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Netflix Separates Streaming and In-mail Plans

This isn’t 100% Android-related, but in a round about way, it definitely does affect many of us who use our devices to stream Netflix content.  So here is the news – Netflix is splitting up their in-mail and streaming plans which you used to be able to get in one tidy little package for around $9.99.  For existing customers, you won’t have to worry about anything until September 1st, while new customers will be forced into new pricing immediately.  And what is this “new pricing”, you ask?

The streaming-only package will remain at $7.99, but if you want in-mail DVDs or Blu-Rays, separate packages will start at an additional $7.99.

Here is the email that Netflix is sending out to users:

Dear Chase,

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

What do you guys think?  Should we blame to massive amount of mobile streaming for this separation?  The streaming plan isn’t necessarily changing in price, but we know the demand for mobile viewing is definitely on the rise.  Is this just another way for Netflix to leverage future rates of streaming when they realize that no one is using in-mail packages any longer?  You guys tell me…

Cheers Chase!

  • I have the LG spectrum phone. I have no problem with the streaming plans.

  • Don

    i just gave it up all together. ill get what i can from other sources. fed up after getting screwed by verzion. changed my phone and lost my unlimited data plan which they didnt tell me i would when i did it, there going away next.

  • Beth Hale

    I have no way to watch movies except on my tiny android phone.  This is the reason I am trying to order netflix by mail!  As the state of the economy has forced many of us to cut back to make our monthly expenses, I have only a DVR on my T.V. with only basic channels.  Which brings me to, if it was just me maybe I could watch on my phone, however I have two grandsons that I take care of at least two to four times a week, I would like very much to have the option of mailing…So, very unhappy that this is something you are going to remove as an option (even if the price is a little higher!!!) I have no Cable, no Wii Fi, no X-Box, Etc. If you cannot accomadate  me in this way, I would appreciate it if you did not continue sending me the e-mails to join you in these other ways…Sincerely, Beth    

  • Shanklin07

    Maybe I am alone but i still use the in-mail option. Netflix in no way has enough instant stream television shows imo. This may be a good move for most people but all this means for people like me is a raise in price per month… It isnt a huge increase but it’s just more money per month I am paying to a company that offers a service I really dont “have” to have.

  • Harvsmith

    This is a terrible business decision.  By almost doubling the cost, Netflix will cause many of their customers to either choose one package over the other, or drop Netflix entirely.  There are other companies that can be used for video streaming and companies like Blockbuster Express or Redbox can be used to obtain first run movies.  Netflix better rethink their concept before they go out of business.

  • An annoyed Netflix customer

    I will drop the DVD plan for sure, if not both! They almost double their prices and sell it as ‘the cheapest offer ever’ … lol. Do they really think that customers are complete idiots?! For $8/month I can rent 8 DVDs at the Blockbuster machine around the corner, but they charge me only if I do rent a DVD. I think all Netflix customers should cancel their contracts, just to show Netflix that they cannot do whatever they want! I’m really annoyed (the friendly way to say it) about this!

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  • Deleted my account, thanks netflix

  • Granted

    Ahh I’m glad they didn’t touch my streaming only plan! I found much more enjoyment out of just paying the eight bucks to stream to all of my compatible devices, and not having dvds lying around my house for months on end. Here’s to hoping they leave the streaming only pricing the way it is for the forseeable future. Although, I’m sure they are just waiting until they hit certain subscriber amount for streaming only, before they feel comfortable raising it to $9.99.

  • jay

    Quick googling showed me there were 3 Redboxes in my area.
    So I will probably cancel Netflix and go for redbox for Bluray and Hulu + for streaming.
    Only thing is I heard that Hulu has ads even for “plus” members…

  • Sheeco

    This is just too much. I hate it when companies do that. I smell monopoly.. Now, it would be nice if they can upgrade their streaming and have the new releases there vs. the “almost-old” titles that they have now. about 8 months ago I was paying $17.99 to get 3 DVDs and now they are asking me to pay around $25… NO way Netflix. I downgraded my package. This sucks…

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  • Jeff Matthews

    They will lose the casual customers like me. I’m not a hard-core movie watcher but for $10 per month, it was worth it to keep it around. I rarely use the service for more than 3 movies a month, either streaming or DVD, but it was nice to have available when I got the chance. It’s nice to be able to keep the DVD as long as you want. Many times I’d have it for a couple of weeks because I couldn’t get to it right away (3 kids). But, that’s ok when it’s only $10. But, at $16, it’s time to say bye-bye. I’ll just pay 99 cents and get the movie out of the big red box when I want to see one. Or, pay per view.

  • QQMore

    I’m happy, I never use the streaming anyway.  It’s zero comparison to renting a blu-ray.  So I’ll just chop off the streaming and enjoy cheaper dvd rentals.

  • I just got email saying all this junk and I say curse you Netflix you and the rest of the companies trying to get every $ & dime from the little guy.

    I was thinking of canceling Netflix anyways I just have another reason to do that now!

  • BS

    If enough people do what I plan to (drop them) they just might feel it.

    I’m tired of companies wanting more money when most of us aren’t seeing more money put into our bank accounts. Crappy economy makes me pay more while i make less. Crappy netflix says pay more and get nothing for it. No thanks!

