updated 03:50 pm EDT, Wed October 8, 2008
Netflix intros Blu-ray fee
Netflix on Wednesday announced it would make begin charging its subscribers an extra $1 and related tax for access to its Blu-ray movie library. The change is set to take place starting on November 5th, with Netflix citing the extra cost of Blu-ray movies compared to those on standard DVD as the reason for the change. Previously, users could pick either DVD or Blu-ray movies as part of their regular monthly rates, which begin at about $5.
Users who do not rent Blu-ray movies need to log into their account and remove Blu-ray access from their options to avoid the extra charges.
The company has lately shifted more of its effort to its online video services, which are already available on Windows PCs as well as Roku's Netflix Player and LG's BD300. Both Mac support and an Xbox 360 update will also support the Internet-only feature, which costs as much as regular DVDs.