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Comments on news posted 2014-01-24 12:02:56: Speaking on yesterday's earnings conference call, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed that the company is going to be tinkering with some additional pricing options that charge users more or less money for accounts that provide multiple streams or HD.. ..

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decifal

join:2007-03-10
Bon Aqua, TN
kudos:1

Still

Still not an option to use netflix at home via ATT/Verizon data cap wise :-/ But hey, areas where landline broadband is available netflix will get to fight with the other streaming providers for customers!!


RichInCT

@google.com
said by decifal:

Still not an option to use netflix at home via ATT/Verizon data cap wise :-/ But hey, areas where landline broadband is available netflix will get to fight with the other streaming providers for customers!!

said by decifal:

Still not an option to use netflix at home via ATT/Verizon data cap wise :-/ But hey, areas where landline broadband is available netflix will get to fight with the other streaming providers for customers!!

My mom uses Netflix as well as network show streaming over ATT U-Verse's cheapest offering and has never had any issues with caps or speed.


Goliath2k
Premium
join:2013-12-28
united state

I would like the $7 SD Plan....

We're on grandfathered 3G plan and I would be all over the $7/SD/1 Stream plan. In fact I called in to try to get it but I was told that it's only available in "certain markets" and even then only for new customers (or customers who didn't have accounts for more than a year).


bmetelsky
Premium
join:2005-10-16
Elyria, OH

Already Raised?

I just got billed by Netflix yesterday. It has always been $7.99. I was billed $8.51.


jmn1207
Premium
join:2000-07-19
Ashburn, VA
kudos:1
Could be tax-related. Perhaps something in your state changed with the new year?


Morac
Cat god

join:2001-08-30
Riverside, NJ
kudos:1
Reviews:
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reply to bmetelsky
Likely Ohio sales tax now applies to digital services.

Edit: Yep, Ohio implemented a sales tax on digital services starting this year.

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elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
reply to RichInCT

Re: Still

Nor do the vast majority of Netflix subscribers on capped plans, but it still would be nice for Netflix to buy out the caps.


bmetelsky
Premium
join:2005-10-16
Elyria, OH
reply to Morac

Re: Already Raised?

There was never any sales tax before (I've had the service for a long time). Would they add sales tax and not inform customers?


Morac
Cat god

join:2001-08-30
Riverside, NJ
kudos:1

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PapaMidnight

join:2009-01-13
Baltimore, MD
reply to elray

Re: Still

Let me understand this: Are you saying that it would be nice for Netflix to pay ISPs to send their content with no effect on your monthly cap, or are you saying that it would be nice for ISPs to not impose a monthly cap on their users? I ask as these are two different things, and the first is in support of the multi-tiered internet which is the very thing those of us in favor of network neutrality are trying to avoid.

Goldman

join:2002-06-21
Maumelle, AR
reply to bmetelsky

Re: Already Raised?

said by bmetelsky:

Would they add sales tax and not inform customers?

They aren't adding a tax. They are simply standardizing and simplifying taxes that you would already want to pay. It's for your convenience!


not quite right
I'm not cool enough to be a Mac person

join:2001-06-23
Puyallup, WA
kudos:1

Here we go ...

The cord cutters solution becoming the cord. I can see the Bi-yearly price hikes coming already.
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Not many people know this, but I happen to be quite famous...


mackey
Premium
join:2007-08-20
kudos:14
reply to RichInCT

Re: Still

Last I checked Uverse is only a landline service. The OP is clearly talking about ATT wireless and Verizon Wireless and implies neither cable nor DSL (which is what Uverse is) is available in his area.

/M


Jason Levine
Premium
join:2001-07-13
USA

1 recommendation

reply to PapaMidnight
I've got to agree. That would be a horrible situation.

From the content provider viewpoint: It would favor big companies over small ones. A small Netflix-competitor startup wouldn't have the cash to pay to all of the ISPs to let their content be cap-free. This would mean that large companies would become entrenched without fear of smaller competition.

From the user viewpoint: It would be fuzzy just what counted and didn't count towards your caps. Netflix doesn't, but does YouTube? What about Amazon VOD? Vidmeo? Hulu? iTunes? What if you switch providers (being lucky enough to live in an area with more than one ISP)? Does the new ISP have a different set of "cap free" services than the old one?

