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Netflix subscribers who have not made changes to their account before September 1st will see the billing prices change dramatically. Folks who paid 9.99 for one (1) at a time unlimited DVD and Streaming will see a 60% increase and now be billed 15.98. The reason for this is because Netflix has now split it’s Disk and Streaming services into two separate services. One of the things that many people find to be equally upsetting is that there is no discount for those who select both services.
If you plan to make any changes to your subscription, remember to so before 12:00am September 1st. Me and another household in my family are switching to a DVD/BR only plan due the much larger movie selection and far superior picture quality.
For those of us who use Netflix, may it be the streaming-only service or the DVD/Blu-Ray with streaming service, the latter might be a little disappointed with this news. Netflix has opted to separate both DVD and Blu-Ray plans from the streaming plans. The streaming-only plan will remain $7.99 a month, but since the DVD plan included streaming, it was only $2 more a month for adding DVD onto the plan.
Netflix says that didn’t make sense financially, and since DVD rentals are still huge with the service, they wanted it to make better business sense. This is why they divided the plans, and the DVD plan will now be the same price as the streaming plan, at $7.99. 2 discs out at a time will be $11.99. In comparison, the 1 Blu-Ray/DVD plan (that included streaming) was $12.99.
At least with the new plan, Blu-Ray renting will be at $9.99, $2 more instead of $3 (and another $1 for each additional disc). Now, here is where the problem starts, though. Since this new plan separates streaming and disc services, subscribers will need to get the bundled service (which doesn’t offer any discounts) if they want both. Those of us currently on the1 DVD/Blu-Ray/Streaming plan pay $12.99 a month, plus tax. With the new subscription update, it will be the $7.99 streaming service, plus another $9.99 for the Blu-Ray/DVD, resulting in a $17.98 bill instead, which, quite frankly, is completely unfair from a consumerist standpoint.
Here’s another kicker. The DVD-Only plans only allow up to 2 DVDs/Blu-Rays at a time, so if you currently have the 4 DVD plan, and you want to continue with 4 DVD rentals, you will be forced to get the 4 DVD with streaming, which will now cost you $29.98 a month, $34.98 with Blu-Ray. Same goes with the 3 DVD (albeit at a lower price).
For new subscribers, these subscription changes are immediate, but for people who already subscribe to Netflix? We’re not safe, either. If you haven’t changed over before September 1st, you will wind up having to pay AT LEAST the $17.98 ($15.98 if you don’t rent Blu-Rays), depending on the number of discs you have for your current plan.
Personally, I might just switch to the Streaming service, as I don’t really watch my disc-based movies as much as I should anyway, and I take forever to get around to them. But still, for those who use both aspects of the service? They’re getting the most mistreatment by this new pricing model. I still love Netflix, though.
For those of us who subscribe to Netflix, and use it frequently on the PS3, there is an easy way to get around that. I haven’t been on properly in a few days, but I did figure this one out on day one of the outage, and figured most people would have found it by now.
On initial startup of the program, you will be greeted with the PSN log in screen. Go ahead and attempt to log in. It will fail, but your movie list will load directly afterward. Then the log in screen will come up a second time. Again, attempt to sign in, and when it fails, press Circle to cancel, and it will take you to your list and you can use Netflix like normal.
Now, as far as other services go, I’m not sure if similar processes will work for you, as the only third party content provider I use is Netflix. If you have any other workarounds for things like Hulu, etc, please let us know!
This only works on some versions of the app (apparently they have different versions available at a given time for feature testing, etc), so it might be hit or miss, but still worth a shot. Also, apparently, this does not work on Hulu+, but I have only had one person mention that
Seems like Orb Networks is about to drop a gem out of the sky for Blu-ray & PS3 owners. Earlier today at CES the company announced that they are going to be releasing a Blu-ray disc to consumers, turning their devices into one stop shops for all their media needs. Once you pop in the disc you’ll have access to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Comedy Central, Amazon VoD, YouTube, Hulu, ABC, CBS as well as several other networks only for $19.99 (internet connection required). Now I know that some of you might say “Great I just got rid of the Netflix disc and now I am going to be getting another disc?”. Even if that’s the case, its not like you can pass this up for 20 bucks. This is a lot of great content and if this allows your Blu-ray or PS3 to turn into a global source of goodness than I am all for it. This thing is even going to support HD output at 720p and 1080p resolution, and is aimed at a late February release. I don’t know about any of you but it looks like things just got a whole lot better for the PS3!!!