Netflix has decided to separate its current $9.99 a month plan, which consisted of unlimited streaming and one DVD at-a-time rentals, into two plans that when combined will offer you the same services for nearly twice as much money.
Here’s the e-mail I received from Netflix:
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.
Well Netflix, it’s been a good run. We’ve had some fun, but now you’re getting greedy. Until you can offer me new releases in streaming format within the first week they’re released on DVD, the deal’s off. There’s a Redbox one mile away, and they have video games too.