Will Netflix Raise More Hell and Fury With Its Just-Announced Price Increases?

Netflix is about to put its foot in the proverbial bear trap again …

The streaming video company, who took MAJOR flack for guessing its fans would be fine with them splitting the company into two separate services — hardware and software video watching, is looking to up their prices in the wake of some big time television acquisitions.

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But to keep Netflix supporters who eventually forgave Netflix (after it grabbed up “House of Cards,” “Arrested Development” and “Orange is the New Black” for their subscribers) from going on the warpath again, let me assure you: for the video service, this price increase is one of need. They spend roughly $3 billion annually in keeping up the licensing deals on what flicks they offer.

“If we want to continue to expand to do more great original content, more series, more movies, we have to eventually increase prices a little bit,” CEO Reed Hastings said in a video conference with analysts. “You’re talking about a dollar or two difference per month, so I don’t think that it’s a huge difference.”

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Yeah, true. And I don’t mind paying that increase for quality programming. But what Reed Hastings needs to keep in mind, is that you have to wade through an unwatchable sea of dogshit before you find something worth a damn. And we aren’t talking “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” here — no, we’re talking about digital dogshit that fertilizes no lawns and feeds no bacteria — crap like “Crystal Fairy & the Magic Cactus” (and that’s not a kid’s movie!) or “Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas” (also not a kid’s movie). Think about that when you want to charge us “a dollar or two difference per month.” Maybe wash some of the bird poop off the car before you sell it to us, huh Reed?

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