Yesterday, Netflix announced a brand new streaming only plan as well as a $1 price increase on the lowest plan to get streaming plus DVDs by mail. The price changes will take effect on billing statements dated after Jan. 2, 2011. Within the hour Netflix made this announcement, I had lowered my plan.
Streaming has become well over 90% of my Netflix usage. I use it, my kids use it, heck – even my wife knows how to use it. Thanks to streaming Netflix, I breezed through all 3 seasons of Arrested Development in less than a week (what a find!). My movie watching behavior changed and I am consuming more content.
I can’t even tell you what is in my DVD queue at the moment. I cannot curate it, it takes too much coordination of release dates to keep me interested. That is where streaming reigns supreme: instant gratification.
Is the DVD dead? Not yet, I figure I’ll compliment streaming with Redbox $1 movie rentals when I feel the need to see something newer; again instant gratification. That’s two movies a month to break even.
So for me, this was an easy call. How about you? Will the $1 price hike get you change? Are DVDs still part of your movie-watching experience? Let us know.