Netflix Raising Prices For Most Services

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Over the past week nine out of ten people have informed me that they have now subsribed to Netflix. Now while it is still very new to us folks here in Canada, I felt this was worth reporting for our American readers.

Netflix has now launched a subscription plan that will offer only streaming video for a mere $7.99 per month. Only the catch is that the price for other services will rise. According to the Netflix company blog, they are now offering a new $7.99 a month plan which lets you instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies streamed to your computer or TV. This plan does not include any DVDs. All the titles you can watch instantly on your current plan are also available on this new plan, and as a reminder, not all titles on DVD are available to watch instantly. This new plan is also available immediately and you can switch at any time.

Second, they are increasing the prices on thier unlimited plans that offer both watching instantly and DVDs by mail. On the two most popular unlimited plans – the 1 DVD out at a time and 2 DVDs out at a time – the price is increasing by $1 a month. Confusing? To better understand the changes you can refer to the image below and for a clearer indication you will find an explanation provided by the press release under the image.

Why the changes? Our selection of TV episodes and movies available to stream has grown dramatically, and as a result most members want us to deliver unlimited TV episodes and movies two ways: streaming instantly over the internet plus DVDs by mail. The price increase will allow us to continue to offer the popular plan choice of unlimited TV episodes and movies streaming instantly along with unlimited DVDs.

You might also wonder why we haven’t introduced a new plan that includes only DVDs by mail. The fact is that members are already watching more TV episodes and movies streamed instantly over the Internet than on DVDs, and we expect that trend to continue. Creating the best user experience that we can around watching instantly is how we’re spending the vast majority of our time and resources. Because of this, we are not creating any plans that are focused solely on DVDs by mail.

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