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Netflix testing $6.99 service with SD resolution in selected markets

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Netflix testing $6.99 service with SD resolution in selected markets
Netflix is testing a new plan that costs $1 less than the current $7.99 a month that most mobile subscribers pay for the video streaming service. The new rate is available to new Netflix customers only, and kicks in after a one month free trial. Unlike the $7.99 monthly service, the cheaper service shows movies and television shows in Standard Definition instead of HD. Additionally, with the cheaper plan, only one screen can use the service at a time instead of the two screens available with the higher priced subscription.

Because this is just a test, the new tier may not be available in all markets and it is uncertain whether or not Netflix is going to offer it everywhere. We probably wouldn't want to suggest that those who view Netflix on a tablet watch streaming videos in SD, but for those using a smartphone, you might not even notice the difference.

"We always are testing new things and this is a test for a $6,99 single stream plan. Not all people will see this option and it may not be something we ever offer generally."-Netflix

Another thing to consider is that competitors like Hulu Plus also charge $7.99 a month and this is a way for Netflix to undercut them.

Netflix is testing a cheaper $6.99 monthly plan

Netflix is testing a cheaper $6.99 monthly plan

source: Netflix, TechCrunch via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 31 Dec 2013, 00:53

1. improv (Posts: 96; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

I didn't even know they had a family plan. Good to know, good to know.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 01:25 1

2. mikelemon (Posts: 95; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)

HD is worth the extra $1. Hulu sucks because they have ads!

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 01:34 1

3. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

Netflix is much better than Hulu not only because of ads, but because netflix streams much more reliably. Unfortunatley Hulu has a better selection. But it's crap. I'd totally go for an SD only Netflix option since I have pretty slow internet at my house.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 05:09

4. BRYLYNT (Posts: 83; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

wow how slow is your internet? Not making fun at all. Just sayin, I had no problems streaming netflix on 5mb/sec years ago. luckily I get internet through a local cooperative and have gotten steady speed increases and now enjoy 30mb/sec(not the fastest, I know, but the price is right). maybe you should weigh your options.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 18:00

8. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)

I get around 3mb, and get really get any faster because I live Ina pretty rural area! It streams it just fine, but if it attempts HD nothing else really works.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 06:55 1

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Only 1$ difference to HD? Not worth it. SD should be like 3,99$, maybe even lower.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 11:38

6. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

I didn't realise that it was not HD when I created a new account for a relative. The sign up screen didn't say it wasn't HD. At least, I didn't see that. All I saw was that it was one device only. I'm going to have to change it to the $7.99 plan. Otherwise, it would be a waste on an HD screen.

posted on 02 Jan 2014, 09:23

10. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Did you even read the article?

The 30 day trial is a HD account, the option to go SD comes at the end of the trial.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 13:28

7. bwhiting (Posts: 188; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)

I like Hulu a bit more for the selection of what I can see. The fact that I would have to hope that it continues to stream while I am watching bothers me a good bit of the time since I would have to exit out the selection and then back into it again.

Netflix is good for constant stream and it fixes itself if it haults to make sure that it don't miss a beat. Plus it works well on low internet connection speeds. Since I have the 30mb/sec one I don't really deal with much lag on that when I am doing other things online at the same time over wifi.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 20:12

9. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

Hulu sucks compare to netflix. The tv shows are up to date but thats it.

If Im paying for the monthly service then I do not need to see the ads. Seriously 3 ads in a 20min episode is ridiculous and a totally rip off for us consumers. I know too many websites that streams the latest tv shows for free w/o ads during the video.

P.S: Only con for netflix is they pull all the good movies too fast and deleted south park.

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