Netflix Streaming on Your Console? You Now Have to Pay Separately
Posted on Tuesday, July 12 @ 13:47:43 PST by Anthony Severino
Netflix goes together with video game consoles like a sweet layer of icing in the middle of a cake. Sure there's different icing on top, and it's not really necessary, but that extra little treat makes everything all the more delicious. Mmmm... cake...
But let's not get too sidetracked here with all this talk about cake. It's a lie anyway. The real matter at hand is that you're now going to have to pay for having your cake and then pay to eat it too.
Netflix is separating instant streaming from their in-mail Blu-ray/DVD options. Streaming will now cost $7.99. If you still want to have the option for DVDs and Blu-rays, you're going to have to spring for a second package, which starts at about $7.99. If you want both, you have to pay for each separately.
Granted, there was an option for instant streaming-only before for $7.99, but I don't see many people paying for that when you could get DVDs too for around the same price.
What does this mean for gamers? It means that anyone that already had a Netflix package and were able to stream content to their consoles for free, can't anymore. At least not for free. I know that I only used the console streaming because I already had Netflix, but now that I've had the streaming for a while, I don't want to lose it. Then again, I don't want to pay for it, either.
In a way, I'm surprised this didn't happen sooner. After all, Netflix streaming to consoles accounts for 20% of all internet traffic - that's a lot of bandwidth.
Here's the email that Netflix is sending existing customers:
Dear Pissed Off Consumer, [Okay, we altered the name a bit.]
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.
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