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(SFGate)   Netflix and Chill may soon be an expensive date   ( sfgate.com) divider line
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2017-10-05 12:48:20 PM  
10%, a buck more.
Not bad for them to be able to remain competitive. At least for the time being.
 
2017-10-05 01:00:58 PM  
I'm fine with this.  If it means more content, go for it.  Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are both batting better than the major networks and most of the cable channels when it comes to the quality of their content these days.
 
2017-10-05 01:04:26 PM  
Didn't they just raise their prices?  Or was that just in Canada?  I got a notification on my screen and just clicked through...
 
2017-10-05 01:28:35 PM  
If you can't afford one or two dollars a month, you're a pretty shiat-tier date anyhow
 
2017-10-05 02:06:09 PM  
Still an excellent value/cost ratio.  If this helps lure more *good* content away from the cable monopolies that's even better.
 
2017-10-05 02:22:20 PM  
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2017-10-05 02:25:13 PM  
As long as they keep making the Hot Tub Time Machine series available for streaming.
 
2017-10-05 02:28:40 PM  
Remember last time they did this and made tons of cash and signed up thousands of new users? It's like they never learn.
 
2017-10-05 02:28:45 PM  
Been getting kinda bored with you anyhow Netflix.
I've come to the conclusion there are few things I actually want to watch on any platform.
Most of the time it's just background noise while I play on my phone or tab.
Costing me more to be background noise when someone else will do it for free? Nah.
You ain't that great Netflix. I'd agree you were worth it if I hadn't watched most anything I wanted to see already or you had decent movies. I'm sick of low rent comedy shows and syndicated tv.
I think I'll call it a day over a dollar. 10 was such a nice round efficient number.

/Stranger Things sucked
//Don't care
///It was cheap nostalgia whoring.
 
2017-10-05 02:30:54 PM  
Is the extra money worth it? That depends on how much chili I get.
 
2017-10-05 02:34:47 PM  
I'm totally fine with this.  It's still underpriced, if you ask me (hopefully they don't).
 
2017-10-05 02:34:52 PM  
They are going to need all that money to pay off Comcast when net neutrality gets quashed.
 
2017-10-05 02:35:15 PM  
Inflation exists, expect prices to rise.

Costs of programming is almost certainly increasing as well as there is more competition for the rights to programs and more originally programming being made.
 
2017-10-05 02:36:02 PM  
Omgz a whole dollar. If that's going to break your bank, why are you subscribing anyway?
 
2017-10-05 02:38:00 PM  
I'm not in their target demographic, so the selection of things I'm interested in watching is declining. I like a lot of the comedy specials, and a couple of their series, but the movie selection is getting pretty weak

/and the menus when I access it from the tv...
//Seriously?
 
2017-10-05 02:39:35 PM  
I wouldn't mind paying more for Perrier if it wasn't delivered to my house through a rusty pipe.

On the bright side, there's a startup company expanding in my area offering wireless broadband with supposedly no data caps. Once they expand to cover where I live, and convince me they aren't completely sketchy, I might be able to enjoy real internet rather than my crappy Frontier DSL.
 
2017-10-05 02:40:28 PM  
Who thought the place that would mail you dvds would turn into a television and movie studio?
I hope the destruction of net neutrality doesn't destroy them.
 
2017-10-05 02:43:10 PM  
I picked the wrong weekend to binge Bojack Horseman.  I was not prepared for Monday morning.
 
2017-10-05 02:51:36 PM  
I don't mind.

anyone check out Big Mouth? fun and funny.
 
2017-10-05 02:54:23 PM  
I would be okay with this if they ever had even one goddamn movie I searched for.
 
2017-10-05 03:01:26 PM  
Spend the money on a better interface, quit trying to categorize the same thing in 10 different categories.
 
2017-10-05 03:09:07 PM  
$10 is an expensive date? Lucky gal/dude....
 
