Alternatives For Netflix And Qwikster

More and more people are jumping ship now that Netflix decided to jack up their rates and move their DVD service to a new service called Qwikster.

You may recall that sometime late to midsummer Netflix announced that rates would be going up for people who wanted their live streaming as well as DVD service. Like a lot of people I would love to just switch to their live streaming service, after all who wants to wait for a movie to arrive in the mail when you can get it instantly on your television via a high speed internet connection? The only problem is that a lot of movies are only available by DVD and that's not even mentioning the fact that there are still quite a few people who still don't have high speed internet.

Then for some unknown reason Netflix decided to split up the two services into Qwikster for DVD's and Netflix for live streaming. Which makes things doubly hard for customers who would still like to receive both services.

Of course most of us can tell that this is probably the way of the future but I personally think that the Netflix has made a huge mistake in jumping on the technology bandwagon this quickly. For one thing most people really don't like change, but time will tell. In the meantime for anyone considering dropping Netflix you will several different options for you to consider.

Red Box

True they don't offer live streaming but if you're looking for a cheap movie rental then you can't do better than Redbox. The red vending kiosks offer your choice of over 600 DVD's with 70-200 titles all renting for only $1.00 a day. Video game rentals are also available for $2 per day. It's just as easy as that, but you will need either a credit or debit card in order to use Redbox.

Amazon Instant Videos

Amazon Prime offers free instant streaming for customers of their prime program. In case your not familiar with the program Amazon Prime offers free two day shipping for only $79 a year, which is a great deal for anyone who does a lot of online ordering. Anyway back to their instant videos, their streaming program which is growing all of the time offers a large selection of available titles. They also offer movie rentals for around $4 each and movie purchases for $15-20. These movies can either be watched on your home computer or on your TV through a broadband connected device.

Other Options For Netflix

I know that they don't have the best reputation, but it's very possible that they may have learned their lesson from all the problems in the past. Anyway word is that Blockbuster will be starting their own video streaming service in October. So you just might want to check them out when you get a chance.

There more options for Netflix and Qwikster are Hulu, Youtube and Apple iTunes. I personally think that a little competition is a good thing, so in the long run all of these changes while a little inconvenient at the moment my eventually work in our favor.

Are you upset with the changes at Netflix?

  • Yes, I'm going to or already have canceled.
  • No, I'm happy with the service at Netflix.
  • I'm upset but plan on keeping the service because the others just don't compare
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Comments 8 comments

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Deborah-Diane 5 years ago from Orange County, California

We switched from using Neflix to using Red Box and we're happy with the decision. Great hub!

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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

This was a good and timely article. Voted up and useful.

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moonlake 5 years ago from America

I hate what Netflix has done. We canceled Netflix we're back to running into town for our movies. Good Hub .

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FloBe 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I do have high-speed internet and just signed up a month ago for the free trial. I have really enjoyed it so am unaware of the "changes" they made. I don't even know what services they used to offer. So, they will benefit from new subscribers I guess.

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MonetteforJack 5 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

I wasn't satisfied with NETFLIX at all. I had trouble with the streaming. Thank you for the info about Amazon movies. I didn't know until now. Informative hub you got here :)

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I've been a netflix customer for a long time. If I learn that my rates increased, I will probably cancel my membership. Good hub and thanks!

carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

This is a great hub. It's always nice to share new and helpful information with your friends. Netflix may have made a bad move !!

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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

I do not see the point of getting upset about the Netflix change. I simply would not use their service if it bothered me this much. I used it for a few months here and there and usually cancel.

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