Unlimited Streaming… Just Kidding!

Have you looked at the fine print on your new Netflix plan? No? You might want to do that soon. There is more than just a 60% price increase involved. You are now limited by how many devices you can actually use at one time. Yeah, they forgot to tell us about this part. While you can have multiple devices registered, you can only watch on 1-4 devices at a time, depending on your plan.

This is from the Netflix FAQ:

A :
Some membership plans allow you to watch simultaneously on more than one personal computer or Netflix-ready device. If you are on the Watch Instantly Unlimited plan or the 1-disc-out-at-a-time plan, you may watch only one device at a time. If you are on the 2-discs-out-at-a-time plan, you may watch on up to two devices at a time. Members on the 3-disc plan can watch on up to three devices. The maximum is four devices — available for members on the 4-or-greater-discs-out-at-a-time plan. Your account can have up to six unique authorized devices activated (and associated with it) at any given time, including personal computers and Netflix-ready devices. For example, if you’re on the 1-disc plan, you can have up to six devices associated with your account, but you can only watch one of them at a time. If you’re on the 2-disc plan, you can have up to six devices activated but can only watch two of them at the same time. 
So, it’s unlimited, only with limits. You know, like “It’s the same, only different.” 
We found out when Jeffrey tried to watch something Tuesday night while Bennett was watching something on my computer. We had previously been able to stream on two devices at a time, but Jeffrey got a message that we can only stream on one device at a time. I mentioned it on a Yahoo group yesterday, almost in passing, and started a huge discussion. No one else knew about the new limits, either. One woman went to the website and found the FAQ above, and another actually called Netflix. I love how they’re trying to slip this in while everyone is ranting about the new pricing. Not only do we get less service for our money, we’re getting even less than we originally thought. It’s like an anti-bonus!