Veeery sneaky, Netflix! In 2017, the video-streaming service made some big changes. Not only is it now possible to have four different profiles on one account, leading to this kind of situation:
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But they’ve also added a thousand hours of "original content" — e.g. Master of None and House of Cards — exclusive shows and films, and they’ve improved the overall Netflix experience for us.
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Nice one, Netflix.
What does this all mean?
For existing Netflix and chillers, the price rise won’t happen right away — you’ll be emailed about it from October 19th, and then it’ll be another month until the change actually happens. So don't panic for now.
Basically, the standard package, which costs $9.99 per month — the one you automatically go onto once you forget to cancel your free trial (yeah, us too) — is going up to $10.99.
And the fancy premium package ($11.99), which lets you watch in ultra high definition is going up to $13.99 a month.
However, there’s a little loophole which means that Netflix need not cost any more than absolutely necessary.
So, how do you avoid the Netflix price increase?
There’s a third option to switch over to in all this madness, as there’s also a basic package that our friends at Netflix don’t make such a sing and dance about. This one's only $7.99, and it will not be subject to the price increases.
The small print: You’ll only have standard definition, and no one can watch from your account at the same time as you.
How do I change my Netflix subscription to the basic package?
Go into your account settings, and the section that says "Change Plan," and you’ll see three different subscription options.
Click the "1 Screen" plan for the basic package. The only catch is if your friend, brother, or cat tries to watch on your account from a different device at the same time as you, there’ll be an error message.
Not too shabby.
This post was written by Millie Hurst. For more, check out our sister site heatworld.