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« on: October 20, 2004, 05:08:06 PM »

The front page of Netflix now says $17.99/mo. for the 3 out plan. I know Blockbuster came into the market and is charging $19.99, but they also give you two free in-store rentals. WalMart DVD is $19.

If anyone knows, has netflix upped the ante, or is this temporary? I'm already a member and when I go to my account settings it says I'm on the $22/mo plan (3 out). So I'm not sure what's up.

Netflix is so fast for me, (they have a hub here in Daytona) that for $17.99, i'd just stay subscribed all the time.

Rumor is Amazon is going to join this game too. Hooray for competition!
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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2004, 05:42:32 PM »

Yes, Netflix is dropping to $17.99 for 3-out at a time.  Effective November 1 for current subscribers.

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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2004, 06:33:52 PM »

That is....how do they say?? SOLID!
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2004, 06:37:29 PM »

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That is....how do they say?? SOLID!


Indeed sir. They can count on me for continuous membership now. I had been subscribing a month, skipping two, repeat.
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2004, 07:10:24 PM »

Excellent!  I was considering dropping it for a month or two since I've not been able to watch many movies lately.  But now I'll just keep it around and watch my 1 or 2 month 'til I have more time.
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2004, 07:12:34 PM »

I LOVE Netflix.  They are so fast and easy.  Cheap sluts slywink  I have a hub near me so that I get my movies the day after they ship them.  It's very handy.  If I wanted to I could probably go through 6 movies a week!  But I don't because come on, who can watch that many movies in a week? smile
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2004, 07:19:28 PM »

Do they have a 2-out plan, and if so, will it have a new low price also?
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2004, 07:36:30 PM »

It is convenient, but they suck bad when it comes to new releases or in demand titles.

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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2004, 07:54:38 PM »

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It is convenient, but they suck bad when it comes to new releases or in demand titles.

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Netflix? That has not been my experience in the least. I've gotten absolutely every title I've asked for, for the last year, with zero wait. That includes a ton of new releases.
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« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2004, 07:59:30 PM »

This is from the Netflix site:
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Q: What are the details of your upcoming price decrease? When will my rate change?
A: We are lowering the prices on all subscription programs effective November 1st, 2004.
Our new pricing is as follows:

2-at-a-time, 4 rentals per month: $11.99/month
3-at-a-time Unlimited: $17.99/month
5-at-a-time Unlimited: $29.99/month
8-at-a-time Unlimited: $47.99/month
We will automatically change your billing rate to the new lower price at the time of your November billing cycle. You do not need to contact us to get the new, lower rate.

All members who finish their Free Trial period on or after November 1st, 2004 will automatically receive the new, lower price.

My question is: Who in the world needs 8 DVD's out at a time?
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« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2004, 07:59:59 PM »

SNAP!


I wasn't going to cancel my account anyway, so this is just a bonus.

Out of the several new releases I have gotten, it has always been immediate.
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« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2004, 08:05:09 PM »

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Do they have a 2-out plan, and if so, will it have a new low price also?


Looks like there is a 2-out plan, but limited to 4 rentals a month.


Here is the new billing rates: http://www.netflix.com/FAQ?p_faqid=522

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We are lowering the prices on all subscription programs effective November 1st, 2004.
Our new pricing is as follows:

2-at-a-time, 4 rentals per month: $11.99/month
3-at-a-time Unlimited: $17.99/month
5-at-a-time Unlimited: $29.99/month
8-at-a-time Unlimited: $47.99/month
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« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2004, 08:27:27 PM »

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My question is: Who in the world needs 8 DVD's out at a time?


 Me  biggrin  The majority of my rentals are anime series and tv seasons. When the show I am watching is spread out over several dvd's, I hate having to wait to watch them all.  I don't have much in the way of me time anymore, between work and family, but when I do I enjoy sitting down for a few hours, after the family has all gone to bed, and putting in a few hours with my favorite shows. This is done on the weekends, of course.

