Netflix To Charge $1 Premium For Renting Blu-ray Titles

By Luke Anderson

I still haven’t upgraded my movie collection to Blu-ray, for several reasons. First, only in the last year or so have I finally rid myself of every last VHS tape in the house, and don’t really feel like moving on to a new format. Second, Blu-ray players are still too expensive to justify the purchase of one (I have no desire for a PS3). Finally, I’m happy paying less per disc when I go to purchase a new movie. One alternative to skirt around the last issue has been to just rent movies from Netflix and avoid the premium. However, now it seems that you’ll need to pony up some extra cash every month for that privilege.

Netflix has begun sending users who rent Blu-ray titles an email stating that they will be imposing a fee of $1 (plus applicable taxes) per month. No, that extra dollar isn’t going to break the bank, but it is a sign that Neflix hasn’t made back their investment into the format. Recently, Netflix CEO Barry McCarthy stated that only a fraction of subscribers rent Blu-ray titles. Sounds like I’m not the only one that’s holding out on upgrading.

VIA [ Ars ]

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