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Understanding Netflix’s New Price Plans

Netflix is changing their plans and prices...
Netflix is changing their plans and prices...

So today Netflix announced that they are starting new price plans. The plans become effective immediately for new customers and begin on Sept. 1st, 2011 for existing customers.

So what’s the deal?
— Price plans are broken up into 2 groups:
1. “Unlimited” DVD-Only — Starting at $7.99 (for one-out-at-a-time and NO streaming)
2. “Unlimited” Streaming-Only — Starting at $7.99 (no DVD’s)

Why is this a big deal?
— For new customers, it probably isn’t an issue due to the “You don’t know what you’re missing” effect… But for existing customers, this is quite a drastic change!

For existing customers who have/had both Streaming and DVD (one-out-at-a-time), the price was $9.99, but under the new plan it will be $15.98 (DVD @ $7.99 + Streaming @ $7.99 = $15.98).

How…Why…Huh?!
— Yeah, that’s what I said, so I read their blog –> here and found out for myself… To save you time, I’ll summarize:

Netflix is changing their plans because they didn’t expect both the streaming and DVD delivery to be so popular. People were taking advantage of both and it was cutting into their profits. As a result Netflix is changing things so they can make more money and continue to grow — and I’m sure provide everyone better service or something…

Their Justification?
— Apparently the original plan was to introduce Streaming and change the DVD shipments to a $2 add-on. My guess is they figured DVD rental was on its way out the door and everyone would migrate to streaming-only over time, but of course that proved to be wrong and DVD rentals are still a big thing.

So now they want to cater to 2 different markets — Streaming only and DVD only.
And if you are in one of those categories, you’re golden! (DVD-only customers are essentially going to save $2/month now vs. what they would have paid)

I think they should have done the plan like this:
— Streaming only for $7.99 w/DVD add-on for $2 more
— DVD only for $7.99 w/Streaming add-on for $2 more

This way everyone is happy and it wouldn’t be a drastic change that pisses off your customers… Just saying…

**UPDATE**
What does this mean to you (besides the Money issues)?
Pros
If you are a fan of the streaming, this probably means they will put more emphasis into getting better quality and newly released movies available for streaming (they better or this will be a major flop).

If you are a fan of the DVD rentals, this is good news because it means they are committed to a long-term DVD rental approach, so you wont have to worry about switching to streaming any time soon.

Cons
If you’re a customer who takes advantage of both DVD rental and Streaming, this means you’re going to pay an extra $6 each month for this “luxury”.

**UPDATE-2**
In Defense of Netflix (more or less)
Here is a nice quote from my friend Brian:

I think a lot of the problem is the companies producing the movies hate Netflix with a passion, because the service is seriously eating into their DVD & Blu-Ray sales. I saw on CNN today that a lot of movies disappeared from the streaming service thanks to a licensing issue with Sony Entertainment. Some of the movie publishers have stopped making their movies available to Netflix even for DVD rental until a month after they’re available for purchase in an attempt to get people to buy the movies instead of rent them. I think this plan change is just Netflix’s way of attempting to deal with the way they’ve been treated by the movie industry while trying to remain profitable.

New Theme and Site Navigation (Bonus: Poll)

Well I mentioned recently that I was going to make a new theme for the site and here it is! To go with the new theme I also changed the navigation. Now the menu is sorted by topic only and is pretty straightforward. (If for some reason you liked the old “Antidote” category posts, they are still here, just under “Tech Stuff”).

Some of these new sections are empty — as in there are no posts there yet — but that will change in the near future. I now have another author to help add content to this site, so stay tuned.

For comparison I have included some small screenshots of the old and new themes with a new poll for you to vote and tell me what you think. If you have ideas/suggestions to make it better, feel free to leave a comment, or contact me via twitter, facebook, or email. Thanks!

New Theme
New Theme
Old Theme
Old Theme
[poll id=”5″]

Old Template Plus New WordPress Equals Problems

oops! my theme must be broken
oops! I guess my theme is broken! πŸ˜‰

I spent a lot of time looking into the problem I was having with the SFC plugin and after all the searching and digging I’ve come to the conclusion that my problem is most likely my Template.

The problem (as far as I can tell at this point) is that I made this template way back when I was using WordPress 2.1 and there have been many significant changes to WordPress since then and especially with the latest version (3.0).

So in the next few days I’m going to have to either make a whole new template or do some serious revisions to this one. Please be patient with me during this time, hopefully it will be a fairly painless process. I will post updates as time allows to let you know how it goes.

If I discover anything significant along the way I’ll be sure to post it here. Maybe a tutorial is in order? πŸ™‚

New Favicon (aka bookmark icon)

Alex's Antidote - favicon.png
Alex's Antidote - favicon.png

OK so today I was showing off my new mobile theme on my iPhone while at work. My buddy Bran was checking out the icon I made (with a little help from GIMP and the logo Bran had made for my website — thanks again man) and he made a great suggestion… why not use use the icon for my favicon on my main website?

So I did…

If you have a website, want a custom favicon, but don’t know how to go about it, then you’re in luck because it’s really quite easy.

Step 1: Make an icon

It should be 32 x 32 (pixels) and 32 bit color.

You can use GIMP (or some other program) to make the icon, save it as a PNG.

You can name it whatever you want, but I recommend going with something simple and clear like: favicon.png

Step 2: Upload the icon/image to your website

via FTP or SSH. Be sure to put it in a place that’s easy to remember… like the root of your web directory…

Step 3: Edit your template’s header

Between the <head> and </head> tags and paste the following code:

<link rel="icon" type="image/png" href="/wordpress/favicon.png" />

Save (and upload if you cannot dynamically modify your template).

Happy New Year! (Welcome 2010)

Well it has officially be 2 years (and a couple weeks) since I first started this website. I has not lived up to what I had at first envisioned and as I look back on the past 2 years it seems clear to me that I was constantly fighting against myself to make more out of this site than it really is or probably ever will be.

So, with that, I have decided to change course – just a little bit – and start 2010 off on (hopefully) the right foot!

New goal(s):

  • Even though I may not make many “Pages” with proper tutorials (as I had originally planned), I will make my best effort to post something (like short) each and every day (at least as much as I possibly can).
  • Post proper tutorials on big subjects as time allows. I have many ideas here, but little to no time to do it…
  • Post tech-related (and more specifically Linux related whenever possible) posts as often as possible
  • Include a pic or two in regular posts to liven things up a bit… yeah admit it, you’re more inclined to read if you see a pic πŸ˜‰

That’s it for now. Best wishes to you all in the new year!

p.s. I have some web-development projects coming up in the next few weeks, so I may be talking about web development and design a bit for those who are interested…