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Netflix is making two big changes to its plans and prices that will either prove to be successful, or rub subscribers the wrong way

On-demand video streaming and video rental-by-mail company Netflix has enjoyed bundles of success recently, reporting 23.6 million subscribers worldwide this year. But now, Netflix is making two big changes to its plans and prices that will either prove to be successful, or rub subscribers the wrong way.

The first new change is the introduction of DVD-only plans. Customers have the option of paying $7.99 for one DVD out at a time, or $11.99 for two DVD's out at a time, but the plan does not allow video streaming to be included.

The second new change is the separation of video streaming and DVD plans. While current plans bundle the two together for $9.99 per month, the new plans will be either DVD only or video streaming only. A DVD-only plan with one out at a time costs $7.99 per month, and a video streaming-only plan costs $7.99 per month. No longer can they be bundled together.

If a subscriber wants both plans, the monthly cost is $15.98 per month.

According to Netflix, the reason for these changes is to meet demand for DVD by mail, and the current $9.99 plan (which is $7.99 for streaming and an extra $2 for DVDs by mail) does not make sense financially. Netflix believes DVDs should not just be a $2 add-on cost, but a broader, individual plan of its own. Also, Netflix wants to ensure the long life of DVD by mail options.

These changes are effective immediately for new members, but for existing members, these changes are effective September 1, 2011.


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RE: Morons
By Belegost on 7/12/2011 9:27:04 PM , Rating: 2
I've decided to cancel service with them once this goes into effect.

The streaming service alone is not worth $8/month to me due to the extremely limited selection of captioned titles. (A big deal when your wife is deaf.) I used the streaming on my phone to pacify bored kids, and occasionally for myself when home alone.

One-disc at a time for $8/month is ridiculous in the current market. Considering the USPS delay, I can only get 4-5 disks/month one at a time, giving a cost of $1.60 - 2.00/disc which is the same or more than Redbox. However, the convenience of being able to get a movie immediately (at least compared to 2-3days later for Netflix) makes RB hugely more attractive.

I suppose to a certain extent I have underutilized Netflix for a while now, but $10/month seemed ok for something I used occasionally. The changes in price have just prompted me to re-evaluate.


RE: Morons
By SilthDraeth on 7/13/2011 12:19:01 AM , Rating: 4
Redbox has a horrible selection of b rated movies I can't even find on imdb. I cancelled Netflix for a while, but I will most likely be getting the streaming only plan soon.


RE: Morons
By crimson117 on 7/13/2011 9:59:40 AM , Rating: 2
I found Redbox to have most new releases within a month, provided they're not sold out.

Redbox kiosks really should list movies that it carries but are not currently in stock, so you know to come back the next day when it might be returned.


RE: Morons
By mcnabney on 7/13/2011 12:48:33 PM , Rating: 2
Did you not notice the huge board of newly released titles right next to the touchscreen? If it is shown on the board, but not in the POS they carry it but the box you are using is out.


RE: Morons
By quiksilvr on 7/13/2011 9:30:36 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think you completely understand what they are doing.

Well over half of its customers do NOT have DVD plans bundled with their streaming service.

As shocking as this sounds, Netflix HAS heard of Redbox (crazy, I know!) and realizes that most people with their streaming only plan are just renting the occasional new release from there.

It costs them over 30 cents to ship a DVD.
It costs them five cents to stream a movie.

They are doing this because they want people to turn away from DVD and move towards streaming because:
1) Its loads cheaper (no facilities, no shipping costs, no broken DVDs or Blu Rays to take care of)
2) Its instant instead of two day lag
3) No bullsh|t trailers and menus to deal with. You just click and the movie starts.
3) Their movie and show selection is quite substantial, and almost everything I have watched has subtitles (although we might have different taste).

If anything, you will just be saving $2 by downgrading to the $7.99 and spending those $2 for the occasional movie.


RE: Morons
By mcnabney on 7/13/2011 12:59:33 PM , Rating: 3
But...

The streaming selection is pathetic at best
The streaming service is down 3-4 times a month - usually at peak times
The resolution is fairly crappy
Zero percent chance of special features/languages/commentary


RE: Morons
By theslug on 7/13/2011 1:06:48 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know where people are getting these ideas about the streaming selection. I've pointed out on a couple of occasions before that this was the case several years ago. Today there is a huge selection of both old and new content that is also quality, especially with TV series. And I don't mean old series no one's ever heard of. They have a lot of popular things on there.

