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Netflix- Thougts On Recent Price Hike  
User currently offlineitsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2795 posts, RR: 9
Posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2023 times:

If I had kept the same plan which was 1 DVD per month and unlimited streaming, I would have seen a 62% increase in my monthly cost. Are they crazy? In these times? I couldn't cancel fast enough. Anyone else have issues with the Netflix price hikes?

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User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

I know I'm the minority, but I don't care. We watch maybe 2 DVD's a month, and I never have watched streaming. We did downgrade to one at a time though.


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User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5716 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2015 times:

Quoting itsjustme (Thread starter):
Anyone else have issues with the Netflix price hikes?

Kind of, but not really. I really only use streaming anyways, although since I'm now effectively paying 40% more for it (if you split the cost 60/40), I sure hope they stream more movies (but I'm not holding my breath).

At the end of the day, they're a business and they can charge what they want. If enough people cancel and they still can't make money, they will either find another way to make money or shut down.



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User currently offlineMarSciGuy From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 549 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1992 times:

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 2):
Quoting itsjustme (Thread starter):
Anyone else have issues with the Netflix price hikes?

Kind of, but not really. I really only use streaming anyways, although since I'm now effectively paying 40% more for it (if you split the cost 60/40), I sure hope they stream more movies (but I'm not holding my breath).

At the end of the day, they're a business and they can charge what they want. If enough people cancel and they still can't make money, they will either find another way to make money or shut down.

We downgraded to the DVD only plan, no issues for us - saves us money and since we didn't use the streaming feature anyhow.



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User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1988 times:

Netflix has had to hike their price for streaming movies because the distribution companies have hiked the price they charge Netflix to offer streaming movies.

Blame Hollywood, not Netflix for the increase in fees.



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User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5716 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1978 times:

Quoting Brick (Reply 4):
Netflix has had to hike their price for streaming movies because the distribution companies have hiked the price they charge Netflix to offer streaming movies.

I forgot to mention this. I'm not mad at all at Netflix... they gotta do what they gotta do.

And Hollywood wonders why there's a pirating problem...



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User currently offlinegoblin211 From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 1209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1955 times:

I don't think this is happening to everyone though. I mean, I watch both streaming and DVDs and my bill hasn't been touched.


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User currently offlinesan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4952 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1910 times:

I don't get the uproar. It's going from what? $8/month to $16/month for something that was pretty much impossible 5 years ago? Before streaming became popular, you had to purchase or rent DVDs, which could cost thousands of dollars if you wanted/had a large collection of movies. Now it costs less than $200/year?

Talk about first world problems. Do I wish their streaming selection was better? Yes, but overall, it's a great service, and if $8 extra a month is going to squeeze you, you need to budget better.



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User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5716 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1907 times:

Quoting goblin211 (Reply 6):
I don't think this is happening to everyone though. I mean, I watch both streaming and DVDs and my bill hasn't been touched.

The price increase is effective on your next billing cycle.

You might wanna check your account info with Netflix.

Quoting san747 (Reply 7):
Do I wish their streaming selection was better? Yes, but overall, it's a great service, and if $8 extra a month is going to squeeze you, you need to budget better.

  

Consumers will ALWAYS complain about a price increase, but at the end of the day, if they can afford it they will pay it.



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User currently offlinenws2002 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 913 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1846 times:

I've had the 1 DVD + streaming plan for awhile, but I think I've had the same DVD for the last two months. So, I'm dropping the DVD and just sticking with streaming. I don't have cable, so Netflix gives me somthing to watch besides network tv.

User currently offlineairportugal310 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3687 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1827 times:

Quoting san747 (Reply 7):
Talk about first world problems. Do I wish their streaming selection was better? Yes, but overall, it's a great service, and if $8 extra a month is going to squeeze you, you need to budget better.
Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 8):
Consumers will ALWAYS complain about a price increase, but at the end of the day, if they can afford it they will pay it.

Totally missing the point, I think. They are effectively doubling the price of something without a major change in service.

Does not matter if its an $8 or $80 change in price. The streaming selection is lousy; unless that dramatically improves then there is no real justification.