Case in point. After the family had hit the sack, I grabbed a few goodies and sat down and watched Wolf's Rain, vol. 1-3, this past weekend. Maybe it's just that I am getting older and can't stay focused long enough to do the weekly wait.  I do it with Dead Like Me, but it's getting old.

I believe next season I am going to tivo  the entire run, then watch them all back to back over the course of a few days. I may have to do the same to Carnivale when it shows up next year.

As you can tell, I am kind of a boring person. Well, I am now anyway.
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« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2004, 08:43:44 PM »

Blockbuster Online just cut their price to $17.49 for 3 DVDs out, effective October 25th. In addition, the two free in-store rentals per month can now be used for GAME RENTALS!!!

I was almost prepared to switch back to Netflix, but BB sealed the deal. Two game rentals a month is like a $13 freebie!
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« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2004, 08:54:30 PM »

Hmmmm.... Blockbuster, eh?  I just checked out their website and am I correct to assume that rentals are only for movies? I can't have 2 movies and 1 game out.  The games can only be rented in-store, up to 2 a month?

I may have to give Blockbuster a spin and see how it works out for me.  I've been with Netflix for about 4 years and I never had a reason to look at anybody else.
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« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2004, 08:58:58 PM »

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Blockbuster Online just cut their price to $17.49 for 3 DVDs out, effective October 25th. In addition, the two free in-store rentals per month can now be used for GAME RENTALS!!!

I was almost prepared to switch back to Netflix, but BB sealed the deal. Two game rentals a month is like a $13 freebie!


This is hilarious.

Consumers ... WIN!  :lol:
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« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2004, 09:11:37 PM »

I read an article about this the other day.

The reason NetFlix is lowering their price is because they have confirmed that Amazon.com is planning on launching a competing DVD rental service.

I just signed up for the free trial at netflix on Saturday but apparently Kansas City is a 2 day trip for them.  frown

Which is very disappointing, and may cause me to leave if I can find another one of these services that can ship them to me faster. A four day turn-around when they don't ship on weekends means I'm going to be spending a lot of time w/o movies.
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« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2004, 11:29:45 PM »

Something has puzzled me for a while, how much money does it cost most of you to rent DVD’s where you’re from?  I can get two night rentals for $2.50 locally and they generally have new releases in the day after they are released.

Coupled with the fact that it’s rare for me to find two movies out in one week that I have any interest in I’ve never seen where Netflix is that great of deal.
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« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2004, 11:36:03 PM »

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Coupled with the fact that it’s rare for me to find two movies out in one week that I have any interest in I’ve never seen where Netflix is that great of deal.


It all depends on your renting habits. The only rental store near us is Blockbuster, and they charge $3.99 for a new release. So you rent two movies in a month and you've already paid for nearly half of your monthly rental fee.

But even disregarding that, I rent a lot of TV series. These are typically at least $40 a set when they come out. Since I can blow through a set a month (and that's if I'm taking my time), I've saved myself oodles of money I probably would have otherwise spent buying these sets.

It is true that you have to be prompt about your turnaround in order to maximize your value. If you only rent 2-3 movies a month, it's probably not worth it. If you're like me and are a total movie whore, it's great.  biggrin
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« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2004, 01:41:28 AM »

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It is true that you have to be prompt about your turnaround in order to maximize your value. If you only rent 2-3 movies a month, it's probably not worth it. If you're like me and are a total movie whore, it's great.  biggrin


I sometimes go a couple weeks without watching a movie, but I still like netflix because when I do get bored and wanna watch a movie I have 4 sitting there waiting for me.... oh yeah, I'm the reason you can't get new releases, I get them shipped ot me the day before release and hold them for weeks hehe. I still have passion of the christ in the envelope in my entertainment center.

Netflix member since 6/2000.
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« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2004, 01:42:22 AM »

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Something has puzzled me for a while, how much money does it cost most of you to rent DVD’s where you’re from?  I can get two night rentals for $2.50 locally and they generally have new releases in the day after they are released.

Coupled with the fact that it’s rare for me to find two movies out in one week that I have any interest in I’ve never seen where Netflix is that great of deal.


