Netflix considering streaming-only plan in the U.S.

Netflix could be considering a cheaper, streaming-only plan for U.S. subscribers. Currently if you want access to the Netflix streaming service you have to have a more expensive subscription that includes getting media sent to you through the mail even if you don't want it or won't ever use it. Netflix has already started a similar plan in Canada with unlimited streaming for only $7.99.

To make the streaming service more attractive Netflix recently made a deal with NBC Universal to increase content available online. Some of the shows included in the deal will be Battlestar Galactica, Eureka and The Office according to the SFGate.

Douglas Anmuth, an equity analyst for Barclays Capital wrote the following in a research note to investors, "A cheaper subscription plan could be more attractive to new (subscribers) and it would also likely carry higher gross margins and potentially even higher gross profit (over time), given the extremely low cost of delivering streaming content."

According to Netflix they currently have 15 million subscribers and of those subscribes 61% use the Netflix streaming service. The number of streaming users continues to rise, the first quarter of this year 51% of Netflix subscribers used the streaming service while this same quarter last year only 37% of subscribers use the streaming service. Netflix classified streamers as users that spent more than 15 minutes using the service.

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Until it's free (as in having ads like today's tv) and in true HD (real HD bitrate and at least 5.1 HD audio) I will stay far far away.

One day it will be "free". You can quote me on that one.

I would switch to this model. I've in fact dropped Netflix in the past because I wanted streaming, not disc mail service, when things were a little tight for a while.

Netflix tend to be several months behind on their new releases anyway.Even Blockbiuster which is in bankruptcy gets them much sooner . ( ie day of release) By the time they come out at NF I have already rented them locally. I do love the streaming for my iPad so I keep this one at a time contract alive for that but I am running out of much I want to put in my physical disc que.

Exactly, there are many titles that you can't stream and they are not in HD but instead most are barely DVD quality. I love streaming with my Wii and would be willing to get some other type of device if the quality was better and ALL titles were available to stream and stream the day they release not 30days later when the DVD/BluRay disk is sold in stores.

I would love a streaming only plan, BUT only if it includes ALL titles available through DVD/Bluray, currently their streaming variety leaves a lot to be desired, been using Netflix for the last few months and I love it.

Ditto this; I've never used their physical media at all, shoot I haven't used a real disc in a few years now. I love the streaming service but they need to build up the library a bit more.

I tried out netflix streaming, it still needs a lot more variety of content. A lot of the content now is rather old, not very good, not very popular or lacking content that comes before or after it (unordered). They need to work on adding much more content, I think.

I wish they had their whole library online for streaming. Last time I subscribed I saw just about everything I was interested in online rather quickly as the vast majority are old movies and tv shows that I've either already seen or not interested in seeing. If they start getting the vast majority of new releases available for streaming, then I'll subscribe.

I though netfux was only available in the us so it is not news/irrelevant to the rest of us who live outside the centre of the universe.

BeLGaRaTh said,
I though netfux was only available in the us so it is not news/irrelevant to the rest of us who live outside the centre of the universe.

Really well since when did Neowin only post news that was relevant to the whole globe? Your comment is irrelevant to the discussion. It's news to people in the US thus it was posted and other people who are more open minded don't mind reading news that isn't subject to them.

BeLGaRaTh said,
I though netfux was only available in the us so it is not news/irrelevant to the rest of us who live outside the centre of the universe.

Thank you,
It is crucial for your kind to realize that the United States of America is in fact the center of the universe and the best damn country in the world.
So once again thank you for realizing your country is in every way inferior to ours.

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(I was able to construct this flag because America's so awesome, and you're country is not.)

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(I was able to construct this flag because America's so awesome, and you're country is not.)

You must of hired our illegal immigrant workers to build the flag Every other line is off

I suspect most would like cheaper streaming online. I wish I had a plan similar to the US though. I like streaming but sometimes I want a hard copy sent. In Canada I'm stuck paying a monthly subscription to zip.ca and netflix. Ah well, least the plans are cheap enough not to make a big dent.

deep1234 said,
Do netfix available internationally? or US and Canada only?

It's been US only for a while and Canada just got it. So no luck for any other countries.

deep1234 said,
Do netfix available internationally? or US and Canada only?

