Monday, December 12, 2005
New Netflix upgrade options
Netflix has introduced a new upgrade option. Now, when you upgrade your account, you don't have to wait until your billing date to start receiving more DVDs. Netflix gives you a choice as to whether it takes effect right away or you can wait until your billing date. If you choose for it to go into effect immediately, they will ship the additional DVD(s) the next day, and charge you a prorated rental fee according to the number of days until your billing month is up.
According to this subscriber, the fee came out to about $0.83 per day for the 2-out plan. However, it's about $0.64 for me, for the 3-out. I guess it is based on your monthly rate, including taxes, divided by the number of days in the month.
I can't tell if this is a trial feature or not, since I wasn't planning to upgrade until I found this entry on The Stupid Page and just had to test it out.
As of this minute, the official Netflix site hasn't changed their FAQ to match this new feature. It still says "Any changes to your service will take effect at the start of your next billing date. Until that time, your Netflix membership will remain unchanged."