Netflix Price Increase: Some Perspective

I came across this graphic online giving some perspective on the raise in price (aka dividing Netflix streaming Instant Watch and DVDs into two separate services) and I felt that it was good enough to post here. This really does all the explaining, and really leaves no room for me to say any more.

Check it out, and I think those of you who are very angry with the entire situation will hopefully feel a little at ease:

17 comments:

Ed Wilts said...

I didn't subscribe to the original $8.99 service without streaming. They added streaming and I subscribed. They have since doubled my cost and I am NOT happy.

The very least Netflix could have done was to offer a bundle discount for streaming + DVDs. $7.99 each or 2 for $13.99. They'd still make more money but lose a lot less customers

avjrindallas said...

This "explanation" doesn't cut it. Streaming is ok until you realize you've watched most of what you want to see and the only new content is cartoons and mediocre tv shows. That's just the truth. The new streaming selections are pretty slim. Also, the DVD sounds alright until you realize you can maybe get 7 or 8 DVD's per month if you watch and return them immediately (yeah, right.) I currently have a "new release" that's been out at Redbox for a month in my queue and it says "very long wait." I've been waiting for four weeks for it and nothing. Also, let's be honest...how many people really find 8 newly released movies per month they HAVE TO see? After a while you're just picking over old titles you've seen. That said, $16 is not worth it. Redbox is $1 per title and I maybe really want to see 5 movies a month. That's $11 saved.

Anonymous said...

except with redbox you didn't figure in the time to get and return the movie and the gas you pay.

Eric said...

Totally agree with avjrindallas. There aren't enough streaming selections to justify spending $8/month. Honestly, the only things I stream are Bob the Builder shows for my son, and I just picked up his three favorites on Amazon for a grand total of $13.

$8 is also too much for a single disc at a time. All I have to do is reserve a Redbox movie in the morning and then swing by the kiosk on my way home from work. I used to enjoy Netflix, but they just priced themselves out of a customer.

Gordon said...

Agreed w/ all (except anonymous)...I'll be cancelling because this price hike is just ridiculous.

Anonymous, Red Box has sooo many locations now there's not really a need to factor much time and for me, no gas. There is a Wallgreens next to my office with 2! Redbox machines.

Too Late said...

We just joined in January because $9.99 seemed like a good deal for streaming and 1 DVD at a time. We thought about 2 DVDs at a time but that increased it to $14.99/month (if I recall correctly), which was too much for our budget.

So even if this is a decent deal compared to the people who joined way back, it's a worse deal than we had and not worth it for us.

We'll drop DVDs and get an occasional DVD from Redbox. It's possible we'll re-evaluate later on and drop Netflix entirely, but I doubt it; my kids find plenty to watch on streaming and I do also (so far).

Anonymous said...

I actually joined long before it was $8.99...maybe when it was $6 or $7, I don't remember. At first, I was okay with Netflix upping the prices a dollar, but now I think they've gone too far.

The economy is terrible, and everything is going up but our paychecks. It seems that now that they've gotten a lot of the public in Netflix, that they'll just jack up the prices as they see fit. They are going to lose a lot of customers with this "strategy".

I might just have to go back to Redbox as well and just stick to streaming. *sigh* Netflix, get with the economical times will you?

Anonymous said...

is it neflix's fault for the economy? Ok then that is not an argument. Its a pay service if you dont like it then quit, it really is that simple

Anonymous said...

Seriously?!? "I came across this graphic online..." Don't most bloggers link to their sources? Smells like Netflix PR to me

Anonymous said...

Netflix is still a great deal. I've felt like $9.99 was extremely cheap for the service (unlimited DVDs--one out at a time--and unlimited streaming). But I'm switching to streaming-only. It was just time to re-evaluate our entertainment services. So we cut our cable package and I switched to unlimited streaming with Netflix. We just don't watch many discs. On average, only 2 a month, and usually those are new releases. So we'll try Redbox for those now.

Richard said...

I have to respectfully disagree with you. The new pricing eliminates the additional value a Netflix subscription used to offer. Now, it is no better than subscribing to Hulu and renting individual movies through another service (e.g. Redbox, Amazon On-Demand, etc...).

Anonymous said...

I signed up when it was 8.99/month for one at a time and streaming was unlimited and included. Now Netflix has dropped all the new sony/starz movies and shows AND wants me to pay more for the privilage? We will drop down to just streaming and get discs from Redbox now. And may dump Netflix soon. Just not worth it for what they offer. SIck of not getting a new movie when Redbox has it first, too. The folks at Redbox must be thrilled with all this!

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Anonymous said...

If the increase leads to a better selection in instant watch, I would be totally in favor of it. The problem is that once the number of subscribers hits a certain mark, contracts with StarzPlay (and consequently Sony pictures) force them to pull their content. Both netflix and starz must have underestimated the success of IW. This new pricing may eliminate those subscribers who pay for IW as part of a package, but never really use it. Also, with more revenue coming in, Netflix will hopefully be able to afford more higher priced contracts. i can't find it now, but there is a blog that I got this information from. If this leads to better and more content in the future, then I will gladly accept this increase.

Joey G said...

$8 (or $10 for blu-ray) for discs plans really isn't that bad. Redbox selection is limited, and even if you're only in to new releases on disc, you still need to return Redbox within a day or you double the price. I'd rather not worry about getting movies right away to assure availability and then lock myself into watching them that day, what if something else comes up? the convenience is worth the extra few dollars a month.

MDS said...

You can get better movies streaming on Crackle for free than what streams on Netflix. I'm going back to Blockbuster for rentals unless Netflix improves their streaming library.

Anonymous said...

If you have watched 20,000 movies in your lifetime (the number of movies available for streaming) then you really need to get out of the house more.

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