Streaming giant Netflix is upping its prices again, and people are far from happy...
Netflix's prices have hiked once again...
via: ShutterstockAnd of course, it's ruffled some feathers!
Because let's be honest, we all love a good binge-watch.Sitting back, relaxing, and hitting play on your favorite show is the best way to wind down.
It's basically the perfect way to spend the weekend.Why go out and socialize when you can sit and watch TV all day?
When Netflix came on the scene, it was the answer to all our binge-watching prayers.
via: ShutterstockOffering a whole host of original releases, movies, TV shows, and documentaries... it's heaven for every television fanatic out there.
The streaming giant was founded in 1998.
via: ShutterstockThe streaming platform was once a DVD rental service, founded in the late nineties, and available exclusively in the U.S.
Subscribers could have unlimited DVDs sent to their door.
via: ShutterstockThe company was the main rival to Blockbuster, a major chain that was the pinnacle of ’90s and early ’00s childhoods and allowed you to rent films, games, and TV box sets.
But, in 2007, Netflix moved towards the feature that it is best-known for... streaming.
via: ShutterstockAt the time, many outlets were moving away from traditional DVDs, so it’s no surprise that Netflix chose to keep with the times.
In the years that followed, its audience expanded, and, in 2012, the service went global.
via: ShutterstockAt first, you could only access Netflix here in the U.S., but, as of 2012, the company expanded its horizons to Canada, the Caribbean, and across the Atlantic to the U.K.
And, in 2013, it began curating its own original content.Netflix began launching its own content 6 years ago, starting with political drama, House of Cards, which has gone on to have 6 seasons.
The streaming giant has since rolled out many of our favorite shows.
via: imdbClosely following House of Cards was Orange Is The New Black, which just aired its seventh and final season, and is one of the platform’s biggest success stories.
It was certainly responsible for an influx of new subscribers.Many people signed up to the platform to watch the hit show, which follows Piper Chapman as she is sentenced to spend time in a minimum-security women’s prison in Connecticut for transporting drug money 10 years earlier.
In more recent years, Netflix has been responsible for several other major hits.
via: imdbShows such as The Crown, Glow, and Grace and Frankie have all attracted huge viewership.
And, of course, we can't forget Stranger Things.The sci-fi show debuted in 2016 and has since become one of the most popular Netflix originals on the platform.
The streaming giant truly has dominated the market.
via: ShutterstockOut of all the streaming services, there's no doubt Netflix is top of the game - with over sixty million paying subscribers in the U.S. alone.
In recent months, however, fans haven't been so happy...For instance, the streaming giant got rid of its free trial. Not to mention all the shows they keep on canceling...
But this week, it seems people have another issue with the streaming giant...And Netflix's latest move has caused quite a stir.
@IGN There losing The Office at the end of the year and they have the gall to raise prices?!— Jason Casey (@Jason Casey)1604011089.0
@IGN It’s because of cuties and everyone dropping their Netflix subscription lmao get destroyed @netflix— Thievin (@Thievin)1604010889.0
@IGN Bout to drop it... my least watched service by a lonnnnnggggg shot— Matt Jones (@Matt Jones)1604011966.0
@IGN They have the nerve to keep bumping the price and STILL cancelling every show? Sus.— lola stone’s paper crown (@lola stone’s paper crown)1604010913.0
@IGN Lose tons of content, cancel shows, raise prices. Great strategy— Gregrick (@Gregrick)1604016747.0
@IGN Smh Netflix this is ridiculous some you’re raising the price while continuing to offer a limited catalog.. pay… https://t.co/pIlk4p5lkz— Dollar Bill (@Dollar Bill)1604056782.0
@IGN Sigh...first they cancel The Dark Crystal, now this shit.— Cloudpunk_Midnight ♏ (@Cloudpunk_Midnight ♏)1604011755.0
@IGN Raising prices AND they’re taking The Office off?!Bye bye 👋 https://t.co/69EquumilA— Cbone Jones (@Cbone Jones)1604027494.0
@IGN Booooo! Whoever is paying for my subscription is gonna be pissed ...— Yi-Long (@Yi-Long)1604010939.0
@IGN Really @netflix? You’re raising prices during a pandemic with so many sick and out of work?— Americana (@Americana)1604014145.0
Depending on your plan, you'd best get ready to fork out more per month to continue binge-watching.For instance, if you stick with the most basic offering - one screen, no HD - your price of $8.99 a month won't be changing.
But, the prices of both its standard and premium plans will be increasing.The standard plan will go up $1 a month from $12.99 to $13.99.
While the premium plan will go from $15.99 to $17.99.As for why this is happening, a Netflix spokesperson explained: "We’re updating our prices so that we can continue to offer more variety of TV shows and films—in addition to our great fall lineup. As always we offer a range of plans so that people can pick a price that works best for their budget."
According to Variety, the changes to billing will come into force on January 7th.
via: ShutterstockFor more on Netflix, scroll on to find out why viewers have a problem with The Haunting of Bly Manor.