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Is Netflix Worth It?

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Netflix has been in the news lately because they are increasing their subscriptions. This week we received an email from Netflix about how the plan will affect us.

Change to Netflix Subscription Costs

Here's how the email from them described the changes:

We are separating unlimited DVDs by mail and unlimited streaming into two separate plans to better reflect the costs of each. Now our members have a choice: a streaming only plan, a DVD only plan, or both.

Your current $9.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be split into 2 distinct plans:

Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, 1 out at-a-time (no streaming) for $7.99 a month

Your price for getting both of these plans will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99). You don't need to do anything to continue your memberships for both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs.

These prices will start for charges on or after September 1, 2011.

That means that our monthly bill will go up more than 50%. We're so annoyed that another bill is going up. Before jumping ship, though, we wanted to examine how we use Netflix.

Our Netflix History

Netflix is a very popular choice for people who are looking for cable alternatives. We received a Netflix trial a few months back and fell in love with the service. The trial gave us 2 DVDs at a time with unlimited streaming. Once it was over we went ahead and switched it to 1 DVD and unlimited streaming. We use the PS3 and my laptop to watch our movies and I have to say the service has been great.

Unlike Hulu, Netflix doesn’t include ads on their streaming videos. The DVDs do have some ads, but you can just get your food ready while they run. While I don’t consider it a huge disadvantage, some of the movies and shows I want to watch on Netflix aren’t available streaming.

Keeping Netflix, But Changing Plans

After chatting with my husband, I think starting September, we'll go to streaming only for our Netflix service and see how that works out.  

Like I mentioned, I really wish they have more options for streaming. We use the 1 DVD at a time to fill in the gaps in streaming shows and movies.

How about you? If you're currently a Netflix member, are you going to keep the DVDs and the streaming or will you choose one service?

Photo Credit: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar

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