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If you hadn't yet heard, Netflix is raising their prices once again, and while I love Netflix and normally find the increases are commiserate with the value, I'm not sure I'll make it through this next round. (read more)
NETFLIX PRICE INCREASE 2019 START DATE - MAY 15, 2019
Netflix is a great company, don't get me wrong. My kids love their shows, I love their shows. I'm actually right in the middle of a Gilmore Girls marathon I pick up each time I am working on a quilt. I don't mind paying for quality programming, not at all, but, when the price point starts to bump $20 after taxes, it might be time to rethink my subscriptions.
If you've read my post about cutting cable, you know that we haven't had cable TV in close to 8 years (or longer). When we cut that expense, we swapped it out for other TV options like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.
We did cancel Amazon Prime a few months ago just to see how that worked out, but, we order from Amazon so often that we picked it up again, even though watching Prime shows (which is included with the service) isn't the place we normally go for entertainment.
To be fair, we do have the highest tier of Netflix service. Since there are four of us, and three of us do generally watch TV shows at night, we have the option that allows four people to watch at once.
There are three other options, and the second one really is in line with the $11.99 price tag Hulu charges for the same service:
That said, when we add together Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix, we're bumping $50 a month when you add in taxes and fees.
I'm not sure that's what we were aiming for when we decided to get rid of our expensive monthly TV bill. Especially when we add in the other digital subscriptions we have, like Kindle Unlimited.
NETFLIX PRICE INCREASE 2019 BY TIER
As you saw in the picture above, the pricing on the three tiers will be as follows come May 15, 2019:
Basic - $8.99 (One screen at a time, standard definition)
Standard - $12.99 (Two screens at a time, high definition where available)
Premium - $15.99 (Four screens at a time, HD and Ultra HD available)
Compared to Amazon Prime at $9.99 a month (if you get the yearly plan and pay for 12 months at once), or Hulu at $11.99 per month, Netflix is looking a little costly.
The question is, is it worth it to you to have their specific shows?
I have a feeling, especially with Disney + starting in November (at a fantastic $6.99 a month price), that question is going to get a lot harder for a lot of people.
Will you be keeping Netflix or moving on? Let us know in the comments.