Things just got really interesting in the land of Netflix.
Netflix has announced that they will be offering two brand new tiers of subscriptions for their service, and have decided to change the playbook. The company will now offer tiered subscriptions for both physical and streaming sides of their service, but not the pair together.
Yup, that means from here on out you’ll have to pay for both a DVD subscription as well as a streaming subscription, or choose one or the other. Prices start at $7.99 for the streaming service, and the same price point for unlimited DVDs, with one out at a time. Prices increase from there. Now, there is an option for you to get both streaming and mail order discs, but it will cost you. The company offer the option of getting both unlimited streaming and unlimited discs (one at a time), but you’ll have to pay $15.98, or the cost of the two subscriptions combined.
Now, response so far to this news has been interesting. Some people have said that they are now going to be on the hunt for a new service, while others think that this has absolutely no effect on Netflix what so ever. Personally, I find this news to be really shocking. As a fan of the company, I love having the ability to stream and also get a physical copy under one plan. Now, for $16, that isn’t going to happen. I can’t justify spending that much on a service, when Hulu has most of the films that I’d want physical copies of anyways. I think the door to the throne of the subscription film renting world just cracked open a tiny bit.