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Netflix Changes Pricing Plans
Netflix seems to be pushing people to adopt their streaming video plan, while phasing out physical discs.
The company has recently announced that it is raising prices by 60%—from $9.99 per month to $15.98 per month – for unlimited streaming and one disk per month.
You can have one or the other – streaming or hard disk – for $7.99 per month.
People who were primarily streaming customers won’t really feel much of a difference. They’re cost stays the same, but they just won’t get that one DVD any longer.
Clearly this is a sign that the video business is moving more toward cloud services. You can hardly find a place to rent discs (aside from those red boxes in grocery stores).
And now practically everything electronic is able to stream video, so why are people complaining?
Well, the movie selection is one reason. Shortly before the pricing news, Sony pulled its content from the Netflix streaming service. Even with Sony, the company’s cloud catalog doesn’t compare to its DVD catalog, particularly with new releases. Will that change? I think it will have to in order to prevent people from utilizing cable’s video-on-demand, Vudu, Redbox or other services rather than give into Netflix’s higher fees.
But what about 3D? Netflix doesn’t offer streaming 3D and is unlikely to do so anytime soon. Vudu offers some 3D content. Cable operators offer some VOD 3D content, but in reduced resolution, so the only way to get full 1080p 3D is from Blu-ray discs.