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Netflix Splits DVD and Streaming Into Two Plans

Netflix has announced that it will separate the DVD and Streaming plans effective immediately for new members, and beginning September 1st for existing members. Here are the details according to PRNewswire.

Unlimited DVD-only plans in the U.S. at their lowest price ever– only $7.99 a month for the 1 DVD out at-a-time plan and $11.99 a month for the 2 DVDs out at-a-time plan.

Netflix will no longer be offering unlimited plans that include both streaming and DVDs by mail. The unlimited streaming plan will remain at $7.99 a month. The price for getting both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99).

I’m personally a fan of this change. I am one of those who does not spend much time on the Instant Watch Streaming for Netflix. I’m the type that sets aside time to watch a new release on Blu-ray, and won’t venture to see it again until it hits HBO ad nauseam. If I want to see it more than that one time, I will buy it. I never got my money’s worth out of Instant Watch.

Of course, there are plenty of other people who find great enjoyment, and little gems, out of the Instant Watch. I think the service is great. They have made vast improvements to the selection, and are continuing to add to their collection. That being said, I think that there are those who are either Instant Watch or DVD rental types. But, if you are into both, that option is still available. But now, there is an option for each. A good move by Netflix.

Are you a DVD/Blu-ray rental type, or an Instant Watch type? What are your thoughts on the change?

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Michael Cantrell

Film enthusiast and observer of miscellaneous web findings. Living and working in the Inland Empire, Southern California. Acquired a Bachelor's degree in Television/Film, which is sitting in a file cabinet hidden from the world. General film interests are with independent films, comedies, science fiction and drama. Contributor over at