NetFlix Nearly Doubles the Cost…but is that a bad thing?

The NetFlix buzz is all over the Internet – NetFlix just announced it’s going to nearly double it’s prices if you subscribe to both streaming and physical DVD services. But is there a method to NetFlix’s madness?

I’m not the techie in our family that’s for sure. So when my husband told me the news, I immediately said, “well there’s no way we’re paying that!” So we’ll be dropping down to just streaming. Actually, as soon as they announced it, my husband made the change to our account. I can imagine that a lot of other households will be doing the same or dropping NetFlix all together.

For us, we watch a lot of streaming and get the occasional DVD. Sometimes it will take us weeks to return the DVD. It just wouldn’t make sense to keep both options and pay that much for it. However, there just isn’t as much available yet on streaming.

My good friend Scott Olson had this to say about it:

“To me this seems to be a pretty clear power play by NetFlix against the movie studios. NetFlix is banking on customers cancelling their physical media subscriptions. They are a big enough industry player that they can likely couple the savings from greatly reduced physical media costs (purchasing, logistics, etc) along with the marketplace discontent into a deal with the studios for wider and faster access to top tier titles for their streaming service.”

Until he made this point, I didn’t even think about it that way. I was just concerned with my pocket book. It’d be great if this little power play by NetFlix meant that I could actually get better movies on streaming video! Again put in my non-techie terms! ;)

You can find more from Scott at Bleacher Monkeys – coming soon! You can also find more about the NetFlix price changes here.

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