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(KCRA 3 Sacramento)   The economy stinks, unemployment runs rampant, a pandemic grips the nation, people are afraid to leave their homes ... so hey, this would be a great time to raise our prices, thinks heartless Netflix executives   (kcra.com) divider line
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2020-10-31 9:03:21 AM  
I've been stuck at home with my kids for 8 months now, with no end in sight.

Streaming video is pretty damn close to a necessary.  I'd pay a lot more than an extra $2 a month.
 
2020-10-31 9:13:41 AM  

Krieghund: I've been stuck at home with my kids for 8 months now, with no end in sight.

Streaming video is pretty damn close to a necessary.  I'd pay a lot more than an extra $2 a month.


I was going t say, subby, as far as Netflix is concerned this is the perfect time to raise prices.
 
2020-10-31 9:37:58 AM  
Netflix: "go be poor someplace else"
 
2020-10-31 9:51:36 AM  
Typical tech company behavior. Use predatory pricing. Survive off of debt or VC funding. Destroy the competition and get their customers. Raise prices afterwards.

See Spotify and countless others.
 
2020-10-31 10:09:43 AM  

bostonguy: Typical tech company behavior. Use predatory pricing. Survive off of debt or VC funding. Destroy the competition and get their customers. Raise prices afterwards.

See Spotify and countless others.


Netflix and destroying competitors?

Netflix created its own competitors by making too much money.
 
2020-10-31 10:15:58 AM  
Netflix is losing content quickly from other studios and channels starting their own streaming services. Netflix's best chance at this point is to build their up own original content as best they can. Doing that is going to probably require a price hike.
 
Xai [TotalFark]
2020-10-31 10:33:00 AM  
Honestly I've got the best value for money from Netflix. For the price of a coffee a week I'm pretty sure I can cope.
 
2020-10-31 10:50:55 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Krieghund: I've been stuck at home with my kids for 8 months now, with no end in sight.

Streaming video is pretty damn close to a necessary.  I'd pay a lot more than an extra $2 a month.

I was going t say, subby, as far as Netflix is concerned this is the perfect time to raise prices.


I disagree, their library is dwindling compared to past days (no more Friends), there are a plethora of new streaming services including HBO Max, which is now only a dollar more a month than Netflix. Prime, Disney+ and Hulu are all cheaper than Netflix, NBC's Peacock is free along with a few other services. CBS also has a paid service for some reason. Crunchy Roll, Apple TV, etc.

So I feel like Netflix's days are numbered.
 
2020-10-31 11:33:11 AM  
Been a Netflix user since when they only shipped dvds. Haven't watched anything on it in months.  90% YouTube & the occasional hbo series.  Probably cancel at some point, but it's so cheap, I find it hard to bother with.
 
2020-10-31 11:38:50 AM  
If you went just by inflation, Netflix should cost about $9 today.


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2020-10-31 11:51:07 AM  
I'm glad TotalFark is the same low price it always has been.

/miss the boobies links
 
2020-10-31 12:22:00 PM  
For the extra I'd rather support some local papers.
 
2020-10-31 12:22:22 PM  
Been watching a lot more Hulu than Netflix recently
 
2020-10-31 12:29:52 PM  

bostonguy: Typical tech company behavior. Use predatory pricing. Survive off of debt or VC funding. Destroy the competition and get their customers. Raise prices afterwards.

See Spotify and countless others.


They really destroyed the competition. HBO max, hulu, apple, Prime are no longer  around anymore.
 
2020-10-31 12:39:31 PM  
That's it, I'm writing my congressperson.
 
2020-10-31 12:40:17 PM  

AnEasyTarget: Netflix: "go be poor someplace else"


It's a private service like going to the movies.  There is still some OTA television, and my library lets you borrow DVDs at no cost.
 
2020-10-31 12:42:21 PM  
Sub $20 a month (each) for Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify is still a screaming deal in my opinion.