  • Byron Guernsey

    Remember, it costs you nothing to quit Netflix for a few months in response and switch to Blockbuster and switch back later if you want.  You might miss out on the netflix streaming…but if you can do without it for a while it will help drive the point home to Netflix that they could lose money on the new pricing plan.  Even if you don’t plan to stay with Blockbuster, its good to send a message to Netflix.

  • Cory Lykins

    Netflix’s ultimate goal will be to slowly kill off physical DVD rental. RedBox’s model makes better sense in that arena. Hopefully they can use this to leverage more rights holders to allow streaming of the content Netflix has already bought 1000’s of times over in the form of DVD.

  • Cory Lykins

    Netflix’s ultimate goal will be to slowly kill off physical DVD rental. RedBox’s model makes better sense in that arena. Hopefully they can use this to leverage more rights holders to allow streaming of the content Netflix has already bought 1000’s of times over in the form of DVD.

  • Fbenedetto13

    Canceling.

  • Anonymous

    We’ve been told for months now that they want to get out of the DVD business and go full streaming. They are weeding them out.

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  • Djblendsz

    you guys are super late! they have been charging two seperate plans. Its almost a yr sine I elected to go stream only and I love it!

  • Guest

    all i have to say is that i have had the same UNWATCHED dvd sitting in my living room for 6 months now. all i use is the streaming.

  • OGXARGON1

    NETFLIX IS PUTTING THEIR HEAD IN THE GELATIN. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • djembeman

    It sucks that I have to pay more now, but it’s really all about how much you use it. How many movies can you watch in a month? Will you have consistent use, or do you just watch a movie here or there? Four movies from Blockbuster will cost you about $16 right??? I find a lot to watch instantly myself. Multiple Complete Anime series, South Park, Family Guy, Monk. I still need DVDs to supplement and with one at a time I’ve been averaging 4 disks per month. 4 DVD rentals for 8 bucks is still a good deal! And you don’t get charged more for keeping the DVD for more than a day. I’m keeping my current Unlimited Instant and Unlimited 1 out at a time. I guess it’s time to pay for what we’ve been getting all this time!

    • djembeman

      Streaming Instant to my Android phone rocks!!! 3G or WiFi!!

  • Bruce77064

    I have an acer iconia a500′ it is not advanced enough to play those “super clear” streaming vids from netflix so i am just canceling netflix

  • So, I am cancelling my Netflix after this.  I am currently on the 1 rental out at a time and unlimited streaming…What is a likely alternative?  

  • Anonymous

    This is Absurd.  If they want to split the services, fine.  Make each 7.99 like they are doing.  For those that want both, a COMBO deal should be in order.  Even Cable companies & Cell phone providers get this.  the more you buy, the better the discount.  Currently Netflix Bills there 1DVD  at a time plan as unlimited.  How can it be unlimited when there’s a 3 day turn-around for getting a DVD.  they charge $2 additional for a MAX of 8 DVD’s per month.  That’s $.25/rental which is cheap.  I could understand if they double it to $4 for 1 at a time.  But to go from $2 to $8, that’s insane.  at BEST, that means each DVD is $1 for rental and that takes a few days to get to our house.  REDBOX ha a newer selection for the SAME price.  For the majority of the world who use the 1 at a time plan, you get 5-6 movies a month.  – Netflix is Price Gouging, and treating it’s long time customers poorly by not offering a combined price.  They’ve given current customers 1 1/2 months to get used to the new plan or find an alternative. 

    I suggest Calling Netflix to complain about how they are treating their customers.  The more feedback they get, especially courteous but frank feedback about how this is alienating current customers and how the cost/ dvd rental would be going from $.30 up to $1.20 which is more than Redbox, the more they’ll listen.  (1-866-716-0414)

  • Wel

    I need a better alternative to netflix now. I’m not paying the same price for less, and I’m certainly not paying more to keep a blu ray disc sitting on my coffee table for a month. 

    What other companies offer what netflix did? I’ll just go there.

  • Ambushbug

    The only problem I have with it is their marketing department. I get that their overhead is about to go up due to renewing contracts with movie studios, therefore revenues have to go up to compensate. Fees for the movies are going to be much higher than they were the last time due to the success of Netflix, the studios now know what a cash cow it can be. What pisses me off is the statement they released trying to make it sound like they are doing us a favor and saving us money somehow. Yes, if you don’t use streaming service you will save a couple of dollars. I doubt there are many people who use streaming that don’t occasionally use DVD’s, but for those few they will save a couple of dollars as well. But to the majority of customers who use both then it is a big increase. Even at the new prices I still think it’s a good deal, but we are not idiots. Just tell us why it’s going up, don’t try to use some kind of Jedi Mind Trick to make us thing we are getting a deal by paying more.

  • Anonymous

    Well they are trying to get their prices in line now since their contracts with the studios are going to be ending in next year.  When they signed the deals they got streaming rights for $10, $20 million dollars and now the studios want MORE.  Go figure, Bloomberg news is saying the studios are aiming to demand $2-5 Billion dollars in fee’s.  Not sure where they pull that crap out of since the list of movies blows.

