Netflix Hikes Subscription Prices… Again
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Netflix is raising its prices again, and this time it’s the biggest price hike in Netflix’s history. Netflix hasn’t officially explained its reasons for raising prices, but the streaming service produces more original content than ever Netflix Raises Prices to Fund More Original Content Netflix Raises Prices to Fund More Original Content If you're currently subscribed to Netflix then you should prepare yourself to start paying more for the privilege. Because Netflix is raising the price of two of its three plans in several countries. Read More , and that isn’t cheap.

Netflix Raises Prices to Pay for Change

Netflix has evolved massively over the years. It once focused on sending DVDs through the mail, but now that’s a small part of its business. It has also switched from delivering old content for people to rewatch to delivering new content exclusive to Netflix.

To deliver these changes Netflix has had to raise its prices regularly. Its most recent price hike was in 2017, when the Standard and Premium plans both became more expensive. Now, all three of Netflix’s subscription plans are going up in price.

How Much Is Netflix Raising Prices By?

According to the Associated Press, Netflix is raising its prices by between 13 percent and 18 percent, depending on which subscription plan you’re on. This represents the biggest price increase Netflix has enacted since launching its streaming service.

The Basic plan (SD on one device) jumps from $7.99/month to $8.99/month. The Standard plan (HD on two devices) jumps from $10.99/month to $12.99/month. And the Premium plan (4K on four devices), jumps from $13.99/month to $15.99/month.

Everyone in the U.S. and most of Latin America will be hit with the price rises, as it’s set to affect everyone who Netflix bills in U.S. dollars. New subscribers will be hit immediately, with the price increases rolling out to existing subscribers over the next few months.

Are Netflix’s Price Hikes Justified?

In a statement, Netflix said, “We change pricing from time to time as we continue investing in great entertainment and improving the overall Netflix experience”. The question is whether subscribers will be happy to pay extra for the original content.

While Netflix’s price hikes are currently limited to the U.S. and its close neighbors, the chances are other countries will follow. We’ve previously argued that you should be happy to pay more for Netflix Why You Should Be Happy to Pay More for Netflix Why You Should Be Happy to Pay More for Netflix Every time Netflix increases its prices, millions of binge-watching users balk at the prospect of paying a couple of dollars more. But this is dumb, because Netflix is an absolute steal. Read More , but the higher the prices climb, the harder they are to justify.

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  1. Ron Gierchak
    January 22, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    I think I’ll have to cancel too. I watch Amazon way more and find both providers have largely the same retreaded content with Netflix beating out Amazon for most tired. I can personally think of a ton of movie titles not on any app. Only their original programming is worth watching anyway as most of their movies are lame and they never seem to rotate them out.

  2. Mark Tristan R. Ocampo
    January 20, 2019 at 11:06 am

    At least the increase should have been for the NEW subscribers only. Anyway, that's enough Netflix for me. Canceled.

  3. The Watson
    January 16, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Thats what pisses me off... The good ole USA bears the financial burden. Sure we have the most jobs that pay the best wages in the world, no problem (Yeah Right). We help every other poor country and we get stuck w/ the bill. This is up there with medical, pill & all kinds of crazy sh*t costs. Now if it were the other way around then everyone would be screaming USA isn't being fair! I cant recall the last "Great Original Netflix Production". That says some things...

    I was actually considering this a couple days ago, not now. Netflix IS A LUXURY 4 My Family , meaning me and 2 cats. Hell that's a big bag of cat food or tub of litter or 1/3 of my hardwired internet bill or 1/4th my phone service or a week of McD's! I could rant all day... Yes its sad! I know I'm not alone here...
    I get more value from Amazon Prime....
    PS: Sorry for the Rant!

    • SoftwareBabe
      January 16, 2019 at 2:50 pm

      I cancelled Netflix when I found out George Soros' money props it up and Susan Rice was on their board. I also see that the Obamas will have a show on it. Therefore, since I do not want to pay for those things, I CANCELLED. I also cancelled Amazon because of Jeff Bezos, his philandering of women and his liberal ties to the DemonRats. My money is hard earned. WHY WOULD I WASTE IT ON EVIL THINGS? I won't.

  4. Shelley St. John
    January 16, 2019 at 1:05 am

    Have Netflix fire known traitors Barry & Michael Soetero aka Barry last name unknown aka Barak Obama & Michael Obama aka Michelle Obama, etc.
    I'm sure their expense accounts ALINE would MORE THAN OFFSET ANY NEED TO RAISE ADDITIONAL REVENUE.

    There's a very good reason hour great-gr as ndma would say things such as,"Do not lie down with dogs with fleas. If you do, you'll arise contaminated by same.
    Nes Paz??

    • SoftwareBabe
      January 16, 2019 at 2:52 pm

      NETFLIX and AMAZON are liberal through and through. Any good Constitutional law-abiding American who subscribes to either, is actually giving their money to the Democrats. People need to be more conscious of where their money goes. I would rather do without then to contribute to the rapid decay of our country by supporting liberals and their companies.

      NICE COMMENT!

  5. MD
    January 15, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    Only time will tell if these prices are too high .............
    Some of the original content is good .... it is a matter of personal taste

    Greed is not good as major cable companies wanting $80/mo as an example ........

    Somewhere there will be an acceptable price ........... lower is better for consumers