Originally Posted by tshaff09
From what I heard from the netflix increase, is that it only went up if you keep the DVD by mail option in addition to streaming. We watch tons online via box to our tvs. It's not HD, but the quality is really good for the most part. Content is available from many sources.
Thank you for the e-mail regarding your new price increases. I am writing to make a promise to you. I promise to cancel my membership before 9/1/11 if you do in fact increase your monthly price from $12.95 to $17.98. That may not seem like a lot of money to many people, but if Netflix feels that it can increase the cost of membership 39% in the middle of a recession, then what will stop Netflix from increasing it more again in the future? I need to keep my monthly utility and entertainment costs in check - meaning reasonable 5 - 10% per year increases.
Physical Blu-ray discs are important to me because of the audio quality, which the streaming service does NOT come close to providing. Dolby Digital or DTS is standard for any DVD issued in the past 5 years, why don't you provide that?
Do a lot of my co-workers and friends love your streaming services? Absolutely. Will many of your members keep their $7.99 streaming only membership? Yes. However, what will Netflix do when Time Warner (Internet Service Provider) finally caps how much data it provides folks at home? What happens when Comcast, and all of the other large ISPs follow suit? Do you really believe your members will pay fee on top of fee from their ISP to get your streaming movies with sub-par audio quality? That possibility is more than real. It's coming - very, very soon.
Where will I go? I will go to the public library for DVD and Blu-ray discs. I will turn to my old DVR and record TV over the air, in HD, for free. I might use Redbox on rare occasions, and I will even try TiVo because they are giving 6 months of free Hulu Plus, and offer superior video and audio quality of OTA TV signals.
Netflix has given me the ability to cancel my cable service in the past. Many of the movies available have been terrific. I appreciate the business relationship we used to have, but soon it will be the end for us. Good luck paying hundreds of millions to license streaming content from Hollywood, battling Amazon Prime, Hulu, Crackle, and dozens of other streaming only services. I'm sorry to see us end this way.
But rest assured, it's not me, it's you.