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  • NetFlix "Throttling"

    Who here uses NetFlix?
    Those A$$, I started NF about 5 monts ago everything was cool.
    I got to view 24 movies in the month of January on there "3 at a time plan"
    It's now Mid Feb and I've managed to watch 6 movies.
    Yesterday a guy at work that emailed me a link to an AOL New where Netflix uses "Throttling" pratice to cut down heavy user,

    "Because everyone pays a flat fee, Netflix makes more money from customers who only watch four or five DVDs per month. Customers who quickly return their movies in order to get more erode the company's profit margin because each DVD sent out and returned costs 78 cents in postage alone."

    The little-known practice, called "throttling" by critics, means Netflix customers who pay the same price for the same service are
    often treated differently, depending on their rental patterns.


    If I manage to get 15 movies a month, it's still cheaper then Block Buster.
    But what ****es me off, why promote unlimited rentals.
    Maybe have the "heavey" user pay a little extra...

    Unlimited rentals. Liars
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  • #2
    Yup, happened to me as well..
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    • #3
      me too...

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      • #4
        Well, that's a class action waiting to happen.

        "Unlimited rentals!*





        *unlimited rentals limited to 6 per month.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by wizardPC
          Well, that's a class action waiting to happen.

          "Unlimited rentals!*





          *unlimited rentals limited to 6 per month.
          I agree. Sounds to me like this would violate US Anti-Trust laws.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Motorcity
            I agree. Sounds to me like this would violate US Anti-Trust laws.
            Anti trust laws?

            Perhaps it violates contract law, or perhaps it is deceptive advertising, but anti trust laws???? Contracts law would depend on the contract you signed/agreed to, and if the "advertisement" is considered an offer or just an "invitation". As for deceptive advertising, perhaps. It does seem that they say one thing, but do/allow something else. Perhaps it is time to research a little about deceptive advertising.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Wiredwrx
              Anti trust laws?

              Perhaps it violates contract law, or perhaps it is deceptive advertising, but anti trust laws???? Contracts law would depend on the contract you signed/agreed to, and if the "advertisement" is considered an offer or just an "invitation". As for deceptive advertising, perhaps. It does seem that they say one thing, but do/allow something else. Perhaps it is time to research a little about deceptive advertising.

              Michael
              my quote was based on this:
              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antitrust

              Antitrust or competition laws are laws which seek to promote economic and business competition by prohibiting anti-competitive behavior and unfair business practices. Government agencies known as competition regulators regulate antitrust laws, and may also be responsible for regulating related laws dealing with consumer protection.

              The term "antitrust" derives from the U.S. law which was originally formulated to combat "business trusts", now more commonly known as cartels. Other countries use the term "competition law". Many countries including most of the Western world have antitrust laws of some form. For example the European Union has its own competition law.

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              • #8
                Apparently Blockbuster does this as well...
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                • #9
                  Doesn't sound like anti trust.... maybe something along the lines of bait and switch....?

                  Peace,

                  Rafster
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rafster
                    Doesn't sound like anti trust.... maybe something along the lines of bait and switch....?

                    Peace,

                    Rafster
                    True. I may have been a bit hasty in using the term. Anyway, it is still BS. I got the same ****, so I canned them. I was doing good too. 15-20 movies a month, rip and burn, rip and burn. Oh well, Wally mart has a video in the mail program too. Might try them.

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                    • #11
                      Unlimited never means unlimited. It is just a nice marketing word that draws customers in. I know this first hand. The company I work for is running an unlimited promo, it just causes more trouble than good for all parties.
                      ODYSSEY

                      Originally posted by Tidder
                      Hey, as long as it's not any particular race I'm offending, I can stand to be a pedophile.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ODYSSEY
                        Unlimited never means unlimited. It is just a nice marketing word that draws customers in. I know this first hand. The company I work for is running an unlimited promo, it just causes more trouble than good for all parties.
                        That's not necesarily true.

                        Example: unlimited nights and weekeds/mobile to mobile on cell phones, unlimited internet access, etc....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Rafster
                          unlimited internet access
                          Not with all providers.
                          ODYSSEY

                          Originally posted by Tidder
                          Hey, as long as it's not any particular race I'm offending, I can stand to be a pedophile.
                          All information expressed in this post is my opinion, and should not be regarded as a statement of fact.
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                          • #14
                            Today is the last day join the class action lawsuit:
                            http://www.netflix.com/Settlement
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ODYSSEY
                              Not with all providers.
                              True that, especially with Optimum Online. They've throttled me twice in the past 6 months. Bastards. :realmad:

                              Edit: and they don't notify you when you've been capped; all of a sudden your bandwith is cut: d/l is 1/2 half, and u/l is 1/10th of normal speed. When you call them and ask what's up they tell you that there's no problem, and only when you push them that "yes, there is an issue here" do they admit that you've been "throttled" and you'll have to wait 48+ hours for the security dept to call you back and undo the cap.

                              Unlimited my ***.

                              Edit2: furthermore, they won't tell you what the criteria is for the throttling because you obviously don't want it to happen again, so they say "we can't disclose that information because it would lead to abuse of the service"... WHAT????!!!! Using the advertised bandwidth allocated to me is abusing the service?????????????????????? Is maxing out your credit card abusing the service? I don't hear the credit card companies complaining....

                              Sorry to go off-topic in your Netflix thread, but I just had to give another example of this bull****.
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