2017-10-05 03:10:28 PM  
Hulu has great content (several points docked for not having Criterion Collection titles anymore which was a selling point when i started using Plus), but freezes every ten seconds if i'm doing almost anything requiring the wifi on my computer. Never seen such a greedy bandwith hog.Perhaps this is because i refuse to shell out for the commercial-free version (because when i started using their service hulu plus WAS the commercial-free option)

Netflix has always been bogus in terms of adding and taking things away (usually the same movies, and not nearly tapping into the possibilities of what they could be putting up) and this has only gotten far worse, perhaps with the intention of slowly phasing everything out excepting the original content. Ramping up the cost repeatedly is annoying if they're not going to expand content beyond what they are themselves making and cycling through the same titles ad infinitum with the occasional new item.

Had amazon for about a year and it was ok. i remember watching a lot of stuff i'd already seen before because what was available that i hadn't seen held no interest. This was 2-4 years ago so i'm sure they've added much since then.
 
2017-10-05 03:10:43 PM  
I'd rather chip in a dollar than watch a commercial.
 
kab
2017-10-05 03:13:21 PM  
Netflix believes its price rate is justified by recent service improvements, such as a feature that allows people to download shows onto phones or other devices to watch them offline.

Revamping one of the worst farking UI's on the planet obviously didn't seem important this time around.

/fark your autoplay bullshiat too.
 
2017-10-05 03:21:23 PM  

kab: Netflix believes its price rate is justified by recent service improvements, such as a feature that allows people to download shows onto phones or other devices to watch them offline.

Revamping one of the worst farking UI's on the planet obviously didn't seem important this time around.

/fark your autoplay bullshiat too.


Oh, yeah... that sh*t needs to GO
 
2017-10-05 03:21:59 PM  

BigSquibowski: Been getting kinda bored with you anyhow Netflix.
I've come to the conclusion there are few things I actually want to watch on any platform.
Most of the time it's just background noise while I play on my phone or tab.
Costing me more to be background noise when someone else will do it for free? Nah.
You ain't that great Netflix. I'd agree you were worth it if I hadn't watched most anything I wanted to see already or you had decent movies. I'm sick of low rent comedy shows and syndicated tv.
I think I'll call it a day over a dollar. 10 was such a nice round efficient number.

/Stranger Things sucked
//Don't care
///It was cheap nostalgia whoring. entertaining, but no one will think I'm cool if I say that I like something popular


FTFY
 
2017-10-05 03:26:53 PM  

Imaginativescreenname: Hulu has great content (several points docked for not having Criterion Collection titles anymore which was a selling point when i started using Plus), but freezes every ten seconds if i'm doing almost anything requiring the wifi on my computer. Never seen such a greedy bandwith hog.Perhaps this is because i refuse to shell out for the commercial-free version (because when i started using their service hulu plus WAS the commercial-free option)

Netflix has always been bogus in terms of adding and taking things away (usually the same movies, and not nearly tapping into the possibilities of what they could be putting up) and this has only gotten far worse, perhaps with the intention of slowly phasing everything out excepting the original content. Ramping up the cost repeatedly is annoying if they're not going to expand content beyond what they are themselves making and cycling through the same titles ad infinitum with the occasional new item.

Had amazon for about a year and it was ok. i remember watching a lot of stuff i'd already seen before because what was available that i hadn't seen held no interest. This was 2-4 years ago so i'm sure they've added much since then.


Not sure what Hulu you've been using, but the main reason I stopped giving them my money is that they would drop seasons or entire shows without any advanced notice.  Netflix at least tells you when something is going away in a month or two...Hulu just nukes it.
 
2017-10-05 03:37:07 PM  
If it means more Stranger Things, Defenders, Sense8, then shut up and take my money.
 
2017-10-05 03:42:55 PM  

Harbinger of the Doomed Rat: BigSquibowski: Been getting kinda bored with you anyhow Netflix.
I've come to the conclusion there are few things I actually want to watch on any platform.
Most of the time it's just background noise while I play on my phone or tab.
Costing me more to be background noise when someone else will do it for free? Nah.
You ain't that great Netflix. I'd agree you were worth it if I hadn't watched most anything I wanted to see already or you had decent movies. I'm sick of low rent comedy shows and syndicated tv.
I think I'll call it a day over a dollar. 10 was such a nice round efficient number.