Netflix isn't a good deal for everyone. But if you rent a lot of movies, it can be a great deal.

And like YK said, they also entire TV series' on DVD. Netflix has 16,000+ DVD's, and that's an incredible selection. Basically, they have pretty much anything (non-porn) that's ever been commercially released.
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« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2004, 02:35:45 AM »

For some reason, the cheaper price of Blockbuster just doesn't appeal to me.  I never visit BB and really don't have any desire to.

And I'd rather give my money to the originator of the idea.
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« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2004, 04:13:18 AM »

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I read an article about this the other day.

The reason NetFlix is lowering their price is because they have confirmed that Amazon.com is planning on launching a competing DVD rental service.

I just signed up for the free trial at netflix on Saturday but apparently Kansas City is a 2 day trip for them.  frown


Give it a couple of cycles, I get a 2 day delivery every once in a while, but it's usually the day after they say they've shipped that I get it.

I also have a theory that if your local center doesn't have what you want, they will ship it from another one but still put your local one as the return address.  Which means a two day delivery but a one day return.  I don't think I've ever seen a two day return, thus my theory!
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« Reply #23 on: October 21, 2004, 10:40:20 AM »

That price makes Netflix even sweeter!  I cancelled my membership a couple months ago and realized how much I missed it and signed back up again.   I'm glad I did.
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« Reply #24 on: October 21, 2004, 11:40:57 AM »

Netflix is great and the new price just makes it greater.  They had the new season of Stargate SG-1 (season 7) down as being released on 10-19.  I put disc one at the top of my queue as my wife and I were junkies and we were both surprised when the disc arrived yesterday, the day after release.

The only thing better than Netflix is my library allowing you to borrow DVD's with NO charge.
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« Reply #25 on: October 21, 2004, 01:27:22 PM »

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The only thing better than Netflix is my library allowing you to borrow DVD's with NO charge.


Mine does too. The wait for Return of the King when it was released? Two months  :shock:  That and they only have maybe 100 DVD's. (they still have 5000 VHS tapes though!
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« Reply #26 on: October 21, 2004, 07:53:34 PM »

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The only thing better than Netflix is my library allowing you to borrow DVD's with NO charge.


Mine does too. The wait for Return of the King when it was released? Two months  :shock:  That and they only have maybe 100 DVD's. (they still have 5000 VHS tapes though!

That seems to be about the wait for Farenhype 911 at Netflix right now.  Unless they are just screwing me personally.

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« Reply #27 on: October 21, 2004, 08:59:42 PM »

Not trying to prove you wrong or anything (honest!), maybe I'm just lucky, and my hub is well stocked, but here's my queue right now, which includes F911:



F911, Day After Tomorrow, Goodfellas SE, SuperSize Me, are all brand new releases.

Sorry to hear you're having so much trouble. Maybe you should contact Netflix home office about your availabilty problem. Maybe your hub needs more stock.
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« Reply #28 on: October 21, 2004, 09:03:11 PM »

Well, I think the inventory is based on the distrubution center's inventory.  Remember Netflix has several distrubution centers thoughout the US.  So your center might have it in stock, while the other place doesn't
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« Reply #29 on: October 21, 2004, 11:52:56 PM »

As it costs me $3+ a trip in gasoline alone to the movie rental store I find it quite handy to have them mailed to me.
When is the price change taking effect?
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« Reply #30 on: October 22, 2004, 02:51:07 AM »

November 1, dbt, is the date of the price change for Netflix.

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« Reply #31 on: October 22, 2004, 04:46:49 PM »

Its actually a Farenhype 911.  Not the Michael Moore propaganda piece, but some kind of rebuttal piece.  That is what has the wait, and its been a few weeks now and it was in my queue since before it was released.

I had a wait in September for Man on Fire also.  Honestly I guess those are the only two things I have had a wait on...but I havent been renting many new released since I rejoined, which was in mid summer.

I live in Houston, which is a pretty big place, and the hub is in town.  My turn around times are awesome.  I put something in mail on Monday and I have a new film on Wednesday, Thursday at the latest.

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