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.