Do I agree that times have changed since Netflix was launched? Yes...should they have seen this coming and planned ahead? I do think they should have...they should not have been caught with their pants down. With the like of Hulu and other similar services (Amazon...), they were not to be the only player after long.



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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1810 times:

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 5):
And Hollywood wonders why there's a pirating problem...

And its for stuff like this is why I rather go that route instead.    


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12856 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1798 times:

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 8):

The price increase is effective on your next billing cycle.

You might wanna check your account info with Netflix.

Interesting.

Did they send out an announcement on this?

If this impacts me, I'm canceling, and it sounds like it does.

I re-subscribed two months ago and went through all the streaming stuff I wanted to see and haven't been using it lately.

There really isn't much new content being added that I'm interested in.

For $16/mo I can stream a few movies a month from Amazon.

As for DVDs, I can't be arsed to use that service.



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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15812 posts, RR: 27
Reply 13, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1792 times:

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 11):
And its for stuff like this is why I rather go that route instead. 

Like this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzF1Lhvw8Fg



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13704 posts, RR: 61
Reply 14, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1788 times:
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I'm not thrilled with the price hike (my wife and I already had the 2x DVD plus streaming package anyway) because it's hard to justify a large (by percentage) increase in price without realizing any commensurate value to what they offer; they're still a month behind Blockbuster in getting new DVD releases, their streaming selection is good but not great, etc.

Having said that, it's still less than $20/month for what's still a terrific service overall, so I'll grumble a bit but stick with 'em.



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User currently offlinesw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6365 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1756 times:

Quoting aa61hvy (Reply 1):
I know I'm the minority, but I don't care.

Agreed. I think it's only fair. It was a heck of a steal to pay $9 or so and get DVDs + unlimited streaming. And since I don't have cable, I use a LOT of Netflix streaming through both my laptop and my Wii. I have decided to go with the streaming only...I have had the same DVD sitting on my living room table for 3 months now!

Quoting Revelation (Reply 12):
Did they send out an announcement on this?

If this impacts me, I'm canceling, and it sounds like it does.

Yes, I got an e-mail last week. And it impacts everyone.


User currently offlineKingairTA From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1746 times:

I dropped to streaming only.

The few new movies I watch are available on demand a month sooner then Netflix gets them. And at two movies a month the price is a wash.


User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12856 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1731 times:

Quoting san747 (Reply 7):
Do I wish their streaming selection was better? Yes, but overall, it's a great service, and if $8 extra a month is going to squeeze you, you need to budget better.

That's a pretty rude statement.

$8/mo is pretty dear to many, many people.

And to other people, it's more about what the best thing to do with the $8/month is.

There's plenty of things to chose from:
- Spend it on an actual movie ticket (probably matinee for most areas these days)
- Spend it on a cable provider's pay per view
- Spend it on a someone else's Internet-based pay per view (e.g. Amazon)
- Spend it on e-books

Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 8):
You might wanna check your account info with Netflix.

I just did. Since I re-joined two months ago, the option to pick streaming only was the one I chose.

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 14):
they're still a month behind Blockbuster in getting new DVD releases,

Wow, you still have a Blockbuster store to go to? Or is this a BB on-line service?

Quoting sw733 (Reply 15):
Agreed. I think it's only fair. It was a heck of a steal to pay $9 or so and get DVDs + unlimited streaming. And since I don't have cable, I use a LOT of Netflix streaming through both my laptop and my Wii. I have decided to go with the streaming only...I have had the same DVD sitting on my living room table for 3 months now!

Yep, that's what was happening to me before I re-started my Netflix account.

But clearly they threw in the streaming for free up front to get people to try it. It turned out to be very popular, and presumably this hit Hollywood's DVD sales, so they are charging Netflix more for the streaming content. Thus Netflix has to change their prices and their offerings.

You would think this would help Hollywood since more people are moving away from printed DVDs so their costs are lower.

Is it a wash on piracy? I know it's trivial to rip a printed DVD, and haven't heard if it trivial to pirate a streaming download.

Quoting sw733 (Reply 15):
Yes, I got an e-mail last week. And it impacts everyone.

Thanks. I guess I forgot I signed up for the streaming-only service when I renewed my subscription, so I never did get the e-mail.



