Smartphone Users Spared Netflix Price Hikes

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Today, Netflix subscribers started receiving email notifications that the company was about to make a pretty drastic shift in its plan structure and pricing. It’s largely bad news for everyone involved, but the one group that will get away pretty much unscathed are those who use Netflix for streaming video only, including those of you who enjoy the service on your smartphones.

Basically, streaming is being separated from by-mail disc rentals. Initially, you’ll remember, streaming was an added bonus that came on top of your normal disc-rental plan. After it became hugely successful (reports vary, but it’s been claimed that Netflix traffic makes up a sizable fraction of US internet traffic), Netflix started offering a cheaper streaming-only plan for the growing number of users who preferred the speedy access to TV and films that streaming afforded them.

It’s almost surprising that it took this long, but Netflix has finally realized the full value of its services, and now everyone who wants streaming will pay the same $8; if you also want discs-by-mail, you’re looking at paying at least another $8 a month, for one disc at a time.

Does news of this change make any of you Netflix subscribers want to give up your DVDs and go streaming-only? After all, with the growing compatibility of the Android app, you’ve got more choices for how to stream Netflix than ever before.

Source: Droid-life

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!