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Netflix limits streaming to more than one device on some plans.

WideAnglePhoto
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Just wanted to share. They raise the prices and now they limit the service. Great business model. Q: Can I watch movies instantly on more than one PC or Netflix-ready device? A: Some membership plans allow you to watch simultaneously on more than one personal computer or Netflix-ready device. If you are on the Unlimited Streaming plan, the Unlimited Streaming + 1 DVD out-at-a-time plan or a limited streaming plan, you may watch only one device at a time. If you are on the Unlimited Streaming + 2 DVDs out-at-a-time plan, you may watch on up to two devices at a time. Members on the Unlimited Streaming + 3 DVDs out-at-a-time plan may watch on up to three devices at a time. The maximum is four devices at a time -- available for members on the Unlimited Streaming + 4-or greater DVDs out-at-a-time plan. http://www.netflix.com/Help?p_faqid=2902
WideAnglePhoto posted Dec 20, 2011
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jdswirsky
They did this to combat people "sharing accounts". People in college dorms would just use other people's account so a whole dorm would pay 9.95 a month for who knows how many views.

Netflix is a good company that still offers a great service at an amazing price. You would have to pay $50 a month minimum for cable or satellite. If you don't like it, then cancel your service.
jdswirsky (rep: 3.56k) posted Dec 20, 2011
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lancescape
Actually, if you only used their streaming (like me), your price dropped 12% from $8.99 to $7.99/month. I do not believe this multiple device policy is new. I can also confirm, at least in my home, simultaneous streaming does in fact work (2 devices) under the $7.99 plan.
lancescape (rep: 145) posted Dec 20, 2011
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lancescape
This thread...

http://forums.roku.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=16709&p=202323

... quotes the Netflix device restriction (comment 7), and is dated May, 2008. The thread also shows it is not often enforced.
lancescape (rep: 145) posted Dec 20, 2011
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WideAnglePhoto
As of last night I can confirm, that I cannot stream to more that one device at a time. I know this is not a new policy. They are starting to enforce it though. I am not a college student. I am not sharing it outside my home. I am considering dropping it.
WideAnglePhoto (rep: 31.3k) posted Dec 20, 2011
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jdswirsky
Just out of curiosity, why do you want to stream it to more than one device at a time?
jdswirsky (rep: 3.56k) posted Dec 20, 2011
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WideAnglePhoto
They have a nice kids's video section that my kids love.
WideAnglePhoto (rep: 31.3k) posted Dec 20, 2011
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lancescape
I think it's been enforced pretty arbitrarily since the beginning. Even in the old thread there are some who get the limit/error, and some who do not. I've never had a problem (as of this morning still - still works great). Flags could also be plan and/or content specific. If your prices were "raised", we're not on the plan.
lancescape (rep: 145) posted Dec 20, 2011
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WideAnglePhoto
Oct 25, 2011
Netflix Declines Most Since 2004 After Losing 800,000 U.S. Subscribers

Netflix Inc. (NFLX) dropped the most in seven years after the video-rental service said it lost 800,000 U.S. subscribers in the third quarter, more than expected, and predicted more cancellations over a price increase.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-24/netflix-3q-subscriber-losses-worse-than-forecast.html

In case you missed it:

July 13, 2011
Netflix raising prices as much as 60%
Video subscription service will no longer offer a $9.99 plan that lets users watch an unlimited number of movies online and rent one DVD at a time. Instead, those who want that combination will have to pay $15.98 a month.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/13/business/la-fi-ct-netflix-20110713
WideAnglePhoto (rep: 31.3k) posted Dec 20, 2011
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lancescape
Yes, you certainly wouldn't be the first to be unhappy/cancel. Whatever the case, this is not a new policy as your initial post implies. In case you missed it, they lowered my price 12% = me happy.
lancescape (rep: 145) posted Dec 20, 2011
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snypin04
when did this start? that sucks if it's true.
and jdswirsky - it means you can only have one device set up on your account. why do you use more than one device? we have an xbox in our living room that we watch netflix on, a wii in our bedroom, and i have a internet-connected dvd bluray at my parents', all of which i use the same netflix account on.
snypin04 (rep: 1.37k) posted Dec 21, 2011
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snypin04
(but i am the only one who uses them all and only one of them is on at once)
snypin04 (rep: 1.37k) posted Dec 21, 2011
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