Netflix adds a standard definiton only streaming option for new subscribers

By Shawn Knight · 13 replies
Dec 31, 2013
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  1. Netflix is looking to add to its user base with a discounted offering for new subscribers. The new price point allows users to watch on one screen in standard definition only for just $6.99 per month. That’s a buck cheaper...

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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    It's really $8.49 since they now collect tax. I am the $7.99. I am not paying anymore than that. You have to figure in 1 year = $101 depending on your tax code for your state. Still not bad it could be worst.

    Amazon Prime Instant Videos was awful no video queues. Deal $79.99 to get 2-day Shipping but they kept on messing up my orders. Or dropping items off my order with contacting me. Slick way Amazon does business. So I've dropped the Prime this month.

    Netflix is a better deal I use HD 1080p instead of low SD.
  3. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    You're right about Amazon Prime Instant Videos. Their content is severely lacking.
    I signed up for Hulu Plus, but their TV episodes keep increasing their commercials during the programs that's a real PITA. Their movies are still commercial free, but there isn't much worthwhile content.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,255   +454

    That's a dirty trick...That price should be more like $3.99. Only a dollar less? What a rip off.

    Netflix needs to have a HD only option that you can enable. I'm tired of my video stream dropping to crap quality because my connection sucks. Buffer longer so I can view HD throughout the entire thing.

    It's only a matter of time before these great services start costing more and becoming bloated with crap and advertisements. Once the cable and satellite TV market is gone, they will have it to themselves and can do whatever they want. I will not hesitate to cancel Netflix or any other service once they start being evil.
  5. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 565   +179

    I like the idea for those who are single or only watch a couple times a month. But the main attraction, as stated, is the much less bandwidth you would be chewing through on a phone or jetpack.
  6. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,372   +69

    I just don't get netflix. If I changed my internet to comcast to handle the streaming, it would be $35 more a month. It costs $10, so that's $45 per month. How many blu ray dvds can I rent at redbox at $1.50 each? Do I watch at least 22 movies a month? No. Even tho comcast advertizes 10k downloads for that price, I heard in my neighborhood it's getting slower and slower due to load. Forget it. We have ota tv wth that blu ray player/burner htpc.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,967   +2,524

    This is what I keep screaming about, but I swear nobody listens. The media moguls are trying to herd everybody to streaming. Then they have you by the b***s once they get you there. Everybody thinks they're engineering all the convenience of media through the net for the customer, but that's the furthest thing from the truth. They have you right where they want you. So step right up, and get your DRM in suppository form. Nothing would make Hollywood happier, than to get rid of optical media. That would put a stop to even lending a DVD to a friend. And you're more or less tethered to the machine where you downloaded the media , even it it was only a dollar cheaper, it's more than double the nightmare.

    Hell, Hi-Def is broadcast TV standard now, either 720p, o0r 1080i.

    I only buy Blu-Ray when it makes no sense not to. For the rest of it, DVD with up scaling looks pretty darn good, at least up to the 46" TV I have.

    Do you really want to watch "Avatar", or other big budget feature film on a phone or a stinking 7" tablet? Because, that's a big "favor" they're doing you, allowing you to,"synch". Then they sell your stupid a** an 8" model six months later, because that now looks big to you.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2014
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    There is a setting on your netflix account on their web to change the quality of the picture. By default is low res. I set mine to higher HD quality.
  9. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    For sure I am OTA 720p/1080i HD 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus works great with Windows 7 Media Center DVR recording. Just need IR USB for use with your Logitech Harmony Remote. Ta da you can enjoy your laptop in my case as new media addition. I only have two Blue-ray players and two upscale
    DVD players in all-in-one systems. I hardly use the Blue-ray players. I did find some cheap prices
    on Blue-Ray Disc. I am not paying no more than $14 for news one. My SONY BP, Network Media
    Players and HDTV from them all support 1080p/24p

    Comcast in 2012 I had ditched high cost CATV and their digital phone and just kept the internet.
    Like show in the two CABLETEK enclosures below. The one on the left is what I had installed.
    The other one is from Comcast. Yes I been inside there box and remove all the junk so now my
    internet is blazing speeds instead of slow speed.
    This is how I've wired up mine inside enclosure OTA HD box. Coax leads
    with the red rings are what I made up for new lines and connections from dual
    HDTV ANTS and the black rings are from what COMCAST had installed on their box.

    I get free HD 71 channels now. When I had first started this in 2012 it was only
    60 channels.
  10. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 554   +9

    I recently started subscribing to Netflix in the UK, and was supriced how well it streamed. On my 2.5 meg connection if flawlessly streams at 720p, although it takes a few mins for it to bump up when I first start watching, I am very impressed. 550 ish programs/ movies on the UK service, so I just set up Un block us to access the US version, and I impressed by the extended library.

    When I get back to my uni digs, where I have 100 megs (which is being upgraded to 150 for free soon) I will be able stream the content 1080p
  11. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    Wow UK is catching up now. Netflix you say.. Here we can stream it at 1080p. You really don't need more MBPS to do so. 25GB down will be more than enough. I use to have 132GB down but the cost per month is just outrageous here. Right now I at 78GB I am about to lower than 48 to 53GB.
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    You don't need anywhere near 25 down to get 1080 (assuming netflix's "superhd" is 1080). I have 8 down and it plays superhd fine for me.
  13. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    I did ran a test last year for Vudu HDX Service requires 9mb down. Sure 50mb over hill. But I still run online business I will lower it to 25mb for what I need. Paying 50mb prices is still a lot after taxes and extra service tax make it feel like.
  14. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I checked Netflix's site. Requirement for 'superhd' is 7 down and it is indeed 1080p. Although just because it is 1080p doesn't mean it looks as good as even OTA broadcast 1080i.. Still though, it looks pretty good on my old 46" tv.

    Yeah, I can get up to 50 down here, but it is crazy expensive. 8 is serving me well for now.
  15. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,473   +126

    I can show you what my 1080p from Netflix really looks sharp as whistle. There are setting under your main account to change it. 50 down is like $69 plus taxes tack on $5 more. When I had 105 down it was over $100 bucks. Then they had 210 down and that is $199 per month. No way was I going to get that and the 105 down got me 132 down. Still costly. 25 down would be like $59 anything lower than that would be $49 then $39 would be what your getting.

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