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Badonkadonk
Premium
join:2000-12-17
Naperville, IL
kudos:5

can now may $7.99 a month?

Typo.

Other than that, streaming only option is great. Too bad cable caps are going to become more and more significant.


FFH5
Premium
join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5
Price list:


mjordan

join:2002-05-08
Chicago, IL
So I guess they'll be making less money from my subscription at least.
I'll be downgrading from 3 at a time to 2 at a time to make up for the difference.

rid0617

join:2003-07-20
Greer, SC
Me too. The service is great but there is only so much money to go around right now

fiberguy
My views are my own.
Premium
join:2005-05-20
kudos:3
reply to Badonkadonk
I wouldn't call this great.. I'd call it stupid to be honest.

The streaming only option, to the consumer, is a rate hike.

Subscribers used to get 2 DVDs at a time AND streaming for that price.. and the streaming library wasn't the greatest to begin with.

So now they introduce a streaming only option at the same price people used to pay and if you still want the DVDs mailed, it's a buck more?

PERSONALLY, I don't see an issue with the $1 more.. I'm sure people can find that extra buck in their budget if this service is still a value. However, that's my point in that this is going to be marketed as "a value" now. "BUT for just $1 MORE, you can have DVDs out at a time mailed to your home!" (And I'm sure, like ISPs and their bandwidth cap explaining how many emails you can view, pictures, songs, etc with that cap, they'll probably tell you about how many movies a month you can have to your home for that $1)

It's brilliant how they just snuck in a rate increase under the noses of people while getting mouth-time on "our new streaming only" plan.

OHN

join:2003-02-05
Appleton, WI
kudos:1
reply to FFH5
So I now have to pay more and in addition to waiting 28 days for new releases? I may end up dropping Netflix after all these years. New releases are available 28 days later and their stream selection has yet to show me why it was justified to make this agreement. I am also paying $1 more for Blu ray disks which also appear to be scarce. What next? Will they charge me extra for using the each device i.e. iPhone, Wii and PS3?

Ulmo

join:2005-09-22
Aptos, CA
reply to rid0617
How much of this price increase is assuming people don't get the notice of price increase, and therefore don't readjust their service level?

Badonkadonk
Premium
join:2000-12-17
Naperville, IL
kudos:5
reply to fiberguy
Got it. I've never had Netflix and didn't know their prior pricing scheme. Yeah, then it sucks.


Homer J
Mmmm, Free Goo

join:2000-10-05
Springfield
reply to fiberguy
Under the old plans they only got 1 DVD at a time for the price not 2. So the deal only changed by $1.00.


Cabal
Premium
join:2007-01-21
reply to mjordan
Same, will be downgrading from 4 -> 3.


Simba7
I Void Warranties

join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT
reply to FFH5
Holy sh*t. You can have up to 8 DVD's out a month?

Damn.. Wish I would've known this earlier. Oh well.


banditws6
Shrinking Time and Distance
Premium
join:2001-08-18
Frisco, TX
reply to mjordan
I'll be downgrading from 3-at-a-time to 1-at-a-time.


Boogeyman
Drive it like you stole it
Premium
join:2002-12-17
Seward, AK

1 recommendation

reply to Ulmo
It looks like they are grandfathering the old prices in. I just checked my account and it said the $8.99 plan was no longer available and if I switched I wouldnt be able to get that price again. Leading me to believe that if I hadnt switched to streaming only I could have kept the $8.99 plan.
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Retired6
Premium
join:2002-11-09
Earth
Reviews:
·Time Warner Cable
reply to mjordan
said by mjordan:

So I guess they'll be making less money from my subscription at least.
I'll be downgrading from 3 at a time to 2 at a time to make up for the difference.

