I was quite peeved when I got an email yesterday from Netflix saying that the price for Blu-ray access was being raised from $1 to $3 for my two-at-a-time membership (check out a price breakdown).
I took it in stride when they upped it from being free to $1 per month last year — I love Blu-rays and with my HDTV, I only rent a DVD if it's the only format available. Netflix's reasoning — that the Blu-ray demand has gotten popular and Blu-rays cost more — makes sense, but it also feels like we're getting the shaft. I've been a loyal customer of Netflix for years, and started getting Blu-rays when I got my PS3. I'm bummed.
When Blu-rays eventually get cheaper, will the price be reduced? I understand this from a business perspective, but like I said, I'm bummed — and yet, I won't get rid of or downgrade my membership. It's still the best option I have for renting movies, so I'll take this and just have to accept it.
On the other hand, while the economy is the way it is, I'm taking a good hard look at my monthly expenses, and getting hit with a higher bill is not what I want to see.
What do you think? Is it still worth it to pay a couple bucks more for Blu-rays?