Netflix Settlement Benefit

In August 2008, I received an email saying that I qualified for a benefit under the Netflix class-action settlement, which had been in the works since November 2005. It took the lawyers that long! But it's taken me almost a year to find the time to take advantage of the benefit.

I finally signed up this morning. Had to update my credit-card information. Yes, they will need a current credit card on file although the month is free. Maximum value: $16.99. I'm sure they'll be legally throttling this time -- I mean, they must have incorporated the limitations in their fine print by now.

Here's what was on the sign-up page:

Your Netflix Settlement Benefit


As a member of the Chavez vs. Netflix settlement class, you are eligible for a free month of Netflix on your choice of the 1, 2 or 3 DVDs at-a-time plans.

Only plans with up to 3 DVDs at-a-time are eligible for the free month. If you choose the 4, 5, 6 , 7 or 8 DVDs at-a-time plan you will receive a discount equal to the cost of the 3 DVDs at-a-time plan (currently $16.99).

At the end of your free or discounted month your account will be automatically cancelled.

To claim this benefit, you need to:

1. Choose a plan
2. Verify your information
3. Start your free or discounted month

All unlimited plans include Starz Play Service.

Questions? 1-866-923-0890. 24 hours a day

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Yeah, they've been offering their phone number to the public for a few years now. I still would prefer to communicate by e-mail. More efficient and time saving for my lifestyle.

For the record, despite the throttling issues, I like Netflix and how they run their affiliate program. I don't think I've earned a cent from being an affiliate (cuz I haven't had time to even post their ads, duh), but based on their communications, they seem to really value their affiliates, giving guidance and all that. Unlike other affiliate programs, who brusquely cut you off for being ignorant...

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