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Published: Friday, Sept. 16 2011 8:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Regarding Netflix, now that the price has dropped, investing advice: buy! buy! buy!

lehi, ut

The reason lost in DC wrote that was not just because of this post, but we can figure anytime we see your post that it will be about politics, regardless of the context of the article. We are tired of it, you have your opinion and we respect it but why do you have to incessantly flash it in front of our eyes especially when we are reading an article that has nothing to do with politics.

Salt Lake City, UT

and they might lose the Starz movies in February?


It would be foolish to blame this spiral soley on the price increase. Rather it's Netflix taking customer loyalty for granted. I quit my account when Netflix VP of Communications Steve Swensey issued a statement saying that those of us that hated the new user interface lthey rolled out last May were in the minority and didn't matter. Mix this with a weakening movie selection and higher price, I no longer feel loyal to Netflix and am willing to part ways if this is how they view their customers.

sandy, UT

diagnosis--pagan has onetrackminditis. Continually focusing on old articles to prove that obama is the best. I believe that netflix is much like the democratic party. They are losing party members due to poor service and broken promises.

Mesa, AZ

The Netflix alternative may be Blockbuster Total Access offering unlimited streaming plus one DVD by mail at a time for $9.99 a month, $6 less than Netflix.

They include games, blu-ray DVDs, and much newer releases--available weeks before netflix or redbox. They also offer in-store DVD exchanges, that's if you can find a participating location that hasn't shuttered yet. I'm also unsure of how their catalog compares to Netflix for older movies and TV series.

My friends watch Netflix on their Xbox360-live. Xbox also has ESPN3 for college football and other sports at HDTV quality.

Salt Lake City, UT

'The reason lost in DC wrote that was not just because of this post, but we can figure anytime we see your post that it will be about politics, regardless of the context of the article. We are tired of it.' - bricha | 1:12 p.m. Sept. 16, 2011

Then stop reading. :)

I have not called anyone names. Presented the information in a civil manner. And, most important...

I was responding to a question.

A person of your intellegence should realize that continuing to ENGAGE someone on a public forum while COMPLAINING about it is only self-defeating.

You are perpetuating the 'incessant flash', right now.

If you don't like my post, that is fine.

I still didn't make them up.

And, I'm not forcing you to read, or reply to them.

Good day to you.

Springville, UT

Hardly seems like a "death spiral." Media overstatements if you ask me.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

If there is a movie I want to watch I could just get on Facebook and update my status saying, "Does anybody have Harry Potter and the Holy Grail that I can borrow tonight?"

I'll bet that I would have many offers, especially if the movie actually existed.

The free video sharing model could destroy any streaming model out there.
I just hope that my friends rewind the DVD's before returning them. Rewinding DVDS is such a pain.

South Salt Lake, UT

I am keeping dvd by mail due to closed captioning was not perfect, neither do audio qualities. Streaming is subjected to limits that Comcast may implimented on its system.

Kearns, UT

We dropped Netflix and found Redbox cheaper for the amount of movies we watch in a month. A little inconvenient having to drive but we should get out of the house a little bit more.

Brian Utley
Freedom, IN

My disk rate dropped by $3 with all the changes. I was paying $16 for two-disk service. Now I pay $13, after tax. Not much is in the streaming library anyway, and I don't have download space on my daily fair-use Hughes Net satellite service. So it's a win-win. Their disk service is two-day turn around. I have all the movies I can watch. How can I complain. Viva Netflix.

Eagle Mountain, UT

What Netflix doesn't mention is how many people downgraded their account, which also means a decrease in revenue. I still have my Netflix account, but I downgraded it to just include the streaming and no more DVD's. This will save me a few bucks a month, but how much is it losing?


@Kickit023, that is exactly what Netflix wanted for their subscribers to do. Their cost of streaming is much lower than that of discs (think shipping, etc.), so for them to move a significant amount of subscribers to streaming only plans increases their net.

Like others, we killed cable this spring. We rely on over the air tv (yes, people you can watch local tv programming, including BYUtv, for free), Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. Amazon is increasing the amount of streaming on a daily basis. As their streaming library gains more parity with Netflix we will reevaluate and most likely move back to a disc only plan at that point.

I found it quite funny how people complained about Netflix prices and pay over $150 a month on cable or dish services!

Cottonwood Heights, UT

$22 is too much to pay for the watch online + 2 DVDs out at once service. Once I watch a few documentaries I can't get anywhere else I'll go down to the $7.99 watch online service. It's a shame because I've enjoyed getting those red envelopes from Netflix and having their services.


Hey everyone! This is the solution if you intend to discontinue your Netflix service. Simply use Salt Lake City or Salt Lake County libraries. Both systems have a vast array of entertainment DVD options. As a resident of Salt Lake county, you can qualify for both cards. Oh yeah, the greatest part is--it's free. It just requires you being responsible enough to return items back on time.

Oahu, HI

This is Stupid mainly because of the size of the increase and the starting amount under 10 dollars for all you can watch. Now it would be about 15 or 16 per month for all you can sit and watch. Still cheaper then 1 movie for two people.

There is No Video Store in my town now nor the next town over either West or East. However there are the 1 Dollar knoisks in the Food Stores. This is what happens when the Comp goes out of business. The price goes up. People who leave will moswtly come back $5 is chump change. If you want it you will buy it. My daughter has it on the upstairs TV, Her and My Wife enjoy the movies.

I do not have Dish right now money is tight and choices have to be made. You can always turn your TV Off and Read your Scriptures or Sunday School Lesson.You cna the Scriptures and Lessons at the Church Web Site. I think we are on #38 this week.

This Netflick thing should be a massive non issue. Unless you have Stock which I would Hold.

Oahu, HI

What did you do before yoour Netflicks and that was not long ago.

What did you do before disc.

What did you do before VHS or Betta.

What di you do before Windows 3.1.

Before Vic 64 or Vic 20, before Ateri and before Pong.

What did you do before Color TV, 24/7 TV, or Black and White TV.

What did you do before Cable or Dish. Or when the Apt was small and the Dish was very big.

Before the Phone, Before the Car, Before the flush Potty. Before the Lights, etc.

Answer you got along just fine. Trust me if Netflicks goes down which it won't you will get along just fine.

Stock Wise I might want to pull my investment out but I would not sell the rest.

If I started with X amount I might pull that, which leaves X amount all profit and just leave that. A lot of people think thats losing but its not.

Do you realize the chump change they pay on a 10 year bond these days.

Thats why I loved Jimmy Carter, Not everything during inflation, inflats. Buy and hold what does not. Adapt or Die.

Santaquin, UT

Drop Netflix and read some books. Everyone will be better off in the long run.

Brian Utley
Freedom, IN

Eliot: Drop Netflix and read some books. Everyone will be better off in the long run.

Wow! You appear to have missed the value of movies as literature. One of the great revolutions of our times. Why is reading books better than watching movies? They're merely different, with each having its own strengths and appeal. You're suggestion is about as appealing to me as reading nothing but the scriptures and purposely avoiding all "story telling" literature---ignoring the value and traditions of our race having learned much from stories told around the "campfire," as it were.

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