Just about the same. Not a big deal.
Just about the same. Not a big deal.
Most of them you probably won’t miss, but it’s worth taking a look anyway before they’re gone.
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.
Yesterday I posted about Netflix limiting it’s streaming customers to one streaming show at a time. Apparently though, it was an error rather than a crackdown as previously thought.
While I had suspicions that this was some mix up (I hadn’t had the problem at my home) the fact remains that it didn’t surprise me. I now assume that the Netflix service is going to get worse and worse until it’s no better than the Charter Cable that I cancelled so long ago. Netflix may still have the best service of its kind, but it now has an image problem. It’s the service that raises prices on its customers and limits their viewing options.
It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens with the Starz contract negotiations going forward.
If you’ve been a backer of Netflix, you’ve probably backed the wrong horse. One year ago they looked invincible. I was happily getting one DVD at a time, streaming on my two Roku units and loving life. Flash forward to today and I’ve cancelled the DVD service because of the price hike and now I will be limited to one streaming show at time. You heard that right. If the linked article is correct, and I haven’t done my due diligence in this regard, then it’s the beginning of the end.
Netflix was a service that was truly a good deal. I bought into the streaming service early even when there was little to watch. It got better and better and now apparently they think that they’re untouchable. No one has created a credible alternative at this point. I’ve read that a streaming service will be created and marketed under the Blockbuster brand, but haven’t seen the details yet. I’ve taken a look at the other alternatives and they all leave a lot to be desired. So, what does Netflix do? Bilk the consumer out of more and more money. Shame on you Netflix!
I’ve yet to see this one stream limit manifest itself at my home, but the day it does we’re going to have some seriously sad children. While there is no alternative to the Netflix streaming service right, I’m not going to stand by and be given less and less for the same price I’ve been paying. Seriously, this completely stinks of our local cable company taking away my channels at the same time raising my rate. That was the whole reason I cut the cord in the first place.
I was reminded of the VUDU service today. VUDU is a streaming service that lets you rent or buy movies and TV shows and streams them to you. They started out life as a dedicated box you would purchase that had a portion of the movies on their service cached on the internal hard drive. The movie would start right away and then stream from there. Nowadays they are strictly a software company. On your computer you can rent movies for $2 and have access to them for 2 days. Good deal.
And here’s the best part. According to their website, you can get movies the same day that they are released on DVD. No more 28 day Netflix penalty.
And here’s the worst part. Television shows. The catalog of available television shows, especially children and family programming is anemic at best.
VUDU is built into numerous web connected devices , Blu-ray players, HDTVs, and the PS3.
So, this seems like a killer combo for streaming content: Netflix Streaming – $7.99/Mo. and VUDU for new DVD release access, a-la-carte pricing. I just need a way to get VUDU content on my TV.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see a VUDU channel on my Roku.
As you read here, or on some other source, Netflix is raising their prices for the streaming and DVD combo service. They are raising it from $9.99 per month to $15.98. From the sound of their blog post on the subject, they are pretty resolute on this change.
As always, our members can easily choose to change or cancel their unlimited streaming plan, unlimited DVD plan, or both by visiting Your Account.
That sounds eerily like, “It’s my way, or the highway.”
Well, thanks to Netflix raising their prices 60% it’s going to cause people to look for alternatives to Netflix. I just resurrected my Hulu account that has sat dormant for a couple of years. I signed up for the service when it launched but didn’t find the service compelling. Now that I may be rethinking my choice of streaming video service, and the Hulu service is much more mature now, it may be a viable option. The price is the same $7.99 as Netflix and they have a large number of television shows and movies to choose from. Not as large as Netflix, but may be doable. The thing that will make it possible to switch will be the content for kids. Perusing the television shows I’m not seeing a lot of programming for children, except for Naruto.
I think Matthew Leech has a good plan for replacing the DVD portion of Netflix. I didn’t think about using those red kiosks at the grocery store. They rentals are only $1 (if you remember to return them the next day) and they have the latest DVDs there even before Amazon VOD. I’m still holding onto the idea that Amazon will bolster their streaming offerings with their Prime service as well. That along with the cheap or free shipping that comes with the service would work well for the family.
One bright spot in this whole thing is the fact that all three services, Netflix, Hulu/Hulu Plus and Amazon VOD/Prime are all services that are available on my Roku set-top box. Stay with Netflix, add Hulu Plus or dump them all. Any way I go, I’m covered. That’s refreshing not having to change out boxes and cables behind the entertainment center.
Meanwhile, I’m not making any decisions until August 31, 2011. At that time I’ll cancel the DVD service. Until that time though, I’m going to go on a DVD binge and catch up on the top 20 movies in my DVD queue.
Or, if you go back in time to the point that Netflix added streaming to the service ($7.99 then) they are effectively doubling the price for streaming and one DVD at a time.
Amazon Prime, and their one price for Prime shipping services and streaming, is starting to look more interesting. Prime is $79 per year or $6.58 per month. Assuming Amazon is aggressive in getting new streaming content this might be the place to look in the future.
In the meantime, I’ve had the same DVD at my house for roughly three weeks. Apparently the DVD service is not that important, but it was nice to have for those titles that don’t stream yet. I’m going to be sending that one back and going for the streaming only. I’ll rent new movies on Amazon VOD instead of getting them on DVD. Both services are available on the ROKU so I don’t have to choose just one.