I love Netflix. Now that I get movies mailed to me, I don't want to go into a traditional Blockbuster or Hollywood Video again. Why? Because that means I have to leave the house, put some effort into how I look on the non-going out weekend nights and live with the possibility that the movie store might not have my movie. I don't like those 50/50 odds.
I'm not saying Netflix doesn't have some faults, but overall, it's a solid deal. Recently though, my brother and I have started noticing that Netflix might have a mind of it's own and dare I say it, there might be a Netflix Conspiracy. Mulder and Scully might not come to investigate, but it's out there.
I order my Netflix queue in the following way: upcoming new releases (so I'm at the top of the list when they're available), and then all other movies in order of how I would prefer to view them. Pretty simple. Well lately, I've noticed that Netflix has been picking movies out of order from my queue. If the movie Cloverfield is available and next on my list, Netflix feels like grabbing The 11th Hour from my queue instead, which is also available but is listed a few films down from the first available movie. What's up with the Cloverfield-hating? Yes it's scary but it's still a good movie!
I've also noticed that in addition to picking movies out of order, that Netflix is picking movies in the same genre, regardless of where they are in the queue. Recently, my Netflix queue has taken to enjoying independent films and documentaries. I appreciate them thinking that this is what I like, but really, just go in the order that they're in the queue. There's that way for a reason. Or if Netflix has moved to a "Tivo" format of selecting things it thinks that I would like, just give me a heads up or the option to say no.
I don't know if anyone else is having this trouble, but between the printer elf and this, just give me what I want! Maybe it's time to move to On Demand on my TV.