If you’re a telly addict, you’re probably already a Netflix subscriber. The TV streaming service has become a popular way for a lot of people to keep up-to-date with their favourite shows and films. In fact, you might even have got rid of your TV licence if you don’t watch shows live any more.
But you could start paying more for Netflix soon, as prices for loyal UK subscribers will increase by £1.50 from the end of April. Will this affect you? Let’s find out whether the Netflix price rise will hit you – and what you can do to avoid it.
Putting up the prices
You’ll start paying more if you joined Netflix between 2012 and 2014 and you currently pay £5.99 a month. This is the Standard price tier and means you can watch shows on two screens at the same time and also stream in HD. In 2014, Netflix launched price tiers in the UK and now charges different prices, depending on the service you get.
The Standard tier now costs £7.49 a month for new subscribers, so Netflix is increasing the price for older customers too. You’ll get an email if this price rise affects you and you’ll also see a message when you use the service.
Don’t worry if you joined after 2014 and you currently pay £5.99 a month – you won’t have to pay any more. You’re on the Basic package so you can only stream shows to one screen at once in standard definition.
Can you avoid the rise?
If you don’t want to pay anymore, you can downgrade from the Standard package to the Basic Price tier. This means you’ll keep paying £5.99 a month and you’ll avoid the £1.50 a month price rise.
However, you’ll only be able to watch shows in standard definition rather than HD on the Basic package and you can only watch on one screen at once. That means that if your partner was watching Netflix on the TV upstairs, you couldn’t stream a show at the same time.
You could also switch to a different streaming service, like Amazon Prime Instant Video. The Amazon service offers a 30-day free trial and you can then pay £79 a year to get Instant Video and other Amazon Prime benefits. These include Prime Music – a music streaming service – and the one-day delivery service if you buy goods from Amazon.
However, you can just get the Instant Video service for £5.99 a month without the other Amazon Prime services. You can watch two shows at once with Instant Video and you can even download shows and films to watch offline.
Whether you want Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video really depends on what you want to watch. Instant Video has more recent movie releases so if you’re a film fan, it might be the best option for you. However, Netflix has more high-profile exclusive shows like House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black and Daredevil so if you watch any of these, you might want to stick with the service.