    Still, I don’t stream today, and I guess I won’t be streaming at all in the future.  I am not paying $8 a month for a crap back catalog on top of my DVD’s which is the preferred me for me.

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  • dave555

    This article prompted me to reconsider whether Netflix was really worth it, and I went ahead and canceled it.

  • Anonymous

    GOODBYE NETFLIX!

  • Fkntwizted

    I was expecting more of a increase for streaming video on mobile devices. And thought they would leave the early adopters pricing the same. Welp, the wife and I were debating this guess since I stream on xbl and computer that solves that problem. Probably Going to see a serious drop in users though… Redbox here’s your Flowers I’m sorry netflix really meant nothing to me.

  • Buckgrad

    Just eliminated the titles from my Netflix DVD queue with plan to keep streaming. Then checked Amazon Prime streaming for some movies I wanted to stream on Netflix. They are available on Prime! Looks like Netflix is losing me completely. Thanks for saving me some money, Netflix!! Adios…

  • Anonymous

    I dropped down to the streaming only plan a few months ago….my only regret is that they really need to beef up availability of titles.

  • j2d2

    We’re talking about a couple of dollars a month here. C’mon people, in the time it took for you to type this complaint you could have earned that at McDonald’s in just a few minutes. If you’re worried about 2 or 3 dollars how do you afford a smartphone?

  • JH

    Done with Netflix. If we streamed our movies it would make sense to stay but because we really don’t stream all that much, I’m heading back to Blockbuster’s DVD plan. Oh yes, I said Blockbuster. It may be an nasty, evil, battery sucking app on my phone but because we do the “in-mail” thing with DVDs and there’s a physical Blockbuster store right near us, its so nice to be able to take our finished DVD and if we want to watch another movie right away, we just go to the store and return it for another one right then and there for free. No waiting 2 days for the turnaround of the next DVD. If our store wasn’t close, it would be pointless, but with it right there, its so much better than waiting for mail.

  • Jonathon1289

    Come the end of August, my Netflix subscription will probably be cancelled, and they will get a nasty (sorry, nice) call or letter explaining how I feel. I understand they need to cover expenses and make a profit, but raising the price (or taking away DVD by mail) without increasing their streaming options just sucks.
    I am already pissed at them because several TV shows I have been watching online lately were removed and changed to DVD only while I was halfway through the season.

    • And why do you think the shows that you were watching online were changed to DVD instead? Do you think that probably the tv show house that made this series told them to cease the publication online or face litigation? Now imaging if you had multiple house, Sony, MGM, Columbia, Paramount, etc., etc. coming after you with litigation. Would you continue to charge the same and say f u houses and take me to court so that the court can side with them and take all your money, or would you comply and charge your customers more money because without it, you will not survive?

  • Many people here are complaining about this price upgrade. Part of the problem here is that it is not Netflix that wants to make customers pay more, but the greedy RIAA that requires them to comply with stricter rules and regulations on movies that the big movie houses have. These corporate fat cats just want more money and since they own the licenses to these movies, tv shows and the like they can charge whatever price they want. The only way to defeat these greedy f’ing houses is to not purchase their crap, don’t go to movies, don’t get a cable subscription, cancel netflix and don’t rent movies. Once you boycott their crap and they feel the pain in their pockets will they know that consumers mean business, but this will never happen. There are too many people in this world that are lemmings and can’t think for themselves.

    • I don’t mean to be that guy, but the RIAA is for music. The MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) is for film.

      • RIAA/MPAA they are all the same. Whether is one or the other they are greedy f’ing old cadavers leaching each and everyday from you and me. They want more money for their sh!t and you have to pay for it unless you deal them a one way ticket to the coffin by not paying for anything they own or make. Period.

      • Thanks for the correction though. Much appreciated.

  • I think that the meteoric rise in streaming that was expected to continue as mobile devices got more powerful will be thwumped back down by carriers and their tiered data plans.

    • Now see, someone here is thinking a little more and knows who is strangling who.

  • Fbergman114

    Time to cancel.

  • John

    Thanks for bending us over netflix

    • You still think is Netflix. Is the RIAA wanting more money for their content. In the end the company can’t survive unless they charge you in the process. Want to get back at the RIAA? Don’t only cancel Netflix, but also your cable subscription, don’t rent movies, don’t go to movies and don’t buy any DVDs/CDs/BluRays.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve got the 1 DVD and streaming plan.  Gonna drop this like a rock now.  Paying 10.59 a month, would be like renting 9 DVD’s through RedBox (which has a way better selection) which I come nowhere near now.  Might consider keeping the streaming just in case my phone is EVER capable.

  • Anonymous

    i have only had streaming at $7.99 so no big deal here.

  • Balticzar

    Thanks Netflix for helping me figure out how to cut monthly expenses. You guys are toast come Sept 1. 
    I would stay if the streaming selection was a smidge better than anemic but since that is not the case….”See ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya” and “Too bad, so sad.”

  • Netflixfail

    Goodbye netflix, was nice while it lasted!

  • Max

    well that is fine i do not need dvds

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be dropping the dvd’s… I only got it because it was 2 dollars more each month to begin with! Way to piss off your customers Netflix! Actually, maybe I’ll just drop the whole thing seeing I have hbo go!

