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#811 pitfallharry219

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:35 PM

I wonder if Netflix would consider offering staggered streaming subs based on the number of devices you're allowed to stream to simultaneously, similar to how it's currently handled:


That's bullshit. Three devices at once have been streaming in my house, and my plan doesn't even include DVDs.

#812 dmaul1114

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:39 PM

That's bullshit. Three devices at once have been streaming in my house, and my plan doesn't even include DVDs.


It's been a policy for a while, but people have said it's glitchy on whether they catch it or not. But I have seen a "busy" message come up once or twice in the past when I was still sharing my streaming with a friend and I couldn't watch something because they must have been using it. It's bee a couple months so I don't recall exactly what the message says.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:58 PM

Wow, checked in on this thread since I just now read my email about price changes. Seems like thread has changed from movie suggestions to everyone defending or opposing Netflix choices.

Well unfortunately I will be dropping Netflix, with free monday Redbox rentals and the fact I usually only go through 1-6 DVD's a month anyways it makes the most logical sense. Plus I have already been annoyed with the long waits on Most of the movies that I want to watch.

I was just getting use to the streaming on my Droid but I guess I just need to finish up those series of X-Men and Spiderman before I cancel it.

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Posted 12 July 2011 - 11:58 PM

Damn, it'd save me a chunk of money to switch to just BB, but the Blockbuster 7 blocks from me closed, and Redbox isn't convenient, so I'll stick with Netflix, which is what they want, I suppose.

I watch at least 3 blu-rays a month, plus a bunch of streaming TV shows and movies, so either way Netflix is cheaper than buying (or renting) BR discs. I'll switch when another cheap option comes around (from Netflix or Amazon or BB or anyone else).

Sadly, 98% of Netflix subscribers will stay with the service without checking to see if there's something cheaper available for them.
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:05 AM

I pretty much stopped using netflix since I got DirecTV. This is going to push me to cancel.

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#816 Rocko

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:18 AM

Redbox for new release discs and keep streaming would be a good idea if all you watch on physical discs is new releases.

#817 dmaul1114

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:24 AM

Redbox for new release discs and keep streaming would be a good idea if all you watch on physical discs is new releases.


Price wise yes. Convenience wise no since you have to hassle with getting it back by the due date. Not a big deal if there's one right next to your home or work (or directly on the drive to and from work), but a pain otherwise as it's just another errand added to the day.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:24 AM

Blockbuster is now owned by Dish, I think the existing stores have a new shot to survive. Also, I don't think the mail service will be going any where.


That's great but my local store is dead and I'm sure there are others in this thread who are in the same position.

I was being a little sarcastic - guess I should have added a winking smiley to my post.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:28 AM

this it outrageous it's not even worth getting the only instant que they don't got hardly anything ive even hard of on thier or it's all b movies

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:31 AM

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:35 AM

as long as the streaming stays at 7.99 to 9.99 its worth it to me. i just started my free trial this month and ill definelty sub when its done. theyve got a good selection of foreign films as well and the classic horror is a bonus.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:37 AM

Price wise yes. Convenience wise no since you have to hassle with getting it back by the due date. Not a big deal if there's one right next to your home or work (or directly on the drive to and from work), but a pain otherwise as it's just another errand added to the day.


Luckily I've got plenty by me so I'll be going the streaming NFLX, Redbox for DVDs route. I understand the content acquisition costs, but damn if that's not a hell of a hike in price. I suppose it had to happen sooner or later.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:37 AM

I'm on the $9.99 DVD/streaming plan and will probably dump the DVD or the service altogether in September. I rarely use the DVD (typically the random movie that my girlfriend watches) and only stream every now and then. With Uverse giving us free Showtime for a year and the Internet having everything else, it's pointless for me to pay $16 for what I rarely use now.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:45 AM

Some important info, the change doesn't go into affect until your bill on or after September 1st.