Video rentals used to be $5 for a few days. Redbox is $1 a night but with limited selection. If I just watched on Friday and Saturday nights, that would be $8 a month. I'd double that for a better selection and convenience.
 
2020-10-31 12:44:20 PM  
Netflix needs to commit to their content. 1 to 2 seasons then pulling the plug pissing people off. Other streaming services and networks seem to keep series 5-7 years if they are popular. That is enough for people to feel things are complete.
 
2020-10-31 12:45:08 PM  
I found a L/P years ago on a messageboard.
Still works to this day.
 
2020-10-31 12:45:08 PM  
I got Netflix for the husband and son, but splurged on Hulu for myself (YAY Animaniacs!). Plus the son got Disney + for the Mandolorian. Everything else is either YouTube or DVD,
 
2020-10-31 12:48:40 PM  
And this is cheaper than "cutting the cord" how?
 
2020-10-31 12:53:33 PM  
If you think Netflix is heartless for raising their prices, check your local grocery store's prices.
 
2020-10-31 1:00:15 PM  
They could go the Amazon Prime route and just drop the main selling point for their service (2 day shipping) altogether. We don't even try to get it to you quickly anymore, because fark you, that's why.
 
2020-10-31 1:06:15 PM  
Discovered Pluto TV last weekend when I was looking for some 80's horror movies.  They actually have an amazing library for free and I don't mind a minute of ads a few times in a movie.  They are a pain to search for things but have both on demand and channels they stream.  Everything I found on Vudu for $4 - $10 a pop was on Pluto and Netflix did not have any of the titles I found on Pluto.

I gave up on Netflix.  Can spend 10, 15 minutes searching and find nothing.  Tried a few of their series and get bored.  The majority of their movies are not even B list or are just plain bad.  The titles they tout as blockbusters are 2+ years old.  Good for background noise but not actual entertainment.
 
2020-10-31 1:06:38 PM  
Still better and cheaper than HBO. 😁
 
2020-10-31 1:08:13 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: Been watching a lot more Hulu than Netflix recently


No one asked you.
 
2020-10-31 1:08:51 PM  
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2020-10-31 1:19:11 PM  
Didn't raise my price, finally dropped Netflix after years as a regular customer. I can get Amazon prime + disney plus for less than the cost of my Netflix sub. Those 2 plus Tubi.tv  more than fill my streaming requirements. I'll still be dipping into Netflix for a month at a time here and there when certain new content drops (mostly for the wife) but I'm done just letting it roll every month.
 
2020-10-31 1:21:44 PM  
It would be much wiser for them to wait until people are working more and have much more freedom/safety to do things outside of their homes to raise prices.
 
2020-10-31 1:22:47 PM  

Northern: AnEasyTarget: Netflix: "go be poor someplace else"

It's a private service like going to the movies.  There is still some OTA television, and my library lets you borrow DVDs at no cost.


There is plenty of over the air TV around here... if you like Jesus or speak Spanish

/couple of shopping channels too
 
2020-10-31 1:24:07 PM  

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Eh, certainly not as cheap or convenient but I do kind of miss roaming the aisles of a Blockbuster to find a movie.

Maybe even more than endlessly scrolling through Netflix's awful UI, with whatever garbage algorithm they're using to curate stuff.
 
2020-10-31 1:26:38 PM  
Aside from Stranger Things, there hasn't been anything worth the money on Netflix in ages. It's not worth it to start anything new since chances are they'll never finish it.  Most of their original content is mediocre at best (I'm being charitable). I use Hulu more than Netflix. I use Disney+ more than Netflix. I use Shudder more than Netflix. I use HBO Max more than Netflix. I use the Arrow Video Channel more than Netflix. Go ahead and raise the price. It just gooses me enough to finally dig into my settings and cancel.
 
2020-10-31 1:26:54 PM  

Catsaregreen: And this is cheaper than "cutting the cord" how?