The video problems I can agree with though. Far too often I see content that has strobing/flickering during camera pans, or things are presented in the wrong aspect ratio and therefore the picture is cropped.

The selection is pretty decent, but the video presentation is very spotty.


RE: Morons
By JediJeb on 7/13/2011 2:57:48 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The streaming selection is pathetic at best


Where can you find a better streaming selection?


RE: Morons
By tekzor on 7/14/2011 12:02:38 AM , Rating: 2
no other languages kill the anime streaming for me:(
Will have to stay with stream/2DVD plan -_-


RE: Morons
By quiksilvr on 7/14/2011 10:13:09 AM , Rating: 2
Watch IP Man in HD and tell me the resolution is fairly crappy. Watch Top Gear in HD. And their selection is beast.


RE: Morons
By Reclaimer77 on 7/13/2011 9:35:09 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
One-disc at a time for $8/month is ridiculous in the current market. Considering the USPS delay, I can only get 4-5 disks/month one at a time, giving a cost of $1.60 - 2.00/disc which is the same or more than Redbox.


LOL!!!

Go rent 5 Blu-Ray movies a month from anyone else, then add up your receipts and see how much you spent.


RE: Morons
By crimson117 on 7/13/2011 10:04:47 AM , Rating: 2
Well, 5 blu-ray's from Redbox is ~ $8 at $1.50 plus tax.

Downside is at that price you can only keep the movie for one night, while with Netflix you could keep them for several days if you wanted to.


RE: Morons
By Alexstarfire on 7/13/2011 10:11:08 AM , Rating: 2
Blu-Rays cost extra to rent on Netflix, not sure how much more since we don't rent them at our house. For DVDs he's about right. with 1 out at a time being $8 and even with the rate that I watch them I could only manage about 7-8 a month. For me that puts it more/less on par with Redbox for cost and I get a much bigger selection. Most people don't watch them the second they get in though like I do so the cost for them would be higher than that of Redbox. Of course, the differences between the two services isn't merely price. I could never cancel something like Netflix simply because of the TV-series selection. That's never coming to Redbox.

With this move we're just going to drop streaming. I don't know how people could live with streaming only since it has basically nothing that's recent. Hell, I can't even stream Friends and that series started more than a decade ago. There is a decent selection of stuff for kids... but I'm not a kid unfortunately.

May add a extra disc out instead. Having 2 out at a time just isn't making my list any smaller. I've been at 100+ DVDs ever since we got Netflix like 5+ years ago.


RE: Morons
By Reclaimer77 on 7/13/2011 12:13:37 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I don't know how people could live with streaming only since it has basically nothing that's recent.


Because 99% of new sitcoms and movies suck? I mean seriously, there are maybe 1 or 2 sitcoms worth watching today. And ALL of reality TV is garbage in my opinion except for educational documentaries like "Deadliest Catch" and so forth.

I just got done watching the entire "Arrested Development" collection on Netflix for the second time, what a great show. Next up is all 7 season of "The Office". After that, who knows, maybe the rest of "Top Gear". This claim that Netflix doesn't have a recent enough or large enough streaming library is coming from a bunch of poor-taste narrow minded fools who can't figure out how to use a search bar.

quote:
Hell, I can't even stream Friends and that series started more than a decade ago.


Are you a woman? Why would you want to watch that anyway! :P


RE: Morons
By Reclaimer77 on 7/13/2011 12:15:19 PM , Rating: 2
*edit* Typo on how many Office seasons, oops.


RE: Morons
By Hiawa23 on 7/13/2011 2:07:32 PM , Rating: 2
One-disc at a time for $8/month is ridiculous in the current market. Considering the USPS delay, I can only get 4-5 disks/month one at a time, giving a cost of $1.60 - 2.00/disc which is the same or more than Redbox.

Well, that sucks. I get movies the next day, & as soon as they drop them off at the Post Office the next one ships, so 4-5, I could get that many blurays in the one week. Netflix has been fantastic for me. Physical media I am fine with & stremin is just the gravy to me until they offer you to watch all movies, new & old instantly, HD & non HD.


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