV content and art house films. Netflix is focused on having a deep TV catalog and a broad selection of movies. Right now Netflix has 9,244 movies, while Hulu has under 1,000. Hulu has more TV shows available but Netflix has higher total episode count of the shows in common. For me the two most important factors that make Netflix a better choice are the higher stream quality and content availability on devices. Netflix's best stream of 5 Mbps is better than Hulu's 3.2 Mbps. Every Netflix streaming title is available to every Netflix device. A significant portion of Hulu's content is still only available to view via the website. That is very annoying. If you must make a choice go with Netflix. Try the free trial of both and see what you think.

    What are some must see films on Netflix instant view right now?
    Just searching for suggestions. Im tired of flipping through the same movies every time. I like most everything except for kung-fu and romantic films. Thanks everybody

    • ANSWER:
      Enemy of the State, The Usual Suspects or Pulp Fiction.

    How do you turn off the subtitles when your watching a foreign film on netflix?
    For my french assignment i have to watch a french film WITHOUT subtitles, and i just want to stream something instantly from netflix, but i dont know how to turn off the subtitles. Does anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      You can't. Try getting a French film on DVD instead.

    Do you like the Netflix preference search engine?
    I value Netflix for its vast library, but the process of evaluating the films or being offered "similar" films, even questionaires on my opinion of such matters as unrequited love? This search for my perfect film is an idiotic one and doomed to failure. In fact, I am looking for an outside method of selecting films. The Netflix system gets me watching films I would rather have not.

    • ANSWER:
      dont know dont have it dont care

    How do you view user comments of films on the IPad Netflix app?
    I would like to view comments of films before I watch, but this feature seems to be disabled on the iPad 2 app.

    • ANSWER:
      That is not an option via the app. You would need to view the comments on the website through the Safari browser.

    NetFlix - Have you ever had your movie listed there? How do you do it?
    I'm an independent filmmaker, and I just thought I'd get some feedback from someone who has listed their film on NetFlix.
    What do you have to do?
    Was it worth it? Are you getting paid?

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    How do you add new movies to netflix without paying anything?
    I have a netflix account and i keep seeing the same movies. How can i change that?

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure I understand your question because Netflix has thousands of titles available. Some of them can be viewed online only; some are available either online or DVD-by-mail; the rest can be viewed only on DVD-by-mail.
      You view what you choose. Be sure to rate what you watch because when you rate a movie, the stars turn yellow. This tells you that you have already seen that particular film. This way you can avoid choosing it again.

      If you don't know what to choose, go to "Browse" on the main page and browse through genres to find things you like. If you want suggestions from Netflix of things that might interest you, rate as many movies as possible that you have already seen (anywhere - on TV, at a theater, rented DVD, whatever). This gives their software an idea of what you like or don't like and allows them to make recommendations based on your ratings. It's not a perfect system but it's better than just picking at random.

    What are some movies like nightmare before christmas on netflix?
    Im looking for movies like Nightmare Before Christmas or Coroline that are available to stream instantly on netflix. So far I've wached Nightmare and James and The Giant Peach, and Coroline is only on add DVD. They don't nesesrily have to be stop-motion, I just like erie Tim Burton style Movies.


    • ANSWER:
      'The Village' is an excellent film to watch, i saw it for the first time on Netflix, the twist is very unusual.
      It is one of the best films i've seen.

      Also 'The Brothers Grimm' revolves around fairy tales such as Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks etc - again i saw this for the first time on Netflix a few days ago. It features the Gothic and Fairy tale themes you would associate with Burton.

      Another interesting film i saw on Netflix was 'Hansel and Gretel' (2007) a Korean horror film that also feature elements of fairy tales and fantasy, but also horror. I would highly recommend this film and again it is available on Netflix.

    What are some movies like nightmare before christmas on netflix?
    Im looking for movies like Nightmare Before Christmas or Coroline that are available to stream instantly on netflix. So far I've wached Nightmare and James and The Giant Peach, and Coroline is only on add DVD. They don't nesesrily have to be stop-motion, I just like erie Tim Burton style Movies.


    • ANSWER:
      'The Village' is an excellent film to watch, i saw it for the first time on Netflix, the twist is very unusual.…
      It is one of the best films i've seen.

      Also 'The Brothers Grimm' revolves around fairy tales such as Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks etc - again i saw this for the first time on Netflix a few days ago. It features the Gothic and Fairy tale themes you would associate with Burton.

