(Source: Columbia Pictures)
Certain plans will no longer allow families (who share accounts) to watch more than one instant stream at the same time

Back in 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 Netflix's Terms of Use. "If you are on the 1 disc out at-a-time plan [or 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. 

Netflix 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.


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