Netflix Launches Family Plan, 4 Simultaneous Streams for $12/Month

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Netflix announced today that it is rolling out a number of family friendly features in the coming months, designed to make it easier for families with multiple Netflix users to use the service.

    First, the company is introducing a new $12/month streaming plan that offers four simultaneous streams of video, meant for members with large families that run into Netflix's two-simultaneous stream limit. The normal Netflix subscription is $8/month.

    Second, the company is introducing a new feature to allow different family members to log their own viewing habits and get recommendations based on what shows they like. Currently, all viewer activity -- parents and kids -- are combined into one stream. As a result, recommendations for kids shows and adult movies are shown next to each other.

    Netflix reported today that it has 29.2 million U.S. streaming subscribers, with shares up close to 25 precent after hours.

    Article Link: Netflix Launches Family Plan, 4 Simultaneous Streams for $12/Month
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2003
    That's a pretty good deal. I have an Apple TV on two TVs, smart tv on a third and an Apple TV on the projector in the garage, so I might actually consider upgrading. Better than having to buy an additional sub, which I had considered in the past because once in a while we'll run up against the limit.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2013
    Don't see why I would use this, but good for others who would use it and need it i guess
  4. macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Meh, still comes down to content, and Netflix didn't do it for me.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2003
    San Francisco
    Easier for people that split memberships with friends.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jan 21, 2011
    New York City
    Um, or I can use my friends login that he shares with multiple people and doing for the past year and a half for free?

    Edit: Never ran into the " two-simultaneous " limit. Maybe i'm just lucky.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    This is a really nice feature, not just the streams, but the different logging of viewing habits.

    Really nice for people who don't want their kids seeing films show up "because you liked 'Saw'' or something on their feeds haha.
  8. macrumors 604


    Mar 26, 2008
    Planet Earth
    didnt even know they blocked it, been using a friends for years and he never complained that he couldnt watch sth
  9. macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    Netflix is a horrible business model and a dying product.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    Cox's Creek, KY
    I am not aware of any two stream limit haha.

    I know people who have theirs connected to at least 4-5 different devices that use them all the time. I myself have used mine with more than 2, is this something new perhaps?
  11. macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2008
    Worst quote of the century, perhaps?
  12. macrumors 604


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    They add a higher priced family plan but have still yet to add organization of any kind to the queue?

    I'd love to split my families ratings and queues up but ... Eh.
  13. macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2011
    And I'm the president and am going to give everyone a rocket filled with chocolate. And a puppy.

    Seriously though, why do you say that?
  14. macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2010
    I didn't have a problem with the two concurrent stream limit until this past month (or two?). I plan on upgrading my account.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
    how do i share my accounts right now then? i think like 3 of friends already use my account and we watch simultaniously
  16. macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    People are seriously too cheap for eight bucks a month? Wow.
  17. nutmac, Apr 22, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013

    macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    One of the reasons is an artifact of all-you-can-eat buffet pricing model. Such model, even if it's fairly priced, can discourage light users altogether. Light users don't want to feel like they are subsidizing heavy users.

    Second legitimate reason (other than being cheap)? Some (including myself) are underwhelmed by current Netflix streaming library.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Mar 13, 2007
    You could sign up with a dns proxy service and gain access to more than one country's Netflix selection.

    Right now, when you travel, you can access the local netflix service using your own account. I have a Canadian account I can I can access the US version when I am in the US or the UK version if I am in the UK but I can also use a DNS service to "switch" my region for netflix to access the American and UK versions with a few clicks of the mouse.

    I pay about 5 bucks a month for that extra service. Considering that I am paying about 7 bucks a month for just one specialty channel on my "cable" TV service, netflix is pretty cheap.
  19. macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy part of the Pacific NW
    So basically they're bringing the relevant parts of their old Profiles/Queues feature over to the streaming side. That's a good thing.
  20. zin
    macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I think there is a world market for maybe five computers... :rolleyes:
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jul 27, 2003
    Are you sure your account won't get flagged if they notice your location going from Canada to the US to Europe to the US to Canada in a very short time span, and often?

    I don't know if they would, or do, but that would be my only worry. How long have you been doing it?
  22. macrumors 68000


    Mar 13, 2007
    For a while. It is a feature of the account for when you travel so it is supported. You would probably get flagged I think if you had two streams from two different regions at the same time or switched regions often back and forth within the same day.

    Don't abuse it and you should be fine.

    I do travel a lot anyway.

    Maybe, I come from Iowa and only "work" in space. :p
  23. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    About damn time.
  24. macrumors 65816

    Mar 11, 2009
    Those enjoying more than 2 streams may soon find themselves limited to 2. Seems the announcement is a heads-up to those.
  25. JAT
    macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    Obviously not all 3.

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