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Friday, July 15, 2011

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Nate

Since they changed the pricing scheme they changed the layout of the activated devices page (At least for me...), that's where I could see it was at 50. Here is an article talking about it:

http://www.hackingnetflix.com/2011/06/netflix-increasing-the-number-of-netflix-ready-devices-per-account-to-50.html

Aaron B

Thanks for the link Nate, have not seen the change in the max number of devices yet. May have look into it with Netflix.

Nate

Here is the most recent link I could find Aaron,
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20055207-17.html
What I was trying to say, I believe now with the new pricing structure these limits are no longer in place (as netflix hinted at coming in the article). As for # of activated devices per account, the limit should now be 50, that changed about 2 months ago.

Fastpasser

They have this thing called the cloud now. You can see all the films you want on it for free

Aaron B

"Before you were tied to how many discs you had on your plan. 1-disc out at a time and you could only stream on 1 netflix device at a time, try to do on a second and you wouldn't be allowed. Under the new plan I believe you can stream on as many devices as you want simultaneously."

Netflix back pre 2008 did limit the amount of streaming that you were allowed to do based on the plan that you had. Post 2008 they changed that to unlimited streaming and you have since then been allowed to have up to 6 devices linked to your account at any time. From the information that I have gotten from them about the changes (as a member), the info on the website and the rest of the web, the streaming will not change from what it is now. You will have unlimited streaming and limited to only 6 linked devices at a time... the only difference is that now if I want a movie that is not available except for on DVD I will now have to pay another $8.

Nate

Netflix used to only allow 1 hour of streaming for roughly every dollar you spent towards a disc plan. Then in 2008 they opened it up and made it unlimited and did not raise the price of their plans. If you want to see rough prices look at what Netflix charged in 99'.

This was done for a reason, people would always jump on comment sections like this one every time Netflix announced a new big streaming license deal and say things along the lines of, "I don't use streaming, I don't want to use streaming, why am I being charged for this?" Netflix just listened to those customers. It's also being done to garner better deals for the streaming customers. Netflix was going to the studios and the studios wanted to negotiate at 24 million+ users (Netflix total subs), Netflix would counter with, "Not all of our subs use streaming." Studios would say we don't care, we have to charge by how many people have the option to. Now Netflix can go to those studios with a lower and more concrete # of streamers.

It's also my understanding that Netflix opened the door on the new streaming only plan. Before you were tied to how many discs you had on your plan. 1-disc out at a time and you could only stream on 1 netflix device at a time, try to do on a second and you wouldn't be allowed. Under the new plan I believe you can stream on as many devices as you want simultaneously. Now if you're looking at cutting the cord, this is a big deal.

Hopefully with more emphasis on both streaming and disc with these different plans, Netflix listens to their base and sets up profiles. It's painfully annoying that my wife's shows along with my daughters shows are mixed in with my shows in one big Instant Queue.

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