Netflix Users: Everything Is About to Change

Corey MatthewsI thought we were friends, Netflix. In fact, you were my only friend. The only one I trusted. I skipped bowling night with the fellas in favor of a night home with you so many times. And how do you repay me?

Apparently, Netflix has decided that the wonderful option of Unlimited Streaming teamed with Unlimited One-DVD-at-a-time DVD Rentals for $9.99 is no longer a possibility. They are separating the two options and pricing each at $7.99 (or, if you want two DVDs at a time, $11.99). The option we all currently hold so dear will amount to $15.98 per month once the changes are in effect: September 1 for existing members, and immediately for anyone who signs up after this point.

This will be Netflix’s first time offering a DVD-only option; the company rationalizes that they never anticipated the success of this type of option, which they offered as a $2 add-on to the $7.99 Unlimited Streaming deal (the pairing soon became the norm), and that $2 to supply DVD rentals through the mail is not a frugal choice on their behalf.

But what about us, Netflix? The loyal followers of the major world religion that you have become? Unlimited Streaming cannot exist on its own to ample satisfaction at the state it is in now: the majority of movies and TV series available through the company are only offered via DVD rental. If you do intend to carry out this plan, Netflix, I beseech that you at least amp up the Unlimited Streaming selection. At the very least, throw in The Wire!

So what can we do, existing Netflix subscribers? WATCH EVERY MOVIE EVER IN THE NEXT MONTH AND A HALF. That’s my plan, anyway… further bowling nights will have to wait.

Source: The Digital Home, Netflix.com

Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.

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