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Look Forward to a Price Hike, Netflix Newbies

Look Forward to a Price Hike, Netflix Newbies

Depending on what country you live in, Netflix is planning a rate hike of $1 to $2, according to the movie rental service in a letter to shareholders.

Without providing specifics, Netflix says that the change would affect new customers sometime this quarter, upping the price of their unlimited streaming service to anywhere between $9 and $10. For comparison, Hulu is $8 a month in the U.S. while Amazon Prime is $75 a year, which breaks down to $6.25, although they’ve announced a price increase for 2014 as well.

This comes as Netflix is throwing more and more of its weight (and money) into original programming (where else are you going to watch the second season of Orange is the New Black? Huh?), while they’re looking down the barrel of Internet service provider mergers which could see them potentially having to fork out more money for access to the healthy amount of bandwidth online streaming eats up.

What about current Netflix subscribers? The letter hints at an increase somewhere on the horizon, but that current prices will remain the same for “a generous time period.” My guess: once Amazon’s new rate for Prime starts rolling out, we can expect Netflix to quietly follow suit.



  1. Brett says:

    Prime WAS $79, not $75, so this is wrong on both accounts. It was officially changed to $99 last month.

  2. Phil says:

    I know exactly where you can watch ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK without having to pay Netflix. Otherwise, I think Netflix is still a viable service. They should throw all that money and weight around to get the complete series of THE FALL GUY.

  3. BrattyDuke says:

    Prime is $99 a year starting January 2015. They are all STILL cheaper than cable.