If you’re a Netflix subscriber, you probably got the notice that they’re increasing the cost of their 2-at-a-time plan from $13.99 to $14.99 per month.
Well, even though it’s only $12 more per year, this was a perfect time to re-evaluate our subscription. You see, with cable, (free) OnDemand and Redbox, we have tons of entertainment options to keep us busy. Therefore, we regularly have 2 movies sitting on our DVD player for weeks, although we do watch some streaming movies/TV series sometimes as well. But in short, we probably pay well over what we would pay if renting from the local Blockbuster for each movie/show.
Since we do still want to get a physical DVD in the mail, the next lowest subscription that still offered streaming movies was $9.99/mth. That’s saving $60 per year by reducing to a more cost-effective plan that enables us to still participate in an entertainment package that we enjoy. There are a couple cheaper plans, but they either don’t have streaming or they’re only streaming. We’re not ready for either of those yet.
I will also say that we have 2 Netflix-streaming devices: 1) Nintendo Wii, which you can download an app for free from the Wii Store and stream wirelessly and 2) a Panasonic Blu-ray DVD player with built-in Netflix streaming (via ethernet). And of course, we can hook up our laptop to our TV via HDMI or VGA cable to watch Netflix, Hulu, etc. But for the first 2 “Netflix appliances”, I prefer the Wii for the ability to browse categories (you can only view your queue in the DVD player) and it’s wireless, but you can only get as high as 480p on the Wii, while I can get full HD on the Blu-ray player.
Ok, enough nerdy talk. Now time for you all to go out and reassess your own Netflix subscriptions (if you have one).