  • Knightcrusader

    Oh well, doesn’t bother me. I was using Netflix for streaming only anyway. I still have my old Blockbuster Total Access with 3 DVD/BR at a time w/ unlimited exchanges + 1 coupon a month for $20….

    Thankfully, even through bankruptcy, Blockbuster still knows what the term “grandfathering” means.

  • Rob Meyer

    Pay more money?! For the same shit?! Just like Verizon did?! FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!

  • That will not affect me any way. I already pay for 3DVDs/streaming combo, I guess my price will not change.
    It’s still an enormous bargain compared to cable. 

    • Daver412

      After reading there blog post it just might, there was not mention of grandfathering for existing customers.

  • Guest

    complete BS.  they just doubled the price for the EXACT SAME THING

  • Until they really improve the selection of streaming titles and offer more in HD I will GLADLY cancel the streaming service, save myself $8 a month and stick with my Blu-Rays by mail. If I get a wild hair to watch something streamed I will use Amazon. Netflix used to be the [email protected] but with the deals delaying when they get new releases, the $4 a month for Blu-Ray and now this they are quickly losing a big fan and loyal customer.

  • sballalien

    Booo!

  • PunkRito

    This sucks.  It will not be worth it.  This market is too competitive.  Bad move by Netflix.

  • mdeblaz

    The Blame is on Hulu.  They offer streaming only for $7.99.  Netflix is matching that… Unless they offer better streaming movies than they currently do, I will be CANCELING my Netflix account ASAP!

  • Me

    Here goes the last good value in existence.

  • Chris G

    To me Netflix will lose revenue on this if they’re really lowering my streaming to 7.99 from 9.99.  No way I’ll bother with in mail.

  • Craigg

    A 60% increase is unreasonable. I don’t use it enough and I will cancel in favor of Amazon and/or Google’s upcoming service.

    • Ditto, as long as they make mobile streaming available as well.

  • Jon

    I’m sure the increase in price is to reflect all of the new contract deals they are signing for a premium now. Years ago, Netflix was able to sign some amazing deals for streaming movies. They simply can’t get away with those deals now as they are no longer the small startup they once were that seemingly did not threaten existing business models. Netflix has succesfully downed the Blockbuster goliath, and studios aren’t gonna sign deals for cheap anymore. 

  • Leo Ovalle Jr

    Im not very happy with that. Why does it that when there is something good out, its like someone want to be greedy and make more money!

    • M.D69

      Because that is the American capitalistic way of life.

  • Anonymous

    I just made the switch, $7.99 for unlimited streaming only for me and house.

  • i’m going to cancel the dvd side of it come sept 1st

    not a big movie watcher so i can wait for some new releases to hit the stream

  • Anonymous

    The only people happy about this are RedBox.

    • I’m dropping my in mail subscription and will stick with the streaming (at a cost similar to what it was when I signed up with Netflix 10 years ago).  My son streams all the time and I do periodically.  For new releases, I’ll just go to one of the 20 Redbox dispensers in my area.  I’ll probably get the new releases faster that way too.

  • Amazon Prime is looking worthwhile now. Students can pay $40 ($80 non-students) for the shipping benefits of Amazon Prime, plus free unlimited streaming of their television and movies. Anyone know how their streaming selection compares to Netflix?

    • EC8CH

      looks pretty comparable to me… I was just checking that out myself.

    • hkklife

      Based on what I have seen and used (PC & Sony S570 BR player) the Amazon Prime offerings are weaker than Netflix’s in both selection and image quality.  They do have a few really oddball old titles than Netflix doesn’t have. I would pay for Prime membership anyway, so the free streaming is icing on the cake. I may consider cutting Netflix down to discs only and use Amazon exclusively for my streaming needs. 

    • Amazon Prime’s free streaming is pretty piss poor.  I’m a Prime member and I haven’t found anything I’d want to stream in their free selection.  Their non-free $3.99 rental selections are very good, but then we get into big money for someone like me who likes movies.

  • I don’t mind paying more, but on one condition.  Netflix MUST expand their streaming library.  I pay for DVDs and streaming, but all I ever use is streaming.  I wish they would do away with DVDs and make every movie and show they have available to stream on all devices.

    • If you only use streaming then you’ll not be affected. 

  • Anonymous

    This sucks. I have 3 at a time plus unlimited streaming. Now they want to force me into 1 at a time and streaming for $6 more?!?! 

    Count me in as switching to just streaming. I can go get my DVD’s elsewhere… Redbox will be cheaper at this rate.

  • This is total bullcrap..

  • JCS

    It is exactly as “hollowasme” stated, the licensing fees are going up astronomically, from around $180 million in 2010 to an estimated $2 Billion in 2012.  Comparing that to profits, Netflix netted a profit of around $160 million last year on sales of $2.2 billion…There is only one way to cope with the inflated costs, and that is to pass it on.

    If you want to blame anyone blame Hulu, Amazon, Sony, Disney, etc.

    • EC8CH

      How is Amazon to blame for content providers raping Netflix over licensing fees?

      • JCS

        More content providers means more interest in the licensing fees…VOD

  • Knew this was coming sooner or later. I agree with most others who say Netflix better get much more aggressive in expanding their streaming library…..I do have to say that I thought at 7.99 for streaming and 1 DVD….it was a bit underpriced….

