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Netflix and wrong disc

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Some time ago Shamus ran into a problem: Netflix sent him a wrong disc. The tale of horror reads in 3 parts [link 1, link 2, link 3]. After the third turnaround with them he was obviously getting peeved.

Today it’s my turn to drink from this cup: they sent me J2 vol.4 in the slieve of J2 vol.3. This time they have a bit of an excuse: the volume number is in kanji (四). But it’s a very tiny bit. I am sure the sorting monkey does not ever bother to read the numbers.

So, what to do? The only way to correct this is to hold onto v.4, order v.3 again, and hope for the best.

Mapping the Netflix

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Both Mark and I are following Nadesico by means of Netflix. He is about to get (or received already) the v.4. The v.4 marked “very long wait”, and it took me a few weeks. Unfortunately, v.5 is a greater hurdle, “availability unknown”.

Starting with estimations for the size of anime market in North America (such as the 60,000 Harurhi DVDs) and observed delivery times, I tried to estimate how big the Netfix’s stock might be. It seems that for Haruhi, it must be a few thousand discs. For Nadesico? May be as low as a 10 for the “very long wait” and zero for “availability unknown”.

These numbers might make it feasible to fans to engage into a stegagography themed game. Once I receive a rare disc, I will mark it in unobtrusive way and enter the mark into a database (of course, I will take utmost care not to damage the disc in any way and not obliterate any pre-existing print; after all it’s rare!) Other fans could then look up the mark and know who watched the disc before them.

Netflix themselves do not mark discs, they use sleeves and barcodes to track them. The barcode should be entered into the database as well.

Netflix mapping innaugurated

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

The idea was floated at Ani-nouto more than a year ago, but now I had an opportunity to try it out.

The DVD of DearS that I watched had a strange glitch: dd-ing the image gave an I/O error 770 KB in. The disc was badly scratched, so I buffed it (even bought a new kit). It looks much better now, but the error remained. But then, I noticed that libcss fails to crack a couple of keys… which may be relevant. The content is watcheable with mplayer.

Netflix mapping 2

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Netflix delayed Midori Days v.3 several times. It was in the queue before Nanoha v.1 and only arrived together with Nanoha v.3, a month or two later. Netflix recently got into a habit of bypassing the top of the queue and sending discs from follwing positions. I suspect this means that Midori no Hibi v.3 is getting rare (although officially there’s no “Wait” indication), and so into Netflix Mapping it goes. Please take care while watching this disc!

Spotting reports are welcome by e-mail as usual.

Netflix Mapping, 3

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Ah My Goddess S1 v.1 should be a common disk, and it’s not scratched, but it played with some skipping. It may be my software (VLC 1.0.0-rc2), but still, better mark it in case.

Scrapping the bottom of the barrel

Friday, June 12th, 2009

It looks like I watched everything worth watching among titles available on Netflix. I’m not even kidding, the only series in the queue that I would actually like to see is Moribito.

Piracy is the only recourse.

Galaxy Angel A fails

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

It’s not like I was a big fan of the original Galaxy Angel, but somehow I managed to pick an idea that Galaxy Angel A was improved over it. After renting a DVD, I suspect that I confused it with Nanoha and Nanoha As. The comedy seemed flat, uninteresting.

The disc was barely playable; not scratched, but dirty.

Netflix strikes again

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

While I had the v.1 of Starship Operators at home, the v.3 went from available to not available at Netflix. After a few seconds of rage, I went to Boxtorrents (Bakabt now). The bad part is, I cannot send a signal with my money. Netflix receives a fixed monthly payment from me no matter if they stock up on on the inventory or not. Clever, Netflix. Very clever.

Coincidentially, the first instance of v.1 that Netflix sent me was cracked and unwatcheable, so I ordered a replacement. I was so sad at the attrition, but never imagined it would again strike so close, so soon. Netflix are total jerks for not using good envelopes for rarer DVDs.

BTW, I marked the v.1 with a little dot. The picture of the main girl was too pretty to sully, so I placed it carefuly on a design element. If someone rents v.1 and sees it, let me know. Take a picture.

Netflix lulz of the day

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I watched v.5 and v.6 of Moribito and went to order more, when I noticed that the section is full of whiny “reviews” which actually ask where the v.5 might be. And indeed, v.1-v.4 and v.6 are listed on the left, but v.5. Apparently Netflix suffered a database consistency problem, or perhaps is in the process of recalling v.5. It certainly was availabe to order a while ago.

Moribito ends

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

There were really no surprises, and there is not much to write about, except one thing: they really outdone themselves animating the final 3 episodes. The characters went stronger on-model and generally a lot of effort was expended on all elements of the visual presentation.

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: Not likely, but would not object

One thing to rant about here is how it took me more than a year to complete the run (the opener post went up in December 2008), thanks to the leisurely release schedule. How is this acceptable, Media Blasters? I know that such things were the norm back in the 80s, when Pioneer made American fans to dangle for 6 months [!] between tapes (it was also a major cliffhanger with Ryoko about to strike and kill sleeping Tenchi). But this is not the 80s anymore. Moreover, considering how quickly DVDs go out of circulation on Neflix, there is very little chance that someone may be able to see all of the series if started late. Pure insanity, honestly.