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Netflix Raises Subscription Prices for HD and 4K Streaming

Like death and taxes, increases in the monthly cost of subscriptions are inevitable. Today brings news of a price hike Netflix HD and 4K streaming plans. The 2-stream HD plan goes from $9.99 per month to $10.99 per month, and the 4-stream 4K UHD plan goes up from $11.99 to $13.99 per month. Meanwhile, the standard definition only one-stream plan stays at $7.99 per month.

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Hmmm…

I may go down to the HD plan. Losing Disney doesn't motivate me to pay more.
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Like death and taxes, increases in the monthly cost of subscriptions are inevitable. Today brings news of a price hike Netflix HD and 4K streaming plans. The 2-stream HD plan goes from $9.99 per month to $10.99 per month, and the 4-stream 4K UHD plan goes up from $11.99 to $13.99 per month. Meanwhile, the standard definition only one-stream plan stays at $7.99 per month.
Thanks Mark - I just signed up a week ago for the 4 stream 4K UHD subscription (first month free).
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Funny thing is I started up my 4K subscription again after a 4-month break just a couple days ago, thinking if it saved me a couple Vudu rentals the I break even. Still thinking that way, and two bucks does not bother me at all, but the timing amused me.
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We all new it was coming...
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You mean "knew" ?

I'm not worried about it now that T-Mobile is paying for my Netflix subscription.
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I'm down to two shows. I wonder how hard it is to cancel and then restart next Summer ?

I can't remember the last time they had a movie I wanted to watch that I have not gotten from Hulu or Amazon Prime previously.
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I did not even know that they charged more for the 4K and HDR streaming. Ha!
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I'm down to two shows. I wonder how hard it is to cancel and then restart next Summer ?

I can't remember the last time they had a movie I wanted to watch that I have not gotten from Hulu or Amazon Prime previously.
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I don't have too much of an issue with the price increase - the value proposition is still very high considering the amount of content I watch, and I share my account with two other family members. They can invest that extra cash towards new shows
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You mean "knew" ?

I'm not worried about it now that T-Mobile is paying for my Netflix subscription.
Darn it! (I blame my smartphone lol)

Oh, lucky you! Thus far the subscription fee is worth it for the content on offer. But Netflix better be careful - come the day they loose Disney, I'm not so sure anymore...
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The world of streaming is getting more fragmented by the day. Increased prices on top of that will just make people go back to piracy and nothing has been gained.
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Agree, finding ways to watch new releases in HD via streaming is quite easy.
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So, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu temp people to cut the cord...and then they jump rates twice in 18 mo. plus they lose Disney (and Pixar, Star Wars and everything owned by big D). I pay almost $400/yr for these three streaming services...it?s more than my DirecTV, but that bill keeps coming down. Figure in my internet bill to facilitate the streaming and it gets uncomfortably close. +1 to the pirating comment...I can see how people would be driven to this.
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The extra money doesn't bother me at all.

What does bother me is the failure of releasing previously announced hdr content. Bloodline, Series of Unfortunate Events, etc, were all said to be having hdr and never came. As a matter of fact, there's a big handful of HDR mastered contented revealed by technicolor that still haven't made it to Netflix but their 4k SDR versions are there instead.

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who'd thought 15 years ago that .... monthly

phone bills for 4 w/data in the $160's
Internet +cable with HBO and 3 converter boxes in the $190's

$350/month !!!
oh wait, I also have Amazon Prime and Netflix .... so add $20/month
$370/month

My wife and I have on/off talked about cord cutting, kids don't' care network shows just netflix and youtube ...
Just been to busy to do it ....

Now, the tiered services are gonna increase theirs fee's.

I kinda miss the 1990's and the simplicity of dial up modems and simple cable TV...
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who'd thought 15 years ago that .... monthly

phone bills for 4 w/data in the $160's
Internet +cable with HBO and 3 converter boxes in the $190's

$350/month !!!
oh wait, I also have Amazon Prime and Netflix .... so add $20/month
$370/month

My wife and I have on/off talked about cord cutting, kids don't' care network shows just netflix and youtube ...
Just been to busy to do it ....

Now, the tiered services are gonna increase theirs fee's.

I kinda miss the 1990's and the simplicity of dial up modems and simple cable TV...

What I do not miss is going to Blockbuster on Tuesdays and finding all copies of the movie I want already rented, then coming back on Thursday and waiting for someone to return a copy, and then paying some big late fee the following Tuesday because I forgot since it was the weekend, then the whole cycle begins again.

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I dropped Netflix when that they raised it to $9.99. I buy most of my movies anyway. It was nice to have and I miss a few shows on there. But between what I own and Amazon prime, I really don't miss not having it at all.
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At the new price , it's better for me to use the Bluray plan. More content and better quality
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At the new price , it's better for me to use the Bluray plan. More content and better quality
I use redbox for my blu-ray rentals. I see netflix is $9.99 a month for 1 out at a time, not bad, but I feel like I get better value out of pay as I go redbox. There's just so many deals for redbox too, I never pay full price for a blu-ray ($2/day). I get the convenience of having it shipped to your house. But I drive by a redbox every day so it's no big deal to me to rent and drop off next day.

