Are you a Netflix customer and fuming about the 60% price increase coming up in September? I am and I’ve decided not to stay when I get my notification. I finally decided to join about 6 months ago and have been happy with the quality, quantity,price and convenience. The only disappointing thing is the lack of old tv shows available for instant watching—those have to be ordered.
Here’s the pricing coming up for all of us Netflix customers. They are splitting out the mail service from the instant video streaming service. Before we had them together for one low price, now the prices are increasing by 60%.
Alternatives – Amazon Prime
I was thinking about Amazon – you pay $79/year and get instant access to 5,000 movies and TV shows – compared to Netflix’s 20,000 titles, it’s quite a reduction.. But, you also get 2-day shipping on any and all orders you place, no matter how big or small. There is a larger selection of titles available for rental. Perhaps they’ll add more in the near future to capture Netflix refugees.
A disadvantage to Amazon is that they don’t offer streaming to mobile devices. Rumor has it they are developing a streaming device of their own. For those who watch movies on their phones, you might want to stick with Netflix.
Then there’s the redbox. I’ve used them quite a bit as the big boxes seem to be everywhere. It’s simple for me to stop by and pick something up. If I end up keeping it another night, it’s just another dollar more. It’s nice to be able to shop for and reserve a video ahead of time too. I’ll probably use it from time to time as I’ve always done.
There’s Hulu and Hulu +. I used to use this service, but not anymore. I’ve been reading that they are working on being available on every kind of streaming device. The one big disadvantage of Hulu is that even the subscription service has commercials. I, along with many others, just won’t pay for that.
Many TV shows are available on-line, you will need to go to each network’s site to view them.
So there you have it – not one service has everything and it’s still a mix and match/piecemeal kind of world.