Yep, figures. The announcement of the price hikes came literally 2 days after I'd boosted my sub back to 3-at-a-time, as I usually do for the duration of the winter. And of the 3 discs I had lined up to cover me for the holiday weekend, one came cracked and only the flap of the *envelope* with my address on it came for another. Just an unfortunate coincidence, I'm sure, but it did nothing to alleviate the bad taste in my mouth.
I suspect I'm different from a lot of NF subscribers: I don't care that much about getting new releases right away. I use it mainly for cycling through entire TV series seasons (love hoovering up the British series my local PBS station doesn't see fit to run) and classical music programming--concerts, operas, and ballets on DVD. I won't argue that NF is the best source for the latter content area, but for what it has, it lets me watch before I decide to buy. Because there are so many "Short Wait" items in my queue, I've gotten pretty adept at wrangling myself "bonus" discs on a consistent basis.
Not interested in streaming. My rural DSL service has enough bandwidth with ordinary web traffic, and I don't want the hassle of figuring out how to get the stream from the modem in the back bedroom to the TV in the living room. Why doesn't NF let customers like me opt out the the streaming and knock a few bucks per month off our bills? Hah! That's never gonna happen! Still, I think Netflix is abandoning its elegantly simple original business model way too soon.
On a related note, I've always found NF's touting of "unlimited" disc plans a laugh--a clever advertising ploy that suckers in the marks. With minimum 3 business-day turn-around times, there is a finite maximum number of discs you're gonna get in any 30-day period on any plan.
And yes, I'm thinking of cutting back to a lower plan and being stricter about cycling discs through quickly. A few bucks per month doesn't sound like much, but it pushes my subscription from the de minimus monthly expense that keeps me from buying a lot of discs to something that can add up. Certainly, next spring I'll be cutting back to the 2- or even 1-at-a-time plan much sooner.