Netflix is raising prices again for all plans between $1 to $2 a month

Photo of coach Vontae Johnson from Cheer, the current #1 show on Netflix
About a year ago, Netflix raised prices. The standard plan went up a dollar to $13.99 a month and the premium subscription was raised two dollars to $17.99. The base plan, which only lets you watch on one screen at a time and doesn’t have HD, stayed at $8.99. Netflix is now raising prices again. All new subscribers will have price rate hikes immediately. The base plan is now a dollar more at $9.99, the standard mid-level plan is $1.50 more at $15.49, and premium is two dollars more at $19.99. Current subscribers will receive at least 30 days notice before their rates are increased.

Netflix is about to get even more expensive for its millions of viewers throughout North America.

The streaming giant’s standard plan — which offers HD streaming on up to two different devices simultaneously — will now cost $15.49 in the United States, up from the previous monthly price of $13.99.

Netflix’s U.S. premium plan — which provides up to four Ultra HD streams at the same time — is now $19.99, which represents a $2 increase from the previous cost of $17.99 per month. The streamer’s basic plan in the country is also going up $1, now costing households $9.99 monthly.

According to the Netflix website, “these prices apply to new members and will gradually take effect for all current members. Current members will receive an email notification 30 days before their price changes, unless they change their plan.”

Explaining the update, a Netflix spokesperson told PEOPLE Friday: “We understand people have more entertainment choices than ever and we’re committed to delivering an even better experience for our members.”

“We’re updating our prices so that we can continue to offer a wide variety of quality entertainment options. As always we offer a range of plans so members can pick a price that works for their budget.”

[From People]

Netflix hasn’t informed me yet that my rates will increase for the standard plan. I searched through my email and noticed that they increased rates in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020. This is somewhat understandable given all the content they have. A dollar per month per year doesn’t sound like a huge increase, but these incremental changes add up, especially when they’re hiking prices every year.

Also there are so many streaming services now it’s crazy! I will always keep Netflix as it’s a staple, and I won’t get rid of Amazon as I rely on Prime shipping. I also pay for Discovery Plus, Hulu, Disney Plus and AMC Plus. I use family accounts for HBO Max, Starz and Showtime. Recently I canceled my Apple + subscription because my free trial was up and there’s nothing I want to see until Ted Lasso comes back. (I really wanted to see Swan Song, and I watched that, but it was just super sad.) I still have cable because I need access to awards shows and because it’s bundled with Internet in my area. It’s great to have choices, but I wish it was easier to figure out what to watch. I just end up watching YouTube and TikTok half the time anyway.

Still from Cobra Kai

Still from Stay Close

Still from The Witcher

Photos are of the top 5 shows on Netflix now, Cheer, Cobra Kai, Stay Close, The Witcher and Emily in Paris. Courtesy: Netflix

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  1. Wiglet Watcher says:

    Netflix barely has anything I watch anymore. It’s white noise during any home based task.
    During the pandemic lockdown? Sure. It was needed. Now? There’s too much stuff and cheaper competition. I might cancel mine.
    And I had it long enough that I’ve pay my mom out of my allowance to get the dvds delivered to the house.

    • AlpineWitch says:

      I just gifted 2 months of premium to my husband and it’ll be enough to catch up with everything we wanted to watch on Netflix.

      We plan to go out more once the season changes and having Disney+ and Prime will suffice. Netflix has become way too expensive.

  2. Scorpion says:

    I cancelled my subscription back in 2019. Plus, there are sights showing all the movies and shows free of charge 😂😂😂

  3. Orangeowl says:

    I watch HBO Max way more than anything these days. I also have Prime and Netflix and PBS and a free trial year of Apple TV that I will also dump since there is so little of interest on there. Not sure if I can break the Netflix habit, and I know my college student son would not appreciate it if I did.

  4. Lucille says:

    At least Netflix in the US has a good catalogue. Netflix is crappy where I live. I only have it because I share the account with several family members. Disney+ offers more bang for my buck at 7€ and a plathora of great shows.

  5. TeamAwesome says:

    My price increased but I didn’t receive any notification. We also dropped Apple as I got it for Prince Harry and stayed for Ted Lasso, although I wish I had kept it a month longer for Macbeth. Prime is a must, as are Britbox and Acorn for me, but sometimes I side eye Netflix because we too usually just watch you tube.

  6. Sofia says:

    Not from the US but I have Netflix because it was included in my cable plan. Also have Prime for the shipping. I only pay for Disney+ when there’s Marvel shows because there’s not much else for me. Everything else like HBOMax isn’t available where I live.

