Monday, November 22, 2010

Netflix Raises Prices and Adds Streaming Only Plan

Netflix Logo

Today Netflix finally announced their long-speculated streaming-only plan.  The bigger news however is the fact that they basically raised the price for all plans by a dollar per month.  That may not seem like much, but over time it makes the value proposition of Netflix go down for me.

I’m currently using the 1 DVD out at at time unlimited plus Blu-ray which is $10.99 per month.  The increase takes it to $11.99.  I use the streaming service sparingly to say the least and opt for an occasional Blu-ray as my mail-to-home movie.  Even with the 1 movie a month plan I’m busy enough I’ll sometimes not even rent more than one movie a month.  Another problem for me is the new release delay that Netflix is now saddled with – the value of their new releases is lower than the value of the much maligned Blockbuster new releases. 

A streaming-only plan was needed for those that don’t care much about the picture quality of their movies, but I was hoping for a lower price for that version given the much lower list of available movies and lower PQ.  Here’s the new pricing schedule – add $2.00 for the Blu-ray option:


If you’re like me and already have a Netflix subscription, your plan will update to the new rate starting with the next billing period OR after January 2, 2011.  I’m guessing that 1/2/2011 date is for those that put their Netflix account on a “vacation” between now and then and therefore delaying their billing date.

Netflix Price Increase

It will be interesting to see how their subscriber number change from this.  Netflix is the big guy these days so they’ll probably do fine, but my happiness with them just dropped about a dollar a month…

via Netflix Blog

Sunday, November 21, 2010

TV Premieres, Finales & Specials This Week 11/21/2010

We’re there – the holiday season is upon us once again with Thanksgiving for all of the U.S. And it’s time for another What’s-on-TV Check-In.  This week we have a a few premieres, a few finales and a bunch of holiday specials.
Like every week, GeekTonic covers the TV scene with a complete listing of premieres, finales and specials for the week.
Macy Day's Parade
Macy Day’s Parade on NBC Thanksgiving Day

Check out the complete list of finales, premieres & specials below.

The GeekTonic Guide to TV Premieres, Finales and Specials this Week – 11/14/2010

NOTE: All Times are Listed for EST – TV schedules subject to change
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Sunday, November 21

2010 American Music Awards (8pm on ABC – HD) Lots of current pop artists including Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Kid Rock and more perform
The Next Iron Chef (9pm on Food – HD) Season 3 finale
Paranormal State: The New Class (9:30pm on A&E – HD) New series
Brew Masters (10pm on Discovery – HD) Finally a reality series I can get into.  Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head Brewery along with his crew travel the world in search of new ingredients and long-standing techniques to produce this original elixir.
Top Gear (10pm on History – HD) New series for the U.S. as the popular UK reality series comes across the pond.
Jilted? (10pm on WE – HD) New romance/drama series
Futurama Holiday Spectacular (10pm on Comedy) The Holiday special for this sci-fi comedy series brings us voices of Al Gore and Coolio.

Monday, November 22

X-Play’s Holiday Buyers Guides (6:30pm on G4) Part one of a three-part special with the best Wii and DS games of the year
How I Met Your Mother (8pm on CBS – HD) Thanksgiving special with Lost star Jorge Garcia!
Skating with the Stars (9:11pm on ABC – HD) A new reality series that takes dancing with the stars and makes it about skating…
Mike & Molly (9:30pm on CBS – HD) Thanksgiving special
Fabulous Cakes (10pm on TLC – HD) Series premiere for a food-centric reality show

Tuesday, November 23

Eyewitness (8pm on National Geographic) – New crime/reality series
Dancing With the Stars (9pm on ABC – HD) Season 11 finale.  And seriously isn’t that something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Raising Hope (9pm on Fox – HD) Thankgiving special
Jilted? (10pm on WE – HD) New romance/drama series
Restless Planet (10pm on National Geographic World) – New Science Documentary series
Parenthood (10pm on NBC – HD) Thanksgiving special with Billy Baldwin guest starring

Wednesday, November 24

The Middle (8pm on ABC – HD) Thanksgiving special with Norm Macdonald guest starring
Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special (8:30pm on NBC) A Holiday special version with Jack Black as Po, along with Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Jackie Chan and David Cross back in their roles from the movie
Inside NASCAR (10pm on Showtime – HD) Season finale
Bacon Paradise (10pm on Travel) Yes the travel channel agrees that everything tastes better with bacon so they are having a bacon-centric special.
Modern Family (9pm on ABC – HD) Holiday special with Celia Weston guest starring
Cougar Town (9:30pm on ABC – HD) A “romantic” Thanksgiving special

Thursday, November 25

Burn Notice Marathon (6am & all day on USA – HD) A hearty serving of Burn Notice on all day
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (9am on NBC – HD) The annual special hosted by Matt Lauer, Meridith Viera and Al Roker
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (8pm on ABC) Special
Punkin Chunkin 2010 (8pm on Discovery – HD) What better way to send of Thanksgiving than a bunch of engineers coming up with new ways to send pumpkins flying like rockets
Taylor Swift: Speak Now (8pm on NBC – HD) Special 9-song performance
Facing Evil (10pm on Investigation Discovery – HD) New law documentary series

Friday, November 26

School Pride (8pm on NBC) Season 1 finale

Saturday, November 27

Sunday, November 28

When Vacations Attack (8pm on Travel – HD) New travel series about vacation mishaps.  I’m guessing we’ll see spam on this series sooner or later
Paranormal State (9:30pm on A&E – HD) Season finale
Snapped (10pm on Oxygen) Season finale

Monday, November 29

Africa’s Great Rift (8pm on National Geographic Wild) New nature series
Finding Amelia (9pm on Discovery – HD) New reality/history series focused on finding out what happened to Amelia Earhart.

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