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

By Shawn Knight · 32 replies
Jan 15, 2019
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  1. fktech

    fktech TS Maniac Posts: 528   +141

    When Netflix stops "family" sharing that will be it's undoing!
  2. GreenNova343

    GreenNova343 TS Maniac Posts: 366   +249

    "Much" sooner, yes. Soon enough to be significant, probably not.
    -- The previous price hike happened 2 years ago, so chances are Netflix isn't moving to a "raise the price every year model", so we're probably safe assuming a worse-case of price hikes every 2 years from now on.
    -- On the high end, assuming an 18% rate hike every 2 years, it will take 16 to 18 years for the price to increase from $13/month to $50/month.
    -- On the low end, assuming a 10% rate hike every 2 years, it will take 28 to 30 years for the price to reach $50
    -- Middle-road estimate, assuming a 13% rate hike every 2 years, it will take 22 to 24 years to reach $50

    In all 3 cases, however, you're talking about it taking pretty much an entire generation before future Netflix prices might reach current cable package prices (& low-end packages at that).

    And I can guarantee that Amazon will have raised its prices for Amazon Prime during that same period, so I highly doubt you'll ever see that much of a price gap between the 2 services.

    And I can honestly say I'm not biased because I have both Amazon Prime & Netflix. There are aspects of both that I like & dislike (I.e. I like how Amazon's trailers work & their "Customers Also Watched" feature; I also like how Netflix puts all of the seasons of a show together instead of making them separate selections, and how I can like/dislike a show in Netflix while in the Roku channel), & there are movies & shows that I can find on 1 service that aren't on the other. But even with price increases they're still cheaper than cable or satellite packages.
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  3. Shiney

    Shiney TS Booster Posts: 154

    And we are forced to pay for an ever increasing amount of foreign films/series with subtitles.
  4. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,083   +3,629

    Those are really popular with millennials. They could drop those but then they'd loose 30% of their subscribers.
  5. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,515   +1,975

    you are talking as if only Americans watch Netflix. that's just annoying.
  6. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TechSpot Staff Posts: 691   +668

    I don't think I'll be particularly fussed if this price hike gets mirrored over here in Blighty.

    Go to the cinema once, two people and some snacks, all for £50. Or get five months of Netflix for the same amount.

  7. GreenNova343

    GreenNova343 TS Maniac Posts: 366   +249

    Not just millennials. Some interesting movies are made in languages other than English (like del Toro's The Devil's Backbone & Pan's Labyrinth, or the Finnish Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale). Sure, you have to pay 100% attention to the TV screen to read the subtitles, but there are plenty of good to great non-English language movies out there.

    Yes, it is. And speaking as an American, I've come across plenty of non-English language movies (especially in the horror category) that are just as good if not better than a lot of the English-language ones. And even in the English-language ones, there are times that some of the Irish and Australian horror movies are of much higher quality, with better plots, than some of the US films.
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  8. Misagt

    Misagt TS Maniac Posts: 293   +209

    Honestly this isn't a surprise. Netflix recreated value for these old shows. Where they used to be had for a reasonable price with competition lead to price increases. Here is the fact we need to get rid of insane Author's life + 70 years for copy-write. 25 years from time of public release tops. If we don't do this the cast of friends for example will still each be making 20 million a year for something they haven't done in 20 years.

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