Netflix Brings Streaming-Only Plan To United States

TechNetflixby Jim Napier

Netflix is now offering its streaming-only plan in the U.S. The plan costs only $7.99 per month and allows for unlimited video on-demand. The pricing puts Netflix at exactly the same rate as the revised rate recently released for Hulu Plus.

In a recent statement, Jesse Becker, the Netflix VP of marketing, said:

“You might also wonder why we haven’t introduced a new plan that includes only DVDs by mail. The fact is that Netflix members are already watching more TV episodes and movies streamed instantly over the Internet than on DVDs, and we expect that trend to continue. Creating the best user experience that we can around watching instantly is how we’re spending the vast majority of our time and resources. Because of this, we are not creating any plans that are focused solely on DVDs by mail.”

Prices have been raised for each of the unlimited DVD rental plans offered. Two of the most popular plans increased by a $1.  The plan I currently have offers one disc out at a time and it has gone up now to $9.99, while the two disc plan is now $14.99. The chart below shows the amounts that the other higher plans have increased by:

What do you think of this new plan and the changes in pricing?  I rarely watch the DVDs mailed from Netflix in a timely fashion; the funny thing is that I am quick about watching and returning the discs to Redbox.  That is likely due to the fact that I know I will be charged again.  I am seriously considering changing my plan to a streaming-only plan, are you?

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