Upcoming Netflix family plan allows four simultaneous streams

By Shawn Knight
Apr 23, 2013
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  1. Netflix recently announced some new family-oriented changes to the streaming service. In a quarterly letter to shareholders, CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells noted the company intended to launch a new family plan that would allow up to four...

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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    No thanks, but I am happy with the service staying at the current $7.99 (really $8.54) streaming to all my devices is okay don't need to stream more than 2 at a time.

    Also a side note: Hulu Plus service is full of commercial that are thrown into your monthly account and on your viewing screen. Never again will I use that service.
  3. Vilandra

    Vilandra TS Member Posts: 22

    Yeah, I guess families might want to be able to watch different things at once, but not worth it to me.

    And thank you! I don't understand why anyone would pay for Hulu Plus. I used it for the 6 month free trial and watched a few things but nothing that really wasn't already available on the network's website. I'm not paying someone to show me commercials on principle lol. Is Hulu Plus the one that doesn't let you fast forward through the show? That might be Comcast On-Demand.
  4. Comcast doesn't allow you to fast-forward, at least not right away. After a set amount of time (it may be a week or so), you can fast-forward.

    I'm giving Hulu Plus a trial right now and I really don't see what people like about it. Compared to Amazon Prime Instant Video, it lacks a lot in the movie department. It seems to have a lot of TV shows, but any one individual doesn't really watch more than 2 or 3 shows religiously.

    About Netflix; if you're allowed 4 streams, isn't this like taking the bandwidth and multiplying by 4? With a bandwidth cap of 250GB, it seems like you would hit the wall pretty quickly. Can anyone comment on this? Thanks.
  5. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,279   +233

    This could be handy for the scattered family situation... Like people in travel situations, or kids off in college, etc. And all of those mobile methods for accessing your Netflix account, you can run into traffic jams quickly.

    I'd be surprised if only 1% of existing customers end up using it, once people start seeing the benefits. As for luring in new customers, I'd wager that a good portion of those new people are drawn in by the ability to game the system - like 4 friends go in together, and they all get Netflix for 3 bucks a month each.
  6. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Enthusiast Posts: 289   +67

    I agree and think that more than 1% of people will join this 4-stream program. As far as people who try to save $3-$4 a month by sharing their credential with friends (at the loss of privacy), I think they have a bigger financial problem to solve... Netflix probably sees this as a small, negligible loss.
  7. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,842   +126

    Every time I tried to use the 2 stream it has not worked huh.
  8. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    Tried Hulu Plus for a week then got rid of it. It is not worth it.Hint Hulu I am paying for the service in order not to get ads. Also Hulu has no movies and there Roku app sux!
  9. Timonius

    Timonius TS Guru Posts: 599   +38

    Last time I used Netflix, I had to cancel it due to lack of family friendly features. Multiple streams was not the issue...
  10. Not going back to Netflix, no matter what.
  11. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,842   +126

    Oh yeah! The original series made by netflix hemlock grove is actually pretty good. I like netflix I don't think you can spend 8$ on entertainment more wisely. But then again I have never tried hulu+, I tried the free version and hated the navigation system.

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