Netflix splits its DVD and streaming plans

By Emil
Jul 12, 2011
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  1. Netflix has announced that it is once gain changing its pricing plans. The company is splitting its offerings into DVD and streaming.

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  2. treetops

    treetops TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,570   +41

    I have the streaming plan I was going to add dvds because there are a ton more dvds then streaming content. I read somewhere only 6% of the dvd content is offered streaming. I am not sure how accurate that is, it was from some random site on the internet. I cannot torrent with my isp because because of how much bandwidth it eat up so bleh. I can still torrent through my phones internet at least. Still netflix offers a pretty good plan, to bad they don't have a cable type division. Another problem with streaming is the quality is at its lowest unless you download at 1000 kbs+, below 1k is the lowest of there 5 tier quality streaming.
  3. Mizzou

    Mizzou TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 930

    Just got the email a couple hours ago. Think I'll just drop the streaming and stick with the DVD plan ... knew it was only a matter of time.
  4. wcbert

    wcbert Newcomer, in training Posts: 71

    I have Netfix with my Roku player. Completely forgot the Netfix also offers DVDs too until I read the article. I not going to bother with the DVD ever. To easy to have it steam when I ready to watch a movie.
  5. RaiDeR55

    RaiDeR55 Newcomer, in training Posts: 45

    I have Netflix and they should father in the present customers.Like other company's do when they change there product some.But then again, IF they would just stream their whole library of content.for the price increase that would be great!!!..But doubt that will happen for awhile. :(

    The other side of it .. Just stay with just Dvd's if thats the way you are set to watch shows,movies..
  6. Scshadow

    Scshadow TechSpot Maniac Posts: 304   +25

    Guess I'll go back to pirating what I want to watch. Thanks for saving my money netflix.
  7. Xero07

    Xero07 Newcomer, in training Posts: 92

    Perhaps the amount of streaming content will benefit from them being isolated from each other
  8. Mizzou

    Mizzou TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 930

    I seldom use the streaming and prefer the features that are inherent in a DVD. Call it whatever you like, just see no point in paying for something that I rarely use and can easily do without.
  9. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 357   +30

    They don't have enough streaming content yet... I know they are trying, but still not enough. I tried the 30 day trial and watched a good portion of TV shows I wanted to watch in that time, all I had left was movies.

    Not only that but they have no force-HD option for their streaming. The auto detect bandwidth for streaming works very, very well, i'll admit... but often times would drop out of HD on my connection. I'm willing to wait for 5 minutes to buffer the TV show or whatever so I can have HD the entire time. It should keep buffering at least 80% of the video. I wish they would also hold the last few minutes in cache because sometimes you miss something and want to go back, but then you have to wait for it to re-buffer and often lose the HD stream you had going.

    Once I see some of these improvements then i'll consider paying $8 a month...
  10. Lets see poor economy... millions without jobs.... people trying to save money everywhere they can.
    Taking my $12.50 for streaming and bluray 1 movie at a time and taking it to approx $22... almost double what i pay now..... you have to be crazy to think that people are going to want to pay that. At best i can watch 8 movies a month with mailing times and finding time during my schedule to stop for 2+ hours. In between i usually stream since dont have cable. Redbox is a dollar a night i can get a movie when i want and can....... bye bye netflix in 51 days and counting.
  11. I told my wife when we recieved netflix dvd service as a gift that after three months we would lose interest in cycling the discs through the mail. Sure enough... (I had already done that with Netflix before we got married.)

    Then streaming came available and we used it often for a month, now infrequently. Reason? Content is SAAAADDDDD! I use it more than anyone else because I get a small kick out of watching utterly cheesy movies. Best if they are old science fiction. Until they start rotating hot new releases, the streaming model is never going to generate a profit.

    We watched every notable movie released in the last five years (that was available on streaming) in about two weeks. Then we caught up on a few seasons of The Office. Then we made it about halfway through the third season of Battlestar Galactica. Now we have three Blue Ray discs that have been in our home for about two months and I have streamed a couple Godzilla movies in the last several weeks. Not worth $8 to me for that when renewal comes around.

