Wednesday, February 11, 2009

FeedFlix: Getting the Most Out of Your Netflix Subscription

By Christina Conley

At one time or another during the lifetime of your Netflix subscription, you have probably wondered whether you were getting your money's worth out of the rental service. Who hasn't? A new tool has come along that will show you in objective terms if you really are utilizing Netflix to the fullest extent.

FeedFlix is free, and functions by aggregating RSS feeds from Netflix to generate usage statistics for you and other FeedFlix users. It makes it very easy to literally see if you're getting the most out of your subscription.

Signing up is a piece of cake. Point your browser, and enter your Netflix login credentials. It's important to note that Feedflix is not owned by Netflix; they just consume Netflix RSS feeds and obtain an authorization token directly from Netflix.

After this is done, FeedFlix will start analyzing your rental and return history from your RSS fees. Within a few minutes, your home page will be filled with some interesting numbers. It's probably easiest to watch the video above to see what this looks like, but here are a few things you'll find:

* How many movies you rent per month * Average number of days you hold movies * The calculated cost per DVD delivered to your door * Average cost per total rentals (physical plus on demand) * Rentals per week (bar chart) * What percentile your statistics place you in

You'll also find some interesting aggregate information about users of the Netflix service in general. For example, how your usage and return rates compare to others, what the most requested movies are, which movies are stocked in the largest quantities, historical rentals and favorites, and more.

All-in-all, it's a very straightforward, focused service designed to answer one question: Am I getting my money's worth from Netflix? In my case, the answer is a resounding 'YES!'

Being an active and longtime online DVD rental fan, I have some inside perspectives on both Netflix and Blockbuster. Check out my Netflix and Blockbuster comparison if you're thinking about joining one of these services. It is the most detailed, objective review available for these two services. - 16651

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