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Netflix Price will be Going UP

Discussion in 'The OT' started by PCampbell, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. lwilli201

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    I dropped to streaming only. If I do not have more money left at the end of next month as I do this month I will have to drop it all together. I am on a fixed income and gas, utilities and food prices are hammering me. Next to go will be my cell phone. Thank god I will not have to pay an ETF. I will see if I can trim more out of Directv.
     
  2. phrelin

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    Unlike many here, I don't think this has much to do with cost increases. It's all about repositioning for the future. Instead of continuing to do better what they do well, Netflix management is arrogant enough to want to become part of content creator community. From The New York Times last March:
    Once you join the content creator group you are competing against the other media production companies whose content you need. They will want more money from you at some point.

    Dominant corporations always take the position if they lose a few customers who are just plain too cheap to pay "fair" market value for anything, so what? Accumulating a lot more cash from hapless customers is how to go about financing media production.

    On the other hand, as a Netflix spokesman points out in a NY Times piece today that is worth reading:
     
  3. Steve

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    If true, I'll have to reconsider my "motivated by greed" comments above. It's too bad they didn't revise pricing before the recent announcement of the ISP torrent crackdowns, though. The way it played-out, the timing couldn't have been worse, IMHO.
     
  4. pfp

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    Probably would have been worse if many major ISP's announced new bandwidth caps and the USPS announced no more Saturday delivery.
     
  5. mx6bfast

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    My parents have Netflix and I use their streaming since I am in another state. I expect them to either drop Netflix altogether or to a lower plan saving them money. My question is Blockbuster looks like a better streaming service with newer movies available. Does anyone have BB and how does it compare with Netflix?
     
  6. sigma1914

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    You pay for each of those newer movies with Blockbuster...just like PPV. Their free titles are crap.
     
  7. Shades228

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    Dropped the streaming I'll enjoy the savings.
     
  8. jadebox

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    I'll drop my plan down to streaming only and take a good look at other streaming services.

    I suspect Netflix is going to lose a significant number of subscribers over this. They've handled it terribly. Not offering a "bundle" discount on DVD+streaming plans is, simply, stupid.

    And, they could have phased in the new pricing (and/or grandfathered existing subscribers.)

    If they'd done the price increase over time, they could have tied the increases to new content. For example, they just added the Star Trek shows. They could have announced something like "We are raising the cost of our streaming service a dollar a month, but we've just added Star Trek TOS, Voyager, ....."

    -- Roger
     
  9. mx6bfast

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    Thanks, unfortunately. Crap as in pretty much like Netflix's selection. :D
     
  10. sigma1914

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    Crap, as in worse. :lol:;)
     
  11. xmguy

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    I'm looking at Blockbuster now. They stream on my phone too. It's $11.99 for the same package.
     
  12. Shades228

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    I still can't figure out why people though this wouldn't happen. They're losing studios and now people are assuming that by paying only $7.99 a month for streaming that it will get better.
     
  13. anleva

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    I just noticed that my Blockbuster account just went back to unlimited in-store exchanges from 5 in-store exchanges a month. Blockbuster has done it to attract Netflix customers I suppose.

    It doesn't include streaming, that's an additional ala carte cost, but I've never been interested in streaming anyway. I prefer the quality of the physical media.

    If you have a Blockbuster nearby you it's a really good program. For me $20/month for 3 out at a time, unlimited rentals and unlimited in-store exchanges. Can go through quite a few movies a month that way. I may drop to 2 out a time for $17/month now that I can do the unlimited exchanges again.
     
  14. Jeremy W

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    I used to have plenty nearby. Now, I don't even know where the closest one is.
     
  15. anleva

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    There is this amazing service called Google Maps that can answer that for you :p

    Kidding aside, they have closed alot of stores and probably more to come. But I still have 2 within a mile of my house and another on the way to work. Given that it's always been a much better program for me than Netflix or PPV.
     
  16. Jeremy W

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    That would require me to care. :lol:
     
  17. anleva

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    There's medication that can help with that too. :D
     
  18. Tom Robertson

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    Alas, there are things that even Google maps can get wrong--like recent closures. Worse yet is when the company website is out of date too.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  19. Cagpop

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    By increasing the price, Netflix "allows" for potential competitors to more easily jump into the market and provide a similar service. It also allows Netflix to offer a better selection of recent movies and upgrade their service.

    About a month ago, D* sent me a survey asking about my use of Netflix-type services. The survey indicated that D* would be introducing an unlimited streaming service to compete with Netflix.

    This price increase is not great for the budget-conscious, but could be a good thing for the quality of streaming and VOD services.
     
  20. anleva

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    Well then maybe leave the comfort of your couch, get outside your house and look around and see what's in the neighborhood? Don't need to use the internet for everything you know. :lol:
     

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