I don't have problem with netflix reducing it. I have problem with netflix not reducing price together.
They're essentially painting themselves in glory AT THE PRICE OF THEIR CUSTOMERS.
But really the praise for Netflix is a bit off tone - they're not making any sacrifice at all.
Remember some Netflix clients pay MORE to enjoy higher quality. If Netflix artificially limits that quality, no matter the reason, then they shouldn't be charging that full price.
Netflix is getting the best part of it: charging the same money, paying less for bandwidth, and they excuse themselves because the EU asked them to do it.
It's the ISPs that should be solving this via QoS, but of course it's the ISPs that have the politicians in their pockets. No commissioner is going to demand them to do anything.
We pay for street maintenance and we're locked in our houses.
We pay for government and elections are being postponed.
We pay for healthcare and people are not getting the care they need.
We keep paying, because if we stop after the epidemic there won't be schools, there won't be road maintenance companies, there won't be a functioning government, there won't be hospitals, because they will have run out of money.
4K Netflix? Suck it up, or feel free to sue them. Courts are in lockdown as well so you might have to wait a few years to get your 10$ back.
- video quality
- number of screens
I for example play for both differences. So if they reduce only one for me it is still good.
Their pricing plans are not black and white only about video quality. Each plan increases both video quality and screen numbers.
I have to admit I did cancel my 360 euros/month public transport subscription. Their service is also reduce by a lot. So who am I to judge.
Cancel your membership and stop giving into the bullshit that people are feeding to you. If you want to help, help people, not corporations.
Yeah, right. So if I am to open a gym, or any other kind of business, I should have it in my business plan that I must have a big enough reserve to survive having my shop closed for months with only days notice. How many businesses do you think will pass that test? I think zero.
Maybe society is more than just the economic transactions that take place and maybe that gym should be opened despite failing this new test, because it is important that we have gyms that keep people fit.
It may be that whoever has the deepest pockets survives and others go out of business.
I guess the question is how long they have to bleed money until the customers come back.
I’m sure we agree that there are legitimate grievances here about consumer rights†, that are worth thinking about.
As the most powerful entities in the economy — not even by virtue of the goods they produce, but by the amount of people they employ and the money they spend — companies like Netflix have to uphold their social contract and be seen to be upholding their social contract!
† In the Netflix example, not the REI example.
Not to mention, everyone who isn't on Netflix now is probably videoconferencing. Which also elevates this problem to "important for preserving the economy" level.