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User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1729 times:

Quoting Brick (Reply 4):
Netflix has had to hike their price for streaming movies because the distribution companies have hiked the price they charge Netflix to offer streaming movies.

Wrong.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Why-Ne...ed-Its-nytimes-3842223211.html?x=0

From said article-

Quote:
All over the Web, you can read analysts explaining the backstory this way: "Why, when Netflix first unveiled its streaming feature in 2007, nobody else was streaming this stuff. To the TV and movie companies, it was free money. But now, all those contracts with Netflix are up for renewal, and the movie and TV studios are all charging Netflix a lot more!"

There's only one problem with that analysis: According to Netflix, it's wrong. The new studio contracts have nothing to do with the price change.

In fact, Netflix swears up and down that higher costs of doing business have nothing to do with the price hike.



Quoting san747 (Reply 7):
I don't get the uproar. It's going from what? $8/month to $16/month for something that was pretty much impossible 5 years ago? Before streaming became popular, you had to purchase or rent DVDs, which could cost thousands of dollars if you wanted/had a large collection of movies. Now it costs less than $200/year?

4 years ago I signed up for $9 a month for 1 DVD at a time (unlimited per month). About a year later I was told I could start streaming films online (and on the Wii). Cool. 2 years ago the price went up to $10. The reasoning then was "We added streaming to your account, so we have to raise prices." Ok. Now we're being told the costs to mail DVDs are climbing (not really) so they want to charge me another $6 a month? Bollocks. As far as you telling me if I can't afford another $6 a month, I have budget issues. Nice try. It's a cash grab, pure and simple, and I, like thousands of others over the last week or so, aren't standing for it.


User currently offlinecanoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2843 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1727 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 12):
For $16/mo I can stream a few movies a month from Amazon.

Right, I subscribe to Amazon Prime every year for $70 to get the free two day shipping. The streaming movie service comes along with that. If you're willing to pay the $16/month at Amazon you should just get prime. Although the movie collection is around 6K compared to Netflix's 20K.

Quoting san747 (Reply 7):
Talk about first world problems. Do I wish their streaming selection was better? Yes, but overall, it's a great service, and if $8 extra a month is going to squeeze you, you need to budget better.

Netflix streaming is a good, not great service IMO. If you stream using a Wii you don't get HD movies and there's only so many times you can watch a movie like A Clockwork Orange. The new movie selection is small through the streaming service.

I got a 6 month Netflix gift subscription for Christmas last year. All the price increase did for me was I stopped considering adding the DVD subscription when the gift subscription ran out. So, in the end they lost business from me. If Amazon even gets close to Netflix's on-demand catalog I'll drop Netflix altogether.



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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13704 posts, RR: 61
Reply 20, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1710 times:
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Quoting Revelation (Reply 17):

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 14):
they're still a month behind Blockbuster in getting new DVD releases,

Wow, you still have a Blockbuster store to go to? Or is this a BB on-line service?

There's actually a Blockbuster store right around the corner from my house, however Blockbuster.com's DVD shipment service clearly gets new releases on-time, whereas there's about a 1 to 1 1/2 month delay in Netflix receiving them.



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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1693 times:

It doesn't bother me, as I've only got the streaming-only account, as I previously did have the DVD option (1 at a time), but never used it and switched to a streaming-only account several months ago. For the most part, most of the DVDs I've bought in the last few years were either TV series or a movie I've been meaning to get on Blu-Ray.. I've only bought two movies in recent years that I had not seen before buying them, but were movies I had been wanting to see.

Of course folks are angry about the price increase if you wish to also get DVDs, but there are alternatives to Netflix for your DVD options, some as close as your nearest grocery store, drug store, Walmart or gas station. That's quicker than waiting for Netflix to send it to you (assuming the local Blockbuster or Redbox machine has it in stock if it's a new release.).

What's funny is that some of the stuff that Netflix has available for streaming is also available through my cable company's on-demand service (in particular the Starz Play stuff). So some of this stuff comes included in the money I pay the cable company, but in some cases, the Netflix offering is in HD while the cable company's is not.


User currently offlinesan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4952 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1672 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 17):

That's a pretty rude statement.