This type of system would just result in large companies pushing out small startups and customers getting overcharged due to cap confusion.
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-Jason Levine


needforspeed59
Cruise Ship Just Passing Through

join:2001-05-02
La Place, LA

Choice between SD and HD

I would like to see a choice in a plan between SD and HD depending on where I am at that month in relation to my data cap. For example, if I am at 85% -90% with several days left in the month, it would be nice to choose the SD stream so I can continue to enjoy the service without exceeding data plan limits. Right now it is 100% HD which makes for better picture quality of course, but letting me choose to SD would be a good option to have available.
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amarryat
Verizon FiOS

join:2005-05-02
Marshfield, MA
You can modify the stream quality in your account settings. So you could always decrease quality if you were nearing a cap.


Goliath2k
Premium
join:2013-12-28
united state
Yep, that's right, instructions are here: »support.netflix.com/en/node/87

I remember reading that they were supposed to allow you to set the bandwidth quality for each individual profile, but it looks like that never materialized. The settings are global for the account.


amarryat
Verizon FiOS

join:2005-05-02
Marshfield, MA
It would be cool if you could do it by profile. Then you could set up your own mobile profile and save on your smartphone data.


dcurrey
Premium
join:2004-06-29
reply to bmetelsky

Re: Already Raised?

The tax on digital services started Jan 1st.


needforspeed59
Cruise Ship Just Passing Through

join:2001-05-02
La Place, LA
reply to amarryat

Re: Choice between SD and HD

Thanks for the info.

psiu

join:2004-01-20
Farmington, MI
reply to amarryat
That's actually a really clever idea. *thumbs up*


tshirt
Premium
join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:5
Reviews:
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What is "generously grandfathered" ?

I understand grandfathered= allowing existing users to remain on a plan no longer available for a period of time=promo to retain existing customers
But "generously grandfathered"? what does the "generously" mean?
Can I go back to my under $10 for disks and streaming? (because that would be Generous IMHO)
Or Because Reed lead with that are we supposed to feel gratitude for a few months of grace or other temporary respite from the increase?
Seeing as it's a calculated retention offer to soften the blow of the price change, is it generosity or just good business?

Generous--showing a readiness to give more of something, as money or time, than is strictly necessary or expected.

smcallah

join:2004-08-05
Home
reply to mackey

Re: Still

It was implied when he said ATT/Verizon at home.

smcallah

join:2004-08-05
Home
reply to bmetelsky

Re: Already Raised?

The tax isn't for Netflix's benefit, they don't keep the money. They pay it to the state of Ohio, because of your elected officials. They were the ones that were supposed to inform you of new tax laws, and I imagine they did.

smcallah

join:2004-08-05
Home

1 recommendation

reply to tshirt

Re: What is "generously grandfathered" ?

You'd still need the "grandfather" part to be "generously grandfathered." So if you left a plan, your grandfather is dead. Don't expect him to be resurrected.


ProfitMax

@ecatel.net
reply to not quite right

Re: Here we go ...

said by not quite right:

The cord cutters solution becoming the cord. I can see the Bi-yearly price hikes coming already.

1st rule of a company in a capitalist economy - charge as much as you can get away with without losing enough customers to stop increasing the profits.

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ctggzg
Premium
join:2005-02-11
USA
kudos:2

1 recommendation

I'm willing to pay more

I'll pay $20 a month to get decent quality after 6 PM. Now with Comcast it's unwatchable.


PlusOne

@comcast.net
said by ctggzg:

I'll pay $20 a month to get decent quality after 6 PM.

And that is EXACTLY why Netflix prices will rise.


Jim Kirk
Premium
join:2005-12-09
Westerville, OH

1 recommendation

reply to elray

Re: Still

said by elray:

Nor do the vast majority of Netflix subscribers on capped plans, but it still would be nice for Netflix to buy out the caps.

Go back under your bridge.

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
Reviews:
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·EarthLink

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reply to PapaMidnight
Yes, it would be better if Netflix paid, on behalf of its customers, to assure delivery of their streams, without meter anxiety, rather than having the ISP customer suffer performance issues or worry about their cap.

Netflix has the power to negotiate really great terms for priority delivery - the consumer does not.

The 30% of us who don't use any volume at all, who don't care for Netflix or equivalent, shouldn't be paying for the extra capital costs to support the new demand rate, or the ISP's cost to link up with OpenConnect.

Wired caps are a temporary phenomenon, which will be raised and eventually fade away in the next decade, but they'll be replaced by something else for Karl to complain about, i.e. IPV6-based per-device (or basket) charges, or SIM-card / Cablecard-IV authentication and charge for every connection.

Wireless caps will be with us for a very long time, so cap buy-outs (or co-pays) will be critical for video streaming products to succeed.