Update: E-mail from Netflix announcing price increase added, and it states that the new pricing starts on your first statement after January 2nd, 2011.
Having successfully fought and beaten Blockbuster, Wal-Mart, and others, Netflix today announced a price increase on all DVD plans. The price increase starts at $1 on the 1-out and 2-out plans, the popular 3-out plan has been increased by $3 per month.
Netflix's Jessie Becker explains the price increase on the Netflix blog:
Why the changes? Our selection of TV episodes and movies available to stream has grown dramatically, and as a result most members want us to deliver unlimited TV episodes and movies two ways: streaming instantly over the internet plus DVDs by mail. The price increase will allow us to continue to offer the popular plan choice of unlimited TV episodes and movies streaming instantly along with unlimited DVDs. The new plan, which does not include DVDs, is a great option for the increasing number of members who only want to watch instantly. The $7.99 a month price reflects no DVD shipping costs on this plan.
Netflix also launched the long-rumored $7.99 per month streaming-only plan for U.S. customers.
What do you think of the new prices? Are you interested in a streaming-only plan?
Here's an e-mail from Netflix announcing the price increase:
Thanks to Nolan & Bill for sending this in.