Netflix Has Finally Released a Streaming Only Subscription Plan
Looks like we unknowingly timed the return of our Netflix Instant feature pretty well since Netflix announced (via their company blog) that they're now offering a streaming only subscription service. Anybody who wants all the benefits of viewing movies via Netflix Instant, but doesn't want to deal with those pesky disc mailers can now join the club for a price. However, this new benefit comes with a bit of a downside for existing members. Since the streaming service is apparently good enough to stand on its own subscription plan, all of the other subscription plans will be given a price increase. See details on the new subscription costs below.
The new streaming only subscription comes at $7.99 a month which allows unlimited streaming to your computer or other Netflix capable devices. As for the price increases on the subscription plans that include physical DVD mailers, the most popular memberships (1 DVD at-a-time and 2 DVD's at-a-time) will only see an increase of an extra $1 a month while the rest of the plans have a slightly larger pricetag. You can see the breakdown of the new costs on this handy-dandy chart to the right.
This new plan just continues to show Netflix's dedication to their streaming service and this is just another move in the battle against Hulu for on-demand programming supremacy. Hulu Plus just recently stepped out of it's Beta Testing phase with a $7.99 subscription as well. However, Netflix's library seems to be much more plentiful, especially on the movie side of things, and it seems the competition has already been won. Are you interested in a streaming only Netflix plan?