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Netflix is Raising Subscription Rates in Canada

Netflix is Raising Subscription Rates in Canada

By Simon Hung

Netflix will be more expensive for Canadians, as the streaming giant is raising their subscription rates by up to $2.00 per month.

This is the third time in the past four years that Netflix has increased their subscription rates, as they previously raised their prices in mid-2017 and late-2018. The new rates take effect immediately for new subscribers, while existing members will be notified before their next billing cycle.

Only Standard and Premium streaming plans are impacted by this year's price hike, as Standard plans now cost $14.99 per month (previously $13.99), while Premium plans now cost $18.99 per month (previously $16.99). Basic plans remain unchanged at $9.99 per month.

Netflix's Standard Plan is their most popular subscription tier, which lets members stream at up to 1080p resolution on two screens simultaneously, while their Premium plan ups the resolution to 4K Ultra HD and doubles the number of simultaneous devices to four screens.

In a statement to The Canadian Press, Netflix claims that rates were adjusted so the company can invest more into original content, stating "Members tell us how much they value variety, and we're updating our prices so that we can continue to invest in more shows and films."

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    • I just got the email about this.

      [QUOTE]Dear Bob,
      We’re writing to let you know about an update to our prices. As a thank you for being a valued Netflix member, nothing is changing for you right now. Your price is staying the same and is guaranteed not to change for one year. In order to continue adding more TV shows and movies, we are increasing our price for new members from $8.99 to $9.99 for the 2 screens at a time plan. [/QUOTE]
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    • Disappointing but not surprising.

      Terrible timing though. This comes a week after their Epix deal expired and they had to get rid of a lot of popular movies in the US.
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    • I'm honestly surprised at $10/month.
      I'd be happy even if it was $20/month just so I wouldn't have to pay those jerks for real cable.
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    • A buck is a buck. It's not that big of a deal. But I don't watch netflix much anymore for some reason. I've thought of cancelling because of that. Crave seems to keep me pretty busy.
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    • BobSagget wrote: I just got the email about this.
      I didn't get an email, even though Netflix has my email address on the account.
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    • Just got an email saying that the price is going to be going up from 8.99/m to 9.99/m (for two screens). If you're already registered the price is going to stay the same for a year before going up. For new customers it's going to be 9.99.
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    • That sucks, but still worth it imo. Their original content is for the most party very good and my wife has been binge watching the crap out of Netflix since being on maternity leave.
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    • Price increase does not apply across the board - some grandfathering going on.
      Log into your account to see how long you are good for.
      For example, mine states: Your plan price is guaranteed through at least May 9, 2016
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    • kcormier wrote: Price increase does not apply across the board - some grandfathering going on.
      Log into your account to see how long you are good for.
      For example, mine states: Your plan price is guaranteed through at least May 9, 2016
      But after that...does it go upto regular price of 9.99 ? (Or is the reg package 11.99?)
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    • Regular package is $9.99 - the $11.99 is a move up to 4K / 4 streams.
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    • But they said people who are paying $8.99 right now are good until October 2016, so surely they won't put the price up more than that for the grandfathered customers paying $7.99 now?
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    • Umm, I think we are saying the same thing.

      I am paying $7.99 a month now. I would assume come May 2016 (at earliest) I would be moved up to $9.99 new regular price.
      They may move it out or plop me into $8.99 - who honestly cares :D

      New subscribers are going to be at $9.99 - being grandfathered has kept me at $7.99 for a "bonus period" - if they want to be move me to $9.99 (the new price) all good or an intermediary price like $8.99 even better...
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    • kcormier wrote: Umm, I think we are saying the same thing
      No, I think you're saying that grandfathered customers paying $7.99 now will move up to $9.99 in May. I'm saying that I think they will move up to $8.99 in May, and then everyone will move up to $9.99 next October. As far as I can tell from published stories, Netflix didn't actually address that point in their press release, and they haven't posted anything officially on their web site yet. Some news stories say one thing, some say the other. Was there anything in the email? (I didn't get it)

      Mod: This thread doesn't belong in the Entertainment forum. We normally discuss internet streaming services in the Computers and Electronics forum, while the Entertainment forum is for discussing content.
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    • 10$ a month for all the content Netflix offers is still a great price.
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    • Feneant wrote: 10$ a month for all the content Netflix offers is still a great price.
      +10000000
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    • Can someone tell me how Crave TV and Shomi are competing for subscribers against Netflix (especially Netflix subscribers who can bypass the region/geo blocking and access the US and other Countries Netflix content that makes their library catalog that much bigger....and the Netflix exclusive movies and shows that they procudce too.)?

      Are they showing different content than Netflix?

      What would make someone choose Crave TV or Shomi over Netflix in Canada?

      I have Crave TV currently...but got it for free for a year as part of the TMN on Bell Fibe TV.
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    • Scorpionsy wrote: Can someone tell me how Crave TV and Shomi are competing for subscribers against Netflix (especially Netflix subscribers who can bypass the region/geo blocking and access the US and other Countries Netflix content that makes their library catalog that much bigger....and the Netflix exclusive movies and shows that they procudce too.)?

      Are they showing different content than Netflix?

      What would make someone choose Crave TV or Shomi over Netflix in Canada?

      I have Crave TV currently...but got it for free for a year as part of the TMN on Bell Fibe TV.
      From the commercials I've seen they seem to have more and newer TV content than Netflix, likely because they have all the streaming rights in Canada.
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    • So expensive... And need to pay extra for dns switching to get good stuff...Netflix is going to be as expensive as cable soon but with no sports!
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    • Evil Baby wrote: From the commercials I've seen they seem to have more and newer TV content than Netflix, likely because they have all the streaming rights in Canada.
      So that means that basically Netflix in Canada is worse in terms of content...unless you know how to use a VPN to remove the geo-block and have access to US and other countries' Netflix contents.
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    • Scorpionsy wrote: Can someone tell me how Crave TV and Shomi are competing for subscribers against Netflix (especially Netflix subscribers who can bypass the region/geo blocking and access the US and other Countries Netflix content that makes their library catalog that much bigger....and the Netflix exclusive movies and shows that they procudce too.)?

