Why I don’t Need Netflix

Is it just me or does it feel like Netlix believes they have the online streaming market so cornered that they can just change price plans, yet again, and no one would even think of leaving?  I got news for you Netflix, though I love the service, there are alternatives.  For now, since I pretty much just stream Netflix on my Wii there may be no need to have dvd’s sent to my home.  And especially with the five different locations of Redbox rental units surrounding my area, this option just seems like a better fit.  If you’re not familiar with Redbox, the company has dvd vending machines at most 24 hr establishments and grocery stores and you can rent a movie for only 99 cents a day plus tax.  There’s an Android app for the service as well and they’ve even moved up to adding Blue-Ray and video games to their machines.  In my opinion, this is perfect timing if you ask me, with the recent fold of Blockbuster and all.

However, in addition to being able to rent dvd’s from your nearest Redbox location, consider renting a movie from your local cable provider.  Where I live, Service Electric cable TV offers a great selection of video on demand (VOD) options and when new releases are available they pretty much show up on the service several hours later.  You also might want to keep in mind your local library.  One of the best kept secrets in most towns is their public library.  The public library where I live offers tons of dvd’s which you can sometimes rent out up to three at a time at no cost to you.  In addition, if you’re like me and you just mostly like watching dramas, there’s always Hulu+ for Android.  Hulu offers a huge and wide selection of TV shows like Law & Order, CSI and Dexter. All you need is an existing Hulu account and you’re off.  These are just some minor alternatives to Netflix so you don’t feel obligated to stay with the perpetually changing service, subsequently forking out for the new hike up in price.  Let’s remind Netflix that we don’t need the service as badly as they think and we’re willing to go wherever the deals are.  What do you think?  Feel free to rant and rave in the comments below.

About the Author: Joe Sirianni

Joe was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood moving around from state to state. He eventually made his way to Pennsylvania where he met his Portuguese beauty and made her his wife. He now has three great kids and full access to all of the Portuguese food he can eat. Joe's love for mobile technology began when he bought his first Palm Pilot, a Palm M130 and left it on top of his car, driving off, causing it to smash into a thousand pieces. Forced to buy a new device, he quickly discovered that specs were changing so rapidly he was buying a new device every six months just to keep up. Since then, he has constantly felt the need to have the latest and greatest. When the "smartphone" revolution began and integrating cell phones and PDA's was the norm, he quickly jumped to Windows Mobile for several years until the first Android device was launched, the T-Mobile G1. Joe began appreciating all of the free utilities Google provided and sold his soul (his precious data) to Google long before they got into the mobile OS business. So, there was no hesitation at all for him to jump on board and ride the Android train as an early adopter. And boy has it been a blast. Joe now works in the Engineering & Operations dept for a major mobile carrier where he remotely troubleshoots cell sites and loves being an Editor for TalkAndroid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/theSuperStar Jimmy Sylakowski

    Until I get 1080p streaming, then its Netflix DVDs for me.

  • John Manko

    I do.

  • http://www.thesuperstar.org theSuperStar

    Until I get 1080p streaming, then its Netflix DVDs for me.

  • Ray

    I will be actively looking for a streaming alternative with a decent library. Not only WILL I, I’m looking to drop them. This latest price change smacks of the same greed which left me loathing Blockbuster. Shame too. One of the reasons I talked family members into trying Netflix was the reasonable prices. I know content providers are at fault as well, so let them get the message as well.

  • adamvm

    Cancelled two days after I got the email
    All of it streaming and DVD. Don’t need them

  • Rowane

    downgraded to streaming only the day of the email, it goes up again and streaming is gone too. Oh, and I’ve been a member of Netflix since its beginning.

  • http://cityboytech.wordpress.com cityboytech

    I agree. Vote with your wallets people, now’s the perfect time to do so

  • keith

    Service electric… you must be from my neck of the woods. I drooped them though because rcn’s data speeds are like 50 times faster. As for a comment on Netflix I never had the DVDs on the mail because of redbox I only use Netflix for my daughter, she loves the instant phinneas an fern episodes. But if they Jack the prices on streaming I’m gone too.

  • Mark

    You guys should try considering vudu.com
    Same day as the dvd release, streaming 1080p hd for only 2 dollars for 2 nights, i mean atleast you pay for what you watch unlike netflix, it suddenly sits on the coffee table and you’re payingmonthly and you get to watch only like 2 or 3 movies lol

  • http://Zite Larry

    Right now I’m reading. A great alternative to netflix.