    Now, when I have faith to get 90% of new releases when they come out, I'd probably pay $25 or $30 a month for the service. I spend more than that with DirecTV On Demand now.
  12. Hopefully (HOPEFULLY) this means they'll start making more movies available via streaming. It only makes sense for them, makes their overhead costs ridiculously lower with fewer DVDs to purchase. The future is streaming, netflix, just make it happen!
  13. I thought $10 a month for both was too low to last. I'd rather see Netflix survive to expand their offering than go bust by pricing it wrong and going broke.

    They have to pay some company each time something gets viewed, probably even for ten minutes.

    I have also been thinking that Netflix SHOULD BE talking to the networks and offering special packages. I would pay a premium to get the college basketball season for my team. Netflix is much better positioned to one day offer true on-demand programming than the networks or cable.

    They could be streaming exactly what I want to watch and getting paid to do it.
     
  14. Netflixs streaming content blows the big one. Why people pay for that is beyond me.... I tried it for one month...when it can't keep the interest of my kid I know something is wrong...Sorry netflixs...catch me in 5 years when you cost $40 and have actual good content to watch.
  15. Butch

    Butch TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 112

    I really like the streaming. I am fortunate to have a very fast, very consistent internet connection Netflix streaming works very well for me but I agree with most here in that the streaming content is seriously lacking. Looks like I'll drop the streaming for now. Between Netflix for movies and Amazon for everything else I'll never need to leave the house!
  16. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,245   +213

    I currently pay $11.99 for 1 dvd/bluray at a time and streaming. Its going to go up to $17.98 for me according to the email I got. I'm on a pretty tight budget at the moment so by September I plan on dropping the DVD/Bluray, that will decrease my bill to $7.99. Right now I don't think I can even get 10 movies a month with shipping times (17.98-7.99) which is what I'd spend at Redbox for 10 movies.

    While we are complaining. My Sony Bluray player will stream netflix, but it doesn't adjust the speed if my bandwidth goes up or down. Most of the time this isn't a big deal because my connection is typically pretty solid. But occasionally it will detect lower than what I could average and then as a result I get some pretty poor looking video. If this happens on a computer, when my speed goes back up I get adjusted, but on the bluray player I'm stuck with horrible quality unless I stop it and then back out and resume.
  17. Mizzou

    Mizzou TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 930

    The choices current Netflix users make regarding DVD versus streaming (or both) will influence the direction Netflix takes in the near future. Since I'd like to see optical media stick around for a while longer I simply cast my vote in favor of the DVD.
  18. Renrew

    Renrew TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 219   +16

    I'd love streaming if the content was the same as their mailed DVDs. It would save them money in the long run. Paying $7.99 for each service is just too expensive. Bye Netflix
  19. mishmosh

    mishmosh Newcomer, in training

    Until streaming catalog is decent and quality approaches HD, I will stick to the 1-at-a-time DVD membership.
  20. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,245   +213

    mishmosh - I have a 6Mbps down connection, and a lot of the content I watch looks pretty damn good on my 46" tv. Sure its not quite as good at Bluray, but it also isn't taking 25-50 gigs of download to play either.
  21. I'm seen estimates of Netflix streaming expenses for 2012 and unless the studios are all dramatically raising their prices beyond reason, more studios will be added.
  22. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,387   +12

    Very disappointed in the direction Netflix is going here. I knew it was inevitable that prices were going up, especially since studios are putting a lot more pressure on Netflix for licenses. But this is just nonsense, the best plan they have is being doubled with absolutely no middle ground and they have the galls to try and spin this as a positive. As much as I want to rely on streaming only, the selection as already pointed out still needs work. On top of the fact that shows due to their licenses aren't completely available or end early which adds to the annoyance. I hope they come up with a solution before September first or I personally will be looking at alternatives.
  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 9,999   +710

    How exactly would you suggest they spin this...?
    Well, as I've been pointing out continually in these streaming versus tangible media threads, that as soon as they get you hooked on streaming, they'll raise the price. Then your IP will cap your bandwidth. In porn, that's what they call a "DP"
    Like what, "Blocbuster Online"? BTW, good luck with that personal crusade.

    That said, a "Redbox" kiosk, looks like the best windmill ever. At least to this Don Quixote...:rolleyes:


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