And thats exactly what NetFlix wants.....to have to mail out as less dvd's as possible to save on USPS shipping fees and still make money off the customer.
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FutureMon
Ach Du Lieber
Premium,ExMod 2002-05
join:2000-10-05
Seaside, CA
reply to FFH5
That kinda sucks. I mean, on the one dvd plan (which I am on) it's already not as cost effective as Redbox.

At best, if you had your queue full with a ton of movies, you get one, watch it, return it, don't get your next one for up to 3 days later. So not including the streaming movies you watch, at best you can get 8 DVD's per month since there is no delivery on Sundays.

The streaming only option is nice, but it should be priced more like the limited plan ($4.99/mo) since not all movies in their library are streamable. Even less are ones I'd actually want to watch.

- FM
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Riusaki

join:2000-09-14
Space
reply to OHN
The 28-day wait is only limited to certain movie studios based upon agreements Netflix made with them. For example I got the Iron Man 2 blu-ray mailed out day of release.
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OHN

join:2003-02-05
Appleton, WI
kudos:1
Yeah I am aware of that. However, after making the first arrangement, other studioes were added. Recently I heard that one studio in particular is even thinking of extending it even more.


aaronwt
Premium
join:2004-11-07
Woodbridge, VA

2 edits
reply to Simba7
said by Simba7:

Holy sh*t. You can have up to 8 DVD's out a month?

Damn.. Wish I would've known this earlier. Oh well.

I had the eight out dvd plan in 2000. But I stopped watching most dvds in 2005. So its only BD rentals now or streaming. Redbox will take up any slack now that I've dropped to the one out plan.


aaronwt
Premium
join:2004-11-07
Woodbridge, VA

1 edit
reply to Retired6
said by Retired6:

said by mjordan:

So I guess they'll be making less money from my subscription at least.
I'll be downgrading from 3 at a time to 2 at a time to make up for the difference.

And thats exactly what NetFlix wants.....to have to mail out as less dvd's as possible to save on USPS shipping fees and still make money off the customer.

they will be paying more for mail from me now. I always sent two discs at a time back in one mailer. this is from six to twelve rentals a month. so three to six mailings. now ill be mailing back titles six to twelve times a month. So six to twelve mailings back to them now. Twice what I had before.


MSauk
MSauk
Premium
join:2002-01-17
Sandy, UT
Reviews:
·Comcast
reply to Boogeyman
Yep people that are signed up now are grandfathered in Yeah for us.

Why downgrade then? Your plan is not changing price wise, only if you are new or change your plan now.
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mjordan

join:2002-05-08
Chicago, IL
reply to Boogeyman
if that's the case, then no reason to downgrade


aaronwt
Premium
join:2004-11-07
Woodbridge, VA
reply to MSauk
said by MSauk:

Yep people that are signed up now are grandfathered in Yeah for us.

Why downgrade then? Your plan is not changing price wise, only if you are new or change your plan now.

I was not grandfathered in. My price was going to go up in January.
I had been on the BD 3 out plan for around 2.5 years.

mjordan

join:2002-05-08
Chicago, IL
reply to Retired6

said by Retired6 See Profile
And thats exactly what NetFlix wants.....to have to mail out as less dvd's as possible to save on USPS shipping fees and still make money off the customer.

I was waiting for someone to say that...

That's not true in my case though, as I was only seeing like 1 out of the three every week. Now I might just start mailing them back more often.


thedragonmas

join:2007-12-28
Albany, GA
kudos:1
reply to rid0617
said by rid0617:

Me too. The service is great but there is only so much money to go around right now

ill be canceling, over a dollar? sure, heres why.

i had 1 dvd out at a time, most recently i got one with a damaged envelope i couldnt return. i called them up and they said theyd send the next one in my cue. 1.5 week later they still hadent shipped it. so i upgraded to the next one up just so i could get the dang envelope. so i go to downgrade this moring and BANG im hit with a price increase either way? i dont think so. they should have givin some sort of notice so people could adjust if they wanted too. im getting no where on the phone so im filing a bbb complaint, if that dont work, screw um ill cancel and never go back.

bottom line, they should have givin notice, and a buck isnt a buck when they charge sales tax.

plus increasing all tiers just to make streaming only look cheaper is a BS tactic.


