Is Netflix Worth It Anymore?

I’ve been a Netflix subscriber from damn near day one.

I’ve certainly appreciated having the service there as an entertainment alternative long before video streaming was a remote possibility. I’d have three DVDs out at a time and often forget I was holding onto them for months on end. You could say that I’ve wasted a lot of money on Netflix – far more than I would have spent at a local video rental store.

So, last year, I decided to drop the 3-disc option and go with the 1-disc plan plus the on-demand streaming – even though the streaming selection was seemingly stunted (though nowhere as bad as Hulu’s lackluster movie library). For the most part, that’s worked out well – but I still feel like I’m overpaying for media that I’m not remembering to digest.

This morning, news came down the pike (yes, pike – not pipe) that Netflix is staging new subscription plans for us. Yippee? Nope.

There are now 2 DVD-Only plans:

  • $8 a month for one disc at a time
  • $12 a month for two discs at a time

Now there’s a separate option:

  • Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $8 a month

They think that this change “is a terrific value.” I think it’s a load of shit. This is “forcing” me to drop their disc-only plan altogether (based on my patterns). When I want to rent a DVD, I’ll simply make an online reservation for my local Redbox station. I’d be tempted to drop the Netflix streaming plan if there were a viable alternative elsewhere – but judging by how many documentaries my girlfriend loves to watch, that’s not practical.

I guess at the end of the day, I’m going to be spending less money with Netflix (by $2). Thanks?

20 thoughts on “Is Netflix Worth It Anymore?”

  1. I have to agree – Seriously Disappointed in paying the extra and not having both available to me as an option without paying more. I guess I will be dropping them too.

  2. I agree completely, Chris.  I have had Public Enemies at my house for over two months now.  lol  I’m dropping the DVD option when September comes.

  3. In my eyes it’s still very much worth it. I don’t watch movies that much and like you, I lose discs all the time. So for me, I prefer stream only. When the option arose to have a stream only plan I picked it up immediately because I can save money and not have to worry about physical media.

    On a somewhat related note, wasn’t it you who once said that the DVD drive is “going to go the way of the dodo?”

  4. im getting 3 dvds out at a time + bluray and streaming for $23.99 and the increase is taking me to $27.98. amazon prime gives me roughly the same streaming choices so ill probably drop the streaming.

  5. Exactly. I’ll be doing the same.  I really think it has something to do with the studios.  If it does, I want to say a huge sarcasm thanks to them as well.

  6. Well, you could have them change the plan for the future or just stop providing you service altogether. I think I’d prefer a change.

  7. Chris, I’m in the same boat is you.  I may drop the mail service completely as Redbox seems to get most of my family’s business for new releases.  I do like getting some DVDs via mail because the online options are limited but I’m not sure it’s worth the extra $6 a month or so to keep the mail DVDs coming.

  8. Choose either streaming or disc to keep the price low. Want both? Pay out the nose. I’ve had the same DVD for 3 months now. This isn’t about “power users.”

  9. I think Netflix should have stuck it out a little longer with the DVDs for Americans. They launched in Canada with a shitty selection of programming (around 10% of the US catalogue) and it’s been quite popular forcing our cable companies to really try to screw with internet pricing here. I think they’d be better off announcing a horizon say in 6 or 12 months for US combo subscribers. Personally I’d like to be rid of my hard media and would be willing to pay 10/mo + for 50% of what you get in the US. Again. I think they could have played it smart and made it a longer term strategy to keep the love alive. Lets also keep in mind that Blockbuster used to charge us $3-6 bucks per for what we get for a song now. I know many people want their hard media but I am not in a hurry. 

  10. My biggest complaint… no grandfathering of current members.

    Just about every other service out there lets you keep your current billing when they make a change. The only way to lose your old billing plan is to suspend, cancel and return, or change the plan you are on.

    Perfect example… I have an iPhone with AT&T, I still have unlimited data for $30 a month because I got it when the plan was still available.

  11. Streaming is much preferable to having to drive anywhere to pick up a DVD.  My time and gasoline  resources are better spent on streams of video. 

  12. Why was I offered a more expensive option for the same plans?

    Your current $11.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs (including Blu-ray access) will be split into 2 distinct plans:

       Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
       Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs (including Blu-ray), 1 out at-a-time (no streaming)
                  for $9.99 a month

    Your price for getting both of these plans will be $17.98 a month ($7.99 + $9.99). You don’t need to do anything to continue your memberships for both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs.

  13. If folks are getting so fed up with Netflix’s increasing prices, why aren’t they getting their DVDs free from the library?  Sure, no streaming, but promoting your local civic institution is worth it, IMHO.

  14. I agree Chris.  I don’t see how this is going to be a good thing even for netflix.  As soon as I got home last night I immediately opted down to the $7.99 streaming only option.. it will start for me August 3rd when my new month starts.  Honestly though, I don’t know whether I will be keeping even that for very long unless they expand their streaming library.  Thee are just too many other sites that I can watch movies and tv on.. for free.. and not have to wait as long as it takes wit netflix for them to be available.  Usually, I try to stick to strictly legal methods of streaming, but netflix isn’t helping that decision in my case by making it more pricey..

  15. No netflix isnt worth it. Ive come up with an excellent system. I decided to keep my netflix streaming account, and I rent movies from redbox. It turns out to be cheaper, also since I love video games I now rent from blockbuster online, it turnes out to be cheaper!

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