Netflix hiking prices in Canada
Netflix fans, prepare to loosen your wallets — watching the streaming service in Canada is about to get a little more expensive.
Prices are going up immediately for new members. That means, if you are at all intrigued by those grim trailers for Jason Bateman’s Ozark, you’ll be paying a buck or two more.
Netflix’s standard plan — which allows you to watch on two screens at a time, offers HD and allows you to download videos on two phones or tablets — will now cost $10.99 a month.
The basic plan, which is non-HD and only allows you to watch on one screen at a time, will be $8.99 a month.
Subscribers on the premium plan will have to fork over $13.99 monthly (a $2 price hike) for the privilege of being able to stream in Ultra HD and watch on four screens at a time — so basically no one is leaving the house ever.
“From time to time, Netflix plans and pricing are adjusted as we add more exclusive TV shows and movies, introduce new product features and improve the overall Netflix experience to help members find something great to watch even faster,” the company said in a statement.
Current Canadian Netflix subscribers will see their prices increase in the coming weeks. They will be notified via email.
The last time Netflix upped its prices in Canada was almost two years ago in October, 2015.
“Price increases are unique to each market and Canada’s increase does not influence or indicate a change in any other region,” the company added.
But the company has its rivals, particularly in Canada.
CBS All Access announced earlier this week it will launch north of the border next year. The U.S. streaming platform is known for a roster of exclusive TV series, including the upcoming scifi adventure Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Wife spinoff The Good Fight.
Bell Media’s CraveTV airs Showtime TV shows, including Twin Peaks and Ray Donovan, and some titles from the U.S. streaming site Hulu, while Amazon Prime Video has the rights to Starz’ American Gods and the upcoming revival of The Tick. Netflix has been a big player in the streaming game with its burgeoning slate of original movies and series, including House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and a slew of Marvel shows. This year it released War Machine with Brad Pitt and next Friday it will debut Marvel’s The Defenders.
The company will also debut several films at the Toronto International Film Festival next month including Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father.
Other high-profile original content announcements include David Letterman’s new talk show and a western anthology series from the Coen brothers, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
“We are streaming motherf---ers!,” the Coen brothers said in a statement after Netflix announced the acquisition.