July, Netflix announced that it was changing its subscription plans and prices.
Instead of a DVD rental-by-mail and video streaming bundle for $9.99 per month,
the two were split up in their own plans for $7.99 per month each. To continue
receiving both services, it costs $15.98. These changes went into effect
September 1, 2011. Customers were anything but happy with this move.
Clearly, the past couple of months have been rocky for the movie/television
subscription service heavyweight. Now, it's taking things a step further by
making it so that there can only be one streaming video feed per
account reports Stop the Cap.
According to Netflix, certain plans will no longer allow families (who share
accounts) to watch more than one instant stream at the same time. To do this,
they'll have to sign up for an additional Unlimited streaming account for $7.99
per month or just increase the number of DVDs sent in their subscription plan.
In other words, you should only watch the number of simultaneous streams as the
number of DVDs in your plan.
"Some membership plans allow you to watch simultaneously on more than one
personal computer or Netflix-ready device at the same time," says
stream-only plan], you may watch only one device at a time. If you are on the
two discs out at-a-time plan, you may watch up to two devices at the same time.
Members on the three disc plan can watch on up to three devices. The maximum is
four devices simultaneously, and that is available for members on the four or
greater discs out at-a-time plans."
A plan for two streams and two DVDs out at a time is $19.98, while three
streams and three DVDs out at a time is $23.98 and four streams with four DVDs
out at a time is $29.98.
Those who attempt to watch more streams than they're allowed based on their
plan will now receive an error message. The days of the parents watching a
movie/TV show downstairs while the kids watch a children's film upstairs on a
different stream, and so on and so forth, are done -- unless you're willing to pay more.
just offered to pay subscription channel Starz $300
million to renew its contract with the video streaming/DVD rental
giant in February, but Starz has decided to hit the road once February 2012 comes around because it
wanted a premium price for its content in addition to the monthly subscription
fee (which meant raising prices for subscribers) and Netflix refused.
Updated 9/7/2011 @ 2:47pm EST
Netflix is now reporting that users who have been unable to stream more than one video feed are experience a "system glitch" which the company is now working to resolve. The company contends that users with streaming-only accounts have access to up to two concurrent streams.
quote: Time to fire up good ol' uTorrent.
quote: I so want to see streaming video end.I want to see people return to going into videostores.
quote: Sorry, but I don't live in the Hamptons.
quote: Their selection leaves a lot to be desired and after Starz leaves even less.
quote: Netflix was a great product who is increasing their cost to the customer as their own profits decrease ; this is pretty basic business procedure.