My wife and I never have time for movies anymore. Between work and the kids we just find enough time to eat, sleep and sometimes get dressed. Our thing is we love shows. We like movies, TV shows, documentaries. You name it. We finally bit the bullet and got Netflix. I think we pay like $9.99/month or something like that. So far I have been pleasantly surprised by how well the service works. For our priced package we can have unlimited movies per month, but you can only have one in your possession at a time.
You can go online and fill up your "queue" and the movies just show up in your mailbox. Once you are done you drop it back in the provided envelope and drop it back in your mailbox. A few days later whatever movie is next in your queue arrives. You keep them as long as you like. You just won't get another movie until you return that one. Beyond the DVDs, also included in the price is access to watch movies and shows online through your computer (or in our case, we use our iPad or iPhone).
Not all movies are available to watch online, but they have a decent selection. New stuff seems to only be mail-order disc, but they have a pretty decent catalog of older movies & shows. We can pull up a cartoon for our kids at anytime/anywhere. It lets you stream up to 2 movies/shows at one time, so sometimes I will be watching something downstairs and my wife will have a show on with the kids upstairs. It also remembers where you left off in a movie if you leave or close it down.
Next time you pull up the Netflix app on your iPad you can just start up where you left off. Pretty cool. If you spend any amount of money at brick and mortar movie rental shops I would recommend looking into Netflix. Saves you so many last minute trips to return a late movie. You only need to walk out to your mailbox. =)
INTERNET, MISSOURI -- There is nothing in the FAQ about this being how the subscriptions work (I checked, read, searched etc before redeeming... just had a bad hunch it was going to be something like this). Just wanted to put this out there. If Netflix is going to do this it should be written and made plan and obvious- not only something the customer learns about after the fact. Just wanted the fact of this out there, so others were aware if they found themselves facing a similar situation. Nearly $100 potentially wasted depending on how long my house takes to sell.
Also, the fact that Netflix has no real customer service should be noted. All ** did was say how the system worked, tell me there was no one else I was allowed to talk to or who could contact me except her supervisor that she could 'Transfer me To' who could tell me no more anyway, and she never offered a solution except "sorry to see you go."
That's unbelievably awful customer service. Even without the issue of wasting the money spent on my gift this customer service set up would make it unlikely I would ever consider using Netflix again. There are plenty of possible solutions for this sort of situation, that Netflix has chosen to just go the route of, if it's messed up it's messed up don't let the door hit you on the way out- is appalling.
LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA -- I have been a member of Netflix before after starting one of the free trials and continuing on as a regular member. However, until recently, I did not have an active membership. I received an email that allowed me to get another free trial as a returning customer. I immediately jumped at the chance because I love being able to watch movies online. However, I found that I had pending charges for the streaming plan 2 days later. I immediately contacted Netflix and talked to CSR on the live chat and she told me that the charges were "pre-authorization" and had been reversed.
I kept an eye on my account to make sure the pending charges were deleted, but they changed to actual charges. I went to live chat again and the new CSR did some research for me and found that I was, indeed, charged by their system for the free trial. She reversed the charges manually and my bank account was credited 2 days later. This was very worrying to me because I only started the free trial to use Netflix for a month and then I plan to cancel it. If you get one of those free trial offers, make sure to keep an eye out so you don't get charged!
INTERNET, FLORIDA -- I have used both Netflix for both DVD and live streaming. I never had both streaming and DVD service at the same time. However, when I cancelled DVD service in August 2013, my account was billed for streaming through the end of November. I called customer service and they told me they would only refund me for one month of service ($8.62). I told "Bill" in customer service that I haven't streamed anything from August '13 through the end of Nov. '13. He said, we don't keep track of streaming.
So, I am out $25.86! Watch your bank statements! They, Netflix, will continue to charge your account, WITHOUT your consent!
Signed, Kieran J. O'Hagan (Panama City Beach, FL).
I registered for the one-month free trial back in February and proceeded to login on the smart TV. The movies didn't work, the streaming was terrible, within 5 minutes the selected showing froze. I proceeded to cancel my account online (and little to my knowledge... you are supposed to receive a confirmation email). As far as I was concerned my account was terminated.
We are now in July and my account has continually been charged every month. I called Netflix and spoke with customer service who confirmed there was no activity on my account and that this miscommunication when cancelling the account online is common. I was credited back July and told there would be no problem crediting back the other 4 months but that he needed to transfer me to corporate in terms to do so. Upon speaking with corporate I was told nothing could be done that they see activity on the account for March. When I asked them to state for me what the activity was and to send me a record they refused to do so.
As a customer I am entitled to this information, especially because I never used the account. How can customer service see no activity but corporate office state something different and not be able to back it up with facts?! What kind of customer service is that? At this point I don't even care about the money they basically are scamming from me but I want to make people aware that this company is unreliable and not reputable.
Yesterday I decided to temporarily suspend Netflix since my wife and I will be gone for at least 3 months off and on for the next 5 months or so. I suspended my account and received an e-mail from Netflix stating that we can watch their service until October 26th when my current subscription runs out. The e-mail also stated they would hold my current programs in the menu until I restarted their service.
Last night my wife and I were going to watch a movie and low and behold, they went ahead and stopped the service immediately. Since I was paid until the 26th it only shows their contempt for their customers. It was Netflix that stated they will continue to allow us to view programs until the current subscription runs out. Needless to say, we won't be returning to them after the holidays.
