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

Shawn Knight

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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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JohnCB

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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.
 

hahahanoobs

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

robb213

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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.
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.
 

cmbjive

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

The family plan doubles the number of concurrent streams to four which, while great for families, is simply overkill for individuals or even small families.
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.
 

Jad Chaar

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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.
 

Railman

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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.
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.
 

amstech

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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.
 

cmbjive

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

Railman

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