  • Colon Tickler

    “Should we blame to massive amount of mobile streaming for this separation?”

    Obviously not. If they were changing anything because of the increase in mobile streaming, they would LOWER the price for DVDs, not raise it, and maybe raise the prise for streaming instead.

  • 1.  Greater volume usually is respected with lower pricing. 
    2.  Blu-Ray is an additional fee.
    3.  Streaming selection still sucks.

    Making these changes with no concessions in pricing, and no guarantee of better streaming selection is just a price increase with no improved services regardless of how you package it.  

    Verizon would be proud, as they are one of the biggest culprits I.E. raising Data prices when data costs are falling.  Makes me sick to hear the cute girl on-hold voice telling me that Verizon has improved their pricing structure to offer me more…

    • JCS

      Regarding the Verizon comparison, data costs may be falling but the infrastructure is very costly and that infrastructure is still being rolled out and updated…companies don’t price for yesterday, they have to plan for the future.  Netflix is facing a future of dramatically increased costs, so they have to increase prices.

      A better comparison?  Gas stations charge more for gas when their costs go up.

  • Looks like Blockbuster just got a new customer…

  • I think Netflix is banking on their streaming going way up, and DVD rental plummeting for their service. They want to abandon the DVD rental market eventually, so I can see in 5 or so years, dropping the DVD side of the business altogether.

    Netflix is more forward-thinking than some believe. I already switched over to streaming only.

  • Rphaunef

    until they make the new releases available for streaming this is a bogus move. I will just get my new releases from Redbox and I dont typically watch old movies and tv shows so I may take a look at Hulu +

  • This is the TV and movie studios raising licensing rates because of the popularity of streaming.  Netflix initially negotiated low rates when streaming was not popular, but those contracts will expire soon, so Netflix has to raise rates in order to afford the new licensing deals with the studios.
    This has little to do with mobile streaming.  However it puts many people in the position of
    1) paying the higher rate
    2) canceling either streaming or DVD/Blu Ray physical disk option
    3) canceling all services of Netflix.

  •  This is EXTREMELY disappointing. Just to be clear, I won’t be paying more, I’ll be dumping DVD’s…I hope this is at least a lead up a more beefed up instant selection.

  • Ray

    guess im canceling dvds 

  • EC8CH

    IMHO the selection available on their streaming service isn’t good enough to warrant a stand alone price of $8/month.  I would love to drop the mail-in disc service if you could get the same selection through streaming, but you can’t… not even close.

    So as it stands this is a raw deal for the customer.  I see lots of people dropping Netflix streaming in the near future if they don’t improve their streaming selection.

  • Ronald Valdes

    dude this is old as hell!!! lol 

  • Oh well, I hardly watched the DVD’s that came in anyways.

  • digsoreos

    We should blame the less is more, or is it the more is less mentality of adding all these tiered pricing schemes and taking away the every-so-simple, all-inclusive, customer-friendly everything unlimited plans.

    How is having two plans (unlimited streaming–no DVDs and unlimited DVDs–one at a time) for $7.99 each for a total cost of $15.98 saving me money from my $9.99 unlimited streaming+unlimited DVDs (one at a time) subscription? Oh, I know, because now I’m going to cancel the unlimited DVD portion. Now Netflix will lose $2/month from me (until they raise their prices again).

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s an entirely different direction –

    Step 1:  Eliminate all major chain stores (done)
    Step 2:  Get people to drop cable/satellite service
    Step 3:  Gouge the hell out of everone

    I say that tongue-in-cheek since I think they offer a really amazing service for a good price.  In fact it’s too good of a price and I’m surprised it’s taken this long, though not that surprised if you follow steps 1-2.

  • Mr.Joe

    Streaming all the way baby!

  • Jeyrivera89

    This was reported on cnn.com….

  • I was reading about the studios wanting to demand more money from Netflix on CNNMoney. I imagine a good chunk of that is the impetus for this unfortunate change. Here’s the link to the article for anyone else interested:

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/07/08/technology/netflix_starz_contract/index.htm

  • Jake

    Netflix is looking to minimize its DVD service because streaming is so much cheaper and easier. The problem is that the movie studios are either refusing to license their movies for streaming or are asking too much for a streaming license. Netflix is hoping that people will select the streaming option over the DVD option, which will cut into the movie studios’ DVD sales, putting pressure on them to be more reasonable and progressive with regard to streaming.

  • TomHolmes

    I think the bottom line is that, now that the two access modes are separate, they can begin pricing the streaming mode appropriately when their underlying costs change. For example, if Comcast or TWC or Century-Link starts hitting Netflix with a surcharge for data handling, Netflix can pass that on the end user. If Congress decides that Netflix gotta pay for being the #1 consumer of bandwidth on Al Gore’s internet, then Netflix can pass that cost on to us as well, without adversely impacting those who rely on disk shipments.

  • DroidX_Owner

    Well unless I can stream Blu-Ray quality movies to my 55″ 1080p TV, I don’t think I will keep the streaming portion.  Since I have been a Netflix subscriber since 2003, I think I have exhausted every old movie I want to see.  Now that I am older (and wiser of course) I only watch new releases on Blu-ray, therefore Redbox may be a cheaper option for me now for 1-2 Blu-Rays a month.

