Much teeth-gnashing and crying in the darkness followed Netflix announcement that it was separating its DVD / Blu-Ray and streaming services. When Netflix unrolled its new DVD / Blu-Ray service, Qwikster, the response was a bit like when everyone found out the long-awaited Apple tablet had a name that sounded like a jam rag. While we’ll miss being able to get a new flick delivered to our door via U.S. mail and stream over the series of tubes at one low price, it could be a lot worse. Tons of things are more expensive than subscribing to both Netflix services. Here are nine.

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Going to the Movies

Nothing ever compares to the experience of watching a movie in a cool, dark room with a mob of other people. You laugh harder, cry more and walk away with an experience greater than just seeing a flick. You also go home about $30 lighter than you went in -- make that $50 if you bring a date. Between skyrocketing ticket prices and the minor atrocities committed at the concession stand, going to the cinema is a far greater expense than throwing Netflix / Qwikster whatever it is they finally end up charging for both services.

Renting Movies

Just in case anyone is still rocking Hammer pants, listening to Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, buying CDs and renting videos, we’d like to point out that this is a very expensive way to catch a film. At three bucks per -- the price that renting movies cost the last time we wandered into a video rental place, somewhere around 1994 -- or one dollar per night -- apparently what those boxes outside of the 7-11 charge for the privilege of having a hard copy of How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days -- renting movies like grandma used to is going to add up real quick.


Torrenting your favorite movie is, in theory, free. That’s one of the things people love about it. But it isn’t free when you add in the cost of getting sued by the MPAA. Laugh all you like. The movie industry has decided to redouble its efforts to hunt down and punish people like you who don’t want to shell out their hard-earned lettuce to find out Captain America: The First Avenger is possibly the worst super hero film since Punisher War Journal. The worst is when you get sued by the porn industry, which is happening more and more these days. Basement dwellers of the world are going to lose more than just money when pornographers come knocking on mom’s door inquiring about who downloaded Teen Butt Sluts Vol. 9.


Cable is pretty sick. You don’t just get to receive channels better, you also get to see a lot of things that otherwise require going to a bar or hunting down a friend who has cable. The drawback, however, is the price. If you just want some channels, chances are even that will cost you more than Netflix. If you want a full complement of halfway-decent channels, get ready to shell out a pretty penny. Unlike Netflix, having cable doesn’t give you nearly as much ability to watch what you want when you want to watch it, though some in roads have been made in terms of on-demand services. Still, there are often additional fees for watching certain films, a far cry from Netflix relatively low price of admission.

Hulu Plus

In theory, Hulu plus is actually cheaper than Netflix at this time. This doesn’t take into account the cost of commercials, however. Commercials don’t make something free, they just pass the cost along to someone else -- which, frankly, who gives a shit about? You might give a shit, however, about the psychic tol taken on your brain by watching the same four ads every fifteen minutes with a “This episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is brought to you with limited commercial interruption by Tucks Medicated Pads” bumper. You’re better off throwing down the extra dollar or two for a commercial-free experience. The total cost to your sanity is difficult, if not impossible to gauge.

Getting Videos From iTunes

iTunes doesn’t let users rent anymore, meaning everything you get from Apple you’re going to buy. Movies on iTunes range from $14.99 for new released to $9.99 for older films. For the cost of a single film you can rent thousands with a single month’s membership to Netflix.

Buying DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs

Nevermind the cost of the device to play movies on disc. Think about what the discs will cost the serious movie buff inside of a month. Assuming that you stick to classics like Omega Man and I Spit On Your Grave from the dollar bin, you get to watch ten movies in a month for the price of Netflix. For the low Netflix price, you can look at tits and gore until you feel like your eyes are going to pop out of your head, catch up on your favorite TV shows and possibly even watch a movie that’s actually, y’know, good.


This should really be a subset of cable, because you’re going to need it for this to work. So that’s whatever cable is costing every month, plus a few bucks every time you want to watch a movie. You’ve already paid more than you would have for Netflix once you get cable up and running, so getting movies once you’ve done that puts you even further in the hole. It’s no wonder that most dudes with cable have seen Major League: Back to the Minors about a zillion times.

Satellite TV

Satellite TVs have come a long way since they were the exclusive domain of reclusive Unabomber fanboys. Still, the price hasn’t come down a whole lot. You might pay less for satellite TV than you’d pay for cable -- and that’s a big might -- but you’re still going to pay less than you would for Netflix. Unlike satellite TV, Netflix gives you far greater choice in what you want to watch and you don’t have to wait for things to air, record them on a DV-R and play them back later. The movies are already there, waiting for you to press play.