Tech wrap: Netflix jacks prices, adds DVD-only option

July 12, 2011

Netflix subscribers could see their monthly bill increase starting this fall. The company announced it is doing away with a combo plan that lets customers watch unlimited movies and TV shows online and get DVDs by mail for $9.99 a month. Starting in September, current subscribers who want both services will have to pay $7.99 per month to rent one DVD plus an added $7.99 for unlimited streaming, for a total of $15.98 a month. That’s an increase of 60 percent. The new pricing begins immediately for new customers. Old-fashioned types who just want DVDs now have the option of an unlimited DVD-only plan that costs $7.99 for one at a time or $9.99 for two at a time. Good or bad news, depending on how you use Netflix.

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Once the change is made I will drop their DVD service, Keep the streaming and use Redbox.
Netflix just Failed.

Posted by LJL | Report as abusive

This is some straight BS

They’re trying to push everyone to streaming when they know their online service is TWISTED: Poor picture quality, out of order episodes, Bogus nobodys ever heard of this titles. I think I’m actually going to finally get twitter so I can complain on as many social media outlets as possible!!

I can’t wait for the free market to prevail and for someone to undercut the hell out of their price for their new ridiculous plan.

Posted by ENRAgED | Report as abusive

This increase is ridiculous Netflix is (was) good, but too expensive now. An alternative is the service from “TVDevo” website that runs well and consumes less bandwidth. I found out about it on the CNN site a while ago and have been using it since.

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