  • mtbhk44

    Wow – what bunk!!!!!

  • Looks like ill be sticking to my Streaming only plan. Damn my toddler hogging netflix addict!!

    • digsoreos

      Yeah, I’m getting tired of watching the same single season of SpongeBob. They need to add more to their streaming library.

  • Anonymous

    Well, from now on their streaming base will increase while their dvd base will comparatively shrink. They can use the fact that more people have streaming-only plans versus plans including dvd’s to help in negotiations with the studios. they can also use the extra income to pay studios. overall, this was a change necessary for netflix to remain competitive, because the studios are a bunch of jerks.

  • Matthew Jackson

    This wouldn’t be a problem if they added their entire catalog of DVDs to their online selection.  Seriously the cost increase isn’t that much.  It is still cheaper than paying for one IMAX theater ticket or two regular matinee tickets for a movie.  It’s even cheaper than spending a couple bucks a week at the local Redbox.

    When you are a parent of young kids you learn to save money.  But c’mon. The online selection is laughable and should be $4.99 a month at most.  Half the time looking for someone online is like looking through the cheap DVD deals at your local FYE, the reject movies and shows that no one cared about when they were new, or stuff from the 80s and 90s that are only good for a quick trip down memory lane and serve to remind us how old we are getting.

    • Rekcutj

      Don’t know about you…but my IMAX theater ticket or two regular matinee movie tickets are for movies that have just been released, and that will not be available on dvd for a couple of months; so in some regards worth the premium for admission.  To add, there is a $3 theaters in NC that plays newly released movies, and the Starlight drive in Atlanta can get you a double feature for $7.  Anyhoo…I get what you are saying.  I just need Blockbuster to bundle streaming to my unlimited plan and I will be good to go.

  • My issue is will I see an increase in the quality and quantity of streaming content.

    I think we’re going to move to just one disc and keep our streaming and at least try to lower the increase, especially since we just saw an increase last December!

  • Glad I made the switch to Blockbuster a few days ago.

  • Romma1

     I saw this coming from a mile away! So many people want NF on smart phones, and certain people want to order the movies. This creates a split in the household plan needs… 

  • netflix stinks

    If they do this, I will keep the dvd option, cancel the streaming and switch to Hulu plus…screw you netflix

  • Anonymous

    I blame the massive fees they’re paying for licensing and traffic. That being said this is still a hard hit on users especially when ISP’s are now doing usage based rates. 

    Ultimately I may switch to streaming only and supplement that with torrents. Hey it’s not like I didn’t try to pay someone for watching movies.

    • Mike

      I went to get money out of this ATM but it said there was a $3 fee so I just smashed it open and stole it instead. Hey, it’s not like I didn’t try to pay someone for withdrawing money.

      • Anonymous

        Yes because that’s the same thing.

      • Mr.Joe

        Who the hell uses an ATM.

        Get a debit card.

      • Sean Maloney

        Pirating is not stealing.  Pirating is pirating.

        Stealing leaves the owner without his/her property.  Pirating does not.  Pirating is obtaining a *copy* without permission or payment.

        A more appropriate analogy would be: I went to buy a painting buy they were asking too much, so when their backs were turned, I took a picture and hung that on my wall instead.

        • Kenny

          That analogy is also flawed. People pay thousands of dollars for a painting because they are paying for the cache of owning an original piece of art. If all you want is to fill up an empty wall, you buy a print for $20. These are different products being bought. Whereas if you pirate a movie you are getting the same product — a movie you can watch — and the money its makers would have earned has now now been earned. If you want to vote with your dollars and not buy something, that is your right. The trade off is you are not entitled to enjoy the thing you didn’t think was worth the money.

          People need to move past this idea that just because you didn’t take a physical object out of someone else’s possession, you aren’t stealing. In a world where nearly every product, service, information source, form of entertainment or any kind of intellectual property exists in downloadable form, people need to get accustomed to the proposition that value received is worth paying for, regardless of whether it is received over the air in the form of duplicated ones and zeros. Otherwise no industry will be able to create a sustainable business model. Intellectual property and the effort that went into creating it has value. If you are enjoying the benefits of that value, you should offer payment in return to reward the people who created it and the entities that invested funds to make its creation possible. Otherwise you are a leech at best and a thief at worst.

          • EC8CH

            Then maybe the movie industry shouldn’t be trying to crush Netflix and instead work with them so that all their good customers who are paying to stream movies can do so instead of jumping to torrents.

            That and the movies coming out this summer aren’t even worth the effort of pirating… 😛

          • EC8CH

            Then maybe the movie industry shouldn’t be trying to crush Netflix and instead work with them so that all their good customers who are paying to stream movies can do so instead of jumping to torrents.

            That and the movies coming out this summer aren’t even worth the effort of pirating… 😛

          • Wel

            The movie/music industry is currently running on an antiquated system where they think they’re selling a product, but they are actually selling a service. Getting you the movie/song you want is what they’re providing, so really what they need to do is follow Valve’s model and get people the product they want, how they want it, at a price they’re willing to pay for it. 

