It only took about two years, but a Netflix subscriber finally got to that film he’d put in his instant queue oh so long ago. For movie buff Donald Pepperdine, Staying Alive was truly a sight to behold. “I’d only heard great things about this one,” said Pepperdine. “And after having just seen Expendables 2, being directed by Stallone is a bonus…..and man….Tony Manero dancing his ass off on Broadway…..just wow! I can’t believe it took me so long to finally get to it! I’m on a Travolta kick now so I’ll have to throw the Look Who’s Talking trilogy in my queue and never watch it!” Like many users of the service, Pepperdine often stacks his queue up with titles he has every intention of watching but rarely does.
Staying Alive finally enjoyed by Pepperdine after 2 years in Netflix instant queue purgatory
But how long will Look Who’s talking remain neglected?
Pepperdine’s case is pretty extreme, but still far short of the record held by a subscriber who had the straight to video turd-fest Night Fangs in their queue for 829 days. “I thought Night Fangs would be a great beer drinking film at some point,” said the user. “When my buddies and I actually sat down to watch it, we couldn’t get drunk enough quick enough to wash it from our memories.”
Queue hoarding has become a very serious problem since the instant service started, and it’s also something Netflix has become acutely aware of. “We work our asses off to get all that direct to video crap and these users just sit on it,” an anonymous Netflix executive proclaimed. “Don’t think we won’t add a hoarding charge to the service for all the layabouts out there!” Stern words of warning for those who might be considering going for a new queue purgatory record. What’s languishing in your Netflix queue folks?