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#1 Posted on 13.7.11 1750.40
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There seems to be a lot of griping and fist shaking around the internets over the rate hike, as much as 60% for some people.

I can see why they have to do it. They are making money, but they're getting beaten up by expenses. I can also see why people are mad when you raise the rates like this and your streaming library is pretty outdated and your new releases take forever to come out compared to everyone else. Of course if you have no cash flow you can't upgrade your streaming library.

I'm on the two disc package and rarely stream anything, so I just dropped the streaming and ended up saving money in the deal.

A lot of people complain about Netflix, but there is really nothing I hate more than returning a movie. It is one of the most unrewarding tasks in life, so I'm still in ... but boy are some people pissed.

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#2 Posted on 13.7.11 1929.25
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    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    I can also see why people are mad when you raise the rates like this and your streaming library is pretty outdated and your new releases take forever to come out compared to everyone else. Of course if you have no cash flow you can't upgrade your streaming library.


I think this shows the unfortunate catch 22 they are in. If everything was available by streaming, I think enough people would accept that plan and forego the DVD's. But there's too much content that is DVD-only that means to make sure you get the movies you want, you need the DVD plan. Hopefully whatever financial gains they make from this increase can alleviate the issue.

The future is going to be either a premium-streaming tier that allows instant access to new releases, or some movies will come with an added fee (like On-Demand).
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#3 Posted on 13.7.11 2059.51
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A question I have on a possibly related issue:

I put a couple of new releases in my streaming queue. I waited a few weeks (maybe over a month) before I tried to watch them, but when I finally went to my queue, they were gone!

Has this happened to anyone else? My immediate conspiracy guess was that Netflix only has new releases available for streaming for a short period of time. But as a conspiracy theorist, once I got the announcement of the rate hike I thought maybe Netflix started removing some of its more popular titles from everyone's instant queues in order to force them to keep DVDs in their plans.

Thoughts?

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#4 Posted on 13.7.11 2355.37
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I had someone (a PS3 customer) come in to my video store today and ask me about our online service, which costs less, doesn't charge extra for Blu-rays, and includes games. He's gonna check it out 'cuz he's pissed that Netflix raised their rates. So... we'll see.
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#5 Posted on 14.7.11 0012.38
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    Originally posted by StingArmy
    A question I have on a possibly related issue:

    I put a couple of new releases in my streaming queue. I waited a few weeks (maybe over a month) before I tried to watch them, but when I finally went to my queue, they were gone!



I know there was something with Sony & Starz causing movies to disappear from the store for a time. Not sure if that applies here.

(edited by thecubsfan on 14.7.11 0015)
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#6 Posted on 14.7.11 0035.16
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The thing that makes me so mad about the whole situation is that the PR person who put the notice out kept touting this as a "terrific value". Correct me if I'm wrong, but raising prices and eliminating plans does not constitute a "terrific value".

I don't think I would have been so upset had they said that they were doing this because their operating costs are going to skyrocket in the next few years. I would have sympathized, even. Just don't insult my intelligence and make it look like you're doing me a favor.

(edited by The King of Keith on 14.7.11 0236)
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#7 Posted on 14.7.11 0038.27
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I'm in the minority, but I actually don't even use the DVD's that are shipped to me, so going streaming-only is a bigger convenience for me. And I like being able to save $2 a month. I don't watch that many movies these days and there's enough quality on the instant titles to keep me satisfied.
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#8 Posted on 14.7.11 0049.33
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    I had someone (a PS3 customer) come in to my video store today and ask me about our online service, which costs less, doesn't charge extra for Blu-rays, and includes games. He's gonna check it out 'cuz he's pissed that Netflix raised their rates. So... we'll see.

Your service also charges extra (a whole lot extra) for online streaming.

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#9 Posted on 14.7.11 0050.28
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    I had someone (a PS3 customer) come in to my video store today and ask me about our online service, which costs less, doesn't charge extra for Blu-rays, and includes games. He's gonna check it out 'cuz he's pissed that Netflix raised their rates. So... we'll see.

If it's not out of line, what service is that? I'm also interested in at least checking it out.
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#10 Posted on 14.7.11 0052.00
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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
      Originally posted by StingArmy
      A question I have on a possibly related issue:

      I put a couple of new releases in my streaming queue. I waited a few weeks (maybe over a month) before I tried to watch them, but when I finally went to my queue, they were gone!



    I know there was something with Sony & Starz causing movies to disappear from the store for a time. Not sure if that applies here.

    (edited by thecubsfan on 14.7.11 0015)

Looks like that was it. Thanks! Now, here's to hoping they get that dispute sorted out quickly...

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