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Netflix prices are going up today: Here’s what U.S. subscribers can expect

Netflix is raising its prices again, and it can probably get away with it.

Netflix prices are going up today: Here’s what U.S. subscribers can expect
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Netflix has announced its second price hike in two years. Here’s the new pricing, as first reported by The Verge:

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  • Standard (two screens at a time, HD video): Was $12.99 per month, now $13.99 per month
  • Premium (four screens, 4K HDR video): Was $15.99 per month, now $17.99 per month
  • Basic (one screen, SD video): Unchanged at $8.99 per month

The last time Netflix raised prices was in May 2019, when its standard and premium plans increased by $2 per month, and its basic plan increased by $1 per month. An earlier price hike came in 2017, when Netflix’s standard and premium plans jumped by $1 per month and $2 per month, respectively.

Netflix had hinted at a price hike earlier this month. In an earnings call, COO and chief product officer Greg Peters said that asking customers to pay more allows the company to “keep that virtuous cycle of investment and value creation going,” though the company also relies on debt financing to keep the content flowing.

While the optics of hiking prices during the pandemic aren’t great, Netflix can probably get away with it given the size of its catalog. A recent report by Reelgood found that only Amazon Prime Video has a larger selection of movies and TV shows, and that Netflix’s number of high-quality shows (as measured by IMDb ratings) is much greater. Upstarts such as Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, and HBO Max don’t come anywhere close.