Did Netflix just kill DVDs?
You are probably hearing about Netflix changing its price structure.
That’s being reported as a raise in the subscription prices, but it’s really going to be a reduction for many people.
Right now, you may have a $9.99 plan that lets you get unlimited streaming, and one DVD at a time.
They are splitting those out.
You can now get unlimited streaming for $7.99…and if you want to get DVDs as well, that’s another $7.99.
That means some people will drop the DVDs, saving $2 a month.
I do get DVDs from Netflix, but they aren’t a big part of my video consumption…I use the streaming from Netflix every day (with my Roku, so I can watch it on my TV…you can do that with other devices too, including videogame consoles like the Wii).
I think it’s not going to be a hard choice for a lot of people…they’ll just drop the DVDs. If they want a DVD every once in a while (even up to two a week) they’ll get them from a $1 a day rental machine in the grocery store.
People may stop buying dedicated DVD players as much as a consequence.
The move to streaming has been strong, but Netflix just put a turbo booster on it.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.