Still Reeling from Cost Increase, Netflix Enforces Streaming Limit
Apparently, the backlash from the recent cost increase wasn’t ticking off enough customers. So, Netflix has decided to begin enforcing the streaming limits. Note that these limits were always in place, but Netflix was not enforcing them. However, that seems to have ended on September 1st. I know quite a few people were touting this “bonus” as a bit of a “family plan”, so I wonder how many of them will be looking at their plans and recalculating whether or not the cost is warranted… AGAIN.
“One stream at a time” has always been the official policy for Netflix users, but the company only recently began cracking down on those flouting the rule. Now, officially, customers with the streaming-only or one-DVD plan may only watch one stream at a time, two-DVD plans may watch two streams at a time, and so on. Attempting to start more than one stream with the lesser plans will get you a streaming error, saying there’s already a stream in progress.
Netflix has confirmed to Ars that the streaming-only plan allows for up to two streams, but no more, and all customers can access as many streams as they are allowed DVDs, plus one.