Ditch Netflix In September (You Won’t Be Sorry)

Ditch Netflix In September (You Won’t Be Sorry)
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Netflix Australia is about to enter one of its worst dry spells since launch. In September 2019, the service is only adding three new original movies (none of which look like much cop.) With the possible exception of The Politician, there aren’t any big ‘tent-pole’ style series to get excited about either.

In fact, Netflix’s biggest release of the month is probably the widely-panned Aquaman which nobody should watch under any circumstances. Our advice? Unsubscribe for one month and check out some of Netflix’s rivals instead.

To be fair, Netflix has just come off a stellar few months, with new and returning shows like Stranger Things, Black Mirror, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Mindhunter and 13 Reasons Why dominating water-cooler conversations. Unfortunately, its reliance on original programming makes it virtually impossible to maintain this momentum.

September is significantly less flashy than what we’ve become accustomed to. There’s the sci-fi thriller The I-Land, Zach Galifianakis’s Between Two Ferns, the aforementioned satirical comedy The Politician and a handful of new documentaries – but compared to prior months, the lineup is pretty damn lacking.

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It’s for this reason we recommend making the switch to a rival service, even if it’s only for one month.

Instead of listlessly picking at this meagre all-you-can-eat buffet, why not see what Stan, Foxtel Now or Amazon Prime Video has to offer? They’re all around the same price and contain a stack of content you won’t find on Netflix.

This is an especially smart move if it’s been ages since you last checked out these services. It means you’ll have months’ worth of grade-A content to gorge on – from Stan’s intriguing Aussie sci-fi Bloom to Amazon’s insanely gritty superhero series The Boys to Foxtel’s treasure-trove of HBO content.

You’ll also find literally hundreds of movies that aren’t currently available on Netflix Australia. (Amazon Prime Video is particularly strong in this regard – its collection of weird cult movies and kung-fu flicks from the ’70s and ’80s is sublime.)

The great thing about modern streaming services is that you can pause and renew your subscription at any time. Even Foxtel Now has dispensed with lock-in contracts, a decision that doubtlessly caused old Rupert to spit blood.

As an added bonus, Stan, Foxtel Now and Amazon Prime Video currently offer free 30-day trials. (Well, Stan and Amazon do. Foxtel skimps out at ten days.) Here are the links:

Personally, my choice would be Amazon Prime Video due to the incredibly high production values of its original programming and its eclectic third-party offerings. But if you enjoy Aussie content, Stan is well worth a look too.

In any event, provided you cancel your subscription within the month, you can go back to Netflix in October without actually paying anything. What have you got to lose? You might even decide to stick with your new service.

On a side note, November looks to be a return to form for the streaming giant – that’s when Martin Scorsese’s crime epic The Irishman hits. Loosely based on the assassination of Jimmy Hoffa, it stars Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Anna Paquin, Joe Pesci and Harvey Keitel and is reportedly one of the most expensive films Netflix has ever produced. Colour us excited! But this month? Not so much.

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  • Prime is good if you’re nostalgic for shows screened between the 1950s and ’70s especially, though there some favourites that are missing such as SEARCH and Alias Smith and Jones (the western, not the comedy duo). However, I find a lot of their programming is bleak, though there are some notable exceptions like Good Omens.

    Stan seems to have a lot more upbeat stuff. Even Just Kidding, with Jim Carrey as a Mr Rogers type character whose son has died, has its positive moments. Then, there’s the latest series of Twin Peaks that I’ve been holding off on until I get through the box set of the original seasons.

    • The new Twin Peaks is pretty great. If you don’t mind David Lynch getting in the way of plot coherency, that is. (Personally, I think that’s when he’s at his best.)

  • I have to say, this kind of post is part of what’s wrong with people these days. Suggesting people scrap a service (even if only for one month) because there’s perhaps no NEW movies coming? This smacks of the instant gratification problem. Just because your service isn’t 100% awesome, 100% of the time doesn’t mean you jump ship.
    And honestly, if you’ve seen EVERYTHING on Netflix already – and can’t go 1 month without watching something you haven’t seen before (or can’t stomach watching again), then you really need to get a life. Or a job.

    • This would be valid criticism is brand loyalty was some sort of moral virtue which is being slovenly let go for the vile temptations of instant gratification. In truth, no morality is involved in this decision other than that we owe to ourselves to be responsible with money and cancel expenditures that are not giving back the expected returns.

      Money is limited and so is life so why do we need to keep putting money in a given service unless we have sampled every single thing offered, including what we suspect we won’t enjoy, hundreds and hundreds of hours of it?

  • In fact, Netflix’s biggest release of the month is probably the widely-panned Aquaman which nobody should watch under any circumstances.

    Wait what? Are you talking about the 2018 movie that made over a billion dollars and was probably the best regarded DC movie (after Wonder Woman), the movie with a 75% rating from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes? I think you need to check your definition for “widely panned”.

    • That’d be the one. And thanks for writing what I was going to. That single line undermined everything else Chris said, by dismissing a major release apparently because of personal tastes and putting the whole article into the realm of editorial.

      Which is his right of course, its his story. But telling people to avoid a movie that took over $1 billion at the box office suggests he doesnt really know what people like to watch.

      • Okay, I’ll bite. Of course I’m editorialising. My central argument – that Netflix’s lineup isn’t great this month – is obviously 100% subjective.

        The opening dig at Aquaman was supposed to make that clear.

        But the wider point – that it’s smart to pause and renew steaming services to get a taste of everything – bears writing about.

        • I just thought it was weird, I mean there are movies that somehow make a lot of money that are pretty crap, movies where no one admits to liking them. Hell, most of the DC movies are that way. Just not Aquaman.

          As for the central point of the article, I figure Netflix isn’t about new releases anyway. It’s about the back catalogue. All the movies and shows that you’ve missed over time. Because lets be real there is a lag between new releases on DVD and when Netflix gets them. Of course, if you’ve already churned through all of Netflix back catalogue of content then you should definitely take a break.

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