Netflix Changing Plans And Raising Prices…..Again

Netflix once again has decided to change the game just when we were all beginning to fall in love with the service again, accepting the previous change.  A few months back, if you’ll recall, Netflix separated their online streaming service from their streaming and 1 DVD out at a time deal.   Now, the company must be doing so well, assuming customers will not leave them, and have changed the plan once again.  Below is the email correspondence I received earlier today.  

Dear Joe,

We are separating unlimited DVDs by mail and unlimited streaming into two separate plans to better reflect the costs of each. Now our members have a choice: a streaming only plan, a DVD only plan, or both.

Your current $9.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be split into 2 distinct plans:

Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, 1 out at-a-time (no streaming) for $7.99 a month

Your price for getting both of these plans will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99). You don’t need to do anything to continue your memberships for both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs.

These prices will start for charges on or after September 1, 2011.

You can easily change or cancel your unlimited streaming plan, unlimited DVD plan, or both, by going to the Plan Change page in Your Account.

We realize you have many choices for home entertainment, and we thank you for your business. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to call us at 1-888-357-1516.

–The Netflix Team

So, there you have it.  And the insult of it all is that most of us will probably eat that, especially my family, since we are heavy Netflix users.  If any of you have kids you know how well Netflix works out with its dozens and dozens of children shows.  Maybe, since we mostly just use the streaming portion of the service, I’ll have to seriously consider dropping the one movie out a time deal.  After all, in my area, there’s always Redbox and their Android application :)

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  • http://www.twitter.com/tigermave Tigermave

    Seriously, drop the DVD option. I did and never looked back. I don’t miss it at all, and the $8 for one DVD every week or so just isn’t worth it. You’re right, Redbox works fine, or even the blockbuster express kiosk if you want something brand new for the same price.

  • Bill

    Perhaps it is time to give amazon prime a try. Keep netflix for the DVD plan and go amazon for streaming plus you get unlimited free shipping from Amazon.

  • ohmarni

    I opted to drop the DVD rental. Streaming only for us now. And the minute thee is decent competition, I’m gone.

  • Grace

    They should have a grandfather program where anyone who already has netflix pays the current price.

  • Doc Kinne

    Think the streaming option works for you? Maybe you may need to think again. Comcast is now dropping people – just cutting them off – for going over a largely unknown data cap.

  • screwed again

    I’m going to cancel it – I’ve only had it a couple months and they do this. Streaming sucks, it always hesitates and locks up. They send me broken DVDs, so why on earth would I pay more?

  • Disgruntled

    Netflix has betrayed us all. Their streaming content sucks anyway. I’m sticking with DVDs.

  • jg

    I’m out as today.

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