Netflix Streaming-Only Service Launches – DVD and Blu-ray Pricing Goes Up

Posted Mon Nov 22, 2010 at 06:00 PM PST by Dick Ward

Though it's a huge boon for streaming customers, Blu-ray fans will likely feel ripped off.

If you've been using Netflix for the sole purpose of streaming movies and TV shows, there's some good news. Netflix has officially launched a streaming only service for just $7.99 a month. That's the same price as Hulu Plus, but with much more content, if not quite as up-to-date.

DVD pricing has gone up, unfortunately. The plan for one DVD at a time has scaled from $8.99 to $9.99, and the plan for two at a time has gone up a dollar as well. Above that, it goes by a dollar per disc. Want three at a time? That'll be an extra $3. Want four at a time? You'll be paying $27.99 instead of $23.99.

Adding Blu-ray to your account is still a $2 upcharge, but the increase in DVD pricing means Blu-ray pricing has gone up too, with the 28 day delay for many movies still firmly in place. Existing DVD and Blu-ray customers, any of you wondering what you're getting for the extra money? The apparent answer is nothing. If you're only getting two a month, it's still only a dollar increase though, so by no means is it a huge increase.

The Official Netflix Blog says that there is no DVD-only or Blu-ray-only plan in the works, since the majority of content is watched online as it is.

Source: The Official Netflix Blog

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