‘Tis the season! Today, Netflix announced on its blog that there would be some “changes” in the prices of DVD-based Netflix subscription services.
Those with the 1- or 2-DVD-at-a-time plan will pay $1 more a month for the service, which will still include their highly successful “Watch Instantly” Program that allows subscribers to watch streaming content from their PC or television (with certain devices).
But for those of you who seem to hang on to your one DVD forever and just watch whatever’s on instant streaming, there’s some good news: You can subscribe to a $7.99/month Watch Instantly plan that doesn’t include any DVDs.
While I enjoy Netflix’s Watch Instantly service, I still keep the DVD subscription simply because there just aren’t many GOOD titles available to Watch Instantly. I love that there are tons of great documentaries and BBC television programs available, but the movies – as you watch more and more of them, the selection gets suckier and suckier.
As if you need one, but here’s the explanation Netflix gave as to why they’re upping their prices:
“Our selection of TV episodes and movies available to stream has grown dramatically, and as a result most members want us to deliver unlimited TV episodes and movies two ways: streaming instantly over the internet plus DVDs by mail.”
I hope Netflix continues to add more titles; the Starz! Play is EXCELLENT because it’s like having a subscription to Starz at your fingertips without even worrying about the premium cable fees, and some really good films are available through Starz. But as I said, the more GOOD titles you watch, the more HORRIBLE titles you have to choose from.
Right now I’m looking at a Watch Instantly Queue that includes great titles such as “Fame: Season 1,” “MST3K: Horrors of Spider Island” and “Queen: Making of A Night At the Opera.” Do you actually think I’m going to sit through any of these shows? But Netflix recommended them to me so they’ve been sitting in there for months.
And don’t even act like you don’t have embarrassing titles in your Netflix Instant Queue either, for “just in case” you find yourself bored and don’t want to read.