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Netflix raises rates, irks subscribers
ap ^ | July 13, 2011 | MICHAEL LIEDTKE

Posted on 07/13/2011 6:55:27 AM PDT by Dacula

Edited on 07/13/2011 8:26:55 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

SAN FRANCISCO Netflix has provoked the ire of some of its 23 million subscribers by raising its prices by as much as 60 percent for those who want to rent DVDs by mail and watch video on the Internet.


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I got my email from netflix this morning.

I ask fellow FReepers - what are alternatives to Netflix? I am going to cancel in protest.

1 posted on 07/13/2011 6:55:33 AM PDT by Dacula
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To: Dacula

Real life


2 posted on 07/13/2011 6:58:25 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! I know i was kidding)
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To: Dacula

Amazon has some video streaming - not as much as Netflix but that may change, now.


3 posted on 07/13/2011 6:59:27 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Dacula

I am going to drop the streaming option. It was nice but the selection of movies is very limited.


4 posted on 07/13/2011 7:01:17 AM PDT by BubbaBobTX ("The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other peoples money." Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Dacula
More money also means more selection.

I am canceling the streaming portion for now while I have cable and on demand (was going all netflix for 4 years - then got HBO and cable for “Game of Thrones”).

I will be saving money by just getting discs mailed.

They are pouring money into getting the rights to stream more and more movies - it only makes sense to separate out those costs to give more accurate customer options.

Just my 0.02$

5 posted on 07/13/2011 7:02:29 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Dacula
Only alternative I see is ...

Or you can go to Hulu.com or Crackel.com for movies

6 posted on 07/13/2011 7:02:54 AM PDT by CapnJack
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To: Dacula

Yep - just got our notice this AM - knew there would not be a decrease in the fee regardless - if they streamed oldies, we’d cancel DVD service but NOOOOO! It’s expensive in Los Gatos and the CEO needs $$$ to give to Obummer....


7 posted on 07/13/2011 7:03:06 AM PDT by matginzac
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To: Dacula

Go streaming only. We did that last time they changed the rate structure. Their business is focused on streaming anyway at this stage. If you don’t do streaming, cancel and use Redbox. If you do use streaming keep that only, and go with Redbox for DVD rental. You can reserve specific movies on the redbox website or mobile apps before you go pick them up.


8 posted on 07/13/2011 7:03:11 AM PDT by ilgipper ( political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: Dacula

Yeah, I’m kind of ticked about this too. That’s a huge price increase — pretty close to 50%. It’s not going to sit well with most folks.


9 posted on 07/13/2011 7:03:14 AM PDT by kevkrom (Imagine if the media spent 1/10 the effort vetting Obama as they've used against Palin.)
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To: Dacula

OT, but kinda related —

Is anybody else having a problem with HULU (free) not loading videos this morning??


10 posted on 07/13/2011 7:04:11 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: BubbaBobTX

The content and quality is not good enough yet, so I’ll probably drop the streaming as well. When “real” HD picture and sound are provided that can replace waiting for a snail mail Blu-Ray - I’ll bite.


11 posted on 07/13/2011 7:04:31 AM PDT by RowdyYates
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To: Dacula

I’m not sure if there is an alternative for both DVD rentals and streaming.

Blockbuster has a similar program for renting DVDs by mail, but it costs $11.99 a month. The good thing is they get a lot of the new releases almost a month earlier than Netflix, and if you live near a participating store, you can return your dvd to the store and select a new one up to 5 times a month.


12 posted on 07/13/2011 7:05:05 AM PDT by Infralutheran
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To: Dacula

I plan on cancelling too, but remember, it is not Netflix, it is the Studios that are driving this, and my cancellation is more a message to the studios than to Netflix, they are simply caught in the middle.

The studios have already delayed the availability of New Releases to Netflix by 30 days or more in some cases in hopes of driving sales of DVD’s during this initial window.

Late last year, Netflix reported that the fees they pay the studios rose from $229 million to $1.8 billion in the span of 3 months, and those costs continue to rise.

In short, if the studios want to discourage me from watching their product by extorting exorbitant fees from Netflix, I will play along and not watch. How often does Hollywood have to kill their golden goose before they learn their lesson?


13 posted on 07/13/2011 7:05:35 AM PDT by Hurricane Andrew (History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.)
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To: Dacula

After our email, we canceled everything but the streaming, but we like old movies. Red box is just down the street, new releases.


14 posted on 07/13/2011 7:06:51 AM PDT by svcw (democrats are liars, it's a given)
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To: Dacula

Got the email this morning. I’ve watched about all the old movies I wanted to anyway, and was just contemplating ditching Netflix, this makes it easy.


15 posted on 07/13/2011 7:06:52 AM PDT by Kenton (Trust, but carry a gun...)
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To: BubbaBobTX

In contrast, I’ll drop the DVD option and keep streaming. Being able to watch something NOW is more used than 2-day turnaround on a couple discs at a time (which tend to sit unwatched). A few bucks extra for the disc option was OK, but not if they’re going to ratchet it up another $5 or so. There’s more than enough streaming to keep me & the kids happy. For the few times we adults actually sit and watch a full movie together, Redbox “what’s recent” for a buck and iTunes “_this_ movie _now_” for $2-5 trumps.


16 posted on 07/13/2011 7:07:16 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: al baby

Real life

Yep. I never bundle anything for that reason - once the fish is hooked....And I don’t buy into the low cost introductory stuff - the price WILL go up after initial offer (oh, and they never tell you how much it will go up). I guess if I had money to burn, this wouldn’t be an issue but I, for one, can’t afford to play the game.


17 posted on 07/13/2011 7:07:37 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: Dacula

It’s still a lot cheaper than cable, and the rate hikes are mostly the fault of the media companies since they’re charging outrageous rates for rights to stream their shows/movies.

The streaming selection is getting much, much better, too.


18 posted on 07/13/2011 7:08:13 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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yah...we got the e-mail yesterday informing us that we don’t need to do anything for our bill to double all by itself....it’s just like a Congressional pay raise....

I’ve never downloaded a movie from Netflix and probably never will, and there is no reason based on our customer history to double up on the charges for a service we have never used or asked for. But the onus is on us to straighten this out, and I’m inclined to make sure we don’t have anymore Netflix problems by cancelling Netflix entirely.


19 posted on 07/13/2011 7:08:54 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate......)
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To: ctdonath2

Yep. We rarely watch an actual DVD anymore. Keep the streaming, ditch the DVD-by-mail. Actually saves us money.


20 posted on 07/13/2011 7:09:52 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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