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Is This the End of Netflix?

Updated on March 12, 2013

I THINK THIS COULD BE THE END OF NETFLIX!

Is This the End of Netflix?

On 07/12/2011 Netflix announced changes to their subscription plan and the natives are more than restless. The recent changes at Netflix have many Netflix subscribes irate. The main change was unbundling their unlimited streaming and DVD/Bluray services.

Starting in September, existing Netflix subscribers will need to pay more for the privilege of receiving DVDs in the mail. Unlimited streaming will still be $7.99 a month but the DVD options will be priced separately at an additional $7.99 for one DVD out a time and $11.99 a month for 2 DVDs out a time.

On the surface this doesn't seem too expensive. However it's a 60% increase in prices for the same exact service and many Netflix users are vowing to be EX Netflix subscribers as a result.

When the price changes were announced I was a Netflix subscriber at one of Netflix's most popular and economical plan levels: Unlimited Streaming of Video and Unlimited DVDs each month (one out at a time) for $9.99 a month. I was happy enough and it was a fair enough price for me to overlook some of the pitfalls of the service. What pitfalls? You know, things like scratched or broken DVDs, lost shipments, problems with streaming, lack of selection, clunky interfaces and useless browsing on some devices etc. I even overlooked the horrible website overhaul back in June, 2011.

Now I'm supposed to overlook these same annoyances and fork out an extra 60% each month while I do so? DOUBTFUL!

While an extra $5.99 a month won't break anyone, that IS an extra $71 and change each year. I'm definitely asking myself if I like Netflix that much. No doubt users who were on the more expensive plans are already answering that question with a resounding NO!

I created this lens to help Netflix lovers and haters alike hash it out in one central area. Feel free to leave your honest opinion below. Be sure to participate in the polls, add links, make your predictions, and leave a comment. Maybe if we all make enough noise Netflix will listen!

YOUR TURN! WHAT DO YOU THINK? - Is this the END of Netflix?

Is this latest fiasco with the website overhaul and the changes to pricing the end of Netflix?

What do YOU think?

Don't stop with just sounding off here. Scroll down and take some polls and participate in the other interactive areas on this page!

Is This the End of Netflix?

Yep! They've cut their own throat on this one!

Yep! They've cut their own throat on this one!

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    • anonymous 6 years ago

      What a stupid move to make in a recession! -I will be cancelling my subscription

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I cancelled

    • ClinicallySigni 6 years ago

      I think Neflix will be losing many subscribers over this one. If everyone who is threatening to cancel actually does so, Netflix is in for a wake up call!

    Nah...people will whine and the whole thing will blow over in a few weeks.

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      • anonymous 6 years ago

        I think this increase will be necessary, that is, if Netflix improve their streaming technology so people can stream or watch movies better. Also, if they let people stream more updated movies. If nothing change after they increase the price of the subscription, I will be cancelling my subscription.

      • laki2lav 6 years ago

        they are pushing customers to streaming since that is basically the future, but the increase was too much

      • corteeze 6 years ago

        This is a good business decision for Netflix, as it will drive their unlimited streaming subscriber base. They won't lose much ground in the long run. The DVD format is on the way out anyway... if you still want to rent hard copies of movies, perhaps Redbox will be a better value.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Short answer: no, of course it isn't the end of Netflix. They did the math going into this thing, and I guarantee that they predicted how many people were going to cancel and how much they'd be making at the new price point.

        That being said, what they did was shitty, and they're most likely losing my business 'cos of it. I didn't even get an email notifying me about it.

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Most of the Netflix buzz lately has been their streaming service, as it becomes available through smart TV's and media streaming boxes. From what I've read, the cost of the streaming service has not changed. So, for many potential NEW subscribers who didn't intend to take advantage of Netflix's physical DVD/Blu-ray rental feature, I don't think this is a problem at all.

        The REAL problem is that those people who only want streaming services may be scared off by the hype over this price increase. I think Netflix needs to be more proactive in stating that rates will not change for their "typcial" streaming customers.

      YOUR TURN! Will Netflix realize the error of their ways?

      Do you think Netflix will realize they've alienated too many subscribers and make changes for the better?

      Will Netflix realize they've messed up and make things right?

      Not a chance! They're too stubborn/greedy

      Not a chance! They're too stubborn/greedy

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        I think so!

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          • ClinicallySigni 6 years ago

            I think Netflix will eventually realize this whole ordeal was a big mistake. The question is whether or not this realization will come too late.

          Debate! Is This All Part of a Bigger Plan? - Does Netflix have motives beyond making a little more money?

          I think this may all be part of a bigger plan. While the Netflix blog and site try to paint us a picture of a company that is trying to protect the long term interests of its DVD customers, their actions are quite to the contrary.

          By unbundling unlimited streaming and DVDs Netflix is clearly trying to alienate and exploit their DVD customers. In the future more price increases will come and receiving DVDs via the mail from Netflix will simply be cost prohibitive for many subscribers.

          These Netflix members are likely going to downgrade to the the unlimited streaming only plan. While this may hurt Netflix in the beginning, it benefits them in the long run. Once DVD rentals have dropped their overhead will have dropped drastically as well. Once the majority of subscribers have committed to unlimited streaming, Netflix will no doubt start increasing those subscription plan prices as well!

          Does Netflix Have Ulterior Motives Surrounding This Recent Price Increase?

          Yes!

          Yes!

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            • corteeze 6 years ago

              I wouldn't call it "ulterior"... they definitely have a motive for the increase. slow down the number of dvd subscribers and get people to do more streaming.

            • ClinicallySigni 6 years ago

              I think so! Despite their statements to the contrary, I think this is a way to start raising prices on their DVD service to eventually phase it out. Once everyone is on the unlimited streaming plan only they'll start jacking up the price of that beyond what most people can afford.

            No (It's just pure greed/stupidity etc)

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              Netflix Price Increase Videos on YouTube

              YouTube has been lighting up lately about the announcement of Netflix's price hike. It seems a LOT of people are not happy about the Netflix price increase and they are grabbing their cameras and webcams to vent. Check out a few of those videos below.

              Poll: What Do You Think of the Netflix Price Increase? - Cast your vote here and be heard!

              What Do You Think of the 7/12/2011 Netflix Price Increase?

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              Poll: Should Netflix Have Separated Unlimited DVDs and Streaming? - What are your thoughts on the unbundling of services?

              Do YOU Think Netflix Should Have Separated Unlimited Streaming and DVD/Bluray?

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              Poll: How are You Planning on Responding to the Price Changes? - Will you be downgrading or cancelling your Netflix account?

              Many people are extremely upset over the Netflix price increases announced on 7/12/2011. Talk is cheap. How do you plan on responding to the increase in subscription costs?

              How Will You be Responding to the Increased Monthly Fees for Netflix?

              See results

              Poll: Why Did Netflix Increase Their Prices? - What do YOU think?

              Why Do You Think Netflix Chose to Increase Prices?

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              Poll: What Would Make You More Receptive to the Netflix Price Increase? - Would anything help justify paying 60% more?

              What Would Make You More Tolerant or Accepting of the Netflix Price Increase?

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              Poll: Should Netflix Subscribers Pay 60% MORE for DVDs?

              Should Netflix Subscribers Pay 60% MORE for the DVD via Mail Option?

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              Poll: Could Netflix Earn Your Business Back?

              Suppose you cancel your Netflix subscription due to the price increase and other related Netflix fiascoes. If Netflix makes an effort to make things right would you come back?

              If You Cancel Your Account and Netflix Sees the Light, Would You Come Back?

              See results

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