I hope Netflix doesn't expand to Europe. The EU will simply find a reason to sue them.

COKid said,

I hope Netflix doesn't expand to Europe. The EU will simply find a reason to sue them.

EU doesn't sue they regulate which in some ways is worst. Conform or be shut down.

Shadrack said,

EU doesn't sue they regulate which in some ways is worst. Conform or be shut down.

Sure.... Enjoy the stronghold that carriers have in the US over customers.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
I tried the trial and the streaming just was not good enough. One day it'll be amazing though.

You didn't do something right then. The ONLY thing bad about streaming is through.audio is 2 chanel. I've watched hundreds of hours of streaming HD content from Netflix... heck, I watched all of Lost from episode 1 to fry caught up from the last season. Since my Blu-ray player supported it, its awesome. They've only recently allowed PC HD steaming, so if you tried it many months ago, I'd suggest trying it again.

The way Netflix is going, in another year or two it won't make sense, money wise, to even buy cable. The only reason will be for sports...

thatguyandrew1992 said,
I tried the trial and the streaming just was not good enough. One day it'll be amazing though.

Huh???? Works like a champ via my PS3. I never once watched Hero's on cable TV, and last year I started watching it on Netflix via my PS3. Nothing beats HD content with no ads. An episode runs maybe 45 min max.

"Currently if you want access to the Netflix streaming service you have to have a more expensive subscription that includes getting media sent to you through the mail even if you don't want it or won't ever use it."

What's so expensive about $9.99 a month for unlimited streaming, which is what it is now? I don't get anything by mail from them. All I do is stream through my Blu-Ray. I don't get it.

Scorbing said,
"Currently if you want access to the Netflix streaming service you have to have a more expensive subscription that includes getting media sent to you through the mail even if you don't want it or won't ever use it."

What's so expensive about $9.99 a month for unlimited streaming, which is what it is now? I don't get anything by mail from them. All I do is stream through my Blu-Ray. I don't get it.


You could get an even cheaper plan that is just streaming only

What's so expensive about $9.99 a month for unlimited streaming

Read it in context. They said the plans in the US that include streaming are MORE expensive than the streaming-only plan in Canada, because they include disc shipments. It would be really nice to get a cheaper option in the US for streaming service only, just as they have a cheaper level of service that is disc only.

Scorbing said,
"Currently if you want access to the Netflix streaming service you have to have a more expensive subscription that includes getting media sent to you through the mail even if you don't want it or won't ever use it."

What's so expensive about $9.99 a month for unlimited streaming, which is what it is now? I don't get anything by mail from them. All I do is stream through my Blu-Ray. I don't get it.

It might not be "expensive," but it is MORE expensive than a streaming-only service would be. Why waste money for movies through the mail when you don't want or need movies through the mail.

Scorbing said,
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What's so expensive about $9.99.

So you can ask them that you want to keep paying more, once the streaming only option is out.....physical media is dead, but the industry doesn't want to acknowledge it, bluray it's the last one, MS and Apple agree with that, we only need the back up from the porn industry and bye bye CDs

Scorbing said,
"Currently if you want access to the Netflix streaming service you have to have a more expensive subscription that includes getting media sent to you through the mail even if you don't want it or won't ever use it."

What's so expensive about $9.99 a month for unlimited streaming, which is what it is now? I don't get anything by mail from them. All I do is stream through my Blu-Ray. I don't get it.

They are just trying to keep their prices attractive now that other streaming services like Hulu Plus, Amazon, iTunes (rumored streaming coming soon) and Blockbuster are starting to take off. $7.99 might not sound like much difference than $9.99, but it could sway a new customer trying to choose who to go with.

thatguyandrew1992 said,

You could get an even cheaper plan that is just streaming only

My bet would be that they are trying to up the cost of 1 out at a time. So if they lower the cost of streaming-only, they will up the cost of both. So, I'd guess they would go something like $6.99 for streaming only, and $11.99 for both. Why? Because the people getting 1 out at a time, are eating up their new releases at a higher rate. I don't like the idea, because I like getting one at a time, but only time will tell. I guess if they did this I would change to streaming only, and visit Redbox more.