Netflix Offers Streaming-Only Service, Raises Rates on Other Plans

I got an email from my pals at Netflix today letting me know that my current package of unlimited streaming and 1 Blu-ray out at a time would experience a rate increase. They are only increasing it by $1, so it’s not that big of a deal in my opinion. I am extremely satisfied with their service, and don’t mind paying the extra dollar. There was another piece of information in the email, however, that caught my eye.

Netflix is now offering a streaming-only package for $7.99/month. I am assuming this is to compete with Hulu Plus, which is equally priced at $7.99/month.

If you don’t have Netflix, I would definitely suggest giving the streaming service a try. I use it as my primary source of entertainment on my television. Heck, I don’t even have cable, and I believe Netflix streaming is the reason that I can survive.

Has anyone tried Hulu Plus? I’m interested in the service, but don’t want to commit just yet, not even for a free trial.

Internet-Only TV Part 2: Netflix Streaming

There are multiple platforms that I could stream Netflix on. I know before I said that the 360 had the PS3 and the HTPC beat hands down, but now I’m singing a different tune.

Not too long ago, the exclusivity with between Microsoft and Netflix ran out, thus allowing PS3 to stream without a disc. This was good news for me. See, the PS3 connects with my Samsung TV via AnyNet+. I can use my Samsung TV remote to control the PS3. You can see where this is going…

I fire up my Netflix on the PS3 and not only is it more convenient with the single TV remote, the layout is a lot better as well. As I start streaming a movie, I notice it starts a lot quicker than on the 360. The resolution seems to be a bit better as well.

So for those of you with a PS3, get the Netflix download from the Playstation Store today!