This week, powerhouse DVD-provider Netflix announced a new series of price changes for its subscribers. Currently, subscribers are treated to having “one DVD out at a time” for $7.99 a month and unlimited streaming of movies and TV for an additional $2.00.
The price adjustment involves separating the streaming and DVD-by-mail services into two entities that are now $7.99 each. The change takes place immediately for new members and will go into effect September 1, 2011 for existing customers.
There has been no shortage of internet outrage over this change, though many feel the price change was inevitable due to pressure from networks and licensing. Those who have already decided to jump ship have discussed the possibility joining Hulu Plus, the paid version of Hulu, the popular site that features current television content.
Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of this potential switch:
Pros: Only $7.99/month for unlimited streaming of a multitude of currently airing TV shows and thousands of past episodes; Hulu Plus Only Shows; compatibility with computers, gaming consoles, Apple iPad/iPhone and Android smart devices (G2, EVO 4G, Inspire 4G, MyTouch 4G, ThunderBolt, Atrix, Droid 2, Droid X, Nexus One, Nexus S), and more
Cons: Limited advertising; limited selection of movies and documentaries
Pros: Most extensive collection of movies and documentaries (access to older media, delivery right to door); no advertising; access to Blue-Ray DVDs (additional cost); compatibility with computers, gaming consoles, Apple iPad/iPhone and Android smart devices (fewer than Hulu Plus – Droid Incredible, Nexus One, Nexus S, G2, LG Revolution, Droid X, Droid, EVO 4G)
Cons: New pricing scheme, lack of new releases and current TV episodes via streaming, dated movie selections
What are some essential features you consider in a movie/TV service plan? Thoughts on Netflix’s decision?