If you’re anything like me, you’re slowly abandoning regular television and cable channels in favor of the almighty Netflix. They’ve already proven with series such as Daredevil, House of Cards and Sense8 that they can create adult programming that not only has viewers raving, but has critics impressed as well. Let’s face it – Netflix is kicking some serious ass right now. The best thing is, they’re just getting started. Unfortunately, with great power of programming comes… price increases. Yup, you can expect your bill to increase sometime in the coming years. Scroll on to find out the ins-and-outs of the change.
The current charge for a monthly pass to all the goodness that Netflix has to offer runs as follows:
$7.99 for a single screen, no HD
$8.99 for two screens at a time and HD
$11.99 for up to four screens at a time and HD
All-in-all, this is pretty damned cheap. Much better than your typical, obscenely over-priced cable package. Sure, you may not be able to watch new episodes of Game of Thrones or Flash or Arrow, but that’s what The Pirate Bay is for, right?
(***Note: Nerd Bastards in no way promotes illegally downloading copyrighted content! Please return to your seats and remain calm.***)
But seriously, cable companies have been gouging us for decades. They’re on the way out and services such as Netflix are going to be seizing major portions of the market share. Being able to watch something whenever you want, as many times as you want is what the YouTube generation wants. And being able to see an entire season in one sitting is a bonus that cinches the deal for us marathon viewers. Cable companies and standard networks are a just a few years away from becoming obsolete and Netflix’s increase in price is to be expected.
There’s no need to immediately panic and check your bank account, however. The price increase isn’t something that’s going to smack you in the back of your head when you’re not looking. In fact, according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, it may take so long to change that you might not even really notice it:
“We want to take it very slow. Over the next decade I think we’ll be able to add more content and have more value and then price that appropriately.”
A more important question, perhaps, is whether or not Netflix will begin bombarding us with advertisements in addition to charging a monthly fee. While a commercial here and there would be fine enough, being interrupted every 12-to-15 minutes might destroy one of the best features of the service. Then again, they can always charge just a little bit more if you want the adverts removed…
What say the Nerd Readers? Are you okay with Netflix charging more as they beef up their collection of movies and original content? Or do you think that the network stations and cable companies will continue to rule the future of programming?