Netflix will raise the price of its ad-free streaming service once the actors’ strike ends, reports Wall Street Journal.
Thank you Joe Biden!
Netflix plans to raise the price of its ad-free service months after Hollywood actors’ ongoing strike ended, the latest in a series of recent price increases by the country’s biggest streaming platforms.
The streaming service plans to raise prices in several markets globally, but it will likely start with the United States and Canada, according to people familiar with the matter. It was not possible to know how much Netflix will increase its prices or when exactly the new prices will take effect. Netflix declined to comment.
Netflix and I got along very well for a dozen years. The monthly subscription fees were reasonable and it wasn’t all gay. Then one day I found out I was paying $16 a month and it was all gay. Goodbye, Netflix.
Currently, Netflix charges you $6.99 per month for programming with ads. Why anyone would pay to watch shows with ads is beyond me. Haven’t you heard of Pluto, FreeVee or Tubi? These streamers have more content than you could ever hope to watch… for free. Yes, there are ads, but it’s free.
Then there’s the $15.49 Netflix plan, where you get access to everything ad-free.
The premium Netflix plan currently costs $19.99 per month, which lets you share passwords with a few people outside the home.
With Netflix, it got to the point where I was paying $16 a month to endlessly surf the Netflix menu looking for something to watch. But then, every time I found something interesting, there was either a guy in a dress or two guys kissing. Enough was enough. I now spend that $16 a month stocking up on Blu-ray copies of The green berets.
To be fair, Netflix is one of the few streamers making money. It helps when you’re the Jell-O and Kleenex of streaming services – when your brand is synonymous with the product and shorthand for the product: Yeah, I have Disney+ Netflix. If you’re streaming, you start with Netflix and then check out the rest.
In my efforts to continue to be fair, Netflix isn’t the only streamer raising prices. The Wall Street Journal has a table with every streamer listed and, with the exception of Amazon Prime and Paramount Plus, the prices are getting higher and higher. They lure you in cheap and then bleed you dry.
All I’m saying is this… before you spend all that money on a streaming service run by people who hate you, take a look at free streamers like the ones mentioned above. There is so much free streaming TV out there that I can barely think about it. With the exception of the latest seasons of brand new shows, you can now get for free what you paid $175 a month to your cable TV provider.
The only streaming service I pay for is Amazon Prime, but I don’t subscribe to Amazon for its miserable streaming service. I subscribe to benefit from free delivery on all these Green beret Blu-ray.
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