            Until they make it easier and cheaper to deliver their service more reliably than pirates, they will continue to lose revenue. And that’s just plain fact. You can waste money trying to stop them, or you can make them obsolete. Valve essentially ruined game piracy while making money hand over fist. Maybe movies/music will smarten up before they go out of business.

          • Sean Maloney

            First, I’m a software developer, so I fully understand what piracy is and I don’t condone it.  But there is a huge difference between pirating and stealing.

            I would be far more upset if someone stole my car, than if they pirated my software, and both sell for about the same.  I’m sure this would be true for you too.  Why is that?  Because they are very different things.

            This is exaggerated anti-piracy blather: “the money its makers would have earned has now not been earned.”  The two times I know of that my software has been pirated, I also knew those companies were no longer willing to pay for it (for political reasons).  So there was no money to be earned there, which is typically the case with pirating.  And do you really think that a teenager who illegally downloads one million songs, would have purchased each and every one if piracy was not an option?  Be realistic.

            Pirating is not “Theft of Services” either.  I also provide software maintenance services to customers.  “Theft of Services” is stealing time spent (like the haircut example), which is not lost by pirating software or media.  If a customer asks me to provide maintenance services, then refuses to pay, *that* is “Theft of Services”, and my company will viciously pursue.

          • Jamdev12

            where in my description did I say anything about downloading their crap illegally? I think you misread what I wrote. I said boycott their crap not steal it. Please don’t assume that I’m some bittorrent troll that wants people to go ahead and stick it to the MPAA by doing something illegal. Hurt them by not paying any of these outrages and jnstead entertain yourself withsome quality reading. Maybe we can rise above many of the modern societies that are out gunning us in education.

        • Bullet Tooth Tony

          You very clearly don’t understand what stealing, or piracy is… because they’re both the exact same things.  Just look at the word you used… pirating… pirate is a verb… TO ROB, TO TAKE.

          If I go to the barber, get my hair cut… then just leave without paying… what precisely is that?  Allow me to answer.  It’s called Theft Of Services.  Whether it’s because 10 dollars at Supercuts is too much and they wouldn’t accept 5, or because I had no intention of paying anyway…. it’s the same thing.

          You don’t determine the value of a product, the person selling the product does.  If a product is out of your price range, it’s out of your price range.  Move along.  Or open a savings account.  You don’t go and take it just because you don’t like the price it’s being offered at.

    • Granted

      Yeah thats a good justification. Well that or just being cheap and trying to defend it with hollow claims.

  • Pa2ees

    Reminds me of gas prices. It’s obnoxious, but it’s not going to deter many people from forking out the cash.

    • Anonymous

      I just can’t get around the fact that this amounts to a 33% increase in price. When you look at the numbers that way, then it becomes a wicked price increase. Imagine if gas prices suddenly jumped to $6 tomorrow morning. Or even worse, you received an email saying that it was about to jump and there was nothing you could do about it…

  • MattInPDX

    Until the streaming catalog matches the mail catalog they shouldn’t be allowed to pull this crap. Their streaming library pales in comparison to the mail library.

    I’m getting tired of signing up and paying for programs who arbitrarily decide they want to make more money, double in fact, to give me the exact same service.

  • I think Netflix is stuck. They (and everyone who uses it) want lots of more streaming content, but the studios want obscene amounts of money.  Now I don’t really think this is the best way of doing things, but I really don’t think this is just a blind grab for more money. 

  • Anonymous

    Goodbye, Netflix.

  • Well I just emailed Blockbuster about streaming on PS3 and better on my Droid lol so we will see what their plans are. I just did a trail for Blockbuster and for $11.99 you get DVD Movies, Video Games, and streaming. Hmmm.  Netflix disappointed me when i opened this email. sigh.

    • Anonymous

      Blockbuster huh?…I didn’t realize…you have peeked my interest sir 🙂

      • Danja88

        Long live Blockbuster and adious Netflix

    • Jon

      I haven’t given blockbuster a try in a while, but last time I did it sucked pretty bad. How’s the Blockbuster offerings compare to Netflix? I can’t see myself switching to Blockbuster…like no matter what, but I’m just curious. 

      • well i have had it a week and so far its pretty good, got my disc in 2 days, so day 1=queue, day 2=ship, day3=had it in mail. I love how they are SOOOOO much cheaper than gamefly for games. and their streaming i dont know much about however their On Demand (which is on many Blu-Ray players/TVs and PCs and mobile phones) i have seen so far is much like many other “rental services” so like $2, $3 for to rent a movie. I have yet to see where their streaming is but supposedly its on computer devices.

      • Rekcutj

        Not sure how long it has been since you used Blockbuster, but I have had the mailers since 2007 and it has been wonderful.  I got in early, so I pay about $20 a month for 3 out at a time, unlimited.  Also receive receive a monthly coupon for a free game rental.  In addition to blockbuster exclusive, they get some movies 28 days before (pretty sure you seen the ads) netflix and redbox.

    • Jon

      I haven’t given blockbuster a try in a while, but last time I did it sucked pretty bad. How’s the Blockbuster offerings compare to Netflix? I can’t see myself switching to Blockbuster…like no matter what, but I’m just curious. 

