Netflix Launches $7.99 Streaming-Only Plan in U.S., Jacks Up DVD Plans

18

Comments

+ Add a Comment
avatar

mesiah

Those that claim netflix streaming quality is poor most likely have a slower connection. Netflix checks the speed of your connection before it begins streaming a movie, then chooses the quality of the stream based on that. Most movies are encoded at 4 different quality settings, and HD recordings have 2 additional settings above the first 4. If you only have a 1.5 or 2Mb connection you are probably getting a pretty low quality stream (375kbps.) Compare that to an HD encoded stream at 3800kbps. So with a slow connection you are basically getting 10% of the image quality that you would with a fast connection. But to get the fastest stream you need to be capable of sustained 3.8Mbps transfer speeds.

I personally have a 10Mb connection that will hit 15Mb on good days. I have never had a stutter and I consistently connect to HD streams on both my PC and TiVo. The quality is just fine. I know netflix made some more deals with major studios to add more streaming content in the coming months, so I can't wait. Even at $9.99 this is a great service. And, a little secret, if you have multiple people living with you, you can stream more than one movie at a time. Often times my wife will stream a show in the bed room while I am watching something in the office. Netflix does not monitor for multiple users being logged into the same account. Now, if you share your login info with half your friends that might be a different story, I can only speak for my wife and I.

avatar

gymbeau2000

I don't mind the hike.  My mom across the country has my netflix password and streams all the time.  I rarely use it.  for me it's worth it getting tv series in the mail since they are expensive for what you get if you buy them.

 

All you people going to Redbox, enjoy it while you can...it's a flawed business model.  Until they can cram 200 copies of the new releases into the machine, it will never work.  Where I live almost EVERY is sold out unless you get there right when the vendor sticks the 5-7 copies in the machine.  They will learn sending through the mail is cheaper than machine maintenace too, not to mention when people finally start breaking into them.

avatar

daveny5

I've watched more movies in the past few months on Netflix than on cable or satellite. For one thing, I can watch the movies in almost any room in my house either on my computer, Wii, or network Blu-Ray DVD player. A lot of movies are instant play, but I've also sent for quite a few Blu-Ray disks which are incredible. The turnaround time on the DVDs is great. There's great selection of movies, TV shows, concerts, etc.

avatar

Red Ensign

I just cancelled my sub today. Anything worth watching on dvd I can hit one of the many Redbox or Blockbuster kiosk within a 5 minute drive. I used to have Netflix mainly for anime dvds. In the last year though they've stopped adding most new releases not produced by Funimation. I have a saved queue of over 50 disk that are released in the last 12 months and available thru other sites such as Rent Anime. Even the latest Gundam series they are missing volumes in the middle of the season with "unkown" as to when they will have them as well as Sgt. Frog :-(  As for their streaming, I used it to watch season 1 of Star Trek: ToS when it was up there briefly. That's it. I've been using them since they started up but the direction they wish to go is totally useless for me. There's other options readily available so I won't be missing a damned thing by dropping NF.

avatar

ebeale

Works great with my Time Warner Turbo connection and Netgear 3700 Router. I did run into issues last week where it would not connect to the Netflix servers. I’m guessing this is due to the number of users trying to stream. If they are going to be successful with streaming they better have the data centers to handle the volume.

avatar

rcolbeck

Streaming is useless for 10 percent of the population because streaming doesnt come with subtitles and captions. Only recently Netflix offered CC support on selected few videos and only works on desktop not your TV.

BAH. In Canada, I am going to stay with zip.ca dvd rentals.

Also in Canada we have STUPID CAPS at 60GB or 95GB. These wont sustain streaming shows and movies.

avatar

ebeale

Don't worry you Canadians will copy the US with your own service naming it something like NetFlickers.

avatar

Caboose

or zip.ca would start a streaming service...

avatar

sparker781

I've had the streaming service for awhile now.  To be honest with you, I've got no issues watching movies, I do have issues with the selection of movies they offer.  They pretty much suck unless your into the Classics in which case your good to go.

avatar

lunchbox73

Hmm. I was psyched to read this so I signed up for the free month trial. I won't get to try until I get home tonight but after reading these comments I'm not expecting too much. I've got a 2 Mb Roadrunner connection. What kind of quality can I expect streaming through my Xbox?

Better question is will I pull my hair out due to lag if I'm trying to play BFBC2 while the Mrs is watching a streaming movie? I'm sure the answer is YES.

avatar

Neufeldt2002

I have a 15Mb pipe that can pull 20 at peak burst rates, and I still do not "stream" movies. To unreliable, Youtube stutters and stops sometimes on small videos, I can only imagine what netflix would be like. Watch for 5 min, pause for 5 min, no thanks.

avatar

JohnP

Err, like the title says. Your output is 1st measured, then the streaming begins.I have NEVER, EVER had the movie stutter.

avatar

BlazePC

I have 21 Mb/sec service and NetFlix works just fine.  We can stream and game on other rigs at the same time with no probs.  Picture quality is pretty decent on most streams too - NetFlix is now doing 720p and 1080p formats.  I know quite a few people that stream wirelessly (which typically averages less than 10 Mbit/sec) and they don't complain about NetFlix performance. There's something else going on if your setup can't hack it...

avatar

Caboose

I too have a 15Mb pipe that can easily pull 20+ Mbps, and have no problems streaming HD w/5.1 audio via Netflix, or YouTube, etc. I'd say either your ISP is doing something sinister, or it's your machine that has issues. If all the machines do it, then it's an issue w/your router or ISP.

avatar

Ruins

The streaming service is useless for me, due to Quest DSL service (tested 1.3 mps).  The streamed movies look awful.  The price hike for the DVD/Blueray rental will force me to drop their service.  Netflix I will miss you.  Hello Redbox.

avatar

n0b0dykn0ws

I spoke with a customer service rep who gave the whole picture: in the future Netflix will be a streaming only company.

That would be alright if their catalog were anywhere near the size of their disc catalog.  Oh, and the quality on most titles is merely passable.

Goodby Netflix!  It was nice renting from you!

n0b0dykn0ws

avatar

JohnP

 Of course, like the title says "NETFLIX". They have ALWAYS been planning on streaming movies from day one.

 I too dislike the quality and the meager catalog. I guess I need to give them time as there are solutions to both of these issues.

 Until then, I will rent the DVD and skip the streaming. Of course my son in college loves streaming movies...

avatar

Talcum X

It used to be 9.99 unlimeted rentals a month and you got 3 at a time.  Now its 1 at a time...that cuts the possible movies down by 66%.  Less product for the same price...what a crock.  Now they're are going to raise it?  I may cancle and just stick to redbox...still just $1 and 1 mile away and I only pay for what I rent.

 

Oh ya, and death to all spammers

V
V
|
|
V

Log in to MaximumPC directly or log in using Facebook

Forgot your username or password?
Click here for help.

Login with Facebook
Log in using Facebook to share comments and articles easily with your Facebook feed.