Sunday, July 24, 2011

WTF Are You Going To Do About Netflix?

News Flash, Netflix suddenly went from "I can't believe what I'm getting for the price!" to "I can't believe how little I'm getting for the price" but announcing their change in services.

So, those of you that are customers what are you going to do?


Are you going to go DVD only?  I considered the streaming a luxury, and used it rarely.  But when I did I loved it.  To right from a game of Battlefield 2 to a movie without getting up or switching devices or changing inputs was awesome.  I depended on the DVDs in the mail for the real, "date-night" type weekend entertainment with my wife.

Now I have to choose.  Obviously Netflix wants people to go to the all streaming option which, in my opinion, sucks.  You can't get a full season of a show streaming.  For example: Netflix is offering a season of Show A for streaming, yet the last two episodes are labled "Disc Only".  You've seen it, I've seen it.

So unless they change that particular policy I see no way I can continue being their customer.

Well, what about the DVD only plan?  With talks of the USPS cutting their delivery down to 5 days a week, and even more rumors have them down to 3, even 1.  Let's say because of Netflix' change in policy I up my plan to 3 discs out at a time, and a year later the post office only delivers mail 3 days a week...where are my discs and where is my value?

Netflix, while I believe can do whatever they want...probably lost a lot of customers and I'm at about the 75% mark of leaving.  I just can't decide what to do.

At the very least, Netflix should have "grandfathered" in their long-standing customers like myself (who got them into such a powerful position to begin with) and moved forward with any pricing structure plans then.

Anyway, with reports of people getting screwed over by Netflix for "unreturned discs" (make sure that last disc you sent back has been marked as received on their website before closing your account) after they canceled their accounts, please follow this guide to ensure your safety when leaving Netflix. 

2 comments:

  1. Paul, since you asked, I'll tell you.

    I am going to stay with the streaming & DVD plan. I mean...it's going up a whopping bunch of roughly 8 bucks per month.

    But, as far as I'm concerned, it's still the best value in home entertainment. Hell, I pay about $40 per month for cable. I don't watch hardly any TV, but occasionally peek in to see if there is a good Law & Anything rerun on. Since we got the Netflix package deal a while back, my wife almost exclusively watches it. And, we get at least 4 DVDs per month through the mail.

    Lookit...I knew it was too good to be true from the start. I knew that it would one day cost me a reasonable price. So, I'm just not pissed off about it like so many seem to be.

    It's a reasonable price...in fact, it's cheap even with the increase. Just my two cents...

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  2. Yeah, you hit it with the "too good to be true". They seriously went from "I can't believe how much I get for so little"...to "That's a lot of money for what I already have.

    But you're right in that the value is there. I'm just torn as to where I will find it. I'm leaning towards DVDs, but what if the USPS goes belly up?

    Streaming has always been great, but I've run into series' where the last two or three episodes had to be "disc only". I hope they change that for those that choose to stream.

    Also, I have Comcast...and my "unlimited internet access" is actually 500GB a month. I'm too lazy to do the math, a movie is about 4-6GB in size. Do I keep a continuous stream going while I'm reading comics or organizing my office like I used to? Do I chew up that 500GB quickly?

    I'm not entirely pissed, just pretty pissed. And I'm simply torn as to which way to go.

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