My last post discussed Net Neutrality – a movement to prevent large corporations from …. let’s face it … screwing up the Internet. If they get their way, premium traffic will move at higher priority than other traffic – so that the people with the deep pockets get to make their content perform better than other content.It’s happening. Netflix has signed deals with Comcast and Verizon so that their videos work better. And lookee here what arrived in my mailbox today: A notice from Netflix that they were increasing my subscription fee by 12.5% – from $7.99 to $8.99. The rate will apply to new users immediately and I’m supposed to feel better because I will have 2 years before the increase hits me.
Netflix is not attributing this increase to their recent Comcast/Verizon agreement. They are saying it is “in order to continue adding more movies and TV shows”. That may be partially true but rate increases come from increased costs, a desire for increased profits, or in exchange for more service. Netflix cost to deliver content has increased via their deals with the big Internet providers. Their charges to me increased shortly after that. ‘Nuff said.