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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 Reclaimer77 on 7/13/2011 9:31:28 AM , Rating: 2
You're way off base. Buying millions of Blu-Ray disks can't be cheap for Netflix either. They have a bottom line too, you know. I'm surprised that ridiculously cheap streaming+Blu Ray/DVD bundle went on for as long as it did.

You're raging over $15 a month? Really? That's only $5 more than Hulu+, and Hulu forces commercials down your throat and has no disc by mail option. In fact, for me, Netflix just got cheaper! I stream 99% of my stuff anyway.

Did you go into Blockbuster and rage that $5 a day for a new title was outrageous? Oh, nvm, you probably can't seeing as how Netflix put them out of business.

RE: Morons
By crimson117 on 7/13/2011 10:05:22 AM , Rating: 2
Does Hulu+ still include commercials?

RE: Morons
By Reclaimer77 on 7/13/2011 12:06:11 PM , Rating: 3
Yes, you pay to watch commercials.

RE: Morons
By theslug on 7/13/2011 12:23:11 PM , Rating: 2
You pay for commercials when you get a cable or satellite subscription too.

RE: Morons
By Reclaimer77 on 7/13/2011 12:35:11 PM , Rating: 2
That's beside the point. We're comparing Netflix's pricing to Hulu+.

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