Week in review: Netflix gets panned
The Internet's star movie rental service gets some of its first bad reviews after announcing a price hike for customers who want to rent DVDs and streaming video. Meanwhile, Spotify wins over U.S. users.
Netflix, the Web's star movie rental service, got some of its first bad reviews this week after announcing a 60 percent price hike for its DVD-and-streaming plans.
Long an Internet darling for its innovative subscription model, user ease, and profitability, Netflix is being grilled by consumers this week following news that, come September,. Instead, Netflix is splitting each distribution mode into separate subscription plans, each costing $7.99 per month. To receive both, subscribers must pay $15.98.
Customers flipped,. A CNET poll, as of late Friday morning, showed that 55 percent of the more than 24,714 respondents indicated they would cancel their Netflix subscription if managers don't change their mind about the price increase.
But a reversal of the price hike doesn't look very likely. "These are our prices," Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey said when asked whether Netflix might change its mind or reduce the amount of the price increase.
With Spotify now live in the United States, five CNET editors give the music streaming service a whirl. We've got our gripes, but overall, we're fans.
Thumbs-up all around
for Spotify's service
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