      Are they showing different content than Netflix?

      What would make someone choose Crave TV or Shomi over Netflix in Canada?

      I have Crave TV currently...but got it for free for a year as part of the TMN on Bell Fibe TV.
      Crave TV have a really good catalog. Alot of HBO stuff and its cheaper. I thinks its like 4.99 but the catch is you have to be with bell if im not mistaken.

      Pacific, Band Of Brothers, Six Feet Under, Sopranos and so on.

      Netflix(even canada) is still way better imo but I could see consumers choosing this over netflix.
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    • kevindurant1 wrote: Crave TV have a really good catalog. Alot of HBO stuff and its cheaper. I thinks its like 4.99 but the catch is you have to be with bell if im not mistaken.

      Pacific, Band Of Brothers, Six Feet Under, Sopranos and so on.

      Netflix(even canada) is still way better imo but I could see consumers choosing this over netflix.
      Bell announced that starting Jan 1st, 2016 CraveTV is available to all with an internet connection, not just those with Bell: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-o ... e25487893/
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    • Eh, $1 a year hike is more than fair compared to the standard annual fee hikes from Rogers/Bell for their homephone/internet/cable services.
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    • While I love Netflix, they better watch our how much it goes up to. a $1 here and there isn't much, but there will be a breaking point for many when that last dollar will make people say Im out. Not sure what it will be for me, but $10 might actually be my limit. Im at the 7.99 plan still,
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    • I'm still on the $7.99 HD plan, but I have no problem with this. Their original content is great, and they keep bringing out stuff that interests me. I used to use a VPN for US stuff, but I don't even bother with that anymore since the Canadian stuff is pretty good. I've been saying for a while now that they should charge a little bit more for more content.
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    • Get family plan share with 5 familys or friends to pay $3/month profit
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    • well I'd guess what some rfd can do,, split an account 50 / 50 using the family plan... 11.99 / 2 = 6.99 and 6.98
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    • So they still havent adjusted the cad price due to weak dollar?
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    • TheRed wrote: So they still havent adjusted the cad price due to weak dollar?
      we aren't getting american content without dns redirector or vpn so you aren't paying american prices
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    • Netflix might be in for some trouble in the US.
      -Price hike
      -Large drop in subscribers due to US credit cards getting upgraded to chip & pin (new cards --> people forgetting to change their payment info --> subscription lapses)
      -Drop in the number of newer movies due to the Epix deal
      -Hulu upping their game by doing more TV ads, a deal with Epix, and a new ad-free subscription option.
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    • With the price of Netflix increasing to $9.99 a month from $7.99 for those of us who have been with them for the last several years, do you see yourself accepting the increase (paying it), staying at $7.99 but downgrading to standard definition quality (SD), or leaving the service?

      Personally, I am still undecided. The biggest issues that I have are:

      1) The increased fragmentation I am seeing in the content landscape. Rather than work with Netflix on distribution rights/renew existing agreements, networks/content providers are opting to start their own services where their content will exclusively be available. So that takes consumers back to paying for multiple packages just for that one show they want to watch.

      2) There is so much more content available on the US Netflix that if Netflix is ultimately successful in blocking US Netflix from Canadians using proxies, I don't know if there is enough worthwhile content on the Canadian side for me to stay. That and I don't know how much longer I can continue to play this cat and mouse game with my VPN provider.

      http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/business/ne ... -1.3527171
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    • I quite enjoy their original content so I have no problems with the increase.
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    • Netflix has only improved over recent years, and their original content is generally pretty good. And Netflix Canada is starting to get decent movies before any other region. $9.99 a month is a decent deal as far as I'm concerned, so I'll pay it.
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    • toguy wrote: 1) The increased fragmentation I am seeing in the content landscape. Rather than work with Netflix on distribution rights/renew existing agreements, networks/content providers are opting to start their own services where their content will exclusively be available. So that takes consumers back to paying for multiple packages just for that one show they want to watch.
      This is because it is not possible to have, say, 100 new shows and generate a profit for $10 a month.

      Studios like the idea of licensing older titles because even if they only make $0.10 from a view it's more or less free extra income.

      But, newer titles which may have cost $Millions it's hard to accept $0.10 .... especially when the title hasn't made back its production cost.

      Viewers have become used to paying a lower price, but it may not be a profitable price for new content.

      I know people will say, what about HBO (owned by Time Warner), they make a profit. Yes, but how much new content do they make?

      As a consumer, we all want to pay nothing (or close to it). But, it's not realistic. If people want new content it's going to come at a cost.
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    • I'm staying. IMO the price difference between $7.99 and $9.99 is negligible. If it is worth it at $7.99, then it is worth it at $9.99.

      Yes it is a 25% difference, but that 25% is only $2.
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    • I don't use Netflix, but what are the other options for $10 per month that you consider equal?
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    • I'm on the $11.99 plan. If it was going up I'd still continue to pay for it. My children, who are away at university, share it with us. It's a fabulous deal since we can all be streaming from 4 devices at once. Since we don't have cable we don't mind that some of the shows are older. They are all new to us.
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    • I will probably upgrade to the $11.99 plan within 12-18 months, since I will buy a 4K large screen TV in that time frame.

      BTW, I'm curious if a 4K Chromecast will appear during that timeframe.
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    • Still beats paying the cable companies. I'll pay!
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