  7. Jessica says:

    Yeah, I’ve had Netflix since the DVD days. Currently my bf’s mom pays for a family Netflix account, my bf pays for HBO Max and Amazon (cause he has a prime account), I pay for the Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+ bundle. I have a friend’s log- in for discovery+, and we just ended a year trial of Apple TV. Perhaps the worst is Starz, my bf got 3 months for like $5 or something, but there’s nothing calling to us on it. I much preferred it when there was just Netflix and not a million services you needed to buy.

  8. RavenA206 says:

    I think Netflix is a little too comfortable that they are going to win the Streaming Wars. Once the Last Kingdom and Cobra Kai is over next year, I think I may finally let them go. They are the only service I pay for that has so much of nothing, just nothing to watch. How can you have that much content and it all just…sucks??

  9. Jess says:

    Dang, that’s expensive. I’ve had Netflix ever since the dvd days but I watch Hulu and HBO max a lot more than Netflix. I think it’s time to reevaluate whether it’s actually worth it.

  10. Millennial+as says:

    We “killed” cable to save money but somehow we’ve recreated it but an arguably even worse version.

  11. Shadowonfilm says:

    We cut off Netflix last year because we just weren’t watching it. I was another one of those who had it since the DVD days. With this price increase, there’s just not a compelling reason to go back. We don’t miss it.

  12. Chad says:

    Cancelled. As a 45 year old who does not watch teen/kiddy soaps there is very little content on there to justify the price hike. I have struggled to find anything decent in a while, they had a few documentaries and a handful interesting shows with good acting, but it is mostly trash. So many of these services rely on reality shows, makeover shows, or teen soaps. They totally disregard adults with brains.

  13. Chantal says:

    Another price increase yet they continue to cancel their popular shows to launch new horrible ones. I’ve also had them since the dvd days. I enjoy the documentaries and comedy specials and old Black sitcoms are my faves but may also reconsider. Hulu also had a recent price increase but I didn’t mind because of their content and it has a good number of various cable channel hubs to watch. The hub content is limited but still… I also have HBO Max (which has a few hubs), Prime and Paramount +. All of these costs are adding up to cable levels and most free apps have commercials (unless you pay extra for none) so the streaming wars are just starting. Netflix is eventually going to have to change their business model bc this one sucks.

  14. Mina_Esq says:

    I go through phases. I’m watching a lot of Disney now (you guys, I forgot how good 24 was!), but I did a solid two months of HBO and Showtime because I watched Dexter (both old and new) and Succession. I will never cancel Netflix because it was there for us when we needed it during the pandemic lol But for real, I like that they have been adding movies from the early 2000’s and late 90’s. It’s making me nostalgic! It’s getting pricey, but until my life is back to normal I don’t see myself cancelling any services. Oh and I keep cable for the news and Colbert. Meh!

  15. MsIam says:

    I watch way more YouTube than my streaming. I never watch Apple TV or Hulu so I’m thinking I should cancel. We got YouTube TV so my husband can watch his sports but I’ve probably watched it a handful of times, mainly just to watch something on network TV like the Harry/Meghan/Oprah special. I’ll probably keep Netflix but a lot of times I end up watching Prime more.

  16. TeamMeg says:

    I take turns with subscription services and refuse to pay for more than two at a time. There’s only so much content I can consume in a month, after all! So far, there’s no penalty for unsubscribing and resubscribing within a short length of time, or multiple times, but I can see that changing at some point, unfortunately. (Hope I’m wrong!)

  17. Sigmund says:

    We cancelled after the last price hike. If there’s something we want to watch on a streaming service, we subscribe for a month or two, watch, and then unsubscribe. Netflix especially just didn’t have enough that kept our interest to constantly subscribe anymore.

  18. The+Recluse says:

    We have YouTube TV instead of basic cable, which we view on our Samsung internet ready TVs. It’s cheaper than cable or Direct TV. You just need good wifi and a wifi ready TV. What’s interesting is that Samsung TVs come with built in channels, like basic, basic cable and they have NBC 24 hour news and ABC too. More importantly they have Shout TV, which is eclectic and frequently fun to watch.
    My mom has amazon prime access and I have shelled out for Netflix, Disney + and Discovery (love my ghost shows).

  19. Cate's+Mom says:

    Netflix is awesome, Bridgerton, Squid Games, Narcos, The Queens Gambit, Ozark just to name a few

  20. PeaPod says:

    Not judging anyone but since the pandemic and a bunch of things happening in my life, I’ve become really aware of what goes into my subconscious. Our visual sense gives externals a lot of power over programming our subconscious. I think we create our reality and co-create our civilisation’s collective reality with our thoughts and feelings. I never binge watched anything before anyway and now I don’t watch movies anymore, really, unless it’s positive, uplifting stuff. (I will make an exception for something like Dune.) Even serious dramas are no good for me. Also I avoid video/TV advertising; it’s largely based on fear to get you to spend.

    The free time I now have (and extra budget for leisure activities) goes right into guided meditations, quiet contemplation, and reading. It’s been really good for me.