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Netflix will start to charge $16 per month come September if you want to rent both DVDs and watch movies online. Should you accept the price hike or downgrade your subscription? This easy online test will tell you how to get your money’s worth.

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Is Netflix worth $16 a month? That’s the question on many people’s minds after the company announced its pricing changes on Tuesday. Existing Netflix customers have until Sept. 1 to decide whether they want to swallow a price increase of 60 percent to enjoy both DVDs and instant streaming or ditch either of these offerings and downgrade to an $8 plan for one or the other.

Many enraged customers are threatening to cancel Netflix altogether, while others are contemplating whether they’ll get more use out of the company’s DVD-by-mail service or online video catalog. Luckily, there’s a pretty easy way to find out: Feedfliks makes it possible to analyze your past Netflix usage behavior, telling you exactly how many titles you stream per month and how long you’ve been keeping those DVDs at home on average before sending them back.

Here is how it works:

First, make sure that you are currently logged in at Netflix.com.

Then go to Feedfliks.com and click on the Connect to Netflix button.

Netflix will now ask you whether you want to give Feedfliks access to your Netflix account. Note: The image used to confirm this is currently broken, but don’t worry: Feedliks uses OAuth to communicate with Netflix, so the site will never get to see your Netflix password. Go ahead and click on that broken image link (you can always deauthorize access to your account later in your Netflix account settings).

Feedfliks will then start to pull data about your past viewing behavior from Netflix’s servers. This process may be interrupted by an encouragement to subscribe to Feedfliks. Simply ignore this for now by clicking on the take me to my page link at the bottom of the page with that lists premium features.

Feedfliks will now show you exactly how many DVDs you’ve rented in the last year, how long it took you to return them and how many titles you have been streaming per week. It also tries to calculate how much you pay per movie, but this data is based on old pricing plans, so you can safely ignore this.

Instead, why not make your own back-of-the-envelope calculation: Getting DVDs from Netflix will cost you $8 starting September. Given your past history, is it worth the money? How about streaming?

I did this test myself yesterday and was surprised to learn that I only rented 16 DVDs in the last 12 months. Paying close to $100 per year seems a little steep for this, especially considering I could have gotten the same movies for $2 to $4 a pop from Amazon’s VOD service. It looks like I’ll be switching to streaming-only, which I’ve been using a lot more: Feedfliks shows that I’m watching around 22 titles per month online.

What does your Netflix usage look like? Please share your Feedfliks results in the comments!

Image courtesy (CC-BY-SA) of Flickr user Dave Dugdale.

  1. With the 1 out plan, I average 9 DVDs a month and I return every movie the next day with an average keep of 4 days. The problem is the IW counts aren’t 100% accurate though. It will count titles regardless of how long you watch so even if you start the show/movie and stop it immediately that counts as one title. I was testing some things on various devices so we started a bunch of shows and didn’t watch nearly 40 things.

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    1. Fair point. Of course, one could also argue that you might not watch all DVDs that Netflix sends to you :) but overall, it should give most people a pretty good idea of their usage.

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      1. Oh I don’t disagree and have used FeedFliks off and on for the last year. It was just somewhat surprising to see Netflix counting titles that I started and stopped immediately since I had hit play by accident while browsing. It is more a warning just to double check your numbers if they seem off or you know you or your kids have a habit of stopping movies after a few minutes.

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  2. I’ve been running the analysis for about 10 minutes and only at 20% complete. I will let it run and post results later.

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    1. Did you ever get past 20%? I’ve been trying for awhile now…

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  3. As a fan of Netflix and the library they are trying to build, I’m fine with the price increase. More revenue, hopefully, means they can continue to work on available titles for streaming.

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  4. Or if u have comcast, u already have better quilty video in my opinoin. Included in your price per month, (nothing is free). I have been waiting for them to support devices I use for streaming anyway. Sooooooo…. In short 10 a month was ok whenn streaming was benefit I will not pay 8 for 1 or the other. ByeBye netflix hello xfinity on my playbook.

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    1. You are one of the three people who bought a Playbook?

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  5. It doesn’t work for streaming only….

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    1. Oh, didn’t realize that. It doesn’t work at all, or simply doesn’t get some of its calculations right?

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  6. Still waiting for my results…I’m going to build an app get this right. Instead of just looking at Netflix it will compare your chosen television shows to the offerings from Netflix, Hulu Plus, iTunes, and what is over the air, to create a plan.

    What do you think?

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    1. Sounds like you just reinvented Clicker.com but in app form ;)

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      1. yes, similar data but much quicker than keeping score yourself. check it out tv.appswers.com

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