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post #21 of 54

The fees for Redbox are $1  day. So if you keep the movie for four days, it's $4.

 

I guess I don't see how Redbox will really save money. The new Netflix is an extra $5 a month. So if you get five Redbox movies, that's it. And you have to remember to return them on time. I've also not been thrilled with Redbox's selection, and I don't like how long it takes them to get the brand new movies.

post #22 of 54
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OK, now I have to come clean about my viewing preferences so that someone can advise me what would make sense. We don't have tv, just the computer.  Currently, I watch all my shows on "Hulu" and as long as I keep up with them I don't run into the Hulu Plus issue - seems like once they've been available for a couple of weeks they become Hulu Plus.  Is this going to change, do you think?  Ok, so, ahem.  The shows I watch regularly are: Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, Office, (as you can see, I'm stuck in a time warp), Modern Family. I will sometimes watch the talent type shows, but not regularly. The streaming on Netflix has mostly been for Family Movie night, and mostly bcs I forgot to send in the DVD that I got from them. I don't use it to stream shows. 

 

Might make sense to stick with Hulu and upgrade Netflix to two DVDs at a time.  Also, we are moving to a place next month where I won't have to go 15 minutes into town to pick up my mail at the Post Office, so hopefully my return rate will improve!

post #23 of 54

I went down to just streaming (we only watch one or two movies a month.  A really bad deal at $8 a month.)  There is a redbox where I work.   We use the streaming daily, sometimes on several different computers at the same time.  You can do limited dvds (2 a month)  for $5 but compared to red box that is still a crappy deal.  

 

I really think that everyone on the old system should have been grandfathered in. Instead of gaining more revenue, they are clearly going to lose a lot of customers. and see a lot of downgrades.  

post #24 of 54
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Redbox is really only $1 per movie with no other fees? Or is there a membership fee plus the $1 per movie?



And there are often coupons and codes for free movies.  And you can shop and reserve from your computer or smart phone.  HOWEVER...it is a $1 per day.  You have to be sure to return it on time.  I had to go to three boxes once because every one I went to was full and would not accept my movie.  That sucked but only happened once.    Otherwise the selection is ok (it gets better the more boxes you have in town...we have about 12 close by)  and it really helps to reserve online first to be sure it is there when you get there.

post #25 of 54

I read in some business section somewhere that Netflix was hit by a huge increase in the cost from the studios to allow them to stream content.  I can't see that there was much choice but to raise the rate.  Can't say that I use the streaming all that much, so I don't know if I should keep it or not.  Still rots, though.    I was just offered a rate of $39 to get the Amazon prime that includes free streaming when my free student amazon prime ran out.  Maybe it's worth it.

 

 

post #26 of 54

I guess I'm really cheap.  The library is always free.  I may venture to redbox someday but .... hummmm right now the library is my best friend

post #27 of 54
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Originally Posted by macandcheese View Post

I was just coming to start a thread about the same thing.

This change stinks! DH and I would like to drop them completely just on principle, but I don't know if there are really any good alternatives. Blockbuster does one DVD at a time for $11 or 12 a month, which definitely is not worth it. Rentals on iTunes are $2-5 each, depending on the movie. Hulu plus doesn't have all the shows we watch, though it would be nice to be able to see them on Apple TV.

Does anyone know of any other options?


Can you get movies from your library?

 

post #28 of 54

Does anyone use Vudu?  We have it on our PS3 but have never used it.

post #29 of 54
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Can you get movies from your library?

 

Yes, movies, dvd's tv series.  Sometimes I need to order ahead of time and wait but its FREE.  I'm cheap so I will wait.
 

 

post #30 of 54

It seems like Netflix was due for a major price increase -- the media industry is a mess right now sorting out streaming/downloading speeds and limits.  I don't have Netflix, but even with the price increases, the streaming plus 2 movies deal seems reasonably priced at $16 a month.  That's pretty cheap entertainment that can meet the needs of a whole family.  

 

And I know I sport a tin foil hat when I say this, but I would expect price increases across the board for the next few years.  Everything is going to start costing more.  It started a few years ago with gas and then food and now those increases are spreading out to the arts, entertainment, basic services, etc.  

 

Belt-tightening time. 

 

 

post #31 of 54
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I guess I'm really cheap.  The library is always free.  I may venture to redbox someday but .... hummmm right now the library is my best friend


our local libraries charge $1 for movies, but i still prefer it to redbox because you get to keep them for a week (not just one night).