I'm sorry if I came across as rude, but I stand by my statement. The new price is still so miniscule (and I say this as someone who makes $750/month on a good month) that complaining about it makes one come across as a whiner. If you don't like the new price increase, I absolutely support your decision to cancel, but in absolute terms, to almost everyone (who can properly handle and budget their money), $16/month is a pittance.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 17):

$8/mo is pretty dear to many, many people.

And to other people, it's more about what the best thing to do with the $8/month is.

Absolutely- I know the value of $8, only a few days ago, that's all I had to my name! But I just find it a little obnoxious to hear people making $100,000 a year complaining about how they now have to pay $16/month instead of $8 as if its all of a sudden a huge burden.

Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 18):
It's a cash grab, pure and simple, and I, like thousands of others over the last week or so, aren't standing for it.

That's their prerogative. If Netflix feels it can justify charging that much for their service, why shouldn't they, especially when on practical terms, it's an increase the vast vast majority of their current customers can afford?

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 14):

Having said that, it's still less than $20/month for what's still a terrific service overall, so I'll grumble a bit but stick with 'em.

Exactly. We're talking about a service that allows you to watch an unlimited amount of movies over the internet at your convenience. If you wanted to do something similar to that even 5 years ago, you needed to buy hundreds of DVDs, which would cost thousands of dollars. Now you can do that for $16/month. I know it's easy to get jaded with awesome new technology, but it's amazing that most of us seem to have forgotten that internet movie streaming, something we've grown comfortable and accustomed to, has only been popular and mainstream for about TWO years.



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User currently offlinesomething From United Kingdom, joined May 2011, 1633 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1671 times:

I can't get Netflix in Europe, but I'd still like to know what exactly that price hike is justified with? With the dire straits the entertainment industry is in? The new Harry Potter movie only made half a billion dollar in one weekend.

http://gossiponthis.com/category/news/celebrity-finances/

If anything, I, as a paying customer, feel like the one that's getting pirated..



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User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 24, posted (3 years 4 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1661 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 17):
$8/mo is pretty dear to many, many people.

I respect and understand everyone's finances are different. But if $8 extra a month is going to break you, then maybe that person shouldn't be subscribing to Netflix.



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25 Revelation : Hmm, I'm not sure if we're talking about the same thing. I use "Amazon Instant Video" from my TiVo box, and it is a pay-per-view service that uses th
26 KingairTA : For me the the price increase isn't a concern to my budget. It's more the principle of effectively doubling my fee without improving the service. If t
27 Post contains images canoecarrier : It does appear they are two seperate services. But, considering I get the ability to stream around 6K movies and TV as part of Amazon Prime, anything
28 nws2002 : It's the same service, but so far TiVo and Amazon have not updated the TiVo software to allow access to the free videos for Amazon Prime members. FWI
29 Revelation : There's a difference between it being "pretty dear" and "breaking them". I have a relative who's chronically under-employed. His home entertainment c
30 wn700driver : It's not rude, But I will say it's pretty out of touch with how Math works... Well, if $8 is a pittance, how about sending some this way? I won't cha
31 canoecarrier : I have to say, nicely done. For those of you that want to defend Netflix, I suggest you go to Netflix instant right now and tell me if you recognize
32 Post contains images san747 : Stream me some movies and I'll be happy too How about this, since no one seems to understand my point? Yes, I get that there's no demonstrable change
33 EA CO AS : LOL and that's what I use Blockbuster.com for - to search out new arrivals so I know what to look for on the Netflix site, since Netflix's search fea
34 Post contains images JetBlue777 : Well first of all, my parents pay for it We both have the streaming and 1 DVD / time We're planning to cancel the entire thing when school starts beca
35 Revelation : LOL, sounds like you and me have a lot in common with regard to how we go about making major purchases. I must say I wish I was as disciplined with r
36 flanker : Netflix sucks. I don't know why people pay for that garbage.
37 itsjustme : Been away for awhile and wasn't able to check this thread. Some interesting feedback. Thanks to all those who've taken the time to respond. Yes, Netfl
38 Post contains links Brick : No, I am correct. From the latest AP story on this: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/entertainment/28660589/detail.html Netflix was able to score comp
39 Silver1SWA : That's according to an analyst. The article GQfluffy referenced mentioned that Netflix denied that those costs had anything to do with the increase.
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