So don't change it now as you can't get your old price back if you do. Might as well enjoy the streaming at the current price through August!


Here's my thing on the price hike...I'm currently on a 3 month netflix giftcard I bought from best buy...the email says they won't begin to charge me the new rate until that expires...so I'm thinking of buying about a years worth of giftcards and adding them to my account. I believe it would work as with the $1 price hike I had a gift card on my account and I was fine for 2 months post the date the price hike hit...thoughts? possible loop hole to avoid an extra $6 a month? :)



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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:47 AM

That's bullshit. Three devices at once have been streaming in my house, and my plan doesn't even include DVDs.

That's for DVD-based plans, as their FAQs are out of date from what I can tell. If they want to make the most money off of streaming, going after those that stream from several devices would get most of the high mileage users. First, they'd have to allow managing of devices connected to your account since all they have right now is adding to your list and deleting everything. You can't even see what's attached to your account, so they have to upgrade their site before thinking about doing that.


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#826 dmaul1114

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:52 AM

Luckily I've got plenty by me so I'll be going the streaming NFLX, Redbox for DVDs route. I understand the content acquisition costs, but damn if that's not a hell of a hike in price. I suppose it had to happen sooner or later.


Yeah, it stinks. I'd be really pissed if I used the streaming a ton like I did when it first started. I can live without it now so it's not a biggie as I can just drop streaming and actually save $2 from what I'm paying currently.

For me there are lots of Redbox's around the city, just none on my 3 mile drive to work as all the grocery stores/strip malls where they tend to be at are more on the edges of the city where as I live in midtown and work downtown.

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#827 dmaul1114

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:54 AM

That's for DVD-based plans, as their FAQs are out of date from what I can tell.


What you quoted said both Streaming Only and 1 DVD at a time were limited to one devices.

But it may well just be outdated. Maybe with this split (those plans are effective immediately for new members) the dropped the restriction. Or it's just glitchy in catching when people are streaming simultaneously on the same account.

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#828 pitfallharry219

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:57 AM

That's for DVD-based plans, as their FAQs are out of date from what I can tell. If they want to make the most money off of streaming, going after those that stream from several devices would get most of the high mileage users. First, they'd have to allow managing of devices connected to your account since all they have right now is adding to your list and deleting everything. You can't even see what's attached to your account, so they have to upgrade their site before thinking about doing that.


I noticed that it has been changed lately because you could previously see what devices had been activated and you could deactivate a single one if you wanted. If they want people to pay higher prices, then they seriously need to revamp their website and queue management.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 01:46 AM

Not sure what I'm going to do. I haven't done much streaming, but I was planning on knocking a bunch of things off my queue by doing a lot of streaming. Guess I'm gonna have to do that in August and then reevaluate.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 02:01 AM

Remember when Netflix said the studios were going to start charging more for their content licenses in terms of streaming... well heres the price increase that goes with that. Probably should be more pissed at the studios rather than netflix.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 02:23 AM

After looking at the numbers, it seems as if my monthly bill (1 Blu-Ray+streaming) w/ tax will go from $12.77 to $19.15! That's damn near 7 dollars. It's a pill that's too big to swallow, since a $13 bill doesn't seem bad while a $20 bill seems like a punch to the gut.

I'm either going to switch to the one blu-ray/dvd a month plan or cancel all together. As streaming only just doesn't have enough to offer at the moment.

The only hope now is that all of the internet rage floating about makes them reconsider this decision and maybe offer a bundle deal of some kind. If they can get it down to $15 a month w/ tax then I wouldn't mind too much. Don't know if this will happen, though.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 02:45 AM

looks like my netflix bill will be lowering. I was debating dropping the dvd + blu already, since I rarely use it. Most of my activity is older TV shows on there. Once i run out of stuff, i might have to check out Hulu Plus.


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Posted 13 July 2011 - 03:41 AM

I understand that Netflix is going to need more money to pay for all the licenses it has , but it probably would've worked better if the price increase was steady over a longer period of time rather than such a large chunk all at once.

