A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned -
Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Netflix - Price Increases

Netflix announced a price increase this week for their unlimited streaming video. You can read an article here. If you select the DVDs and streaming video, the price increases by 90%. I haven't had much success with the streaming videos as they freeze up half way through the movie and the selection is limited (mostly older movies). 

I cancelled my cable last week when Charter raised my bill by $45 a month - a 40% increase. I can't say that I've ever been overly satisfied with the cable programs, but as my television was over 20 years old it was the only way to get even local programs. Prices have come down dramatically on new televisions and I opted to buy a new one and an antenna. Both will pay for themselves within a few months and I actually found a few new channels. 

As for the Netflix increase, I'm not too sure if this is worth the price. I looked at the public library catalog and many of the movies I have on my Netflix queue are available and I can check out six DVDs at a time.

It would be nice if increases were across the board, but I doubt we will ever see the day when salary increases are at 40% or 90%.

Note: I can get a good selection of channels with an RCA digital flat antenna. Although it states that it receives free local HDTV/VHF/UHF, apparently Channel 8 transmits on UHF and I have been unable to get that. In an e-mail response from Channel 8 it was recommended that I get "rabbit ears" in order to get their programming. As all my other channels come in fine, I won't be getting a different antenna.

 Some programs can be viewed online at TV Guide.


  1. Hi Ann! We ended up cancelling our Netflix due to this increase. We watch a lot of free tv and movies on hulu.com and we also have a Redbox within walking distance so I'm hoping we won't miss Netflix too much. Nice blog, I love saving pennies! Sara

  2. Hi, Cozy. Thank you for your visit to my blog. Maybe Laura is a mutual friend? Well, we have retained DirecTV, but cancelled Netflix. Cable is a big monthly expense that I could probably live without, but Hubby can't, so I don't have to decide. I like your tips on reasonable ways to save a bit here and there.

  3. Ew! I just saw this after my above post.
    Blockbuster has started a program like Netflix- not sure the price but it might be worth a look-see ladies!

    Have a nice day.


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