/Stranger Things sucked
//Don't care
///It was cheap nostalgia whoring. entertaining, but no one will think I'm cool if I say that I like something popular

FTFY


If I wanted to be cool I would not be posting on FARK.
 
2017-10-05 03:53:12 PM  

kab: Netflix believes its price rate is justified by recent service improvements, such as a feature that allows people to download shows onto phones or other devices to watch them offline.

Revamping one of the worst farking UI's on the planet obviously didn't seem important this time around.

/fark your autoplay bullshiat too.


That new farking autoplay feature makes me absolutely murderous. It must be a design feature that was never actually tested, since I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't be annoyed by 5 second snippets of clips playing as they read descriptions of new releases.
 
2017-10-05 03:57:43 PM  

olrasputin: kab: Netflix believes its price rate is justified by recent service improvements, such as a feature that allows people to download shows onto phones or other devices to watch them offline.

Revamping one of the worst farking UI's on the planet obviously didn't seem important this time around.

/fark your autoplay bullshiat too.

That new farking autoplay feature makes me absolutely murderous. It must be a design feature that was never actually tested, since I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't be annoyed by 5 second snippets of clips playing as they read descriptions of new releases.


What device app are you folks using for Netflix?  I go through the website on a Windows 10 PC and I have no idea what autoplay thing you're talking about.
 
2017-10-05 04:00:33 PM  

Teufelaffe: olrasputin: kab: Netflix believes its price rate is justified by recent service improvements, such as a feature that allows people to download shows onto phones or other devices to watch them offline.

Revamping one of the worst farking UI's on the planet obviously didn't seem important this time around.

/fark your autoplay bullshiat too.

That new farking autoplay feature makes me absolutely murderous. It must be a design feature that was never actually tested, since I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't be annoyed by 5 second snippets of clips playing as they read descriptions of new releases.

What device app are you folks using for Netflix?  I go through the website on a Windows 10 PC and I have no idea what autoplay thing you're talking about.


Usually Fire stick or PS4 in the living room. Gave up on maintaining a separate media PC once everything became so easily connectable. That, and my wife would rather not mess with a PC just to watch Netflix when it's just her.
 
2017-10-05 04:01:22 PM  
As far as streaming services are concerned, I currently only pay for the ad-free Hulu and Britbox. With those two, podcasts, and the 22 over-the-air channels I get, I have more than I actually have the time to watch.

Dumped Netflix a couple of years ago. I prefer classic TV over their "originals", and they were no longer delivering on that genre. Also, they can bite me with the autoplay and shrinking credits that can't be turned off by default .
 
2017-10-05 04:03:37 PM  

olrasputin: Teufelaffe: olrasputin: kab: Netflix believes its price rate is justified by recent service improvements, such as a feature that allows people to download shows onto phones or other devices to watch them offline.

Revamping one of the worst farking UI's on the planet obviously didn't seem important this time around.

/fark your autoplay bullshiat too.

That new farking autoplay feature makes me absolutely murderous. It must be a design feature that was never actually tested, since I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't be annoyed by 5 second snippets of clips playing as they read descriptions of new releases.

What device app are you folks using for Netflix?  I go through the website on a Windows 10 PC and I have no idea what autoplay thing you're talking about.

Usually Fire stick or PS4 in the living room. Gave up on maintaining a separate media PC once everything became so easily connectable. That, and my wife would rather not mess with a PC just to watch Netflix when it's just her.


I guess I'll stick with the web version and my Steam Link then, because autoplay in the background while reading a show description would drive me batty.
 
2017-10-05 04:09:06 PM  

Teufelaffe: olrasputin: kab: Netflix believes its price rate is justified by recent service improvements, such as a feature that allows people to download shows onto phones or other devices to watch them offline.

Revamping one of the worst farking UI's on the planet obviously didn't seem important this time around.

/fark your autoplay bullshiat too.

That new farking autoplay feature makes me absolutely murderous. It must be a design feature that was never actually tested, since I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't be annoyed by 5 second snippets of clips playing as they read descriptions of new releases.

What device app are you folks using for Netflix?  I go through the website on a Windows 10 PC and I have no idea what autoplay thing you're talking about.


I use a Roku stick. When I click on a TV show, it immediately starts playing an episode before I get a chance to select the one I want to watch.
 
