Netflix Raised Rates- What Are You Going To Do?

by Laura on July 14, 2011

So have you heard the news?  Netflix is raising their rates- or changing them, depending on how you use your Netflix.

Gone are the days of $9.99 monthly unlimited DVD-rental and streaming combination plan.  We all knew it was too good to last. 

Now if you want to stream unlimited it will cost you $7.99 a month.  And if you want to check out one DVD at a time and have it mailed to your house, it’s another $7.99 a month.

I was paying $9.99 to stream so my bill is now going down $2 a month.

If you want both streaming and DVD it’s going to cost you an extra $6 a month.  In some cases if you want unlimited DVDs 2 at a time your rate will go up a little bit more.

It stinks, don’t get me wrong.

But before you call and cancel  let’s look at your other options:

1- Redbox.  Yes there are lots of free codes.  If you don’t want that brand new movie as soon as it comes out on DVD they will work great.  Awesome if you are just looking for something to fill a Friday night- not so great if you are looking to see the hottest new release.

2- Video Rental.  So instead of Netflix you can just run down the street and grab a video.  Oh wait… nice job Netflix.  These stores aren’t nearly as easy to come by as they used to.

3- Hulu- You can watch TV shows on Hulu for free… oh wait, you can’t do that anymore really either.  As Hulu continues to try to compete with Netflix they have been moving more and more of their shows to the paid version only. 

4- Expand Your Cable Programs- don’t even get me started on the price of cable.  $16 a month can’t even scratch the surface of  the cost of expanded cable.

So if you aren’t using Netflix that much- cancel it.  You won’t miss it that much.  For some of you that is absolutely the best option- you will be very happy with the free Redbox and Blockbuster codes!

If you are using Netflix an extra $6 a month means one less coffee or take out meal. 

Do I hate that they raised rates?  Yes.

If enough people don’t cancel does it mean they will do it again?  Yep.

And until they have a legitimate competitor will they continue to be able to do so?  Yep.

So let me know… what are you doing about the new rates?

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