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It's for new users only

Netflix is offering a new, cheaper single stream plan for new users (sorry, existing customers).

According to Adweek, Netflix has introduced a single-screen standard-definition stream plan for $6.99 per month, which is a dollar less than the two-stream high-resolution plan for $7.99 (which is what most customers use). 

The single stream plan is reportedly only available to new customers. A Netflix customer service representative said this is because the company is only testing it on a certain group for now, and while it could eventually roll out to larger audiences, Netflix isn't making any promises for now. 


"We always are testing new things and this is a test for a $6.99 single stream plan," said a Netflix spokeswoman. "Not all people will see this option and it may not be something we ever offer generally."

Netflix has been trying to cut down the amount of password-sharing on its service by offering more attractive options. For those that need multiple screens, there's a third streaming option for four screens in high or standard definition for $11.99 per month. 

Netflix currently has 40 million subscribers. 

Source: Adweek

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Here's what would really help
By inperfectdarkness on 1/1/2014 8:09:42 AM , Rating: 1
1. No regional lockouts. I'm sick of having to run Netflix off a throttled VPN connection just to watch my shows.

2. More older TV shows. Seriously, when stuff like Silk Stalkings, Off Centre etc...aren't available for streaming, something is wrong. These are shows that went off the air 10+ years ago. The companies certainly aren't making royalties off them.

3. More older movies. I can't stream stuff like "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (the original one with Danny Kaye, not that ghey crap with Ben Stiller) or "The Great Santini". WTF is up with that? We're not talking about cutting into Redbox or PPV here.

I maybe in the minority on this, but I'd rather have Netflix with a complete streaming library of older titles than piecemeal out newer releases.

By Reclaimer77 on 1/1/2014 9:01:46 AM , Rating: 3
Netflix has lots of old shows and movies. They just aren't going to have EVERY one you personally want.

I let my parents share my Netflix account. My dad is always watching old sh*t like "Mission Impossible" and stuff.

I think your approach is just wrong. The day I stopped expecting everything I wanted to magically be on Netflix, and learned to appreciate what was available, is when I fell in love with Netflix. I've enjoyed a wealth of entertainment that I never knew was out there, all I had to do was give it a chance.

RE: Here's what would really help
By seamonkey79 on 1/1/2014 11:47:02 AM , Rating: 2
Contact the content providers / owners for that, Netflix can only have available what they're given permission to have available. I am surprised at some of the old USA Network stuff that isn't there compared to some of the stuff that is there, seems rather piecemeal, but all the same, it's their stuff to allow or not allow, not Netflix'.

RE: Here's what would really help
By Souka on 1/1/2014 12:46:02 PM , Rating: 2
content isn't free, Netflix has to pay $$ in a variety of ways for it. Some shows, such as old TV series might not be there becuase the $$ it would cost and how few people would watch, the ad revenue wouldn't be enough to pay for the $$$ to have that content available.

By inperfectdarkness on 1/3/2014 1:58:52 AM , Rating: 2
Oh I understand completely. Still doesn't make me happy to find out that 90's "Outer Limits" isn't available for streaming because some bloated fatcat thinks that he can make more $$$ off the library by letting it sit unused for all but the extreme die-hards who keep buying DVD's. And while I do appreciate what's available, I don't get why the content owners keep playing keep-away. I get that the big-bang theory isn't available for streaming (even the early seasons) because it's still on TV. Fine (even though that doesn't explain "how I met your mother" being available).

It just seems to me like Netflix needs more persuasive lawyers to plead their case to the content owners.

Hmm.. not sure why existing viewers would be upset
By Souka on 1/1/2014 12:48:43 PM , Rating: 2
So $7.99 for two stream HD
or $6.99 for one stream SD

To me, the $7.99 plan sounds better. I can imagine watching SD streamed content (very compressed) on my 60" TV, or even my HD tablet.

Unless you live alone, or only one stream is ever used, the $6.99 plan seems silly in regards to only having one stream.

I dunno...

By inighthawki on 1/1/2014 4:22:24 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. $1 a month is basically nothing even to the poorest of poor people. The only way it makes any sense is if you live alone, have no family, and don't have an HDTV. Even then, you're not saving a lot. $12 a year...

By Warren21 on 1/1/2014 6:03:50 PM , Rating: 2
My guess is that the primary target of this service aren't (globally-speaking) well-off westerners. I'm assuming that Netflix charges the equivalent of 8 USD monthly everywhere. To people that don't have the bandwidth, the TV set, etc. for HD service, the $12/yr might be a tangible savings.

That being said, I agree that as a North American living in an internet-centric household, this doesn't make sense for me...

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