Cyberian75

join:2004-03-16
Beaverton, OR
reply to FutureMon
I agree that $7.99 is a little too expensive -- especially since streaming contents are very limited. I was going to subscribe if it's $4.99.


Selenia
Gentoo Convert
Premium
join:2006-09-22
Fort Smith, AR
kudos:2
reply to MSauk
This makes me glad I signed up for the 1 dvd a month plan a little short of 2 months ago. Mine still says its $8.99. I always found it an interesting service but took a while to take the plunge.
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88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to fiberguy
said by fiberguy:

I wouldn't call this great.. I'd call it stupid to be honest.

The streaming only option, to the consumer, is a rate hike.

Really? Since I never intend on renting a DVD ever I'd say I saved myself $1 a month. If I want to rent a DVD I'd go to RedBox.

thedragonmas

join:2007-12-28
Albany, GA
kudos:1
reply to Boogeyman
said by Boogeyman:

It looks like they are grandfathering the old prices in. I just checked my account and it said the $8.99 plan was no longer available and if I switched I wouldnt be able to get that price again. Leading me to believe that if I hadnt switched to streaming only I could have kept the $8.99 plan.

really? maybe im reading the email wrong, but the way i read it. its a price increase with no notice before hand.

Dear (...),

We want to let you know about two important changes to the Netflix service.

1. The price of your current plan is changing from $16.99 a month to $19.99 a month. This new price will be effective with your next billing statement on or after January 2, 2011, and will be referenced in your Membership Details. With your current plan you can both instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies on your computer or TV and receive unlimited DVDs by mail.

2. We now also offer a new $7.99 a month plan which lets you instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies on your computer or TV. This plan does not include any DVDs. All the titles you can watch instantly on your current plan are also available on this new plan, and as a reminder, not all titles on DVD are available to watch instantly. This new plan is available immediately – if you'd like to switch to this new plan at any time, simply visit Your Account.

Why the changes? Our selection of TV episodes and movies available to stream has grown dramatically, and as a result most members want us to deliver unlimited movies and TV episodes two ways: streaming instantly over the internet plus DVDs by mail. The price change will allow us to continue to offer the popular plan choice of unlimited TV episodes and movies streaming instantly along with unlimited DVDs. The new plan, which does not include DVDs, is a great option for the increasing number of members who only want to watch instantly. The $7.99 a month price reflects no DVD shipping costs on this plan.

We hope you're enjoying great TV shows and movies from Netflix, and that you'll continue to enjoy Netflix on whichever plan you choose. We realize you have lots of home entertainment options, and we thank you for your business. As always, if you have any questions, please call us at 1-800-715-2146.

–The Netflix Team

says nothing about grandfathering, it does however say the plan is going up.

edit: added emphasis to effective date. ok i guess it IS notice in advance. but still, its dirty and underhanded to jack up the prices so the streaming only appears as a "value"

OHN

join:2003-02-05
Appleton, WI
kudos:1
reply to aaronwt
Yeah same for me.


Augustus III
If Only Rome Could See Us Now....

join:2001-01-25
Gainesville, GA
reply to Boogeyman
said by Boogeyman:

It looks like they are grandfathering the old prices in. I just checked my account and it said the $8.99 plan was no longer available and if I switched I wouldnt be able to get that price again. Leading me to believe that if I hadnt switched to streaming only I could have kept the $8.99 plan.

The price of your current plan is changing from $8.99 a month to $9.99 a month. This new price will be effective with your next billing statement on or after January 2, 2011, and will be referenced in your Membership Details. With your current plan you can both instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies on your computer or TV and receive unlimited DVDs by mail.

nonsense. hmm wait im not currently paying them. my card was declined