  • Brandon Briscoe

    Since Netflix raised thier prices and I found out that hulu+ became available on my device (Evo 4g), I signed up for hulu+ and have noticed they (Netflix & HULU) offer pretty much the same stuff. I wonder if I might just cancel the streaming on Netflix and keep the dvd option, and stream on hulu. Maybe. I have til September to decide.

  • Brandon Briscoe

    Since Netflix raised thier prices and I found out that hulu+ became available on my device, Evo 4g, I signed up for hulu+ and have noticed they, Netflix & HULU, offer pretty much the same stuff. I wonder if I might just cancel the streaming on Netflix and keep the dvd option, and stream on hulu. Maybe. I have til September to decide.

  • Rob Allen

    Netflix pushed me over the edge this time. I immediately signed up for Hulu Plus and have been trying it out. Although the content isn’t as large as Netflix, the growth they will receive in the next month, or so, should help. Rumors of Apple acquiring Hulu is a small concern, but will help the one feature on my iPad2 that doesn’t work – TV HDMI connectivity.

    Regardless of whether I find a comparable service, I am leaving Netflix simply because I will not be taken advantage of.

    The sad part is that if Netflix loses 50% of their customers, it is still a win for them. They raised their prices 60% and have a huge bandwidth usage savings. Although they will always be known as a greedy money sucker in my book.

  • Mathiias

    Sticking with Netflix for now as hulu doesn’t work on my rooted EVO 4G.

  • http://www.crackedscreen.org Cracked Screen

    I agree with you on the point of Netflix thinking they own the whole market, and that is completely false.

    Maybe we should spend our money elsewhere if they don’t appreciate us ?

  • Mitch

    Actually the price change for me was a way to save money. I was already considering lowering my disc at a time, and now I’ve decided to just drop discs altogether. This actually saved me $10. For kids’ shows, Netflix also offers a lot more than Hulu, such as Blues Clues, Sesame Street, Backyardigans, SuperWhy, etc., which is predominantly what Netflix is used for in my house. I think in the end, it’ll come to individual use as to whether Netflix is the best option or not.

  • EntrepreNerd

    Come on people. It is a couple of bucks extra a month. Have 6 fewer Starbucks coffees a year and you just covered the difference.

    I look at it like this. I have no had cable for about 8 years. I watch all my TV, what little I do watch, on Netflix of Hulu. So for me, as long as the monthly cost of Netflix stays under $85 I am saving money.

    Content rights cost money people. Do not take it out on Netflix because the media companies are trying to screw them on cost.

  • CrashMan79

    So many people and articles/blogs/whatever on the massive evil of Netflix… Take a step back folks. If you look at the major change here, they are either charging you six dollars more per month (for streaming and one dvd) OR they are discounting what a good number of customers use (streaming) by two dollars.

  • Shane

    It has nothing to do with being able to afford the service, it has to do with greedy companies jacking up prices and expecting people to just go with it. Hell, even mobile phone companies grandfather in existing plans when switching services up, and they’re about the greediest group of people I can think of.
    I’m canceling my disks, and if I can find a suitable alternative, I’m canceling streaming as well.

  • thom

    I watch July more than netfllix. It has more of what I like…movie classics and tv shows, such as lost in space, land of the giants, outer limits,etc.

  • Tiger505

    I’m quite happy with Netflix. I have 240 episodes of the Andy Griffin show (yes I’m a big fan of Barney) and no commercials. My instant queue is loaded. I think $7.99 for full streaming is a bargain.
    I tried Hulu and it was cr*p. IMHO

  • justsaying

    Been with Netflix since the nineties with a 4 DVD plan, but unless they have a change of heart in the next few weeks, we’re gonna be done. They acted arrogantly once before when they announced they were eliminating individual family member profiles. They backed down just days later when customers were outraged. Perhaps this will happen again, but I doubt it.

    Netflix will soon learn this is the end of their meteoric growth – plenty of streaming alternatives + Redbox makes leaving it a no brainer. The new “business model” may seem to make sense for Netflix accountants, but it really is a loser for the customer base, and Netflix’s prospects in the long run.

  • ChumbleSpuzz

    Let me get this straight. You are so upset with Netflix to the point of canceling it due to a price increase with no value in return, yet by your own admission, you still pay for cable, and that’s OK. Whaaa?