Netflix

Posted by: sonicfox

Netflix - 07/12/11 04:40 PM

Did anyone else get the notice about the plan changes? Currently, I'm on the $9.99/month plan which includes 1 DVD out at a time and unlimited streaming. It's now split into two plans for $7.99 each. So my plan is going to change to $15.98 now. To put it eloquently...this blows! I was already wasting money by keeping DVDs for too long, but this is too much. Does anyone else have the same plan? If so, are you going to keep it? I think I might keep the streaming part, but go back to renting DVDs locally.
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: Netflix - 07/12/11 04:41 PM

I have the 3 DVD plan, for some godforsaken reason, but I think I'll be dropping to the 1 DVD + streaming, which is still 'spensive.
Posted by: terzaghi

Re: Netflix - 07/12/11 05:13 PM

Looks like I'm paying $11.99 + $1.04 in tax for the 1 bluray out at a time plus unlimited streaming plan. No notification that their plan rates are changing. Might drop alltogether if they do. I'm tired of them raising their rates every year.
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: Netflix - 07/12/11 05:15 PM

Check your account settings. They're raising them on everything.
Posted by: terzaghi

Re: Netflix - 07/12/11 05:17 PM

"The price of your Unlimited Streaming + 1 DVD out at-a-time (Unlimited) plan will change to $17.98 (including $2.00 for Blu-ray) (plus any applicable tax) a month starting with your next billing period on or after Sep 01, 2011.
You are currently in the 1 DVD out at-a-time (Unlimited) plan with unlimited time to watch instantly.
Your current period price is $11.99 (including $2.00 for Blu-ray) plus any applicable tax. "

Greedy bastards.
Posted by: Wid

Re: Netflix - 07/12/11 05:41 PM


We have the same plan and I doubt we will keep it. Most likely will keep the streaming and that's all. I'll go to Red box for a dvd.
Posted by: ClubNeon

Re: Netflix - 07/12/11 06:15 PM

I'm on 3 DVDs + Blu-ray (and unlimited streaming). I'm actually thinking about dropping the streaming. I use Hulu and Vudu pretty often, but hardly touch NF's streaming anymore. I also have Amazon's Prime streaming, so that should cover my bases.
Posted by: oldskoolboarder

Re: Netflix - 07/12/11 07:22 PM

This blows. I pretty much did it so I could get Blu Rays. However, I see more Red Boxes, so I think I'll go that route w/ Amazon Prime.

This could be a bad move on Netflix's part.
Posted by: jakewash

Re: Netflix - 07/12/11 08:35 PM

Price increase had to happen now that they killed Blockbuster off.
Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: Netflix - 07/12/11 08:52 PM

I'm in the same boat. Don't know what we'll do, but doubtful that we'll just absorb the increase without change. We don't seem to rent many disks anymore, but I'm not sure WHAT we'd do for BD viewing since I rarely buy them. I think this creates an opening for some other business. I hope it is seized.
Posted by: pmbuko

Re: Netflix - 07/12/11 09:17 PM

I was on the 3 DVD plan. I just changed to the Unlimited Steaming + 2 DVD plan to keep my cost the same. I might adjust that later depending on this summer's viewing habits.
Posted by: terzaghi

Re: Netflix - 07/12/11 10:43 PM

Costs don't go up until September Peter... At least for my account.
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: Netflix - 07/13/11 08:05 AM

I've been paying about $20 for 2 dvd's + streaming, with no notifiction of an increase. If it does go up, I'll just drop the streaming. I don't care for it anyway.
Posted by: pmbuko

Re: Netflix - 07/13/11 09:09 AM

If I didn't take care of it now, I'd forget.
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: Netflix - 07/13/11 09:47 AM

I just got my notice.

Plan 1: 7.99 for streaming.
Plan 2: 14.99 for 2 out at a time dvd w/BD.
Both: 22.98.

I've changed my plan for 14.99 for 2 out at a time, and dropped streaming. Crap movies anyway.
Posted by: alan

Re: Netflix - 07/13/11 11:05 AM

Hi Sonicfox,

Yes, I got the same notice as you did this morning. I'm also on the same $9.99 plan as you are, but I almost never use the streaming, so I may go to the unlimited DVDs at $7.99 and forget about streaming.

Yes, it blows. When I read the notice, I thought, ah, crafty way to increase prices.

Plus, what's really annoying is that if you have the Netflix plan for the US, where I live for half the year, it doesn't work in Canada. I'm on my sailboat in Ontario at the moment and I'd like to have streaming. To do so, I have to subscribe to Netflix Canada, so forget it. I just go to the local video rental.

Alan
Posted by: sonicfox

Re: Netflix - 07/13/11 11:20 AM

Oddly enough, I've watched more streaming movies than DVDs. I have fun searching through them and picking out stuff I'd never take the time to order on DVD. I tend to order new releases on DVD unless it's something older I've always wanted to see, but NOT available streaming.

Are there other options besides Netflix that offer similar services? I briefly looked over Amazon Prime...only 5000 movies streaming? I also have Cinema Now on my Insignia Blu-Ray player...no monthly fee, you just rent when you want. I've never tried it though.
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: Netflix - 07/13/11 11:34 AM

It looks to me like VUDU, one of the options on streaming I have, has the best sound/video quality and availability on new movies, but at $6.00 per movie (gives you about 3 days usage), I think is a little too steep. I'd rather just wait for a blu-ray sale instead.
Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: Netflix - 07/13/11 12:05 PM

Yes, $6/movie is too much.

