In what turns out to be a strange twist to its offering of a streaming only plan, Netflix has increased the price of its DVD rentals. The added fee is only $1 a month, for the single DVD at a time plan, while other plans have increased in price by $8 a month. The streaming only plan will be $7.99 a month for all you want.

On its blog site Netflix also stated that:

You might also wonder why we haven’t introduced a new plan that includes only DVDs by mail. The fact is that Netflix members are already watching more TV episodes and movies streamed instantly over the Internet than on DVDs, and we expect that trend to continue. Creating the best user experience that we can around watching instantly is how we’re spending the vast majority of our time and resources. Because of this, we are not creating any plans that are focused solely on DVDs by mail.

To avoid any confusion, here are the new prices on our plans:

The $7.99 plan for streaming only is the exact same price that Hulu is asking for its Plus subscription. I am using both Netflix and Hulu Plus on my Roku and will report which subscription has the best offerings and why.

If you are currently a Netflix client, your pricing should remain the same unless you switch plans. The price increase appears to be for new customers only.

Comments welcome.

Source – Netflix