Netflix viewers in the U.S. are coming to terms with an increase in Netflix subscription costs, but Aussies appear to have been spared – at least for now.
While Aussies have always complained about missing out on TV shows and movies available on Netflix in the States, this is one U.S. only deal we’ll be happy to dodge.
Netflix has reportedly confirmed no price increase for Australia, at a time when U.S. subscribers have been informed of price rises of between 13% and 18% in the coming months, which equates to roughly $1 to $2 per month.
It’s not the first time the popular streaming service has bumped up its prices, although it will be the biggest hit to viewers in the company’s history. The change will mostly affect those on the ‘Standard’ and ‘Premium’ plans.
Netflix’s Basic plan will rise from $8 to $9 in the U.S. while the Standard plan will go from $11 to $13, and the Premium Plan will increase from $14 to $16.
To compare, here are the current Netflix Australia prices:
- Basic plan: $9.99 (1 stream)
- Standard plan: $13.99 (2 streams)
- Premium plan: $17.99 (4 streams)
Netflix says the increased costs in the U.S. will help it produce more original content, as well as service debts.
“We change pricing from time to time as we continue investing in great entertainment and improving the overall Netflix experience for the benefits of our members,” a Netflix spokesperson told media.
Many Netflix viewers in the U.S. have expressed their disappointment at the price increase on social media, with some encouraging others to stick to competitor streaming services like Hulu or Amazon Prime.
Some users even say the price change was the last straw, while others laugh it off as nothing surprising.
If you keep this up, I will end up cancelling. For now, I’ll bite and pay the $15.99 monthly charge. I better see some really great content that’s worth my price soon @netflix
— Bob (@deaddaftskrill1) January 15, 2019
They’ve REDUCED the amount of movies they offer by over 33% since 2014. They’ve REDUCED the amount of TV shows they offer in the same time by over 26%. They’ve INCREASED the cost, in the same time, by over 30%. I stop subscribing two months ago, and never looked back.
— Most Randomish (@MostRandomish) January 15, 2019
Netflix has one successful movie and they decide to hike the price of our subscriptions.
— 𝐦𝐚𝐱𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐨 (@_CarneEstrada) January 15, 2019
People are out here complaining about Netflix raising the price of their parents plan.
— Bretthiew (@bretthiew) January 15, 2019
they could honestly raise it to 50 a month and it still would be worth it
— Ismael Retana (@deadheadish) January 15, 2019
If a similar price change is ever made Down Under, viewers will be notified a month before their next billing date. So, there’s plenty of time to decide whether you want to stay or leave.
Netflix still No.1 in Australia
Canstar Blue research show Netflix is still the top streaming pick for Australians, rated five stars for value for money and overall customer satisfaction in our latest review of paid TV services.
The latest survey showed Aussies spend an average of $52.26 on video streaming every month, but only 69% of respondents believe their streaming service is worth the money.
With plenty of options available, including Stan (which has recently secured the rights to stream Disney movies) and other local streaming services such as 10 All Access and SBS on Demand (home to the latest season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine) Aussies are now spoilt for choice in terms of where they spend their TV dollars.
On the other hand, considering the Harry Potter series is now available on Netflix, an extra dollar per month may be more than worth it in the end.