Netflix customer- netizens upset by rising rates are airing frustrations on the internet.
I've canceled my subscription. Two significant price increases in less than a year is TOO MUCH, wrote username John on the IBTimes Web site.
At 8:30pm EST last night, there were some 11,000 comments on Netflix's Facebook page, decrying the price increase.
I have been a subscriber for years and WILL cancel if rates increase, wrote one customer.
Netflix recently announced that it will raise fees by 60 percent the monthly price of a plan that lets subscribers watch unlimited movies and video online and get DVDs by mail.
Customers who want both services will pay $7.99 per month to rent one DVD at a time plus $7.99 for unlimited streaming, or a total of $15.98 per month. The previous cost of this plan was $9.99 a month.
Analysts are questioning whether the price hike will mean sudden death for Netflix.
I'M CANCELING SEPT 30, another angry customer wrote on the company's Facebook page.
In effect bargaining with customers, Netflix tried to explain the increase via Facebook:
We are separating our unlimited streaming plan from our DVD plan offerings. The streaming-only plan will remain at $7.99, while we now offer DVD-only plans starting at $7.99.
There are so many free alternatives for Netizens not willing to put up with Netflix's price increase.
Hulu.com is one alternative, offering streaming video of hot Hollywood Blockbusters and Obscure classics.
And people who can't find what they need at Hulu.com may choose to frequent Chinese sites like Tudou.com, which offer free streaming video of films, sometimes even before fthey are released to DVD in the US! [But copyrights are a question]
You may need a Chinese-speaking friend to help you muddle through the Chinese-language buttons needed to access those videos, but the Web site offers a cheaper alternative to the now-pricey Netflix.
Tudou.com is Chinese for Potato.com.
The company's slogan is literally, Everybody's a director in life, a Chinese way of saying, All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players.
The Web site, from mainland China, is entirely in simplified Chinese characters and many of the English-language movies are subtitled or dubbed with Mandarin Chinese.