      Another interesting film i saw on Netflix was 'Hansel and Gretel' (2007) a Korean horror film that also feature elements of fairy tales and fantasy, but also horror. I would highly recommend this film and again it is available on Netflix.

    Is Netflix's instant title library constant or do they swap titles in an out?
    I'm a new netflix subscriber and wondering if the instant titles remain in the library forever or if netflix swaps them in and out. Example would be you see Ghosbusters available today, but a month from now it's not available to watch instantly.

    • ANSWER:
      The popular ones stay. They phase the others in and out. Sometimes you'll a message like, "This film will be available on instant view until Feb 20th, 2010." and they also add a few week, too.

    How do I watch my computer netflix films on my TV in anotherroom?
    My Computer s in my Den , My TV is in my Kitchen , How do I send those FIlms from my computer to my TV in another room ?

    What products will work okay ?

    • ANSWER:
      Basically what you need is a receptor to receive the movies you plan on watching. This can come in the form of a Roko, or an XBOX360.

      Either way, both need to be connected to the internet in order to receive the movie.

      I personally, use the XBOX, because I do game occasionally, and I can play music on it as well.

    What is your rating of netflix online or on wii?
    I'm considering buying netflix, but I'd like to have it on my wii or xbox or on my computer. Have you used this and how does it work? Is it just unlimited movies all month for the one fee, or are there hidden fees for watching several?
    I'm choosing the month deal.

    • ANSWER:
      The online viewing is completely free and unlimited, price-wise. The deal is that some films are available to watch instantly, and some are only available via disc.

      I've had no problem finding hundreds of fun and interesting films to watch instantly, but most new releases are not available through Instant Watch. If the Criterion Collection is your kind of thing, then you'll be happy to know that most of those films are available instantly.

    How long does it take for Netflix to get new movies?
    I just started a free trial for netflix on my Wii. I was wondering how long it takes for them to get new movies. Does anyone know how long after the release date does it take to get it on netflix?

    • ANSWER:
      Netflix is at the mercy of the entertainment companies who own the copyrights of the films. So - to answer your question, it all depends on how greedy the entertainment company is, and how potentially lucrative the film is. They make the least amount of money from streaming services and free television networks.

      Instead of changing their business model, these entertainment companies tried to get the U.S. government to establish unpopular laws like SOPA to protect them from piracy. But really, it is the entertainment companies who have business models which cause pirates to spring up. The best way to end piracy is to make nice with streaming services like Netflix.

    What Disney animated films are they allowing on Netflix this year?
    I've done a little research but I can't seem to find which disney films they are allowing on Netflix now. I've only found Pocahontas and The Aristocrats for online streaming... When I search other movies it just takes me to rent the DVD. Is there a list somewhere of all the movies they plan to put on netflix from disney???

    • ANSWER:
      here is a link with the news release about it.

      And here is a list of netflix movies currently available

    What decides which movies can be played instantly on Netflix?
    Why does Netflix offer some movies Instantly and others by DVD? Wouldn't it be easier if they were all Instant with an option of DVD? What really threw me for a loop was Iron Man 2 is on Instant when the first Iron Man is DVD only, even though Iron Man 2 is more recent. If someone could explain the process Netflix uses to determine which movies should be DVD only and which should be Instant/DVD it would be very much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      netflix isn't Warner Bros., paramount pictures, 20th century fox, Sony Pictures, and the other companies that own the films

      So it's not up to them to offer everything for instant play

      The programs on instant play have to be licensed by the film companies to netflx

      the companies won't license off everything because if screws with dvd and blu-ray sales

      if everything was for watch instant, NO ONE would be going to the stores and buying the discs. they'd just watch on netflix

      And netflix wouldn't be constantly buying discs to rent out. therefore the film companies wouldn't make as much money

      with instant play, Netflix needs 1 digital copy to distribute for instant play. with discs, they need thousands, maybe even millions of discs for all of their customers to be able to rent it

      so don't expect the film companies to allow everything to be on instant play - they don't make as much money because netflix wouldn't be constantly ordering discs from them and neither would the stores that sell them

      and if Netflix just added anything without a license, they can be sued for copyright infringement and unauthorized distribution

    Netflix sent me 3 DVDs scratched in the same exact ways. Is Netflix trying to send a message or what?
    They all were scratched deeply, 1 inch along the inner ring,3 different DVDs had the same exact scratch.
    They are also sending the wrong films to one of my friends p,she hasn't gotten the correct DVD in an entire week.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be the post office. In a meeting last week they were talking about how they found out that some of the machines the post office uses to sort mail have been damaging the discs. They've told the post office about it and supposedly they're working to change it.