CALIFORNIA -- I have been a Netflix member for over 10 years. In the previous 9 1/2 years I have received excellent service and recommended several customers to their service (about 20 or 30 have joined Netflix). No More! In the last 2-3 months they have put all the new release movies on very long wait status even though I had the release at the top of my queue when released. I have been complaining to them during the past week. Today I talked to a supervisor who accused me of trying to get a free DVD because I pointed out to her that their policy used to be when they messed up they would send an extra movie to make up for their mistake.
I wasn't asking for anything, just pointing it out. Rude, very rude! She ended up hanging up on me saying I wasn't listening to her when the fact is she wasn't listening to me. Netflix is obviously experiencing financial difficulties and is trying different procedures to save money. Why don't they just tell the truth instead of making up lies? I owned Netflix stock for several years because of their excellent customer service. I would not recommend the stock or the service to anyone at this point!
Netflix announces that it is splitting its unlimited DVD and Streaming services and somehow believes that they've lowered costs to its customers in the process? These people are smoking something again! My subscription began at $13.99 when I started as a Netflix customer and it has continued to increase every 6 months while I've seen tools, features and availability of movies decrease significantly. After the latest price increase, I would be paying $23.98. I say "would" because this is the 4th price increase and I believe my last to enjoy.
They've also been notorious for providing tools and features, such as allowing people to see member reviews for helping to select movies, and them taking them away. Movie selection is through a ridiculous process whereby they attempt to make the selection process of equal fairness to paying customers at every level, but instead, through a ridiculous and not very well thought out movie selection and delivery scheme, they end up frustrating everyone by causing people to wait several months to receive a single movie title. Yes, the movies from 1970 and before, which predominately make up the streaming movie list, are available without much delay.
Some of the new encryption technologies that they use on DVDs has been unplayable on my Bose Surround system and after updating the streaming movie selection by adding a "guide", streaming movies now stop and start continuously during movie playback. I have numerous friends who agree and have experienced this same issue but it's been going on for more than a year without acknowledgment from Netflix. Customer service is only available by telephone and they are not capable of handling technical issues. They are there mainly for moral support.
This is by far the most frustrating, poorly managed, customer service running on auto-pilot company you will EVER come across. Hopefully, they will have some direct competition and these ridiculous price increases and monopoly they enjoy now will be smashed right back in their faces for how they've taken advantage of their community.
LOS GATOS, Calif., July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq:NFLX - News) announced today it is launching new unlimited DVD-only plans in the U.S. at their lowest price ever– only $7.99 a month for the 1 DVD out at-a-time plan and $11.99 a month for the 2 DVDs out at-a-time plan. New members can sign up for these plans by going to DVD. Netflix.com.
Netflix also announced it is separating its unlimited streaming and unlimited DVD plans in the U.S. to better reflect the costs of each and to give members a choice: a streaming only plan, a DVD-only plan or the option to subscribe to both. With this change, Netflix will no longer be offering unlimited plans that include both streaming and DVDs by mail. The unlimited streaming plan will remain at $7.99 a month. The price for getting both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99). For new Netflix members, the changes will be effective immediately. For existing members, the new pricing will start for charges on or after September 1.
"Netflix members love watching instantly, but we've come to recognize there is still a very large continuing demand for DVDs by mail," said **, Netflix Chief Service and Operations Officer. "By better reflecting the underlying costs and offering our lowest prices ever for unlimited DVD, we hope to provide a great value to our current and future DVD-by-mail members."
Netflix introduced streaming to its popular DVD-by-mail business in 2007. Since then, membership has climbed from 6 million to 23 million in the U.S. as people have embraced the idea of watching instantly an ever-expanding library of movies and TV shows on the hundreds of consumer electronics devices capable of streaming movies and TV shows from Netflix right to members' TVs.
LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA -- I have been a loyal customer and evangelist for Netflix for years. I was happy to take the stress of returning movies "on time" out of my life, even though I ended up paying more for Netflix movies than I would to see movies in the theater (I only watched one every two or three months). I was a satisfied customer, getting the service I paid for.
In December I canceled Netflix, and I left angry. I joined Netflix because it was the most convenient way to watch and return DVDs. Netflix decided to shift focus to "online viewing" without considering how many people use their computer for other things and prefer to watch movies on television. Instead of giving a discount to loyal customers, Netflix RAISED the price on everyone who had built their customer base on DVD subscriptions. Then Netflix offered the streaming service cheaper, which made all the DVD customers feel like Netflix was manipulating them and insulting their intelligence. Customers like to choose their products, not be herded into them.
What Netflix should have done was keep the DVD price the same while offering the cheaper online-only option. It's the fact they RAISED their prices on the loyal customers that built their business which is so insulting. But that's not even the most outrageous thing Netflix has done. Today I got a "special offer" in the mail, supposedly to tempt me back to Netflix. For a minute I thought it might be an apology to their old DVD customers and some discount to lure me back. What is Netflix's idea of a "special deal"? It is NOTHING! NO DISCOUNT AT ALL! THE REGULAR PRICE PRESENTED AS A "SPECIAL DEAL"! What the Heck?!
Netflix "offered" me the online-only package for the exact same price as they advertised in December, when I said no thanks and slammed the door. Moreover, they "offered" the same DVD service as I had before for two dollars more - the same RAISED price Netflix wanted me to pay in December? So an offer is "special" just because Netflix says it is? They might be able to fool new customers with that crap, but to send that kind of phony "offer" to former customers is just going to piss them off further.
But perhaps that is the secret plan of Netflix: cash in on the IPO, "fire" all the previous customers, declare bankruptcy, and all the top executives that get away with the spoils will vacation in the Cayman Islands. I hope the FCC is keeping a very, very close watch on all their shenanigans.