Dont like the Netflix price hike Heres 9 video streaming and rental

first_imgAs you’ve probably already heard, Netflix announced a new plan earlier this week that will effectively split the unlimited-DVDs-by-mail and the unlimited-streaming options into two separate plans, raising prices by 60 percent. Each plan will be $7.99. Streaming capabilities in addition to DVDs will now cost $15.98. The price hike has spiked an outrage amongst Netflix customers, and many current users are threatening to cancel their membership because of this decision.As all Netflix customers did, I received an email (shown above) informing me of the news. As you can see, my $9.99 plan will be changing to $15.98 automatically starting September 1 unless I “easily change or cancel” my unlimited streaming plan, unlimited DVD plan, or both. What Netflix may not have anticipated when making this change is that a lot of customers will choose the “cancel both” option and seek other alternatives for video content.AdChoices广告If you’re among the thousands of Netflix customers who are unhappy with the change, there are many substitutes out there. Below, we’ll run through nine alternatives to Netflix if you decide to jump ship…Amazon Prime Amazon Prime is actually part of Amazon’s unlimited free two-day shipping plan. Back in February, Amazon announced it would be including free unlimited video streaming as a perk for its Prime members. The commercial-free content can be watched via Mac, PC, or 200 different models of Internet-connected devices, like TVs, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes. As long as it’s compatible with Amazon Instant Video, you can use it to stream content with Amazon Prime. There are over 6,000 movies and TV shows, and some are even available in HD. However, there’s no disc option.Cost: A $79 yearly fee works out to be about $6.58 a month. You can try it out with a free one-month trial.Hulu PlusThough it’s the same price as Netflix’s streaming plan, Hulu Plus is a step up from the free, ad-supported Hulu option. Both offer tons of great movies and TV shows, but Hulu Plus offers a larger selection, including movies from the Criterion Collection, as well as HD content. Hulu Plus is available on game consoles like the Sony PlayStation 3, and the Xbox 360, as well as via set-top boxes like the Roku. You can even stream content on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and on Android phones. Of course, Internet-connected devices like Blu-ray players and TVs, as well as computers, can also stream the content into your living room. As with Amazon Prime, there’s no disc option.Cost: $7.99 a month. There’s a one-week free trial, and students that sign up with an “.edu” email can get a one-month free trial.Blockbuster by MailBlockbuster by Mail is probably the closest thing to Netflix. In addition to receiving DVDs in the mail, you can also get games and Blu-ray discs for the same price. There are over 100,000 Blockbuster titles to choose from. DVDs usually arrive within one to two business days, similar to how Netflix works. Plus, if you’re near an actual Blockbuster brick-and-mortar store, although they’re few and far between these days, you can exchange the movie you got in the mail for another rental. Although we can’t confirm it, Blockbuster says it gets new releases 28 days before both Netflix and Redbox.If you want to watch content via Blockbuster On Demand, it’s unfortunately not part of the Blockbuster by Mail service. Movies start at about $1.99 and rentals last for 24 hours. This feature is available via smartphones, Blu-ray players, connected TVs, computers, and TiVo.Cost: A little pricier than Netflix, one disc at a time will cost $11.99 a month, two discs $16.99, and three discs $19.99 a month. To stream content, you’ll have to pay about $2 per movie. If you want to try out Blockbuster by Mail, you can take advantage of its two-week trial.VUDU Acquired by Walmart in 2010, VUDU is a streaming site that offers content the same day it’s released on DVD. With VUDU, you only pay for what you watch, and a rental is $2 for two nights. The company boasts that it has the most HD movies on demand with HDX, 1080p True Digital and Dolby Digital Plus 4.1 surround sound. VUDU works with the PS3, Blu-ray players and connected TVs, computers, and Boxee, an Internet-connected set-top box.Cost: $2 for a two-day rental. Each day there’s a 99-cent Movie of the Day to rent. VUDU gives you a $5.99 credit to try out the service for free.YouTube Rentals YouTube previously offered short-film-only videos in its movie-on-demand service, but the company partnered with Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers, and Universal, as well as independent studios like Lionsgate, and Kino Lorber back in April to offer a larger variety of streaming rentals. There’s no disc option here, but you can rent videos and watch them from your YouTube account on any computer, as well as on a Google TV, Android tablet with Honeycomb, and most Android phones.Cost: $1.99 to $3.99 for most rentals. Once you rent the movie, you have 30 days to watch it. However, once you start watching, you only get 24 hours to finish it.CinemaNowIt seems like all the big companies offer their own take on video streaming, and Best Buy’s answer is CinemaNow. The service allows you to rent or buy movies or TV shows, although there’s no option to receive discs in the mail. You can choose to buy the download, but it’s for a pretty hefty price, and you’d be better buying the download via Amazon. CinemaNow streams to the usual Blu-ray players and connected TVs.Cost: Rentals start at $2.99 for a period of 24 hours.GreenCineYou can’t stream any content, but you can rent DVDs with GreenCine. Its 50,000-strong collection is not necessarily full of movies you’ve heard of, but there’s plenty to explore. It works the same way as Netflix where you add movies to a queue and receive the DVD in the mail. Though the website design isn’t as clean as Netflix’s, this may be a good alternative for those after a DVD rental plan.Cost: One DVD is $9.95 a month, two is $14.95, and plans go up to eight DVDs at a time for $49.95 a month.Redbox Redboxes are rental kiosks convienently located in many grocery stores and pharmacies. They used to just offer DVDs, but Blu-ray discs are also available now. And, as of June, they now offer game rentals. It has a great selection of new movies, but not very many older ones. The only drawback to having a physical kiosk is having to wait in line while the person in front of you searches through the entire library and rents three DVDs. But, such is life.Cost: DVDs are $1, Blu-ray discs are $1.50, and games are $2 for 24 hours. If you want to keep it longer than 24 hours, the $1-a-day charge will be added to your credit card account.Google According to The Street, Google is rumored to be starting its own movie rental/streaming service in the very near future, and this would be a very opportune time to do so. Working on a revamp to the Android Market, the new market is said to offer movies for just $2 to watch instantly or to download and watch offline. Since the Netflix price changes don’t take effect until September 1, it’s likely we’ll see something from Google between now and then that may have us all dumping Netflix on August 31.Cost: $2 a rental.If you took advantage of the free trials offered by Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster, and VUDU, you’d have about two-month’s worth of free content. We’re not condoning that, per say, but you have the right to make an educated decision in your purchase.last_img


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