Netflix Raises Monthly Subscription Prices in U.S. and Canada


The standard plan, which allows for two simultaneous streams, now costs $15.49 per month, up from $13.99, in the United States. Prices also rose in Canada, where the standard plan climbed to C$16.49 from C$14.99. [...]

The U.S. price of Netflix’s premium plan, which enables four streams at a time and streaming in ultra HD, was increased by $2 to $19.99 per month. For Netflix’s basic plan, with one stream, the cost rose by $1 to $9.99 per month.

The $20 plan is the only way to get 4K, even if you’re the only person using it. And the $10 basic plan streams at 480p. Perhaps 4K streaming is expensive enough, bandwidth-wise, that it’s fair to only offer it on the premium plan, but for $10/month everyone ought to get 1080p. 480p is ridiculous.

(Worth noting, too, that none of the other major streaming platforms charge extra for 4K. HBO Max limits 4K to their ad-free tier, but that’s fair.)

Saturday, 15 January 2022