I like the business model and pricing at Zediva. Tried it for the first time last night, but was horribly disappointed by the video quality. It is perhaps related to the relatively modest setup I used for viewing (dual core Atom 1.66GHz, Ubuntu, Chrome). I have 20Mbps cable internet, so I don't think it is the download speed. I will try with other browsers and other machines and report back. But if I can't get it to work well on that machine, it's probably a non-starter for me anyway.

We use the streaming far more than the physical disk rental, but the depth of the available disk titles would be very difficult to give up.

With Blockbuster and Hollywood video out of business, I'm not sure where I'd even go, locally. Red Box has pretty limited selection, but perhaps they will seize the opportunity.
Posted by: ClubNeon

Re: Netflix - 07/13/11 12:19 PM

Originally Posted By: CatBrat
It looks to me like VUDU, one of the options on streaming I have, has the best sound/video quality and availability on new movies, but at $6.00 per movie (gives you about 3 days usage), I think is a little too steep. I'd rather just wait for a blu-ray sale instead.

Vudu's prices vary. Yeah, new releases are $6, but they have one $0.99 selection every day, any plenty of $3 HD titles from which to pick. Their quality is great. I meant to watch Source Code this past weekend (it's not even out to buy on BD yet).
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: Netflix - 07/13/11 01:10 PM

Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
Yes, $6/movie is too much.

I like the business model and pricing at Zediva.


I checked this out. I like the 10 movies for $10 option. But I don't think I can stream this to my TV. This company is not an option on my blu-ray player internet connection. It's called VIERA CAST. There may be a way to add it that I'm not aware of. If anybody knows how to do this, then please share.
Posted by: sonicfox

Re: Netflix - 07/13/11 04:57 PM

Other alternatives here
Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: Netflix - 07/13/11 09:10 PM

Looks like Zediva doesn't like Firefox any better than Chrome.

Thanks for the links, Mary.
Posted by: grunt

Re: Netflix - 07/14/11 02:52 AM

Iím not sure if they are going to limit how often you can change your subscription but since I watch mostly streaming I will keep that. Since there are very few Blu-rays (mostly new releases) or DVDs I rent anymore I will just drop that until a sufficient number like 8 or so are available I want to see. Then Iíll just upgrade to one at a time with Blu-ray order them and then chancel before the month is out.

I use to do jump back and forth between 3 at a time unlimited and 8 at a time unlimited before without a problem.
Posted by: ClubNeon

Re: Netflix - 07/14/11 09:19 AM

I used to play that game too. When money was especially tight, with my bill date approaching, I'd tell them to put my account on hold. That gives you a week to return (or in my case: watch and return) the discs you have out. Then, once I was flush again, I'd re-enable my account, and they'd send the next batch in one lump.

Although, I never pressed my luck, and only did these things every other month at most.
Posted by: grunt

Re: Netflix - 07/14/11 03:09 PM

I also apparently have the option of still going to the Blockbuster 2 miles from my house as it still appears to be open though I havenít gone inside since Iím still getting my BDs from Netflix. The one a mile away did close shop.
Posted by: CV

Re: Netflix - 07/14/11 11:57 PM

Ours appears to still be operating, but I haven't really scoped it out besides seeing cars outside and lights on and people inside when I happen to go by. My peripheral observations might be completely wrong.
Posted by: sonicfox

Re: Netflix - 07/15/11 11:56 AM

GreenCine looks quite interesting. It's $9.99 for 1 DVD out at a time, but no streaming. They specialize in rare films, films out of the ordinary, and anime. There are also adult films available if you'd like.
Posted by: medic8r

Re: Netflix - 07/15/11 12:44 PM

Now you're talkin'! wink
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: Netflix - 07/15/11 01:56 PM

I only like Rare Anime Porn so it sounds like just the ticket!
Posted by: medic8r

Re: Netflix - 07/15/11 02:02 PM

You and grunt need to have a get-together!
Posted by: sonicfox

Re: Netflix - 07/15/11 02:52 PM

Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
I only like Rare Anime Porn so it sounds like just the ticket!


There is such thing as anime porn. It's called "hentai"...and guess what? They carry it! I'm sure there are rare ones available too. wink
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: Netflix - 07/15/11 03:15 PM

They don't happen to use American cartoon characters from the 1950-70's do they. Oh, never mind....
Posted by: grunt

Re: Netflix - 07/15/11 03:41 PM

Originally Posted By: CatBrat
They don't happen to use American cartoon characters from the 1950-70's do they. Oh, never mind....


I wonít post the links but yes there is plenty of Jetsons, Scooby Doo, and Flintstones porn available. Not to mention the more modern stuff. The Incredibles are very popular.
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: Netflix - 07/15/11 03:44 PM

That's funny.
Posted by: pmbuko

Re: Netflix - 07/15/11 04:17 PM

Originally Posted By: medic8r
You and grunt need to have a get-together!

Just don't grunt together. Or do. It's all good.
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: Netflix - 07/15/11 04:21 PM

I would think it would still be a little dicey for Grunt, though. There are appeals pending...
Posted by: pmbuko

Re: Netflix - 07/15/11 04:24 PM

But I didn't ask...
Posted by: medic8r

Re: Netflix - 07/15/11 05:14 PM

... so he didn't tell.
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: Netflix - 07/24/11 10:56 PM

I just watched my first movie on VUDU, by streaming it through my blu-ray player. It was Skyline. My internet connection wasn't fast enough for 1080p, but I did get 720p. But, the sound was amazing. Nothing like Netflix streaming.


Posted by: ClubNeon

Re: Netflix - 07/24/11 11:09 PM

...and that's why I talk up the Vudu service so much. Hey, without being tempted by the 1080p HDX format, you'll save money in a lot of cases.