Gallery: New Netflix Pricing Could Save Energy by Encouraging Streaming


Movie watchers everywhere let out a gasp when Netflix announced last week that they’d be upping the price for their services starting this coming September — they reportedly had to bring on additional help to answer the phone calls pouring in from angry subscribers. Although a price hike never has a welcome impact on our wallets, as GOOD points out it could be greeted with a warm welcome from the Earth. The price hike means that unlimited streaming and unlimited DVD’s in the mail will each be $7.99 per month starting September 1st – and according to research done last year by University of Massachusetts, Amherst, streaming uses 78% less energy than shipping.

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  1. msyin August 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I am currently a Nextflix customer and have to agree with the comments made by caeman and Nousya. While I only use a laptop for my entertainment, I don’t see this as a green victory even though the stats are great. The real issue isn’t even the price but the lack of relevant, desirable content that I will have available to me via streaming.

    Right now I don’t even have 20 movies on my list to be mailed to me, because everything I really want to see has not come out on DVD yet and when it does, I won’t see it via Netflix because when Sept 1 comes I will not pay the $15.98 for what I am currently using. If they made movies available for streaming as soon as they came out on DVD, that would be great and then we could all save money and CO2 by just streaming them into our home.

    Something Hollywood could think about for their future.

  2. caeman July 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I am one of those disgruntled customers. The problem is that the selection of streaming on Netflix sucks compared to their DVD selections. That streaming is more energy efficient doesn’t do you any good when the movie you want to stream is only on DVD.

  3. Nousya July 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Could save even more energy by not watching movies at all

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