    Can you use a wireless router to connect netflix from my computer to my TV ?
    If I had netflix on my computer could I use a wireless router and stream it on my TV ?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, but you'd need either PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii to stream films and TV series and instantly watch 'em on your TV. If you use a Xbox 360, Xbox Live Gold account is recquired

    What movie should i watch right now on netflix?
    So right now im on netflix and im wondering if there are any suggestions on good movies to watch on it such as horr because i love being really scared.or comedy or romance.

    • ANSWER:
      I was just asking myself that same question, looking for other answers when I stumbled across your inquiry... this is what I've got so far...

      NEVER SEEN, looks promising
      Clockwork orange (supposed to be one of the greatest movies, brainfuck)
      rain man (everyone's seen this movie but me)
      ong bak 2 and 3(muay thai, gotta love it. the prequel was amazing though.. tony jaa)
      doc. - food, inc. (hear a lot about it)
      doc. - food matters(seems like knowledge I could benefit from)
      doc. - solitary confinement
      boys and girls guide to getting down (different, quirky)
      the graduate(supposed to be good, somewhat a classic i guess)
      the good thief (i dont know, got recommended)
      before the devil knows your dead (has a lot of academy award acters/actresses)
      let the right one in (supposed to be crazy i guess)
      matchstick men (nicolas cage, seems alright i guess)
      great expectations (romance, offa novel)

      and if your into the military
      doc. - restrepo****(great documentary)
      doc. - camp leatherneck
      hearbreak ridge (clint eastwood, havent seen)
      red baron(havent seen)
      saints & soldiers (havent seen)
      thin red line(havent seen, supposed to be great)
      black hawk down***

      Oldboy**** (great ass movie, brainfuck, foreign)
      Ong bak (great action)
      The Boondock Saints***
      Amelie***(interesting, foriegn)
      The Basketball Diaries** (leanardo de caprio, pretty good)
      seven pounds***(will smith, amazing, deep)
      midnight run**(robert deniro, good movie)
      crank 2*(jason statham, it's okay, quirky action, prequel was better)
      mary & max** (hillarious claymation, if you like dark humor)
      lock, stock, and two smokin barrels*** (jason statham, violent quirky, one of those good watches)
      clockers*** (crime drama, good)
      karate kid(whatever)
      cashback** (different)
      GoodFellas** (classic gangster robert deniro, ray liotta, joe pesci)
      Donnie Darko*** (jake gyllenhaal, great movie, great brain fuck)
      Brick*** (joseph gordon-levitt, mystery, crime thriller)
      a river runs through it (brad pitt, emotional, heartfelt, based off novel)
      the curious case of benjamin button (brad pitt, emotional, heartfelt, based off novel)
      the trailer park boys***(show sucks, movies amazing as far as most comedy goes)
      friday (ice cube & chris tucker, quirky)

      sin nombre**** (foreign, amazing film everyone should see, interesting)

      I feel like I'm missing something, but these are all of the movies available on netflix's instant streaming that i can think of as of right now

      just to review, I'd really recommend Sin Nombre, Oldboy, and Brick... provocative movies

      oh, and the fall seems pretty promising, havent seen it

    What Disney movies are available for streaming on Netflix?
    Unfortunately I don't have Netflix, so I can't really check. I have never seen any of the original Disney movies, and I wanted to during my winter break.

    • ANSWER:
      Pretty much all of them - including Pocahontas.

      Disney has inked a new multi-year licensing deal that makes Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription TV service to get the Mouse House's first run live-action and animated films. Deal ends Disney's existing pay TV deal with Starz beginning in 2016.

      Deal includes titles from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Disneynature. Also included in the agreement are Disney direct-to-video releases, which will be made available on Netflix starting in 2013.


    What movie should I get next from netflix?
    I need some ideas for movies to watch. I like indie films, horror, comedy, pretty much anything as long as it's good. Any suggestions? What are your favorites?

    • ANSWER:
      Step Brothers
      Yes Man (if it's out yet)
      Stranger than Fiction
      School for Scoundrals

    on netflix i get an add pop up and it wont let me watch anything ?
    when i pick a film on netflix and it loads automatically a add pops up and the sound goes and it wont let me scroll down , has anyone else had this problem and do you know how to fix it ?