My directTV bill, with 3 premium add-ons was a$170 a month before I cut the cord.  Do the math

/really just delayed because of the pandemic
 
2020-10-31 1:34:14 PM  
Massive payments to idiots like Harry and Meghan, and the Obamas, are behind this.

Those $100+ million payments have toi come from somewhere.
 
2020-10-31 1:34:55 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Autoerotic Defenestration: [Fark user image image 500x617]

Eh, certainly not as cheap or convenient but I do kind of miss roaming the aisles of a Blockbuster to find a movie.

Maybe even more than endlessly scrolling through Netflix's awful UI, with whatever garbage algorithm they're using to curate stuff.


I've found some use in https://instantwatcher.com/ for Netflix.

/Probably for Amazon Prime too if I used mine
//worried that if my wife got too used to it, premium movies would start getting rented
 
2020-10-31 1:37:15 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: Northern: AnEasyTarget: Netflix: "go be poor someplace else"

It's a private service like going to the movies.  There is still some OTA television, and my library lets you borrow DVDs at no cost.

There is plenty of over the air TV around here... if you like Jesus or speak Spanish

/couple of shopping channels too


Probably the same here.  I have cable, its getting absurdly expensive.
 
2020-10-31 1:38:36 PM  
Ah, yes, to raise money for the next 50 shows they'll all cancel after season 1.
 
2020-10-31 1:44:35 PM  

Vlad_the_Inaner: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Autoerotic Defenestration: [Fark user image image 500x617]

Eh, certainly not as cheap or convenient but I do kind of miss roaming the aisles of a Blockbuster to find a movie.

Maybe even more than endlessly scrolling through Netflix's awful UI, with whatever garbage algorithm they're using to curate stuff.

I've found some use in https://instantwatcher.com/ for Netflix.

/Probably for Amazon Prime too if I used mine
//worried that if my wife got too used to it, premium movies would start getting rented


Every single one of those 'streaming search' sites are garbage.  The JustWatch.com is probably the least garbage one, however it's still missing peacock (Looks like it finally added HBOMAX).

Honestly, if someone could create a workable streaming search site that isn't slower than molasses and includes ALL the major streaming services (I understand there's 8 million tiny ones, those aren't necessary) and isn't constantly out of date... I'd PAY for it.
 
2020-10-31 1:47:05 PM  

Jizz Master Zero: Aside from Stranger Things, there hasn't been anything worth the money on Netflix in ages. It's not worth it to start anything new since chances are they'll never finish it.  Most of their original content is mediocre at best (I'm being charitable). I use Hulu more than Netflix. I use Disney+ more than Netflix. I use Shudder more than Netflix. I use HBO Max more than Netflix. I use the Arrow Video Channel more than Netflix. Go ahead and raise the price. It just gooses me enough to finally dig into my settings and cancel.


I use Night Flight Plus more than I use Netflix.
 
2020-10-31 1:53:13 PM  
I like Netflix and find much to watch on there. For me, I find their main Search option is bad at finding stuff, but if you see something that interest you, and you look at the "Similar options", it shows a lot of things which doesn't turn up in Searches.
 
2020-10-31 1:54:52 PM  
Netflix is adding V for Vendetta on November 15th.

As the movie is so fond of quoting: "Remember, remember the fifteenth if November."

...

Seriously, if you didn't sign to have it there by the fifth then just wait until next year.
 
2020-10-31 1:58:25 PM  

DesertCoyote: Jizz Master Zero: Aside from Stranger Things, there hasn't been anything worth the money on Netflix in ages. It's not worth it to start anything new since chances are they'll never finish it.  Most of their original content is mediocre at best (I'm being charitable). I use Hulu more than Netflix. I use Disney+ more than Netflix. I use Shudder more than Netflix. I use HBO Max more than Netflix. I use the Arrow Video Channel more than Netflix. Go ahead and raise the price. It just gooses me enough to finally dig into my settings and cancel.

I use Night Flight Plus more than I use Netflix.


