- 07-14-2011, 07:37 PM #51iPhone Beginner
- 54 Posts
I'd have to say I saw this coming. I remember reading a whole ago how Netflix wanted to shift away from mailing DVD's and go streaming only. I suppose this is how they plan to accomplish that, by still having the option of DVD, but at a price point that has little value for the customer. It's as if they are pricing their DVD option out of market on purpose so as to have fewer customers choose the option, and at some point in time in the future, cancel it all together, affecting a much smaller user base.
- 07-14-2011, 08:19 PM #52
- 07-14-2011, 08:22 PM #53
- 07-15-2011, 06:31 AM #54
Personally, i enjoy the theater experience over convenience...combine that with the fact that my wife is heavily in the industry and torrents/streaming are unattractive to me, but i can see why people use them, especially with the outlets for getting this stuff at home is becoming non-existant (IE: Blockbusters shutting down), or unjustifiably more expensive (IE: Netflix).
Last edited by SeanHRCC; 07-15-2011 at 06:36 AM.
- 07-15-2011, 09:37 AM #55
- 07-15-2011, 12:26 PM #56
- 07-15-2011, 12:30 PM #57
I guess I felt like only charging $1 more for unlimited streaming was, I don't know, too cheap to begin with. I was surprised at the pricing structure when I signed up for streaming.
I would have thought that people would just choose whichever service they preferred most and switch to just that, not drop Netflix entirely.
- 07-15-2011, 12:52 PM #58
Now they want to gouge me for what they agreed to give me for an agreed-upon price... so I am voting with my wallet and walking away from the deal. Their loss. I'll find another provider and move on in a Netflix-free world at my house
- 07-15-2011, 01:26 PM #59
- 07-15-2011, 01:57 PM #60
It's an ugly business practice to draw people in with a fairly low price for a product or service and then when they realize the marketing worked and they have a ton of people loyal to them, stick them with higher rates...it's what cable and satellite companies have been doing forever, and it's exactly why those same companies (Comcast, Direct TV, Dish Network, etc) have some of the lowest customer satisfaction ratings on the planet...make people happy with your service, then completely screw them when they almost "rely" on it for entertainment (or whatever the product is intended for).
It's one reason why i love Apple, they had a cell phone that was instantly a legendary piece of technology, and when they had a new version, do they raise the price? Nope...they drop it, A LOT...and people are happy.
- 07-15-2011, 04:57 PM #61
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- 07-16-2011, 08:47 PM #63iPhone Newbie
- 10 Posts
Ya know.. I've had Netflix for a while now. I've always been a fan of it actually. Endless t.v. shows and movies at my fingertips straight to my AppleTV in HD. Well.. then I stopped watching t.v. altogether. Now I rip DVD's and add them to my media collection on my home server and stream those throughout the house at my leisure.. soo.. I don't even know why I have Netflix to be honest with you. I guess I should cancel that crap.
In relation to the price hike: I do think it's bogus that they aren't offering at least a small discount for customers that have both instead of charging full price for both. What kind of business model is that? 2 dollars off would have even be better than nothing.
- 07-16-2011, 09:48 PM #64
Yah this sucks. The streaming is absolutely pathetic -- I don't understand how Netflix thinks it's okay to charge the same as the DVD plan when there are WAY more DVDs to watch. I go through ~20 dvds a month, so the DVD plan is what I'm sticking with.
I would totally pay a 60% price hike... if it was because of a 60% product quality increase. Netflix cannot possibly think it's smart to make people pay so much more for the same, mediocre product. It was okay before cause it was kind of like getting streaming for free, as for me, 10 bucks seemed like a decent price for the DVD plan itself. Streaming sucks horribly, so this made sense. The new price hike? No sense. It's like Netflix forgot that the tried and true bundling business plan works wonderfully.
I feel like Netflix is confused, too. It's like they thought people wanted streaming only, so they made a streaming only plan. This wasn't as popular as they expected, so they decided that people must want either the DVDs or streaming, and not just streaming, so they split the plan up to save people money. What they didn't realize was that streaming only didn't take off as well as they planned not because people just weren't in to streaming, but because their streaming options SUCK! It's not worth the money for most people. If their entire DVD catalog was available to stream, I bet a good 75% or more of customers would stream only, myself included.
Right now all I have to watch is 3 TV series I'm interested in, and semi-blockbuster movies that are either old or didn't do as well as planned in theaters. For example, Iron Man is not streaming. It was from 2008 but was ridiculously popular. No stream. Iron Man 2, on the other hand, wasn't as popular, yet is more recent. But, it's streaming. 8 out of the Top 100 on Netflix are streaming. That's just sad. Netflix, this business plan WILL NOT WORK.
- 07-16-2011, 10:55 PM #65
When the options to the consumer die, the ones that are left can go in for the kill...
Kind of an indirect shot at Droid phones, but Google does own a large majority of Netflix, so those on the fence between iPhones and a droid based phone should consider they are supporting this kind of business practice by purchasing things featuring that little robot...
Guess there's a reason he's so green.
- 07-18-2011, 06:24 PM #66