Last Sunday, I woke to the sound of my husband talking to my 7-yr-old daughter. Knowing this was unusual (the girl NEVER wakes earlier then 10:00am during the Summertime), I looked at the clock and was SHOCKED to see it was 5:30am. Why in the world is she awake so early? Is she feeling ok?
Nope. She wasn’t AWAKE early, the girl hadn’t gone to BED from the day before. Angry, worried, and downright puzzled, I turned to look at my husband as he returned to bed. Through his tired eyes, he turns to me and asks, “Wanna know what she was doing? Take one guess.” Before I could utter any words I shook my head and he states, “Watching Netflix.”
To say Netflix is a big part of our lives is an understatement. In order to save a little money, we completely canceled our cable service. You read that right. We only have local stations through our antenna and digital converter. We, solely, rely on Netflix type subscriptions played through our Roku, Wii, Computer, or iPhone. The sacrifice has had little effect on our family because we’re not big TV watchers to begin with.
With that said, yesterday I REALLY contemplated cancelling our Netflix Membership for a few reasons:
1. Netflix Price Increase: Yesterday, Netflix announced that they would be separating their streaming plans from their DVD plans. Wow. Seriously? I have to pay an extra $8.00 a month JUST to get a DVD? I, often, forget to return the discs so that leaves me with about 3 movies a month for $8.00. No thank you. Not when Redbox is right around the corner. I could understand the price change ONLY if they offered more new releases on their streaming service. Bad move, Netflix. Bad Move.
2. Redbox will stream movies soon: Okay. It’s only speculated and not completely official yet, but rumor has it that Redbox (my new BFF since they started offering video game rentals) will stream movies very soon through a partnership with Amazon. What do you think? Can Redbox compete against the Netflix giant now that they shot themselves in the foot with their price hike?
3. Netflix takes over our lives: I can’t say this enough. Neflix is everywhere. You can stream at the gym on your phone. You can stream on your computer, iPad, Roku, Wii, and XBOX. I thought we were being smart parents by canceling our cable service and only allowing a controlled internet service, like Netflix, but I was wrong. The thing about Netflix is it’s every where my child goes. She can watch it in her room on her iPod touch. She can watch it while she waits in the Doctor’s office. It’s insane. She also has access to FULL seasons of shows adding to her addictive behavior. We need to unplug. BAD.
Now, I know it’s not Neflix’s fault my daughter has a problem. It’s ours. As parents, we should have monitored her behavior a little bit better, but it kind of just snuck up on us. The fact that she was watching on her iPod touch late at night was NOT something I realized.
You have become nothing short of an annoyance.
But I can’t quit you.
I want to.
I just might.
What did you think of the Netflix price hike? Bad for business? Or expected?
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