Skip to comments.Netflix raises rates, irks subscribers
Posted on 07/13/2011 6:55:27 AM PDT by DaculaEdited 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 ask fellow FReepers - what are alternatives to Netflix? I am going to cancel in protest.
Amazon has some video streaming - not as much as Netflix but that may change, now.
I am going to drop the streaming option. It was nice but the selection of movies is very limited.
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$
Or you can go to Hulu.com or Crackel.com for movies
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....
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.
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.
OT, but kinda related —
Is anybody else having a problem with HULU (free) not loading videos this morning??
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.
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.
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?
After our email, we canceled everything but the streaming, but we like old movies. Red box is just down the street, new releases.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yep. We rarely watch an actual DVD anymore. Keep the streaming, ditch the DVD-by-mail. Actually saves us money.
Get Vuze (Google it) and a Tivo Premier.
With Vuze you can access just about anything long before it’s available on DVD or streaming.
Vuze has a utility that will convert your video downloads to a Tivo format that you can download to the Tivo and play on your TV.
BTW, Netflix just shot themselves in the foot. Look for Netflix’s lead on its competition to start eroding quickly.
All the movies I’ve ever wanted to see, I’ve already seen....what’s the point?
Now that were all hooked like crack addicts on TV the pusher raises their rates and the addict cries foul
I’d love to be able to get rid of DirectTV but sadly there is nothing in the streaming world to replace it with. :(
Find better things to do with your time other than watching movies.
Whom do you consider to be Netflix’s competition?
Streaming is the future. There are enormous costs involved in handling physical discs.
Just like DVD-by-mail killed the video store, streaming will kill the DVD. Why buy a copy of a movie if I can watch it whenever I want, at home or on my portable device?
How's that affect your bottom-line Netflix?
I was going to switch from HBO to Netflix because it was less money. Not now.
I have the streaming and one movie at a time unlimited. So it almost doubles the cost but I use both. I love the streaming and if I canceled anything it would be snail mail but what happens is that I start watching a TV series and just when it gets good, one of the disks can only come through the mail. Also some of the old BBC Shakespeare plays are only available through the mail. I’ll probably end up keeping both. Last week though I was poed because they pulled any access to anything but the first year of Doc Martin.
” I was poed because they pulled any access to anything but the first year of Doc Martin. “
HULU.com has all three seasons available - no charge.....
While we enjoyed the documentaries, etc - I quit this morning.
60% increase? I’ll save the money Thanks
We will cancel Netflix soon, about all we get now is old TV series. It’ll be Redbox for us.
We are leaning towards changing the DVD option to 1-at-a-time.
We are keeping streaming, so this keeps our payment the same as before w/2-at-a-time DVDs.
However, we are probably going to totally cancel DVDs as soon as we buy a separate router for the Roku. We can then take the Roku and the router over to the shop and set it up there if we want to watch TV while working. The shop is the main reason for DVDs, anyway. Eventually, we may just splurge for a 2nd Roku and router for the shop, but only if business picks up.
That may be what I do as well. When I hooked up my Blu-ray via LAN cable, I thought I'd love the streaming option; but 7 times out of 10 the show I want to watch is not available for streaming. And no, the quality is not near a Blu-ray or even an HD broadcast. Heck, I've got so much stuff I haven't watched on DVD or blu-ray, I may just cancel Netflix for awhile until I get caught up.
I have veetle and wwiTV. I can watch all of the latest movies and some sports.
I use FireFox and load up on all the tracking blockers that FF offers.
Jessie Becker, Netflix’s vice president of marketing, wrote Tuesday on Netflix’s blog that charging just $2 more for a bundled plan “neither makes great financial sense nor satisfies people who just want DVDs.””
Wow! I see Jessie is a very loyal employee!
What do you watch?
I’ve relinquished interest in “latest, now” in favor of “whatever I can find in the rather large catalog”. My Netflix streaming queue is as big as my DVD queue, and I have no interest in first-run stuff ‘cuz there’s so much to catch up on that I wanted to see first-run but missed.
Disclaimer: Having 2 toddlers I don’t have much time to watch anything, and when I do it’s either what they want (big catalog of kids’s stuff, commercial free, right now) or some under-60-minutes thing (working thru Top Shot now).
I'll recommend that to my husband once I've seen all the "Midsomer Murders" episodes.
On the other hand, another $6-8 a month ... he spends that in a stop at a coffee shop just because he was 10 minutes early for something.
I couldn't get into that ... there wasn't a single character that I liked even slightly.
Personally, I have two accounts (complicated...). On the account that was unlimited streaming plus 3 DVDs, I dropped that to 2 DVDs only and no streaming. Saved $10/month.
I’m ok with that...not sure how Netflix came out ahead in my particular transaction, however.....
I just copied our two DVD queues, so I have the list of ~300 discs.
Short of finding a “must see” therein, I’ll switch to streaming-only tonight.
The Netflix Blog got 5000 comments yesterday, and it is accepting no more comments.
People (including me) are not happy with this big increase (percentage-wise). They just raised rates in January.
I guess their stock price hitting over $300/share has given them the ‘big head’.
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.”
Wouldn’t it be ironic if after all this Blockbuster came out ahead, seeing as Netflix knocked it into bankruptcy?
It should be that if you don't do anything your bill will go DOWN - to just the mail no streaming.
As it is, when you do something, that will be to SAVE money.
It separated out the costs to make a more attractive option for people like you who don't stream - it just got sold wrong - and bad that the onus is on you to change it or your bill doubles for a service you don't use.
But it is saving me money - you also, either a couple bucks or all of it - depending on if you cancel. ;)
“... if you live near a participating store”
I will say that we have a problem now living near a participating store. Use to have one in our main town but that closed. I have noticed a lot of the stores closing and the nearest available one to us takes a good 20 minutes to drive to (one way and not in rush hour). However, you are right about living near one and getting five turn ins a month. (plus, you get to keep that movie as long as you wish)
Got my email yesterday and was bummed. Netflix is kind of a guilty pleasure for us. I like the dvds, hubby likes the streaming. We tend to live pay-to-pay, so even though it has only been a lousy $9.99/mo., by jumping to $15.98/mo. - well, that’s over 100 miles in gas. Gotta cancel. We’ll get movies from the library.
Hulu/hulu plus ($7.99)
Amazon prime ($79/year) unlimited streaming, limited selection.
Google videos (TV/Movies section)
Archive.org [classics/public domain movies and TV]