I had to cancel. I was getting nothing done. "Oh, I'll just have it on in the background," I'd say, just before I popped popcorn and settled in for the next several hours. I want it back but it's like an alcoholic saying, "It's just one beer."
 
2020-10-31 1:59:08 PM  

Schlubbe: They could go the Amazon Prime route and just drop the main selling point for their service (2 day shipping) altogether. We don't even try to get it to you quickly anymore, because fark you, that's why.


I'm using my mother's prime account. She got it for the free shipping, and is barely aware there's a streaming service that comes with it.
 
2020-10-31 2:00:07 PM  

Jizz Master Zero: Aside from Stranger Things, there hasn't been anything worth the money on Netflix in ages. It's not worth it to start anything new since chances are they'll never finish it.  Most of their original content is mediocre at best (I'm being charitable). I use Hulu more than Netflix. I use Disney+ more than Netflix. I use Shudder more than Netflix. I use HBO Max more than Netflix. I use the Arrow Video Channel more than Netflix. Go ahead and raise the price. It just gooses me enough to finally dig into my settings and cancel.


Ozark is incredible Narcos was pretty damn good.

The russian show the Sniffer was great and they have decent Spanish language content.
 
2020-10-31 2:11:25 PM  

Krieghund: I've been stuck at home with my kids for 8 months now, with no end in sight.

Streaming video is pretty damn close to a necessary.  I'd pay a lot more than an extra $2 a month.


I imagine the infrastructure is being pushed. new servers do not buy themselves. I am also at home but no kids, however my cat has been binging on The Office if that counts.
 
2020-10-31 2:13:18 PM  

Olliewog: Discovered Pluto TV last weekend when I was looking for some 80's horror movies.  They actually have an amazing library for free and I don't mind a minute of ads a few times in a movie.  They are a pain to search for things but have both on demand and channels they stream.  Everything I found on Vudu for $4 - $10 a pop was on Pluto and Netflix did not have any of the titles I found on Pluto.

I gave up on Netflix.  Can spend 10, 15 minutes searching and find nothing.  Tried a few of their series and get bored.  The majority of their movies are not even B list or are just plain bad.  The titles they tout as blockbusters are 2+ years old.  Good for background noise but not actual entertainment.


Pluto TV is good stuff. I was watching the Carson TV channel and it's entertaining since he was before my time, other classic TV, comedy channels, and, as you mentioned, the movies all with fewer commercials than cable

I wonder what else they'll be adding since they just added a British TV channel
 
kab
2020-10-31 2:19:43 PM  
FTA:

"We understand people have more entertainment choices than ever and we're committed to delivering an even better experience for our members," a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. "We're updating our prices so that we can continue throwing shiat against the wall and praying that 5% of it sticks."
 
2020-10-31 2:22:15 PM  
Cost of services and rising bid competition for shows.  I have no issues with this.  I mean, they could take the Amazon Prime route and literally have every shiatcan Grade B film ever made populate their search results, but they don't, so I respect them for an adequate level of curation.
 
2020-10-31 2:23:54 PM  
It's a "luxury" entertainment service, not an essential service. If you can't afford it, then watch broadcast TV for free with a cheap rabbit ears antenna. Or read a book. Or croquet.
 
kab
2020-10-31 2:25:59 PM  

Catsaregreen: And this is cheaper than "cutting the cord" how?


At this point, it isn't cheaper at all, if you factor in, for example... Netflix + Youtube TV with maybe HBO Max or something... you're looking at a bill that = old school expanded cable.   In fact, cable is probably cheaper for a new user getting on a 2 year plan or something at this point.  And you'll get more channels with cable as well (whether you want them or not is a different story)

As far as Netflix goes...It's EXTREMELY rare for me to find a movie on there that I want to watch, and haven't seen already.

And while I admit I haven't watched everything they have to offer, there's only a few series on there that I'd truly recommend.

Bloodlines
Ozark
Dark
Dead to Me

I'm sure I'm missing a few, but you get the point.  For every one really good show, it seems like there are ten like "The Unicorn".
 
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