2017-10-05 04:11:29 PM  
$11 / 30 days = 36 cents

If 36 cents is your idea of an "expensive date"... I guess you can just ask her if she wants to go dumpster diving.
 
2017-10-05 04:15:16 PM  
A $1 increase a month is negligible, of course, but a 10% increase is a big price increase
 
2017-10-05 04:21:14 PM  

kab: Netflix believes its price rate is justified by recent service improvements, such as a feature that allows people to download shows onto phones or other devices to watch them offline.

Revamping one of the worst farking UI's on the planet obviously didn't seem important this time around.

/fark your autoplay bullshiat too.


I love Netflix, but I hate autoplay so much that I rarely stream on my PS3. I only download and watch on my Kindle.

Been watching more Hulu lately on their free trial -- and I will be subscribing when that is over. This price increase doesn't bother me at all, but I will definitely not be shy about cutting the Netflix cord if I can't find 3-4 shows of gripping content a year. Iron Fist and Defenders really whiffed.
 
2017-10-05 04:21:27 PM  

lindalouwho: 10%, a buck more.
Not bad for them to be able to remain competitive. At least for the time being.


Same here, better deal than any cable package.
 
2017-10-05 04:26:51 PM  
Back in my day it was Blockbuster and chill.  There was something satisfying about going out to dinner, picking up a couple of movies afterword and knowing you were likely going to get lucky later on that evening.

There are a couple of guys in their early 20s where I work that have never set foot in a Blockbuster.  We were just talking about this the is other day.
 
2017-10-05 04:32:26 PM  
People who complain about the price of Netflix are as bad as people who complain about the price of stamps.
 
2017-10-05 04:32:42 PM  
I'm annoyed about the increase because it just increased less than a year ago.

Surprised when TFA said it's the first increase in 2 years. Later in the same paragraph I got the explanation that because I was a new subscriber, my increase was delayed.
 
2017-10-05 04:33:33 PM  
FTA: over the last 12 months Netflix shares are up 81%

I'll chip in the buck for the content, but it doesn't sound like they're struggling by any means.
 
2017-10-05 04:35:59 PM  
I dropped Netflix.  And Hulu.  I have three kids; if I can check out scripts from the library, I figure they can act them out for me.
 
2017-10-05 04:38:55 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Back in my day it was Blockbuster and chill.  There was something satisfying about going out to dinner, picking up a couple of movies afterword and knowing you were likely going to get lucky later on that evening.

There are a couple of guys in their early 20s where I work that have never set foot in a Blockbuster.  We were just talking about this the is other day.


Considering they all closed down in 2013, and in many locales they closed down years before that, not sure why that would be shocking.

I mean, I never set foot in a Burger Chef either, and I'm 45.... because they all closed down by the end of the 70s.
 
2017-10-05 04:42:08 PM  

BroVinny: I dropped Netflix.  And Hulu.  I have three kids; if I can check out scripts from the library, I figure they can act them out for me.


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2017-10-05 04:47:47 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Back in my day it was Blockbuster and chill.  There was something satisfying about going out to dinner, picking up a couple of movies afterword and knowing you were likely going to get lucky later on that evening.

There are a couple of guys in their early 20s where I work that have never set foot in a Blockbuster.  We were just talking about this the is other day.


VHS and veg.
 
2017-10-05 04:49:13 PM  
Looking at the NFLX chart, if you bought 2 shares of the stock about a year ago, you'd be up $200.

Minus short term cap. gain taxes and brokerage fees, you'd have still made enough free money from netflix for a free year of netflix.

It's like they're giving it away.
 
2017-10-05 04:52:56 PM  
I don't mind. They produce some great stuff.

Also, we already watch some of the same programs on different devices simultaneously, so not sure why that's mentioned. I love it because I can continue watching a show on my tablet with blue tooth headphones on the deck while barbecuing or watering plants, while my other two watch in the living room; or I can watch something else entirely anywhere in the house or on the deck while they watch whatever.

Another also: being tied to a day and time to watch a show seems so dark ages to me. Services such as Netflix, Hulu, etc., are well worth the price when you consider the convenience and content.
 
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