Netflix's 4K Ultra HD content now only available through $12/month Family plan

By Shawn Knight
Oct 13, 2014
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  1. Netflix's limited catalog of 4K Ultra HD content now comes at a premium. High-resolution movies and TV shows are now only available to members that subscribe to the company's top-tier family plan which sells for $11.99 per month.

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  2. JohnCB

    JohnCB TS Booster Posts: 118   +62

    I'm glad Netflix is pushing through and trying to stay on the edge, but I can't help but feel like this is before its time.

    4K TVs have an incredibly low adoption rate at the moment and we're in the middle of a war with the ISPs over bandwidth. They want to give less and charge more and even with the current HD streams from Netflix there is buffering problems nation wide through with specific ISPs.

    The amount of bandwidth needed for 4K is going to absolutely destroy nearly everyone's connection. Again, I'm not saying it's a bad idea, just saying it's a few years ahead of its time.
  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,599   +411

    $12 a month is more than fair imo, assuming it always works and customers are happy with its quality.
  4. robb213

    robb213 TS Addict Posts: 309   +92

    That's how it was with the first HD televisions. As they became more reasonably cost efficient to produce with good results, sales skyrocketed. For gaming, it was also the same, but we needed the GPU power to play on higher settings with that resolution. With stacked VRAM on the way, I think it's right around the corner.

    I expect the same this time around; I've been guilty myself telling friends to hold off on 4K gaming/content just because there's very little to go along with it at this time.

    And fortunately the Internet woes here in the states are easy to solve. It's just special interests and treatment getting in the way, so nothing gets done like usual. With the executive branch and the Senate now publicly supporting Title II, I don't see how Wheeler can keep the "wait and see" attitude for much longer.
  5. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    With the costs of 4K televisions coming down and becoming more popular it's only a matter of time before the content comes through.

    An extra three dollars a month is overkill? You're still paying close to five times less than what you pay cable or satellite providers. Also, if a family of four doesn't qualify as a "small family" then there is no such thing as a small family.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Good business move by Netflix. It makes sense that they are charging more for 4K since it uses a ton more bandwidth to deliver and it is a new fad with a niche market.
  7. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,822   +870

    If you can afford a 4k TV or monitor then you can afford an extra $3/m.
    cmbjive likes this.
  8. mizkitty

    mizkitty TS Enthusiast Posts: 34

    Good to see Netflix finally getting on board the internet "fast lane" business model...

  9. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Sorry but five times less does not make sense. I think you mean 1/5 of the cost. Five times less would be minus four.
  10. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,436   +592

    I like it.
    While you always hear me complain about the source content being filmed at much lower resolutions and 90% of todays content still being upscaled dragon bones; it is nice to see someone offer "4K" for an affordable price.
    Newer content and more of it is being filmed at higher FPS and higher resolutions so true 4K is coming...sometime.
    Netflix has really done a number on the entertainment industry's Gorillas, and that's saying something.
  11. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    1/5 the cost and five times less are saying essentially the same thing. Since when do you use "times" for addition?
  12. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    I understand what you have written but mathematically they are not the same. Sorry if you think me pedantic but maths does entail precision on the whole.
  13. Chris Barry

    Chris Barry TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Cant argue that!
  14. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    Math, I presume. :p And you're more than likely correct.

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