Prepare to pay more if you want to add Netflix to your phone and tablet
Despite the earnings gain, Netflix is raising the price of its monthly service for new subscribers. Current subscribers will be grandfathered for a non-specified (but characterized as "generous") time period. So if you're watching House or Titanic, or some of the other new titles added recently, you won't notice any change in the $7.99 per month that you are paying now.
If you are thinking about subscribing to Netflix, you could end up paying $1 or $2 more than the current rate. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says that Netflix needs the added revenue to obtain more content and to improve the streaming experience.
source: Netflix via TheVerge
3. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Well, at 9.99 I think it is still a good deal as they have been getting more and more content lately - heck, you can only see Clone Wars - the final season on Netflix, I believe...
4. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Meanwhile, I logged on last night and almost all the movies in my queue that were capable of being streamed are no longer capable. I often stream movies in my queue if I have the time, otherwise I just wait for the dvd to arrive. smh
Big fan of Netflix, if they're adding content then I'm fine with a small increase whenever the grandfather clause ends.
13. jroc74 (Posts: 4798; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
This is one of my biggest gripes. The other is other services at times has stuff Netflix doesnt for streaming.
32. Doakie (Posts: 1254; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Which other services? Prime and Hulu both suck. Which service am I not remembering that has all this awesome content?
38. jroc74 (Posts: 4798; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
On Prime I found a few movies for streaming that wasnt available on Netflix. Either it was gone before it was on Prime or it just wasnt available on Netflix.
Which is why I said....at times.....other services has stuff Netflix doesnt. I even had Red Box account. Was very limited tho.
Netflix has the Netflix exclusive stuff down...like Arrested Development. But for movies...they are not always the best.
39. true1984 (Posts: 591; Member since: 23 May 2012)
well for shows outside of the US hulu is king. i watch a lot of british comedies and anime that netflix doesnt have, and i'm sure others do too. netflix basically rules with movies
42. Augustine (Posts: 719; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Yes, one way or another all, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, RedBox, suck. In the end, if one's addicted to TV, one has to subscribe to several services. However, if all go the way of Amazon's and Netflix's and raise their rates, the total will probably come close to cable. Of course, since many media companies own the cable operators too, maybe their jacking the prices up for Netflix has the goal of either force customers to return to cable or to make up the lost revenue. Either case, I couldn't care less about how corporations fare; my bottom line is far more important. And, since I weaned off of TV when I cut cable, if this is the cost direction that streaming services will go, I'll go all the way and cut them off too. There are always free PBS and others on Roku.
5. elitewolverine (Posts: 1613; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
I really wouldn't mind 10$ or even 20 if they provided current cable offerings of same day show watching with ads or one week out with no ads.
6. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 952; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Thank Comcast and the other ISPs who don't believe in Net Neutrality. Netflix is a business, and if they are getting charged more to deliver content, plus paying more to the studios, expect to eat some of that cost.
7. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)
Pirate Bay is calling
14. jroc74 (Posts: 4798; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Doesnt matter....torrents are still alive n well.
19. BattleBrat (Posts: 1071; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
What? It works! Good selection too, I would not use my personal computer to view it though. An Android tablet would be best.
20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I used it to watch season one of Modern Family. One of the best shows ever.
9. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3078; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Netflix, the official channel of the living dead. And, starting soon, new zombies have to pay more. I guess even the buffet dining they offer in the Las Vegas strip costs a little more these days.
22. gregoryyy3 (Posts: 141; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)
Haha I live in Vegas and you are correct!
10. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 867; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
Greed to satisfy stock holders no doubt
11. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 385; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
If they increase the price I'll drop them immediately. I understand that they would have all the content in the world if possible, but with a shrinking selection I refuse to put up with an increasing fee.
15. JocularJ (Posts: 9; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
As a current subscriber you won't see a price increase for a "generous" length of time. Enjoy being grandfathered into the current $7.99 while it lasts
26. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 867; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
That's my problem they were way better when they first launched with new titles and such now ye selection is shrinking.
12. Sauce (unregistered)
I'd pay $30.00 a month to keep watching House of Cards
18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Yet Netflix still doesn't have Modern Family or Hell's Kitchen.
Why you do this to me Netflix
21. chebner (Posts: 140; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
How has Netflix never been sued for false advertising? Unlimited streaming? Yeah right! As long as you don't consider their selection EXTREMELY limited.
Perfect example: Titanic, going on 17 years old, newly added to streaming.
24. downphoenix (Posts: 2329; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Its unlimited because they offer you unlimited viewing of their catalog. Not an unlimited catalog!
Anyway, I think the price increase is fair. For less than what you would pay for JUST HBO or Showtime, not counting the expensive cable subscription you have to get for that, you
27. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
I look at it like this, how much would you be spending a week if you went to the video store and rented that much content? For me, it's more than fair.
30. chebner (Posts: 140; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Well, now that you ask...
