The dumbest thing I’ve heard/read/seen all week is Netflix’s new account plan changes that they are implementing on September 1st of 2011. If you are a netflix user you probably got the e-mail but here it is just in case you deleted it by accident, skimmed over it, or don’t have Netflix but were thinking about getting it:
We are separating unlimited DVDs by mail and unlimited streaming into two separate plans to better reflect the costs of each. Now our members have a choice: a streaming only plan, a DVD only plan, or both.
Your current $9.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be split into 2 distinct plans:
Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, 1 out at-a-time (no streaming) for $7.99 a month
Your price for getting both of these plans will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99). You don’t need to do anything to continue your memberships for both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs.
These prices will start for charges on or after September 1, 2011.
You can easily change or cancel your unlimited streaming plan, unlimited DVD plan, or both, by going to the Plan Change page in Your Account.
We realize you have many choices for home entertainment, and we thank you for your business. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to call us at 1-888-357-1516.
–The Netflix Team
Can anybody say Weak Sauce?! I mean it’s incredulous Netflix. Way to take everything that made Netflix Netflix and start going corporate with this shit. Of course it’s only 6 more bucks a month and I can afford it but the biggest part of what drew me to Netflix was those commercials where the guy talks all fast and he’s like, “NNNNNNNNNNetflix! Watch unlimited movies and TV for only 8 bucks a MONTH! NNNNNNNNNNNNetflix!” Now you can’t even advertise it like that Netflix. Way to go! It would have to be, “NNNNNNNNNNetflix! Watch unlimited DVDs for 8 bucks a month! Or you can watch instant queue for 8 bucks a month! Making it only 16 bucks a month! NNNNetflix! Wow!” Plus your instant queue has been sucking recently. Get something other than a movie that everyone’s seen 40 times (the big lebowski) and some crappy mid-level TV sitcom (my name is Earle).
Aside from my complaint on this topic, Netflix is a great company and people if you don’t have it you should probably choose one of their plans! I just wouldn’t recommend 16 bucks a month for two different services. Regardless, they treat you good and they compensate you when something goes wrong with a DVD and even when your streaming doesn’t work for a short time. I know I’ve paid half-price three different months on my plan and it was all initiated by them. “Dear Christopher sorry for your trouble with instant queue, we are only making you pay 4 bucks this month” Stuff like that will keep me drawn in. Just terribly unhappy about this jack up in prices.
Plus there’s not even a blockbuster still standing in Virginia is there? There’s no outlet from this situation, Netflix has a monopoly on this shit and they know it!