Netflix says “One Stream for You!”

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Today I was greeted with a new message on my Roku box. While trying to watch an episode of Caprica this morning I was told by said Roku that I was trying to watch Netflix on too many devices.  A quick trip into the family room revealed that the children were watching Kick Buttowski via the built-in Netflix client on the television.

Many months ago I blogged that people were having this happen to them, but I hadn’t had the problem.  Later on I updated that Netflix said that it was a problem and that they were not limiting accounts to one streaming device at a time.

It appears that 1)Netflix has started limiting users to one streaming device or B)There is another problem with the Netflix service.

Have you had this problem with streaming devices?  Let me know in the comments.

UPDATE: Confirmed by Netflix. “If you are on the Unlimited Streaming plan, the Unlimited Streaming + 1 DVD out-at-a-time plan or a limited streaming plan, you may watch only one device at a time.

Netflix has effectively upped their rates again by forcing those that want to stream from more than one device (Roku, Xbox, PS3, Wii, Blu-Ray player, etc.) to get a two DVD + Streaming service for $19.98 a month.  That is a 150% increase! There is currently no option to have a second streaming device without having plastic disks sent to my house to gather dust.

With antagonistic policies like these being implemented, it’s getting harder and harder to be a Netflix apologist. Now that $20 a month is the going rate to watch streaming video on more than one device, it may get easier to find credible alternatives at this price.


  1. I got that message and Netflix support advised me that they limit the stream to two devices at a time.

  2. Netflix has been doing this for a while. Not really surprising to me.

  3. Hmmmm. Haven’t gotten that message yet unless I reach 3 or 4 streams. Don’t tell Netflix.

  4. i get this message often. sometimes when only streaming with one device sometimes with 2. both very annoying

  5. I am able to get onto 2 devices at the same time but not three. I have only the streaming plan.

  6. I AM VERY MAD BECAUSE OF THIS! If netflix is reading this then, be warned, fix or I will unsubscribe! AND I WILL SPREAD IT, MAKING YOU BANKRUPT! FIX THIS NOW! COPY AND PASTE EVERYWHERE!

  7. It is also very irritating that you can’t get any answers on their website about the error, nor can you “manage devices” like it promises because you can’t SEE your devices. It only lets you add another or delete them all wholesale. Then you can’t contact them without waiting on hold for 6 hours on the telephone. No email? That’s 20th century, friends. I’m beginning to hate Netflix.

  8. I Just ran into this last night, 2 kids plus me, we all watch different things on netflix. I would be willing to pay a LITTLE more for a few more devices, but that dosent seem to be an option right now

    • “paying a LITTLE more” is another $7.99 for a second streaming subscription at the moment. That of course means a second queue that needs to be populated. Is there a way to copy a queue to another account?