Net­flix hik­ing prices in Canada

Ottawa Sun - - SHOWBIZ - MARK DANIELL

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.

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