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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 JediJeb on 7/13/2011 11:06:30 AM , Rating: 2
I really love how everybody is complaining about this, I guess most must not be over 30 yet or they would remember the days when it cost $5-$10 to rent a movie on VHS plus you usually had to make a $100 deposit when setting up your account with the local video store to cover the cost of tapes your VCR might eat.

The selection on Netflix isn't comprehensive by any means, yet it is better than what we had back in the early 80's at the local rental stores and much less expensive. If you were to take into account inflation back then we would have been paying $20 per movie and no streaming at all, you had to drive to get the movie and if your VCR damaged it you could be charged very high prices.

Has everyone become enamored with the thought that they should get everything they want, when they want it, and for free. I don't like having to pay more, and will stick with the streaming only package I currently have, but I'm not going to join in with the whinny babies crying about having to pay a few dollars more to get what they want. For those who are so cash strapped that this will bankrupt them, why not also cancel your internet accounts and cable and just watch OTA TV, that would save a lot more money. If you want everything for free, move to Greece.

RE: Morons
By theslug on 7/13/2011 11:19:28 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed, even with the price increase it's still the best deal around.

RE: Morons
By inperfectdarkness on 7/13/2011 6:35:33 PM , Rating: 2
back in the early 80's, i could go to a movie for $1. even in the 90's, movies cost me $2-3 (in my hometown). i didn't have to rent, because i could happily watch everything i wanted to in the theatre.

the AMC down the street here is charging $11/movie. now hollywood wants to jack up the rates companies like netflix pay--because people don't want to drop a benjamin every damn time they take their family to the movies.

i'd sooner borrow movies from someone else, pirate them off the internet, or get them from redbox--than put up with more increased price bs.

streaming is great & all, but when i can't even get something like star trek: TNG streamed via netflix--the selection is piss-poor.

RE: Morons
By Lakku on 7/13/2011 11:24:58 PM , Rating: 2
Oh really? Cuz as of right now, EVERY Star Trek series is on streaming along with the new reboot movie, and a lot of the older movies as well. I bet everyone angry or crying about piss poor selection is just like you, and doesn't even bother to check what is really on Netflix.

RE: Morons
By inperfectdarkness on 7/14/2011 3:30:04 PM , Rating: 2
when the heck did that get added. it wasn't there 4 months ago; of that i'm certain.

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