 

post #32 of 54
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I guess I'm really cheap.  The library is always free.  I may venture to redbox someday but .... hummmm right now the library is my best friend


Our library has the worst fees.  It was easily the most expensive option for us. Not all libraries are created equal.

 

post #33 of 54

We switched to streaming only, so we're saving money. ;)  We usually only watch 1-2 of the mail movies a month anyway, so we can just pick up a Redbox if we really want a new video.  Redbox is ALL over the place here, some locations have 2 boxes at them!  So it's easy to p/u and d/o without paying the extra day charge.  

 

Most people I've talked to have switched down to streaming, so I'm thinking they'll lose money on this.

post #34 of 54
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I really like the idea of keeping streaming and doing Redbox. Redbox is really only $1 per movie with no other fees? Or is there a membership fee plus the $1 per movie?

 

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yeahthat.gif  Both DH & I think this is still a heck of a deal for us as a family.  We have tons of shows in the streaming for the kiddos, and then DH & I get to order out DVD to catch up on a lot of movies we have missed since the kids arrived.

 

As for Redbox - while they are just $1 movies - I've heard from several folks in my office, if you are not on-time with your return, you get charged crazy fees.  And as a habitually late returner of movies, this could be terrible for my budget if it happened a couple of times in a month.



Yeah, Redbox is like $1 extra an hour or minute late (I don't use it so I'm not for sure which it is, but I heard from a friend who used it), and it starts the MINUTE you are late returning the movie. I know me, and I would end up paying like $50 for a single movie (plus we live 15 miles from the nearest one, so... yuck!).

 

 

cristina47454 , it sounds like you would love the Netflix streaming only plan. They have tons of shows and series on there. The only "negative" is that you have to watch everything a season late (something that doesn't bother me at all.) I checked the ones you mentioned on Netflix and the following are currently streaming:

Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives, and The Office.

 

Modern Family is currently on disc only.

post #35 of 54

It seems like our library movies are always scratched! Though they are free. There is a crazily long waitlist for anything popular, though. My BIL and a friend both work at the library, and I always see the new releases at their houses, which I think explains the waitlist. It has to cycle through all the library employees, first.eyesroll.gif

post #36 of 54
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Yeah, Redbox is like $1 extra an hour or minute late (I don't use it so I'm not for sure which it is, but I heard from a friend who used it), and it starts the MINUTE you are late returning the movie. I know me, and I would end up paying like $50 for a single movie (plus we live 15 miles from the nearest one, so... yuck!).


Um, no.  Redbox is only an extra $1 for every extra day you have it.  It is NOT for an extra minute or an hour.  In my area there are Redboxes all over so it's really not hard to return it since you can return it to any Redbox location, not just the one you rented it from.

 

post #37 of 54

We are going to stick with the discs through netflix and try out hulu plus for streaming. We have watched nearly everything on netflix that is streaming and are ready to try something else. We don't have cable or anything either. Oh, and library movies.... our library here does not send out late notices and charges $1/day late fee with no maximum on movies. I once paid $22 in late fees for a stupid kid movie that I didn't even know we still had in the house. I won't go there now for movies or cds.

post #38 of 54

Getting the e-mail did make me think seriously about my plan.  I was on the 3 disc plan, and I have had Downton Abbey since FEBRUARY! waiting for the right time to watch it.  I noticed last night that it was on streaming.  I have definitely not been making the most of my plan, so I dropped to streaming only and will walk to our local video store for any can't miss movies.

post #39 of 54
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Yeah, Redbox is like $1 extra an hour or minute late (I don't use it so I'm not for sure which it is, but I heard from a friend who used it), and it starts the MINUTE you are late returning the movie. I know me, and I would end up paying like $50 for a single movie (plus we live 15 miles from the nearest one, so... yuck!).

 

 

 

Its a dollar a DAY.   When you check it they are very clear about when it needs to be back to avoid charges.
 

 

post #40 of 54

I was really unhappy to get that email.  I'd just, JUST dropped to one at a time, starting next week, and now there goes the savings.  We have no choice because there is no video store in this town, no redbox, nothing.  There is the library, but since there is no other option, good luck getting anything there, plus you get it for one week and a dollar a day fine after that.  My kids are great about losing discs....

 

So, we'll stay with one at a time and streaming until we move somewhere that has another movie option, and then switch to streaming only.

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