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#1 +Frank B.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 17:20

Netflix officially separates DVD, streaming pricing; $15.98 and up for both

Netflix hadn't hinted at any upcoming plans to change the services it offers, but NewTeeVee spotted an unadvertised DVD-only plan on its site a few days ago, and an anonymous tipster from within the company indicates that's just the start. The DVD.Netflix.com page offers unlimited DVDs by mail, per month (one at a time) for $7.99, which slots it between the standard DVD & streaming combo plans and a $4.99 offering that gives just two DVDs per month. According to the tipster we spoke to, Netflix is planning to change its pricing entirely, by also implementing a streaming only plan with no discs for $7.99, and jacking up the minimum pricetag for combined services to $15.98 from the current $9.99 it has charged since November. They indicated the change would take place tomorrow night around 9 p.m., with customers notified by email and no plans to grandfather any of the old pricing setups along. With aggressive expansion plans pressing forward and its costs to acquire content rising sharply, hiking the price by 50 percent on many of its 20 million+ subscribers could be the easiest way to make the numbers add up, it could be just those subscribers who are left to determine exactly what Watch Instantly streaming (or DVD access) is worth to them.

Update: Just that fast, Netflix has officially announced these changes to its pricing plans. Just like our information indicated, DVD only or streaming only unlimited plans are available for $7.99 each per month, or $15.98 together. Existing members can float on their current plans until September but new members will see these rates effective immediately.


Source with press release: Engadget

#2 Roger H.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 17:23

I was only ever gonna get the streaming only plan anyways so taht's all good for me. I don't even have a DVD/BD player anymore.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 18:05

thanks for the tip, I just changed my plan to drop streaming, pick up another dvd per month and still save on what my bill would've been

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 18:10

I always felt this was too cheap... it's still totally worth it, I love netflix.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 18:11


Does this inclued Blu-Ray or is that another fee?

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 18:13


Does this inclued Blu-Ray or is that another fee?

Blu-Ray is unfortunately another fee.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 18:16

Hmm this might actually make me drop netflix all together. 18 a month i can buy the dvds i want each month.

ITs about $18 for 1 blu-ray and streaming.

Thats awfully expensive.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 18:18

just heard about this seconds ago.

im going to my netflix page and canceling

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 18:21

I don't like this one bit. We use streaming far more than our one at a time DVD, but we still have use of the DVD service since there are lots of movies on DVD that are not on streaming, namely recently released movies that we said could wait until they came to DVD. Going from having to wait a few months for the DVD to waiting one to several years for it to come to streaming sucks. Bad enough I had two wait over a month for Warner Bros. films.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 18:25

Itunes will see a big upswing in rentals and sales after this.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 18:34

This is too much. It is essentially a 100% price increase...

Their streaming catalog still lacks a lot and can't wholly replace the DVD side...

Looks like I too will be dropping Netflix on this one. Now to decide if I should kill it all or just keep the DVD side.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 18:41

I think it has updated on the website now. I don't think I like this..

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 19:11

Well thats certainly a huge price hike. I imagine Netflix losing alot of subs for this.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 19:15

My parents have a both plan that they have had forever, I wonder if they are going to go to an all disc version now because they do not use the streaming I do :p

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 19:17

I am definitely going to reevaluate my subscription.