I’m not at all surprised that Netflix is raising its rates. It makes sense to have separate plans for DVDs and for streaming. Many households don’t have a machine that can stream Netflix videos and aren’t interested. Many likewise don’t want to wait for DVDs. But Netflix was very wise to start pushing streaming when it did. The future is not watching movies on plastic discs, it’s picking them from a menu and seeing them immediately. And yet…

I know I’m in the minority of my peer group, but I don’t end up using my Instant Queue very much. Hardly ever for movies. The majority (over ⅔) of the films in my queue are not available to watch instantly. The reason I have Netflix is to be able to watch these movies. Occasionally there’s a TV series (like, right now, The Larry Sanders Show) that I stream, but during the fall and spring there are so many new shows on that I don’t typically watch older things. Summer is when I dig back through old shows and catch up on cable things I don’t get (Dexter foremost). It’s the same reason I never felt motivated to subscribe to HBO. I only have a few hours a night to watch TV and those hours are already filled up. Why pay extra when I’d just have to cut other shows I also enjoy?

So I’m not entirely sure but I can easily see me cancelling my streaming plan come September when the rates go up. Oh, and what starts in September? New seasons of the very shows I’d be watching instead of streaming things from Netflix. Very odd timing there.