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I am a Netflix dropout. I dropped out because I would order a movie, and it would sit, unwatched, for millennia.

Now Netflix is dangling a frozen banana in front of me: 15 new episodes of the sitcom I love more than my own children: “Arrested Development.”

To find out about re-upping, I IM’d with a Netflix customer-service rep. Here’s what I learned:

Even though I am a former member, I’m still eligible for the “first month free” deal. I worried that if I were to watch all “AD” episodes, then cancel, Netflix would be mad. Netflix guy says: “Not at all. We will save your account information and you can come back whenever you’d like.” I just won’t get another free month in the same year.

To stream Netflix to a TV, you need a device such as a Blu-ray player, Roku or game console. Prices: $50 to $400. Find options at Netflix.com/nrd.

Netflix will not make the new episodes available on DVD at this time. But maybe someday. Then you could order the DVD, cancel your membership and pay a $14 “nonreturn fee” to keep the DVD forever.

As George Michael Bluth might say, “I like the way Netflix thinks.”

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.
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