Are Netflix Prices Going Up? Yes.

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If you haven’t heard about it yet, you will soon: Netflix has announced its intention to raise the monthly fee on its video streaming service from $7.99 to as much as $9.99 per month for new members. They’ve already raised rates in Ireland, back in January, and felt the change had “limited impact”.

Prices will eventually go up for existing members too, but Netflix promises a “generous” grace period before rates for existing customers go up. Prices for new subscribers are due to increase by the end of the current quarter (the end of June marks the end of the current quarter), but I just checked the Netflix site and apparently they haven’t gone up yet, because a monthly fee of $7.99 still shows there.

It’s not clear how Netflix will handle fees for new customers who sign up between now and date of the price hike, whether those customers will get the same, “generous” extension of the $7.99 fee or will be subject to a price increase sooner than subscribers of longstanding.

In any event, if you’ve been intending to sign up for Netflix and simply haven’t gotten around to it, now’s your chance to sign up at the lower rate.

 

My Recommendation: Go With Amazon Prime Membership Instead

I kicked the Netflix habit long ago, and I’ve never regretted that decision. I regret it even less as Netflix prices continue to rise.

When I joined Netflix you could get unlimited streaming plus some number of video-on-disc rentals (I don’t recall the exact number) per month for $8.99 a month, or $107.88 a year. Then they split the two services apart and started charging $7.99 a month ($95.88 a year) for streaming alone. I’d never been very happy with the streaming video offerings on Netflix, it seemed like they never had the movie I was looking for, so that’s when I jumped ship and joined Amazon Prime for $79 a year.

The price for Prime membership went up to $99 last year, but I still feel it’s an amazing value for the money—and it still costs less than the current cost of a year’s worth of Netflix. For my Prime fee I get unlimited streaming of all the movies and TV shows in Amazon’s Prime Instant Video catalog, plus free, 2-day shipping on anything I order from Amazon that’s marked as “fulfilled by Amazon”.

The free shipping alone pays for my Prime subscription within the first few months of the year, and while I can’t say I always find the movie I’m looking for in Amazon’s Prime Instant Video catalog, I find them a lot more often than I used to with Netflix. The Prime catalog seems to add past box office hits on a regular basis, it’s got a very large selection of Discovery channel, Nickelodeon and History channel programs, and some great stuff from BBC America, too. The service has been very reliable for me as well, whether I’m watching on my TV or a Kindle Fire.

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And now…

Most brand new television sets are “internet enabled”, meaning that they have internet connectivity capability built right in. But if you have a TV without internet connectivity, you’ll need to attach a streaming box to your TV in order to use a video streaming service like Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video.

The Roku 2 Streaming Player is a great way to go, because it provides that streaming capability along with the ability to hear the audio from your streaming video through headphones that connect to a jack in the remote control. I don’t own this specific model (yet – it’s on my Mother’s Day wish list!), but I’ve owned two other Roku boxes and I’ve been very happy with them. The average review rating on the Roku 2 is 4.5/5 stars, and it’s currently priced at $69.97 on Amazon.

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2 Comments

  1. Comment by Melissa:

    We have a Roku 2 and love it, along with the two older models of Roku we have that are still going strong. I wondered if you had any thoughts on the new Amazon streaming device?