Netflix is hiking prices by as much as 18 percent amid rising costs

Shawn Knight

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Netflix is raising its rates in the US in what will be the biggest price hike since the company launched its streaming service a dozen years ago.

Unlike previous price increases which only impacted select tiers, all options are going up this time. The company’s basic package will increase from $7.99 to $8.99, the standard – and most popular – plan will go from $10.99 to $12.99 per month and the premier tier which includes Ultra HD resolution will climb from $13.99 to $15.99.

New pricing will soon go into effect for new subscribers and roll out to existing members over the next three months according to the Associated Press.

Netflix will use the extra money to help pay for licensing deals and the production of original content, neither of which are cheap. The company recently paid around $100 million to keep Friends on its platform in 2019 and reportedly budgeted a whopping $13 billion for original content last year.

Share value in Netflix is up 6.3 percent on the news to $354.12.

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p51d007

TS Evangelist
Which is why I've never had Netflix. First, they get ya hooked, then slowly creep up the price until eventually it would be up in the cable/satellite range.
I have Amazon prime, and use their movie, music, shipping. For me, it's perfect.
 
"The company recently paid around $100 million to keep Friends on its platform in 2019"
That right there is the first thing that needs to go. I'm all for having a variety of older content on there, but not at that price per 15-25 year old series...
Agreed.

When the entire box set can be purchased for $20 spending $100M does not make financial sense.
Are that many people still watching friends?
I watch an episode from time to time on cable but I wouldn't cry if it wasn't on Netflix.
That's an insane price to pay for such an old show. WB is milking the heck out of that cash cow.
 

TomSEA

TechSpot Chancellor
The girlfriend watches a zillion hours of Netflix a month, and I get in my share too. So $2 more per month really amounts to nothing for what we're using.

A month's Netflix subscription at the new rates is still cheaper than two people going to one movie.
 

ckm88

TS Addict
Warez should slowly come back. There's always Prime and Reddit...for now. That's quite the hike. 13x12 = 156 bucks a year still ain't bad at all but it'll still make us dig deeper.
 

mctommy

TS Guru
Which is why I've never had Netflix. First, they get ya hooked, then slowly creep up the price until eventually it would be up in the cable/satellite range.
I have Amazon prime, and use their movie, music, shipping. For me, it's perfect.
Amazon Prime video lack a lot of content compare to Netflix. Aside from Man in the High Castle and Thursday Night Football (I cut the cord 5 years ago), I haven't found much to watch on Amazon.

"The company recently paid around $100 million to keep Friends on its platform in 2019"
That right there is the first thing that needs to go. I'm all for having a variety of older content on there, but not at that price per 15-25 year old series...
Agreed.

When the entire box set can be purchased for $20 spending $100M does not make financial sense.
Are that many people still watching friends?
I watch an episode from time to time on cable but I wouldn't cry if it wasn't on Netflix.
That's an insane price to pay for such an old show. WB is milking the heck out of that cash cow.
Convenience... now that consumption has shifted to smartphones and roku/appletv/media players, nobody wants to fumble to find your DVD and then change the DVD for subsequent episodes. Call it lazy, call it convenience, at the end of the day, it's just preferred consumption method in this day and age.
 

Pinkie Pie

TS Booster
Convenience... now that consumption has shifted to smartphones and roku/appletv/media players, nobody wants to fumble to find your DVD and then change the DVD for subsequent episodes. Call it lazy, call it convenience, at the end of the day, it's just preferred consumption method in this day and age.
Which is why I rip all of my DVDs and convert them to h265 format to keep on my NAS media server.
 
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seeprime

TS Guru
Which is why I've never had Netflix. First, they get ya hooked, then slowly creep up the price until eventually it would be up in the cable/satellite range.
I have Amazon prime, and use their movie, music, shipping. For me, it's perfect.
Amazon pulls the same price creep stunt. Prime was $79, per year, when I joined. Then it went to $99. Now it's $119. Netflix priced their basic subscription at $7.99 per month when we joined over ten years ago. it's now getting it's first increase. So, since I pay for both, I believe Netflix has been the most price stable, until now. I expect all services that are near market saturation to jack up their prices, or cut back on quality. It's the "Apple business model."
 

mctommy

TS Guru
Which is why I rip all of my DVDs and convert them to h265 format to keep on my NAS media server.
I did too for some of them... but you have to remember, you are likely the exception. Not that many people have the rig and/or the patience to convert their DVD library to put on a NAS or even have a NAS in the first place.
 

ZipperBoi

TS Enthusiast
Which is why I've never had Netflix. First, they get ya hooked, then slowly creep up the price until eventually it would be up in the cable/satellite range.
I have Amazon prime, and use their movie, music, shipping. For me, it's perfect.
Amazons movie selection is trash. I use Netflix and what ever is not on there I pirate and watch with Plex. Nice and easy.
 
