Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Netflix Goes From Awesome To Suckage Instantly

I just received an email from Netflix stating the following:

We are separating unlimited DVDs by mail and unlimited streaming into two separate plans to better reflect the costs of each. Now our members have a choice: a streaming only plan, a DVD only plan, or both.

Your current $9.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be split into 2 distinct plans:

Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, 1 out at-a-time (no streaming) for $7.99 a month

Your price for getting both of these plans will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99). You don't need to do anything to continue your memberships for both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs.

These prices will start for charges on or after September 1, 2011.

You can easily change or cancel your unlimited streaming plan, unlimited DVD plan, or both, by going to the Plan Change page in Your Account.

We realize you have many choices for home entertainment, and we thank you for your business. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to call us at 1-888-357-1516.

–The Netflix Team
That's shit.  And is a shitty 60% price increase.

So, basically I can either stream or get DVDs.  That completely fucking blows.  There are tons and tons of times I use Netflix through my XBox to put a movie or a kid's show on...they have a huge array of children's shows for my son.

But I also love to get a new movie sent to me to keep as long as I want, bring to a friends house, bring to work with me and watch while I'm working etc...

I really thought there was something to be said for Netflix.  But I guess money talks and bullshit walks.  I'm all for free enterprise, but how about grandfathering in those that have been your customers since day 1?

Bite me, Netflix

1 comment:

  1. Yeah Paul, I got the same e-mail this evening. Truthfully, I wondered how long The Netflix could hold on at the $10.99 for both.

    I know that we normally get at least one movie per week mailed, and my wife has almost given up on regular TV since we got the streaming videos. I don't know how much they have to pay for each streaming episode in royalties, but I know that the cost of postage, handling, stocking DVDs, etc. must be enormous.

    Like I said, I really wondered how long they could stay at roughly 10 bucks, and remain profitable. I'll probably pay the extra, because it's way damn cheaper than renting videos at a store...and it's convenient...and it's still a damn good deal compared to On Demand, etc.

    Hell, I was paying $1.45 for gas not too long ago, and now I'm "happy" that it's dropped to $3.45...Now, THAT is screwed up.


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