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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 someguy123 on 7/13/2011 5:42:47 AM , Rating: 1
You don't care if there actually was a reason?

What kind of sense does that make? If they were forced to do it financially they should just become nonprofit and offer you movies at cost?

RE: Morons
By tastyratz on 7/13/2011 8:39:39 AM , Rating: 2
No he is saying he doesn't care because they explicitly are making very high profits and got greedy. The majority of people who buy netflix for streaming are not going to be using the dvd plan. The pr is crap, the reasoning is crap, and the viewpoint is crap. This is not selling dvd for $2 more, this is selling an additional infrequently utilized service to an existing customer base and increasing revenue/attach rates.

The price of 7.95 for streaming only is not what netflix will likely incur wit their costs (given their profit margins now) but what a panel determines their customer base is willing to pay- I bet they could make a profit selling it for 2.95... Instead of looking at it as dvd for only $2 more one could argue it's dvd for $7 more and the streaming is reduced to 2.95 in that package.

Most people who sign up for streaming are choosing the dvd service as a safeguard in case their favorite show/movie is not available streaming. This acts like insurance to lure new customers and keep short term members. They don't exactly offer a unique service here.

Maybe they should allow a "voucher" towards 1 dvd rental of 7 days per month or similar to appease streamers?

Netflix has tempted me in the past, and I do not currently have an account - but I can say for sure now I would NOT sign up. I would primarily use streaming and occasionally use rental but now find the bundle pricing of the 2 to not be a good value.

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