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amstech

IT Overlord
Netflix will eventually charge $50-$100 per month.
Question is, with so much recycled content, and a push for new stuff, where will the balance meet, and what will users be willing to pay?
 

wiyosaya

TS Evangelist
There must be a :poop: load of subscribers watching Friends for them to shell out that much. Personally, I could care less. I never had and still do not have any interest in the show.

With the saturation of streaming services, NBC just announced one, too, my bet is that they will not all survive.
Netflix will eventually charge $50-$100 per month.
Even with a 10% price increase each year, that would be a long way away.
 

Fobus

TS Addict
"The company recently paid around $100 million to keep Friends on its platform in 2019"
That right there is the first thing that needs to go. I'm all for having a variety of older content on there, but not at that price per 15-25 year old series...
Agreed.

When the entire box set can be purchased for $20 spending $100M does not make financial sense.
Are that many people still watching friends?
I watch an episode from time to time on cable but I wouldn't cry if it wasn't on Netflix.
That's an insane price to pay for such an old show. WB is milking the heck out of that cash cow.
My guess is that their internal analytics show that lots of people watch it, and so it makes sense for Netflix to pay for the rights. They aren't doing it just out of love for Friends.
 
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netman

TS Evangelist
"Netflix will use the extra money to help pay for licensing deals and the production of original content, neither of which are cheap."

No one asked or wanted Original (Trash) Contents from Netflix to begin with!!!
 

Hexic

TS Evangelist
Which is why I've never had Netflix. First, they get ya hooked, then slowly creep up the price until eventually it would be up in the cable/satellite range.
I have Amazon prime, and use their movie, music, shipping. For me, it's perfect.
Amazons movie selection is trash. I use Netflix and what ever is not on there I pirate and watch with Plex. Nice and easy.
Dilly Dilly to that! That system hasn't failed me in years.
 

Puiu

TS Evangelist
Netflix will eventually charge $50-$100 per month.
Question is, with so much recycled content, and a push for new stuff, where will the balance meet, and what will users be willing to pay?
when? in 50 years? by that time who knows how much inflation will affect the value of a dollar.
 

wizardB

TS Booster
Warez should slowly come back. There's always Prime and Reddit...for now. That's quite the hike. 13x12 = 156 bucks a year still ain't bad at all but it'll still make us dig deeper.
Warez should slowly come back. There's always Prime and Reddit...for now. That's quite the hike. 13x12 = 156 bucks a year still ain't bad at all but it'll still make us dig deeper.
It never left you just need to know where to look.
 

Footlong

TS Addict
100 million dollars for "Friends"! This show must be a huge darling for Netflix consumers, because they could produce good original contente with that much!
 

toooooot

TS Evangelist
Netflix will eventually charge $50-$100 per month.
Question is, with so much recycled content, and a push for new stuff, where will the balance meet, and what will users be willing to pay?
I have no doubt that most of Netflix's subscribers would say goodbye even at 50 bucks.
 

Sir Alex Ice

TS Enthusiast
I do not live in the US and in Romania the content they offer is quite limited compared to what people in States have. So from my point of view a price increase is not acceptable as they are not offering me more content to chose from.

They do have some original content that is interesting, I like their anime production, a few of the new series. But if you want more money, give more things to watch, interesting things, not movies or series with scripts stitched together or blatantly ripped off from popular shows or stories.
 

Evernessince

TS Evangelist
Which is why I've never had Netflix. First, they get ya hooked, then slowly creep up the price until eventually it would be up in the cable/satellite range.
I have Amazon prime, and use their movie, music, shipping. For me, it's perfect.
Amazon prime has the same problem though. They continue to increase the price. At the very least with netflix they are spending that money on making and licensing new content. Amazon takes your money and adds prime music or some other service you may not even use while that money could have spent on content.

Netflix will eventually charge $50-$100 per month.
Question is, with so much recycled content, and a push for new stuff, where will the balance meet, and what will users be willing to pay?
I have no doubt that most of Netflix's subscribers would say goodbye even at 50 bucks.
I don't know about that. Many people pay $80+ a month for cable TV and that's with ads. I'm willing to bet that people will pay more money for more content.

I do not live in the US and in Romania the content they offer is quite limited compared to what people in States have. So from my point of view a price increase is not acceptable as they are not offering me more content to chose from.

They do have some original content that is interesting, I like their anime production, a few of the new series. But if you want more money, give more things to watch, interesting things, not movies or series with scripts stitched together or blatantly ripped off from popular shows or stories.
Blame international law that was never intended to take the internet into consideration. Netflix is forced to pay per region for content, which gets pricey very fast.