    • Daver412

      I have blockbuster mail-only(most locations closing at least by me). The reason i went with blockbuster is pricing. It seems that Netflix thinks they are the only provider of movie rentals, but we still have redbox and blockbuster. I have the mail-only subscription 3 at a time plan for $16.99 which inlcudes dvd, games, and bluray( netflix charges extra $2 maybe more now).

    • Kyle

      I am pretty sure there is no subsription service for their on demand. So you have to pay per movie if you want to stream to your device. Netflix > Blockbuster streaming-wise

  • Theaccountiuse

    If i could get stream the same titles it would be ok, but I dont think they are there yet…this is BS. will monitor closely

  • derkk

    Yeah screw all that.  Netflix can bite it. They have streaming competition now.  You should at least get a discount for both.

    Regarding streaming popularity on Mobile, this might be something overseas, but with all the limited data that’s coming about, only granfathered and sprint customers will be streaming netflix over 3G/4G anymore.

    • Anonymous

      You make a really good point. With wireless companies adopting tiered data plans like Angelina Jolie adopts Ethiopian children, it doesn’t appear this move has a promising future since most people will not be able to afford streaming movies to their devices. What would be a better plan would be for them to add the ability to have a movie emailed to your device, that won’t involve streaming content, and would include all movies. I would definitely pay extra for that.

  • CivilDroid

    Sounds like they pulled a trick from Verizon’s back pocket

  • Goatweed

    This seems like a kick in the nuts to me. I currently have a 2 DVD and streaming plan – if I keep it, I’ll pay $5 more a month for the same plan I have now. I can drop to 1 DVD and pay the same as I am now, but I lose the extra DVD.

    They shouldn’t charge more for both plans when both plans aren’t equal in content – not everything on DVD is available on streaming, therefore the pricing should reflect that IMO. Let’s not forget about people who will face overage charges on their tiered plans either…

    • Jason Lee

      This is EXACTLY the same situation I am in. Im still debating on what I want to do come September 1st. Maybe I should drop the 2nd DVD and pay the same? Or should i suck it up and just pay $5 more. I use Netflix by mail to rent Blu-ray discs.

      • steve0617

        This is exactly what I do too. 2 Blu Ray DVDs and unlimited streaming for the current $17.99. Given how infrequently I actually watch streaming given their terrible HD content, and the fact I’ve got a Thunderbolt too, I’m most likely going to give up the streaming and drop to the two DVD $14.99 plan. Hell, I *might* even give up Netflix completely and do Blu Ray one offs from Blockbuster’s no-subscription service for movies/visuals/sound that really take advantage of it. I *really* don’t need to see absolutely everything via Blu Ray. Plus my damn Panny BD35K is starting to flake its HDMI handshake occasionally. 720p streaming through my Apple TV or Amazon/Roku works pretty damn well even at $4.99 each.

    • Granted

      No those people are entitled cheap bastards that don’t think they should pay for the internet or for some unknown reason, don’t have a router.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, so now instead of both for $10 I have to pay $15? That’s bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    Stink…stink…stink…stink…stink…and more stink!!!

  • Gary King

    My first response was, Well to heck with them I’ll cancel both… then I thought about it and probably will keep the streaming only… 

  • Anonymous

    Smart move by Netflix. They are forcing the issue of making DVDs obsolete, which is probably more cost effective for them. This is a non-issue if they expand the instant library in the future. Could this be on the horizon?

    • Anonymous

      If they actually had a streaming collection worth a shit then that might make sense.

      • Anonymous

        They definitely need to have a stronger selection int he instant category, I really think they just gave people a way to cut their bill by a couple of bucks. may not actually be that smart of a move..

  • Josh Swenson

    If they’re gonna seperate the two services, shouldn’t they at least upgrade to a decent streaming selection???  

    • EC8CH

      exactly… unless they do this ^^^

      their streaming customers will bolt

      • Anonymous

        Agreed, their streamed movies are, for the most part, junk. I usually end up getting the good stuff mailed to me anyhow. And since it is STILL not working on the Tbolt, I couldn’t care less if I cut the streaming video…

    • Me

      Or lower the streaming cost since we can no longer get DVD’s by mail.
      Basically they eliminated the DVD by mail part but kepy the price the same.
      Same price, less product and service.
      Corporate greed.
      Sounds like a winning combination.

    • Max

      at least get current tv season episodes like hulu

    • This sucks as someone who uses both! 

    • Granted

      Like I’ve said before, they could pay you to use the service and some retard on the internet would be an whiny bitch and complain.

      The streaming quality and framerate is outstanding and compatible on nearly every device available. The selection is immensely satisfying, and the only people who don’t think so either, A) want to watch very new releases, but are cheap cry babies and don’t fork over the money fora bigger package, or B) have extremely shitty film tastes.

  • and, on that note..  adios netflix.

  • Thanks for kicking me in the nuts Netflix….

    • digsoreos

      You still have nuts after what Verizon did last week? 😉

      • Anonymous

        …Comment of the year right there =D!

      • awesome sauce

      • Daver412

        I think we all knew this was coming tho? or at least I did.

  • Anonymous

    IM FIRST HAHA HAHAHAHAH WHAT NOW FIRST IS NOT THE WORST

    Ok im gunna reply this before someone else beats me