Netflix just changed their monthly fees. Is the service still worth it? How does it compare to Apple TV and the iTunes service?
Netflix has recently enacted a new pricing structure for their streaming and physical media services. Their popular rental service is available online, on today's generation of gaming consoles and as apps on Apple's devices. Users will now be charged a monthly fee of unlimited online movie and television shows streaming to any game console, device and computer for $7.99. Additionally, an extra $7.99 monthly fee will be applied to unlimited rentals of physical discs ("one disc out"), with your choice of DVD or Blu-ray format.
Considering the alternatives, this is still fairly affordable. Most movie rentals on Apple TV and through iTunes are $3.99 for standard definition and $4.99 for high definition (HD) films. Apple utilizes the 720p resolution for HD movies. Netflix offers users physical rentals of HD content in 1080p (Blu-ray) resolution. Netflix suffers from a paltry selection of television programming content. However, we were able to locate obscure movies such as "The Pallbearer" starring Gwenyth Paltrow, available on Netflix. Your experiences will vary.
Users will have to ultimately decide if monthly fees, unlimited streaming and format resolution, will be enough to justify the new addition of costs to their own expenses. We think Netflix is still a great option for serious movie lovers.