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Netflix Launches Family Plan, 4 Simultaneous Streams for $12/Month

Netflix announced today that it is rolling out a number of family friendly features in the coming months, designed to make it easier for families with multiple Netflix users to use the service.

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First, the company is introducing a new $12/month streaming plan that offers four simultaneous streams of video, meant for members with large families that run into Netflix's two-simultaneous stream limit. The normal Netflix subscription is $8/month.

Second, the company is introducing a new feature to allow different family members to log their own viewing habits and get recommendations based on what shows they like. Currently, all viewer activity -- parents and kids -- are combined into one stream. As a result, recommendations for kids shows and adult movies are shown next to each other.

Netflix reported today that it has 29.2 million U.S. streaming subscribers, with shares up close to 25 precent after hours.

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Posted: 13 months ago

Netflix is a horrible business model and a dying product.


Worst quote of the century, perhaps?
Rating: 21 Positives
Posted: 13 months ago
People are seriously too cheap for eight bucks a month? Wow.
Rating: 7 Positives
Posted: 13 months ago
Meh, still comes down to content, and Netflix didn't do it for me.
Rating: 4 Positives
Posted: 13 months ago
This is a really nice feature, not just the streams, but the different logging of viewing habits.

Really nice for people who don't want their kids seeing films show up "because you liked 'Saw'' or something on their feeds haha.
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 13 months ago

Netflix is a horrible business model and a dying product.


And I'm the president and am going to give everyone a rocket filled with chocolate. And a puppy.

Seriously though, why do you say that?
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 13 months ago

Netflix is a horrible business model and a dying product.

Compared to what? DVD rental? Cable networks?
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 13 months ago

Back to torrenting


They're offering me more options at a cheap price? Screw them! I'm going back to pirating!
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 13 months ago

Back to torrenting


Was there a point, other than pointing out that you're a pirate?
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 13 months ago

One of the reasons is an artifact of all-you-can-eat buffet pricing model. Such model, even if it's fairly priced, can discourage light users altogether. Light users don't want to feel like they are subsidizing heavy users.

Second legitimate reason (other than being cheap)? Some (including myself) are underwhelmed by current Netflix streamlining library.

You could sign up with a dns proxy service and gain access to more than one country's Netflix selection.

Right now, when you travel, you can access the local netflix service using your own account. I have a Canadian account I can I can access the US version when I am in the US or the UK version if I am in the UK but I can also use a DNS service to "switch" my region for netflix to access the American and UK versions with a few clicks of the mouse.

I pay about 5 bucks a month for that extra service. Considering that I am paying about 7 bucks a month for just one specialty channel on my "cable" TV service, netflix is pretty cheap.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 13 months ago
So basically they're bringing the relevant parts of their old Profiles/Queues feature over to the streaming side. That's a good thing.
Rating: 2 Positives

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