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Netflix Launches Streaming Movie Plan for $7.99

by on November 22, 2010
in Music and Video, News, Music & Video Services, Money Savers :: 5 comments

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Netflix announced today that they are launching a streaming-only plan for $7.99 a month, one dollar less than its current $8.99 plan, which also includes one DVD rental per month. The single DVD plan will be increasing to $9.99 effective immediately for new customers and in January for existing customers. Multi-DVD Netflix plans will also increase.

The new pricing plans reflect the direction of Netflix's business, with most content now being watched over the Internet and less via DVD. According to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings,"We are now primarily a streaming video company delivering a wide selection of TV shows and films over the Internet."

Almost every major TV manufacturer includes a Netflix streaming app in their Internet enabled TVs and Blu-ray players. And customers can also stream movies through dozens of other devices including: PCs; game consoles (Xbox, PS3 and Wii); Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad); and set-top boxes from the likes of Apple TV, Boxee, Google TV, Roku, and Western Digital.

Though the selection of movies over Netflix streaming is not nearly as broad as over DVD, the selection has improved significantly over the past year. And while I still can't be sure that I will find a specific movie available, I almost always find something great to watch. And the streaming solution is perfect for kids, who like to watch the same set of shows over and over again.

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Tell Netflix: No captions, no

From Jessica Thurber on November 23, 2010 :: 2:56 pm

Tell Netflix: No captions, no money -


Hi Jessica,Thanks for pointing out

From Josh Kirschner on November 23, 2010 :: 3:24 pm

Hi Jessica,

Thanks for pointing out the issue of captions for the deaf and hearing impaired.  It’s certainly not one that is not being addressed well currently for the streaming service.  Though it’s only recently that many movies were even streamable in HD through Netflix, so the service still has plenty of development ahead of it.

Hopefully, closed captioning will be addressed in a future release.  Perhaps if you contact them, Netflix will also make acommodations for the DVD pricing plan for the hearing impaired.


They said they were going

From Jessica Thurber on November 23, 2010 :: 3:26 pm

They said they were going to address it 8 months ago. They did. However, 300 out of 17,000 is just not good enough. The only way they’ll listen is if a big enough group of deaf and HOH people cancel their subscription. We’ll see how this all turn out.


I am so Disappointed. I

From Cyn M on December 12, 2010 :: 4:53 pm

I am so Disappointed. I just signed up for a trial of Netflix streaming and immediately browsed and searched through listings available. I wasn’t asking for the newest or hottest releases, simply a few fairly new, but not too old ones (Harry Potter - Azkaban, Sherlock Holmes, The Toothfairy) All were available to Disk rental, which is the last thing I want. There were a ton of movies I had NEVER heard of on there as well a small handful of decent ones tossed in for good measure.

I almost canceled within 10 minutes of activation, but am sitll considering the value of waiting. If I keep it past today, I’ll set an alarm to remind me to cancel within 3 weeks if the selections haven’t improved significantly.


@Cyn Netflix streaming is definitely

From Josh Kirschner on December 17, 2010 :: 12:26 pm

@Cyn Netflix streaming is definitely not a great solution for newer releases, especially the Hollywood Blockbusters.  Vudu or Amazon OnDemand are better, but you need to rent on a one-off basis, typically paying $4.99 per movie if you watch in HD, making them much more expensive options.

The fact that there are a ton of movies you have never heard of on Netflix may be a good thing.  Because many of these are GREAT movies - just older or smaller release/foreign films - and you may find some surprises that you would not otherwise have known about.  For instance, Steig Larsen’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is a terrific Swedish production that is on Netflix.  Now Hollywood is making their own version, which will no doubt be much worse and not available on Netflix.

Netflix is also great for kids shows.  We watch tons of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Mythbusters and Walking with Dinosaurs in our house. And Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods does wonders for encouraging our kids to try new foods!


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