    • ANSWER:
      Try going to internet options and delete all cookies and temp internet files. That seems to have fixed mine.

    Why is netflix legal?How is this different then watching movies online?
    How do movie companies make money if I don't buy there movie and instead watch it on netflix?Why do they allow this?

    • ANSWER:
      If you watch netflix movies streamed, you ARE watching them online. Streaming movies on Netflix is legal because Netflix pays the film companies for the right to stream movies. Everybody pays or gets paid. The viewer pays Netflix, Netflix pays the movie company. That's how movie companies make money.

    How can a Hollywood film be considered a success or failure at the Box Office?
    Let's say a Hollywood film costs 100 Million Dollars to make, we all know that in order to break even it would take more than 100 Million dollars worth of ticket receipts, but I really don't have an idea about the exact percentage to surpass in order to create profit from sales...Care to explain how the Hollywood industry works?

    • ANSWER:
      It's complicated. First, they give half of ticket price to the movie theatre that shows the film.

      But U.S. ticket sales are only a small part of the overall profit picture. First, there's overseas box office, which for action films can often be larger than the U.S. returns. Then there are sales of related merchandise such as souvenirs, posters, books, toys, costumes, etc. Then, once the movie leaves the theatres, it follows a route that includes DVD, Blu-Ray, pay-per-view, premium cable TV, Netflix, broadcast network TV, local TV channels... with each stop paying a handsome profit to the studio.

      But out of that comes the cost of making the movie, the cost of advertising the movie (which can be huge), the cost of making film prints, taxes, shipping, etc. The initial costs are so high that it's not uncommon for studios to actually lose money at the theatres, even with successful films, but then make it back via home entertainment. In recent years, studios have made five times as much profit from home entertainment (DVDs, etc) than they have made from theatre ticket sales.

      So the profit for a film varies widely from movie to movie depending on a number of factors: Does it appeal to foreign audiences? Is it the kind of film that inspires people to buy merchandise? Will people want to buy it at home on disc? Will the networks want to air it? A family-oriented action film, such as the Harry Potter franchise, scores on almost every front. But other films, including excellent dramas which are considered Oscar material, such as "The Artist" or "Black Swan" or "The Social Network", often don't do as well. People admire them, but they don't run out and buy action figures based on the movies, or pick up copies of the video for their kids to watch over and over. So their profit potential is limited, despite their quality.

    How does Netflix decide and authorize what movies they put on their "Watch Instantly" list?
    what is the process in which netflix goes through to get certain movies. obviously they have to choose them first, but who actually is in charge of choosing the movies? and after that, how do they get permission to put the movies on the Instant list. also, i find it peculiar that they would have every matrix movie on the Instant list instead of the first movie? I'm sure if my first question is answered i might find the answer to this question.

    • ANSWER:
      It's in Netflix best interest to have as many movies available on their "watch instantly" list as possible. But it's not always up to Netflix, it's often up to the studio.When studios license their films for TV, cable, Video-on-demand or internet, they can put limitations on how long it can stay on each service. For example if you search for movies on Hulu, some movies have an date and some say expire never. What is likely with the first Matrix movie, is that since it came out before the Netflix "watch instantly" service was available someone has "exclusive rights" to it for a certain period of time and it can't go on Netflix "Watch Instantly" until that time has expired. Since The Matrix is on I-Tunes, I would suspect that I-Tunes has the license for this title at this time. Licensing deals are written differently now since services like Netflix "Watch Instantly", Vudu, and Hulu are more popular. The major studios are now licensing just about any major DVD releases to Netflix and and I-Tunes for streaming or download, but I-Tunes usually gets it first because they pay for the exclusivity.

    What are the controls for Netflix on Xbox?
    Ok so I downloaded netflix for the xbox, and i have no clue how the controls work for playing a movie and fastforwarding it. I click the movie i want to watch and it comes up with a picture from the movie and it doesnt play. Where do I go from here? HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      try pressing A (thats the green button) using your thumb, finger or face, whilst highlighting the films /show of choice...and wait for the magic to happen now fastforward and rewind using the L & R bumpers...pause using the Back button..ta dar!!!!..failing this, sell xbox and use funds to buy a dvd player and spend the rest of the money on rented films good'll need it.

