Having a pretty good day so far. Yay! :)
I've been thinking of upgrading my Netflix membership. I'm in a "let's watch DVDs!" phase, and while Netflix is usually very speedy with getting DVDs to me, sometimes the USPS does
have a problem, leaving me without anything to watch for several days. I also seem to watch/return things in clumps, so that my DVDs aren't spaced out evenly.
So I toodled off to the Account Upgrade page, to see how much it would be to upgrade from 3-out to 5-out. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Netflix has added more membership options. You now can get as little as 1-out at a time to as many as 8-out:
8 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $47.99 a month
7 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $41.99 a month
6 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $35.99 a month
5 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $29.99 a month
4 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $23.99 a month
3 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $17.99 a month
2 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $14.99 a month
2 at-a-time (4 a month) - just $11.99 a month
1 at-a-time (Unlimited) - just $9.99 a month
Nice! And it's about $6 between each level. So maybe I will just bump up to 4-out. This will allow me to dedicate three slots to TV/anime, which I tend to watch quickly, but still have a slot for the movies. And it's not terribly more money.
In other Netflix news, there's a class action lawsuit
. If you are a current Netflix member (or previously were a member during a certain period) you can get a free one-month account upgrade. I thought about opting in, since I was going to upgrade anyway, but then goody_scrivener
pointed out that it's not such a good deal
Now, I don't really have a problem with Netflix not automatically returning your account to its original state. Yeah, it's kind of sneaky and likely a marketing ploy, but they ARE a business, and most businesses do require you to contact them if you want to discontinue or change your membership levels. So yeah, I can understand people being upset about this, but I don't think Netflix is really doing anything wrong here.
However, I got to thinking about it, and you know? I wouldn't really be getting much from this lawsuit. We're talking $6. Yeah, those $6 add up if a lot of people opt-in, but to me personally, $6 is not that much. One of the reasons I'm likely going to upgrade is because
it's only $6. So is it really worth it to me to opt-in? Not really.
What really bothers me about this settlement, though, is that the lawyers would get two MILLION dollars
. Now, that's just wrong
. I love Netflix. I really, really do. And while I've sometimes had some grumbles about their service, I know that it's usually been the fault of the USPS, and not them. I really don't want to see Netflix pay two MILLION dollars
to a bunch of lawyers. I'd rather they use that money to better their already terrific services. Buy more DVDs, or build more shipping centers, or make a new deal with the USPS or something. Don't waste all that money on lawyers.jiggery_pokery
pointed me to netflixsettlementsucks.com
, which is preparing a formal objection to the settlement. I think that's a good idea. One thing I hate about U.S. culture is that it's so lawsuit-happy. I've never opted in to a class-action lawsuit before, and the only reason I was thinking of doing so this time is because I was going to upgrade anyway. But the more I think about it, the more I think this is a bad idea, because it's throwing money away for a token benefit that will only appease customers in the short term. Like I said, I'd rather Netflix spend the money on long-term solutions that will benefit both the customers AND the company.