It took me a while to buy into the whole Netflix craze, but once I finally got the app up and running on my Playstation 3, there really was no going back to digital cable. It was then that I wanted an affordable streaming-only plan, and while it took some time to get here, that long desired option is now a reality as of yesterday. Unfortunately, for those who enjoy their DVDs and Blu-rays delivered in the mail, it looks like you're gonna be coughin' up an extra buck.
So, for $7.99 a month, you can instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies streamed to your computer or TV. No DVDs. No Blu-rays. Just streaming. As a reminder, not all titles on DVD are available to watch instantly, so you might want to throw down that extra buck if you're big on getting things right away.
As far as value goes, we think this is a very smart move by Netflix. Not only have they've gotten most of the movie and TV companies on board with the idea, but the ubiquitous support from nearly every device we own is quite the impressive feat.
Now, the question that remains is whether or not we should invest a few additional bucks to get Hulu Plus. It seems somewhat redundant since Netflix also carries TV shows now (and without ads, we might add). Perhaps Hulu will come up with something in the feature in order to convince us otherwise, but for now, Netflix is king in our book.
The plan is effective immediately - just visit your online Netflix account to upgrade/downgrade your plan.
[Via Netflix Blog]