Sorting Through the Best Netflix Plans
Choosing the best Netflix plans can be tough, as not all plans are alike. The plan that’s best for you will largely depend on your personal viewing habits, such as whether you prefer to stream your programming from the Internet or if you prefer to watch DVDs or Blu-ray discs.
You can stream programming from Netflix by using any compatible device, such as a PC connection, set-top box, iPad or other tablet, Mobile, a smartphone, a compatible TV, or even a game console such as the Wii, Xbox 360, new Xbox One, PS3 or new PS4.
Another consideration is how many household members will use the service, as different plans allow you to use your subscription to simultaneously stream to either two or four devices.
The following are some Netflix plans basics to help you make your choice.
The First Month is Free
Regardless of which Netflix plan that you choose, the first month of service is always free. You can cancel before the trial ends to avoid being charged.
Monthly Streaming Netflix Plans
Currently, you can choose between two streaming Netflix plans. The first plan allows you to stream to two devices at the same time and it is $7.99 each month, before taxes. The second plan is $11.99 each month, before tax, and it allows you to stream programming to four separate devices at the same time.
Adding a Monthly DVD or Blu-ray Plan to Your Netflix Subscription
Once you have signed up for a streaming plan, you will be given the option to also add a Monthly DVD or Blu-ray plan to your subscription. You can do this at sign-up, or you can add or change your DVD or Blu-ray plan at any time during your membership by going to “Your Account” from the drop-down menu on the right and selecting “Edit My Subscription.” During the trial period you can choose to have 0, 1, 2 or 3 DVD/Blu-ray discs out at a time. This does not mean that you can only receive that many during one month, it just means that you can only have that many out at one time. The number you can receive in a month is only limited by how quickly you can receive, watch and return the DVD/Blu-ray discs.
When you add a DVD or Blu-ray disc plan to your subscription, you will create a queue of programming that you would like to receive. These choices can be modified, added to or deleted at any time that you choose, and you can change the priority of items in your queue, as well. For example, if you choose to have 1 DVD or Blu-ray disc out at a time, you will be sent the first disc in your queue, once you return it and its processed, the next disc in your queue will be sent to you, and so on. In general, the discs are sent out the same or next day that they have been received and processed. There are many Netflix facilities across the United States, so most areas receive their shipments in about one business day.
The Cost of One Disc Out at a Time
The cost for these Netflix plans varies, and just like the streaming subscription, you are charged each month for your DVD or Blu-ray disc plan. To have 1 DVD out at a time, $7.99 will be added to the cost of your streaming subscription, plus taxes. If you choose Blu-ray discs and just want 1 out at a time, $9.99 will be added to the cost of your streaming subscription, plus taxes.
The Cost of Two Discs Out at a Time
If you would like to have two DVDs out at a time, a $11.99 monthly charge will be added to the cost of your streaming subscription, plus taxes. To have two Blu-ray discs out at a time, it is an additional $14.99 charge in addition to the cost of your streaming subscription, plus taxes.
The Cost of Three Discs Out at a Time
In a similar fashion, to have three DVDs out at a time, it is an additional charge of $15.99 that is added to the cost of your streaming subscription, plus taxes. If you choose to have three Blu-ray discs out at a time, the additional charge is $19.99 that is added to your streaming subscription, plus taxes.
Additional Important Information and Options
Of course, you won’t be charged until after your 30-day trial has been completed, but you do need to cancel your subscription before the 30 days end, if you wish to avoid being charged.
Once you have completed the 30 day free trial, if you really like having DVDs or Blu-ray discs in addition to your streaming subscription, you can choose to increase the number that you have out at a time.
The Cost of 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 DVDs Out at a Time
Once you complete your 30-day free trial, you can modify your DVD plan and increase it to have 4, 5, 6, 7 — or even a whopping 8 DVDs out at a time. The additional monthly charge that would be added to your streaming subscription increases incrementally as you increase the number of DVDs that you have out. At this time, the additional monthly charge before taxes is: $21.99 for 4, $27.99 for 5, $32.99 for 6, $37.99 for 7, and finally, $43.99 for 8 DVDs out at a time.
The Cost of 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 Blu-ray Discs Out at a Time
Finally, once you complete your 30-day trial, you can also increase your plan and choose additional Blu-ray discs instead of DVDs. The monthly charge that is added to your streaming subscription increases incrementally just like it would if you chose DVDs instead of Blu-ray discs and the current additional monthly charge before taxes is: $26.99 for 4, $33.99 for 5, $39.99 for 6, $45.99 for 7, and finally, $52.99 for 8 Blu-ray discs out at a time.
Not everyone will choose the same Netflix plans as everyone else, so it’s good that there is so much variety available.
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