The country is up in arms over the past couple of days with Netflix new plan annoucements.
In case you’ve been under a rock, the plan that was previously $10, which included unlimited streaming and unlimited dvd’s for the month – one at a time – will be no more. Beginning Sept 1 customers will pay the regular $8 for unlimited streaming, and a separate $8 for unlimited dvd’s
That’s a $6 increase for the same service. For one full month. Unlimited. Call the Better Business Bureau!!
Yes I am a very happy Netflix subscriber. No I will not be going anywhere.
Sometime we complain so much that if someone gave us $1 million in $100 bills, we’d complain that it wasn’t in $20 bills.
Let’s start with the basics. As with any business Netflix has expenses. The same people who complain about the increase are the same people who probably complained that the movies available to stream were not all new movies. The company has to pay for the license to stream a movie. It’s not a freebie or an illegal download. How exactly is Netflix supposed to continue to increase their available films and keep their (uh, doors) open without more money? Not to mention the fact that they don’t charge us for shipping the physical dvd’s but I’m quite sure the Post Office charges them. Think about it
But the whiny train without thinking it through doesn’t stop there. Here’s an excerpt of an article I read online regarding this matter. Click here for the entire read:
Turick, the technology engineer, was paying $10 a month to have unlimited streaming and a single disc out at a time, and with the new plans he would be on the hook for $16 per month.
The change felt “like a slap in the face,” he said, adding that he’ll try renting movies from Redbox kiosks, ordering on-demand videos through his cable TV provider or using his Blu-ray player to stream videos from the Web.
Let’s think about this for a minute. We’ve already concluded that this is a $6 increase from the basic combo plan, and the increase is all we’ll focus on right now, since he clearly had no problem with the initial $10 a month. After an apparent “slap in the face” (I can’t help but laugh every time I read that, people are so dramatic) Turick said he’ll try renting from Redbox. Redbox is $1.50 per day for Blu Ray, $1 per day for standard dvd’s. If he wants blu ray, his $6 increase in Netflix will now cover an apparent non-slap in the face of four days worth of renting per month. Assuming he kept them for one night each, this would entitle him to four dvd’s per month for the increase. Also, Redbox doesn’t offer streaming
My main man Turick also stated that he would try renting movies from his Cable provider. If you ask me this is where the real slap in the face comes from. Renting an HD movie on your cable provider, Apple store via the Apple TV, or Amazon on Demand will cost you $5 – $6 per movie for the newest flicks and $3 for older flicks. That $6 increase will get you one newer movie on demand per month or two older movies per month. And your cable provider doesn’t have streaming either. Sure they have regular cable you can pay for (it’s not included in the cost of purchasing a movie), and remember you can’t even get a movie on demand unless you have paid cable service in the first place. You want uncensored movies? Sure, pay them $12 – $15 a month per “premium” channel and you watch what they want you to watch as many times as they want you to watch it.
Netflix is still the best deal around. You’ll pay more elsewhere once you leave Netflix, and some people are claiming to do this on principle. What principle? What did Netflix do that was so horrible? Not only did they actually give us notice rather than surprising us on the first of September, but they even gave us six weeks to make a decision.
But some people canceled their service right away. Instead of testing the other methods to see if they were more cost effective for you during the next six weeks, you react on emotion and begin to pay more to other companies like Redbox, their cable provider, or Amazon on Demand in an attempt to slap Netflix back in the face.
Yeah, that’ll teach em