I've been thinking about switching to a streaming only plan for a while now since I tend to neglect the disk movies I get although I haven't been watching as much streaming stuff as I could/should either. Then I noticed that the addition of the disk only plan and thought that maybe that would be a better option since that way I could get new(er) releases from netflix and stream other stuff from Amazon/Hulu/other sites , but then to get minimal value out of the subscription I would have to rent at least 8 movies a month which might be difficult for me to do consistently. So now I think I'll end up going streaming only anyway and try to actually start utilizing it more , and get my disk releases from the local Blockbuster Express. If Hulu (regular or plus) or Amazon were to really start offering more shows I might consider dropping Netflix completely.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 03:45 AM

The only hope now is that all of the internet rage floating about makes them reconsider this decision and maybe offer a bundle deal of some kind. If they can get it down to $15 a month w/ tax then I wouldn't mind too much. Don't know if this will happen, though.


My cable company randomly decides to raise fees 5 bucks every few months but they're still in business. Basically, I don't think the general public is going to react like the internet community. I'm not saying that's a good thing, just saying is all.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 04:44 AM

Cya Netflix. It was already pretty crappy with the other recent change/price hike anyway.
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 05:16 AM

For me, who knows...I am planning on testing the streaming service tomorrow...since streaming to Puerto Rico just began a couple of weeks ago.If it goes well, I may end up paying the streaming monthly plan.And my illegal downloads would definitely start to go down...since my streaming would end up taking part of my bandwidth ...not that I may quit all for just netflix...since they dont have everything, but its a good alternative to go besides my montly dishnetwork bill.
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 05:54 AM

....I think i'm dropping netflix come sept.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 11:31 AM

Well, it looks like I have until late September to catch up on the new release titles. After that, I'll be downgrading to Instant Streaming only. Then I'll just go the Redbox/ Blockbuster route for whatever isn't on Instant Streaming and new releases. In my opinion, it's still a great deal for the Instant Streaming especially since we have 4 devices activated.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 01:07 PM

You people need to realize that the pricing you've been paying for Netflix streaming so far has been an "early adopter in a brand new market" price. The license holders, until now, have mostly treated Netflix like a cute novelty and a way to make a few extra bucks - charging very little for license fees.

Today is a different game. Reports are all over that the studios are now pissed. They see how much netflix is taking and they want a cut. They see that streaming is where everything is headed and they are now hedging their bets.

It's estimated that Netflix's licensing costs will increase 10x over the next year.
Should they just eat that and keep the same pricing? What business does that?

The honeymoon is over. Streaming will slowly increase in cost closer to the cost of cable over the next decade (offering closer to the same product). That's a fact we need to just get use to.

I wager that the increase in disc plans is subsidizing the streaming licensing increases.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 01:35 PM

I wager that the increase in disc plans is subsidizing the streaming licensing increases.


It obviously is. It will be interesting to see what happens when the dust settles. I, like many others, are leaving the service all together. I have been with them on and off since they started. Those that aren't leaving, a good majority looks to be dropping one part of the service so are they really getting what they want? Doesn't appear like it.

I read a NY Times article on this and a nice little note for those planning to stay...
http://www.nytimes.c...es-package.html
"Mr. Amel said further changes to Netflix’s monthly prices should be expected in the next couple of years as the company’s growth rate slows and as it pays hundreds of millions of dollars more to license streams of movies and TV shows."
Pretty standard; basic economics. Less demand = higher prices.

"Last month, in a reminder that Netflix is vulnerable to decisions made by Hollywood studios, more than 200 films from Sony Pictures were pulled from the streaming service because of what Netflix called a “temporary contract issue” with Starz, a partner of Sony. The issue has not yet been resolved."
Sony isn't the first and won't be the last to do this. These types of things beyond a lackluster selection have made it easier to drop streaming.