I hooked up with netflix and it’s charming blend of stunning selection and thrilling efficiency a long, long time ago. Like, maybe 8 years ago – after my first assistant told me about it – as he also told me about gmail “what – mail”, when you had to have an invitation to get gmail, remember that?!
Well, netflix was cool and swift and hip and all the things I wanted. Most of all, it was captioned. Then came marriage and kids (or kids and marriage) and kids and Thomas the Tank Engine and Caillou and instant-view (“insta-view”), streamed netflix. I liked this. A lot. For a small sum, I could get insta-view for the kids, Mikey could watch his precious “Man vs Wild” (which is a total joke – small, hairless white British man named “Bear”?!!) and, because insta-views are rarely captioned, I could continue to get dvd’s in the mail which were captioned, so I could “hear”.
Netflix has been promising it’s users for years – years and years and years – that it is working super-duper hard on the captioning issue for insta-view; that it’s just a matter of time.
A bunch of deaf folks got tired of forking out money for the insta-views they couldn’t view and sick of the “in just a minute” responses from netflix and decided to file a class action suit against netflix for not getting on the ball. I myself was invited to join the party, and did.
So, netflix decides to raise the prices for the insta-view/dvd’s – all of you know this because everyone and their sister now subscribes to netflix, right?! I wrote to netflix, said I really didn’t think it’s fair or right for them to be upping prices when they haven’t done as they promised with the captioning. I’d go with insta-view in a heartbeat if I could FRIGGIN’ HEAR THE DANG THING. But I can’t, so I have to get the dvd’s and my kids and husband CAN hear, so they want insta-view; why should we have to pay more?
Boo, netflix. You suck. Big corporate You can’t slap on captions and YouTube can add ’em to homemade movies; heck, I can add ’em to my homemade movies.
Latest on the Class Action Suit at Deaf Politics
|two of the last movies for me (‘Word Wars” and the classic Bollywood “Taxi Driver” – with hit songs by Lata Mangeshkar – woohoo!)|
Still not too late to be Canadian.
Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.