Netflix Plans Price Hike Amidst Post-Strike Reforms  

As the dust settles from the recent SAG-AFTRA actors’ strike, Netflix is preparing to up its prices yet again. The decision is driven by a year of huge changes and subscriber losses in 2022.

Netflix’s Pricing Evolution  

Over the past year, Netflix has taken actions to address its dwindling subscribers. Initiatives like cracking down on password sharing and introducing a more affordable ad-supported plan have marked a shift in the company’s strategy.

Currently, Netflix offers subscribers three primary pricing options: Standard with ads ($6.99/month), Standard ($15.49/month), and Premium ($19.99/month). They’ve even introduced the option to add a “member slot” for $7.99/month to Standard and Premium plans. This is intended for users outside the account owner’s home network.

The Impact of the Price Hike  

Netflix’s decision to increase prices is set to take place after the resolution of the SAG strike. It is likely to ruffle some feathers among its user base. However, history suggests that Netflix is no stranger to facing subscriber backlash when implementing substantial changes.

For instance, the introduction of the anti-password-sharing mechanism initially drew criticism. Yet, it eventually led to subscriber recovery. In this case, it’s plausible that Netflix can navigate the price increase successfully. Viewers eagerly anticipate the return of popular shows like “Stranger Things” and “Wednesday.”

A Trend in the Streaming Industry  

Netflix’s decision to raise prices doesn’t occur in isolation. Over the past year, various streaming services have followed suit. They’ve implemented a 25% price increase for major ad-free services. HBO Max and Disney+ have already made similar moves, increasing their prices by 27%. This industry-wide trend poses a dilemma for streaming subscribers. They must weigh the value against the cost of their favorite platforms.Price hikes are becoming increasingly common. Subscribers can anticipate more tough decisions.


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Ivy Wu

Ivy Wu was a media reporter at btw media. She graduated from Korea University with a major in media and communication, and has rich experience in reporting and news writing.

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