There's almost ALWAYS a couple promo codes out there to get like $1 off or $1.50 off a redbox rental, which you can use multiple times over different debit/credit cards. On top of that, groupon was selling $20 redbox gift cards for $12 (bought a bunch of these) for a long while, so anytime i spend money on a redbox I get 40% off whatever the actual price is. Whether it's 40% off $2, $1 or even $0.50.
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At the new price , it's better for me to use the Bluray plan. More content and better quality
I use redbox for my blu-ray rentals. I see netflix is $9.99 a month for 1 out at a time, not bad, but I feel like I get better value out of pay as I go redbox. There's just so many deals for redbox too, I never pay full price for a blu-ray ($2/day). I get the convenience of having it shipped to your house. But I drive by a redbox every day so it's no big deal to me to rent and drop off next day.

There's almost ALWAYS a couple promo codes out there to get like $1 off or $1.50 off a redbox rental, which you can use multiple times over different debit/credit cards. On top of that, groupon was selling $20 redbox gift cards for $12 (bought a bunch of these) for a long while, so anytime i spend money on a redbox I get 40% off whatever the actual price is. Whether it's 40% off $2, $1 or even $0.50.
I use Redbox also, but they don't have Tv shows. The $20 for 3 at a time is a good deal. You get around 24 rentals a month. Anytime I get a deal on Redbox I use it also you get a rental free with 10.
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Like death and taxes, increases in the monthly cost of subscriptions are inevitable. Today brings news of a price hike Netflix HD and 4K streaming plans. The 2-stream HD plan goes from $9.99 per month to $10.99 per month, and the 4-stream 4K UHD plan goes up from $11.99 to $13.99 per month. Meanwhile, the standard definition only one-stream plan stays at $7.99 per month.
I don't know where you get your news, but as a subscriber I am currently paying and have been paying for month $10.71 for the 2-device HD plan. So if Netflix will charge an extra dollar for my plan, then it will go to $11.71 a month, and since I don't have cable anymore, I find my subscription reasonable; however, eventually it may go all the way to $15 a month, and if this happens, I will then dump Netflix like a load of bricks.
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I think I may leave Netflix at the end of the month and subscribe to Acorn TV, $50/year. That and Prime Video should be enough for us.
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So, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu temp people to cut the cord...and then they jump rates twice in 18 mo. plus they lose Disney (and Pixar, Star Wars and everything owned by big D). I pay almost $400/yr for these three streaming services...it?s more than my DirecTV, but that bill keeps coming down. Figure in my internet bill to facilitate the streaming and it gets uncomfortably close. +1 to the pirating comment...I can see how people would be driven to this.
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I share my 4K Netflix with two other (5 profiles) homes so it's a good deal even with the $2 increase.
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Not sure what the rest of you are doing, Netflix is 60% or more of my viewing. I was paying $90/month last year for Dish Network and didn't watch much. I'd gladly pay $20 for UHD Netflix, I feel like I'm stealing from them as it is, since I use it so much! I still feel like Netflix is way underpriced, considering the amount and quality of original Netflix-only content they provide.
I think they should split the service, like 7/month for Netflix exclusive content and $7/month for everything else, let you choose. I'd go with the exclusive only plan, as everything else I mostly buy or rent the blurays
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No grandfathered prices for long-standing customers?
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price hikes are never enjoyed, but when put in perspective... i mean, i'm pretty sure the last 'price increase' my parents got from their cable company was more than the ENTIRE cost of a netflix subscription

the golden ticket for me will be when netflix(or any competitor) controls the transfer of content. right now, in my local market, getting netflix is like shopping online to get a sweet deal, only to be charged outrageous shipping costs. the cable companies are the ISP's so if you don't buy cable, you pay more for internet

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Law abiding people don't pirate, it's theft, what is not yours is not yours. Piracy is choice to steal.
it is, but speaking from the napster days, people don't tend to steal what they feel is fairly priced.

i downloaded music as a teen because i didn't want to spend 30 bux on a cd with 2 good songs on it. i may be wrong, but it certainly seems like music downloading is far less popular with kids today, since you can buy 1 track for a reasonable price, or pay a subscription fee for all the music you want.

the only difference between the music and video streaming is that you actually get better service when you pay for the music. there's very few exclusives, and that's what's killing legal video streaming. if one service gave you 95% of all content, there would be a lot of people happily paying their monthly subscription fee. and the competition would have to provide better service to attract new customers. they are trying to use the content to get customers, but when they have to pay 3 subscriptions for 3 services that should do the same thing, it doesn't feel right. could you imagine if you needed a 'disney' bluray player, and a 'fox' bluray player, and 'hbo' bluray player because manufacturers locked them down? it's crazy! greed promotes piracy. the music industry almost died because of it. they finally figured out that providing a good product for a fair price was the best way to combat piracy. the movie/tv market is still stuck trying to enforce rules instead of providing a better product.

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I gave up on Netflix anyways ever since they changed their interface to have it interrupt the end credits- NO serious movie watcher should find that the least bit acceptable. I've heard they're now encouraging people to skip opening credits as well, putting a "SKIP INTRO" graphic on the screen. If they just let you hit Enter to skip parts that would be OK, but don't go telling me to do that when I just want to watch the entire thing all the way through. I used to love Netflix when they first started out too, picture quality wasn't the best but they had a lot of obscure stuff and the price was a bargain. If I'm paying extra for 4k quality, it's likely that I actually do care about the credits as well as I'm into the technical stuff.
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