Netflix To Get More A Little More Expensive, But Remain A Pretty Great Deal

Tuesday, July 12 by
So long, Spartacus. 

Netflix, in an effort to further divorce their streaming and DVD-by-mail businesses, has rolled out a new pricing plan that would raise the cost of maintaining a streaming and one-DVD-at-a-time membership from $9.99 per month to $7.99 per month for the DVD-by-mail aspect and $7.99 for the streaming aspect, causing the same plan to now cost $15.98 per month.

However, this rate hike probably won’t cause the uproar that many think it will, as a streaming-only plan will remain $7.99, and a one-DVD-at-a-time plan (now sans streaming) actually falls from $9.99 to $7.99. So unless you really want the “best of both worlds,” there could be a chance that this restructuring could actually save you money.

While it’s likely that Netflix rate hikes will cause some customers to jump ship, the increased fees will subsidize streaming licenses, as well as original programming, meaning that when all is said and done, the rate hike could make Netflix a more desirable service. I’m not sure if I believe that, but it’s a pleasant thing to think about.

So in short, one of the best values in entertainment is getting a little more expensive for some. But considering even the new pricing clocks in at about the cost of one movie ticket in LA or New York, it’s still a pretty sweet service. Besides, the Netflix gang is still in our good graces for running Blockbuster out of business.

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COMMENTS

  1. July 12, 2011 2:47 pm

    10

    Idoit. 


  2. July 12, 2011 2:47 pm

    Pabst

    I’m sure you have nothing to gain touting Netflix.  


  3. July 12, 2011 2:47 pm

    MonkeyJones

    Did they give you a free streaming subscription to take their side. I’m sure they still made you pay for your dvd’s. 


  4. July 12, 2011 2:47 pm

    Lagermen

    Pushing people to illegal downloads more.  Smart move. 


  5. July 12, 2011 2:47 pm

    Pimpernal

    A lot of people I know are switching from cable to internet streaming.  This is going to scare them.  Sites like Netflix are going to keep charging more.  Take over that cable money. Why buy the cow when you get the sex for free? 


  6. July 12, 2011 2:47 pm

    BulletBullet

    there is nothing to watch on netflix but some documentaries and tv shows.


  7. July 12, 2011 2:47 pm

    Jdavenport

    Arrested Development. I already have it on dvd so I don’t need to pay $8/month. 


  8. July 12, 2011 2:47 pm

    Baronvital

    Have you heard of thepiratebay.org? You don’t got to wait for it to get to netflix and it’s 0$/month.  you get your show the next day.  


  9. July 12, 2011 2:47 pm

    Chet

    Netflix’s competition (cable and satellite) have been raising their prices for years, and people complain but keep paying. This will be no different.