Have you guys heard about this?
BowWowFlix is the dog-video-only version of NetFlix. You know all those neat dog-training videos, with their exorbitant prices, limited availability, and spotty production values? Now you can just rent them. One video at a time is $10.95 per month.
I’ve only received one video so far, which I’ll be reviewing ASAP. First I thought I would talk about the service.
Unlike NetFlix, BowWowFlix is still a one-warehouse operation. My video shipped out of Washington state, so keep that in mind when considering turnaround. I signed up for the service on Saturday. My first disc shipped on Monday, and I received it on Wednesday or Thursday (I didn’t check the Wednesday mail.). Running the math suggests that even a quick watcher and efficient mailer on the one-video-at-a-time plan will max out at three or maybe four videos a month, depending on how long the restocking/shipping process takes. BowWowFlix says that three exchanges per month is their average, although I suspect they’re averaging the multi-disc plans with that.
Stock seems to be good. I have, as far as I know, all of the most popular dog videos in my queue, and except for Susan Garrett’s Crate Games they are all available to ship. Like regular Netflix, BowWowFlix splits multi-disc sets, which seems to be an incredibly common format for dog-training videos. Out of the 25 videos in my queue, only five of them are single discs. I see some potential frustration there, as a longer 5-6 disc series will take two months to watch IF every video is available as you need it.
All in all, I am ridiculously excited about this. Because they rely on individual expertise and are often produced by small and specialized companies, dog training videos start at a bare minimum of $19.95. Something like a Patricia McConnell seminar series can cost $60. Emma Parson’s TACT series retails for $75. While I would love to support the authors and trainers I admire by purchasing their products, it’s fairly cost-prohibitive for a non-professional, especially for those discs that are “interesting” rather than “essential.” I suspect and hope, in fact, that I will be going back to purchase the most useful of these discs after I’ve rented them.
I’ll try to update you again after I’ve had a few exchanges. Have any of you used this service?