I have to wonder if their long term plan is to kill the DVD part completely (hoping that most customers just switch to streaming), and this is their sneaky way of working up to that?
If they were to just kill it, there would be a big backlash and they'd lose a lot of customers, probably including some who would be amenable to being on a streaming only plan.
Maybe something like this:
1 Raise DVD prices
2 Split DVD to separate company
3 DVD "company" isn't doing well any more, oops we went out of business.
Originally Posted by djames4242
You don't really expect a huge selection of newly released films for what they charge, do you?
Funny, with the DVD plan you do get a huge selection for that price. And I'd be happy to pay a bit more on the streaming side for a big improvement in selection.
But right now it's nowhere close to a "huge" selection, it's an absolutely pitiful one. Here's a fun test - sit and make a list of 100 movies you'd like to watch on your TV. Most likely, if you check on streaming, you'll be lucky to find 5 of those available. And that's not even listing all new releases, if you look for new stuff it's even less.
The current streaming selection is indefensibly bad. Sure, there's stuff to watch but you have to dig through their skimpy list of what's available - coming from the DVD side where they had almost anything, it pretty much rules out the possibility of thinking of a movie you want to see and being able to get it.
Originally Posted by pt123
Netflix started as DVD rental by mail service, then they added free streaming. Seems more like DVD was subsidizing streaming if anything. And people who want physical media isn't asked to pay more, just pay what they were paying originally before streaming came along and was free.
Actually that's not true, the $8 is for one disk at a time. The original plan was 3 and was around $16, now to get that it costs $24, so it has gone up quite a bit.
Originally Posted by chronster
Umm, streaming quality DOES come close. Maybe your connection is just too slow. An HD stream looks about as good as HD from my television provider.
And your TV provider probably sends a pretty bad HD signal, so he's right that it comes nowhere close to the same content on disc.