My local grocery store has a pretty sizable video department. They have movies on the first day of availability, no waiting the 28 days. In those first 28 days overnight rentals are $2.49. I normally wait out the month to rent because after the 28 days the price drops to $1.19 for an overnight rentals.
On average I watch about 3 movies per week. So I do pay more, about $15 per month, give or take. But I get to pick from the latest releases. I don't have wait months or much longer for it to be available to stream.
I'm also watching TRUE 1080p, with TRUE lossless surround sound. That works out to about 25mbps or more, just for video. Audio is about another 10mbps. I about started hyperventilating I laughed so hard when I read the article that Netflix set a record high average bitstream rate of 2.5mbps on Comcast last month.
Netflix is a sham! Sooner or later people are going to wake up and realize what crappy selection they have.
28. jroc74 (Posts: 4798; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
In a way I think it is false...some movies are disc only. I thought unlimited streaming meant the entire catalog.
Unlimited music streaming is the entire music catalog...
31. chebner (Posts: 140; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Ok, now I get it. Unlimited streaming of their EXTREMELY limited catalog. So they get off on a technicality. Ummm, tell me where the value proposition is, cause I just don't see it.
Yes Netflix is cheap. But you get what you pay for. If you're satisfied with waiting months for old releases then I guess Netflix is for you. If you want to see current releases you haven't seen before, you're going to have to pay more.
Wake up and smell the coffee people!
33. elitewolverine (Posts: 1613; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
I watch on average between 5 devices, 4 kids and 6 adults more than my fair share of $15 per month that you spend. Netflix is worth much more to me than true hd.
I also have at least 300 dvds and digital downloads as well, redbox subscription for other things.
It is not about waking up, it is about getting content, Netflix has allowed me to simply scroll pick a movie i never heard of and enjoy it. Lazy for the win.
29. Augustine (Posts: 719; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
It's quite sad to see the first successful content carrier to challenge the cable operators to gravitate towards the same gimmicks that made them the companies that people loathe the most. What's next, my having to pay for hundreds of program offerings that some I just don't want to watch and others that I even find offensive, whether to my values or to my intelligence? If others have lower standards, let them pay extra if they value it so much.
34. Immolate (Posts: 284; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)
If you're buying Netflix for their movie content, you're doing it wrong. Their strength is TV series, and in that context, they are by far the best entertainment value available. Consider this. You'll pay $100 to $120 for cable or satellite, less in some places, more in others. Instead, you can pay and ORDER OF MAGNITUDE less than that, and simply get Netflix. If you want to bulk up your content a bit, you can add Hulu and even Amazon Prime and still be about a quarter of the cost of cable. I've been on Netflix+Hulu for about two years now with no cable or satellite and frankly, we don't miss it much. If we could get AMC and HBO, all would be right with the world, but we can't so we find other ways to get our WD and GoT fix.
36. Augustine (Posts: 719; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Though I've also cut the cable and rely on Netflix for entertainment, its TV series is actually laughable. It takes anywhere between 6 and 24 months for a season to come to Netflix. Though the reason is mainly because producers hate Netflix for challenging their dated business model, content still takes forever, sometimes ever, to come to Netflix.
But, it's not completely my loss. After cutting cable, knowing that I wouldn't be able to find many programs that I liked, and fining out that I don't miss them that much, I'm actually weaned off of TV. So, having taken the greater step to cut cable, it's not so hard for me anymore to cut other providers. IOW, expect more customer churn from cable cutters. Providers will have to do better than such 20th century tactics to woo such customers.
40. chebner (Posts: 140; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
" It takes anywhere between 6 and 24 months for a season to come to Netflix."
Exactly, there is significant lag time for Netflix to get any of their content. I want to watch current movies and current TV episodes. My viewing would be severely limited, and I'm not the only one. Again "unlimited" streaming by a technicality.
" Though the reason is mainly because producers hate Netflix for challenging their dated business model"
What exactly do you mean by that? The content producers want and need to get paid, just like everyone else. With the increase of streaming, ad revenue is falling. High quality content isn't cheap to produce. If they can't make money, the quality will suffer and eventually they'll just get out of the business. If Netflix ever plans to add more current high quality content they are going to have to pay more, which means your cherished $8/mo will go up significantly.
All the while, picture and sound quality is a joke!
41. Augustine (Posts: 719; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Keep in mind that one of studio shunned Netflix and refuses to do business with them. Certainly for the right price it'd change its mind, but then the price probably wouldn't be right for Netflix. In the past, other studios did the same, but decided that they would be missing revenue by shunning Netflix, even if they wished that they could continue renting physical media and making more money then.
35. McLTE (Posts: 699; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I'm failing to see how the title of this article relates to the content. Totally misleading title yet again PA - this article has nothing to do with price hikes to "tablets and phones" but a price increase overall.
Way to creatively write the titles to bait people into clicking.
37. isprobi (Posts: 199; Member since: 30 May 2011)
I just reactivated my account at the curent price after several years away. Does that mean I will be grandfathered in when the price goes up? If they raise it I will most likely close my account again. Even now they still do not have some older movies which I like available.