    What makes a foreign film screened in America on general release?
    I know foreing films are not successful in America, but few are. What aspects of a foreign film make it shown screened in America? On general release. Not just in one cinema, but at all the good cinemas for the usual amount of time most films are shown, then released to DVD and DVDs commonly sold, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      The handful of foreign films that go into wide release in the U.S., as opposed to a limited run in art houses in major cities, usually follow this pattern:

      At a major film festival like Cannes, Venice, Toronto or Sundance, the film is screened to great critical and audience reaction.

      As a result, major U.S. distributor buys the rights to theatrically distribute the film and release it on DVD (or a TV network buys broadcast rights) after negotiations and occasionally bidding wars with similar interested parties.

      The U.S. distributor makes any changes it is contractually allowed to make that it feels will help the movie - like editing something which will change the MPAA rating - before setting a theatrical release date which will allow the film to be eligible for the next awards season. This date will usually be the limited premiere in New York and Los Angeles on a few screens.

      If the buzz does not materialize for the film through reviews, word of mouth and awards nominations, the films will never go to wide release and will either be licensed for cable broadcast and/or released on DVD and Blu-Ray within a few months. Some time after that, Netflix and streaming partners may have it available.

      If the reception is terrific and the film gets nods at the various awards, the film will go into wider release for a few weeks or months in more cities before all the other things happen. It is rare to never that a foreign film ever reaches the level of a major U.S. studio blockbuster's number of screens and cities, though, even an Oscar winner.

    What is the number 1 most famous Hollywood film among all other famous films?
    In Hollywood film history, what film was ranked the no. 1 GREATEST HOLLYWOOD FILM in history? What was the name of the film? It's in one decade. What is the most most famous film of all time?

    • ANSWER:
      Famous implies the movie that has been seen by the most people. For that you're looking at Gone With the Wind, Star Wars, The Sound of Music, E.T., and The Ten Commandments.

      You could also look at lists from The American Film Institute (AFI) or just about any movie related site:
      Here's Yahoo's list of 100 movies to see:'s top 250 movies:

      NetFlix top 100: top rated;

      There are so many lists out there and opinions change over time. But as you look at different lists you will find that certain titles seem to show up on just about every list.

    How does Netflix choose which movies are Watch Instantly and which have to be rented?
    What criteria do they use? I know it's probably not just the demand for a particular movie because there are new releases and some very popular movies on it but then there are others that aren't, how does Netflix choose which should be streamed and which need to be rented out?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not that Netflix chooses the films. It's a matter of which films the studios are willing to let them use for Watch Instantly. You'll notice that the majority of the movies are old B movies - movies the studios don't really care about. Until they started an agreement with Starz to use their On-Demand library, the selection was horrible. As they have more people using the Watch Instantly feature, I'm sure they will be able to get agreements with more studios to use their tent pole films.

    Are there any movies I can watch on Netflix that are really good?
    I have Netflix and kinda want to watch something GOOD about zombies. 😛 I love The Walking Dead and if there are any movies kinda like it, or really any movie that's good and watchable on Netflix.. Yeah that'd be nice.

    • ANSWER:
      The Crazies is a very good film

    How do I find the right distributor for an independant film with a target audience for people over 45?
    I have directed a film that was written and made up of characters who are mostly over 40yrs old. Needless to say it is G rated. It cute, simple, light hearted romantic story with a Texas slant(of B rated quality). I need a distribitor. There are two versions, long and short. Great country western sound track with original music to go with the movie. I would love to hear from a distributor,or someone close to one. I am aware of all the "talk and theories". I would appreciate some facts from an informed source.

    • ANSWER:
      Please post your DVD on so I or any other Independent Film Distributor can see it.

      Please email me as soon as your DVD is posted there so I can request it.

      I also suggest you to contact Netflix.

      They have a 0,000,000.00 Budget to buy independent films on DVD.

      They work like this:
      You send them a DVD and they push it to their clients.

      For each DVD rented you get a cut.

      As soon as the first DVD is rented they order another one from you.

      Eventually thousands of DVDs are in circulation on the Netflix network and you recover the costs of your film.

    What do I need to do to get a DVD from Netflix ?
    What do I need to do to get a DVD from Netflix? Do I just add a movie to the queue and that's it? They won't tell me when they're gonna send it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, simply find the movie you want, click "add to queue" and it'll go to your queue. They do send you an email stating that the film has been shipped and when you can expect to receive it, and they also send you an email when they receive the one you've mailed back. (For me, they receive it and I have a new one in two days - so like Monday to Wednesday.)

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