I'm about to lose it over Netflix's announcement that they would be altering their service plans and charging customers at least $6 more per month. Welcome to Netflix's brilliant idea of creating separate costs to aggravate loyal customers for streaming ($7.99) and DVDs ($7.99 or $11.99). Ready, set, I'm going to REDBOX!
It's actually funny to me that a company whose stock has nearly tripled in the last year has the audacity to increase their rates $72/year. Like tons of Americans, we've been getting Netflix movies in our household for years now, and we even invested in a Roku box to stream Instant Queue movies to our TV. But considering this move shows an absolute lack of customer appreciation, you better believe we'll be looking elsewhere for our entertainment needs. Who's coming with me? Check out these four alternatives to Netflix instead:
Redbox: For only $1 a day for DVD rentals and $1.50 a night for Blu-ray discs, snagging your favorite movie from Redbox is as easy as breathing. Not to mention, these machines are virtually everywhere, and they have the latest DVD releases all the time. Why wait for Netflix over the mail, when you get a brand new movie, whenever you want, right then and there? I sure as hell won't.
Hulu Plus: For only $7.99/month with no commitment fee, Hulu Plus arguably has the best selection available for TV shows. I have loads of friends who pay for Hulu Plus in their apartments to catch their favorite shows without the hassle of cable TV providers.
Crackle: Crackle has an impressive selection of good movies and TV shows to watch for free. Honestly, sometimes I second-guess myself looking for fees. From movies like Pineapple Express and The Patriot to classic TV seasons of Seinfeld, I could potentially be entertained for days months.
Amazon Prime: While the selection on Amazon Prime may not be excellent (just yet), it's for sure a cheaper alternative. Prime costs $79 per year, which saves the average user $16 or so compared to Netflix. And, when you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you get two-day shipping with no minimum order size on all Amazon transactions. Saweeeeet.
Some important information to note: The price hike will go into effect starting on September 1, so if you don't happen to change your preferences by then -- you will be automatically billed for the new prices. To voice your opinion on the matter, you can casually join the 32,000+ commenters on the Netflix Facebook page, or check out their blog.
Are you frustrated by the Netflix price hike? Are you a Netflix subscriber?
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