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How much does Netflix cost? Plans, pricing, and alternatives
Despite tons of c0mpetition, Netflix remains the biggest single premiere streaming service in the world, with over 200 million subscribers worldwide, and over 60 million just in the US. However, it’s also true that Netflix commands a higher price than other services with similar features. So how much does Netflix cost at the moment?
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Here’s a quick breakdown of the current Netflix streaming plans and prices, along with suggestions of which plan might be right for you. We will also talk about the company’s DVD and Blu-ray disc borrowing plans (yes, they still exist), along with some alternative services that might suit you better. You can sign up for the service at the link below:
Netflix Cost: How much is Netflix a month in 2022?
In the United States, Netflix offers three streaming plans, all with different features. Each plan has a different number of concurrent streams allowed, and each also has a different video resolution limit.
$9.99 a month
$15.49 a month
$19.99 a month
Number of concurrent streams
Number of mobile devices for downloads
Netflix Cost: What subscription is right for you?
Now that you know which plans are available, which one is right for your needs?
Basic plan: Good for budget seekers, individuals, or low-end internet users
At $9.99 a month, the Basic internet plan is great for people who want to access Netflix for the lowest amount of money. It’s also perfect for people who don’t want to share their account with others as it only supports one concurrent stream at a time. Finally, the Basic plan only streamed up to SD (480p) video resolution, which is good for people who are streaming with a limited amount of internet access, or users who might have a hard data cap per month.
Standard plan: Good for the average user
The $15.49 a month Standard plan, as the name suggests, is great for the average streamer. You get two concurrent streams at once with the plan, which lets you watch one movie while your significant other can watch another in a different part of the house. You also get a boost to HD (1080p) video resolution which is where the majority of Netflix movies and TV shows are set.
Premium plan: Good for families and for high-end TVs
The most expensive Netflix subscription is the Premium plan at a whopping $19.99 a month. This plan is great for larger families with up to four concurrent streams at once supported. It’s also great for people who want to watch shows and films at 4K video resolution. Most currently Netflix exclusive series and movies support 4K, so if you have a big screen TV with 4K support, this plan is for you. Finally, the plan is good for people who have faster internet connections with no data caps.
Read more: How to switch your Netflix plan
What about this mobile device-0nly Netflix plan?
A few countries, including India, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa, do have a way to access Netflix for an even cheaper price. Subscribers can access the service on just one smartphone or tablet, at SD video resolution. The price for this plan in India is just ₹199 (about $2.61) a month, and the African nations can get it for $3.99 a month. Netflix has so far not expanded this plan to the US or most of its other territories.
Netflix cost: Password sharing
In 2022, Netflix announced it was testing a new paid service. It would allow its customers to share their accounts with users outside of their own family household. This new charge is being tested currently in Chile, Costa Rica, and Peru, with subscribers of their Standard and Premium plans allowed to add up to two additional users not in their household on their account for the price of around $2 to $3 a month, depending on the territory. There’s no word on when, or even if, this new charge will expand to the US and other parts of the world.
Get Netflix for free
While Netflix has done away with its generous 30-day free trial in the US and other parts of the world, you might be able to access the service for no additional cost. The easiest ways is to have a family member in your household give you access to their account. Also, certain wireless carriers also offer a Netflix subscription if you sign up for one of their mobile device data plans.
Read also: How to get Netflix for free
Netflix Cost: DVD and Blu-ray plans
Before it became the massive streaming service and content provider it is now, Netflix began as a way to get an unlimited number of DVDs, and later Blu-Rays, for a monthly fee. Despite its streaming business becoming its main source of revenue, Netflix still maintains its disc subscription plans in the US.
Unlike the streaming site, Netflix’s disc rental service (which it operates at DVD.Netflix.com) has nearly every new, and a ton of older, movie and TV discs you can access. Most are not available on Netflix’s streaming service, and many can’t be accessed on any streaming service at all. All you have to do is go to the Netflix DVD site and create a list of films you want to see. Netflix then mails the first available title on your list, along with a return envelope with prepaid postage. You can hold onto that disc for as long as you have a paid subscription, but you won’t get another disc on your list until you return it.
For the price of $9.99 a month, you can get one DVD disk at a time, There’s also a more expensive plan for $14.99 which lets you get two discs in the mail at one time, again with an unlimited number of disks you can borrow. You can also get the higher-end Blu-ray discs with this plan.
Read more: Best movies on Netflix
Netflix Cost: Streaming alternatives
If Netflix’s higher prices and its content of streaming titles doesn’t fit your needs, here are a few more streaming services you can check out. With no exceptions, all of them are cheaper than Netflix’ Standard $15.49 plan:
Amazon Prime Video – Best for users who want more than just streaming video
Amazon Prime Video has an excellent selection of library movies and TV shows to stream, along with a growing list of great original films and TV series. Best of all, the price of an Amazon Prime subscription, at $14.99 a month, is not only less than a Netflix Standard plan, but also offers a ton of other features besides just streaming video..
- Price includes more Amazon Prime features, like free two-day shipping, free access to lots of eBooks and music, and more
- Membership includes 4K videos for supported titles
- You can get an annual subscription for $139 to save even more money.
Disney Plus-Hulu-ESPN Plus bundle – Three streaming services for the price of one
Disney Plus has lots of great classic and more modern content from the House of the Mouse, including all the Star Wars and Pixar movies, most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films and more. The Disney Plus-Hulu-ESPN Plus bundle combines two more great streaming services for different audiences for a price that’s much lower than a Netflix Standard plan.
- At $13.99 a month, this bundle has three services compared to the $15.49 a month price of Netflix Standard.
- You can stream up to 4K video on all these services.
- Disney Plus plans to offer an ad-supported service for an even cheaper price later this year.
HBO Max – Great selection of classic and current films and TV shows
HBO Max was a bit slow out of the gate when it launched in 2020, but it has proven itself to be an excellent streaming service. It’s especially great for people who love older movies as it has access to tons of classic films from Casablanca to 2001 and many more. It also has a growing number of exclusive films and shows.
- Its price of $14.99 a month is, yes, cheaper than Netflix standard, and you get get the service with ads for $9.99 a month.
- The $14.99 a month subscription includes 4K video support.
- Its library of titles, including new Warner Bros films that are released 45 days after they hit theaters is impressive.
Netflix Cost: FAQ
Yes. The Basic plan just supports one concurrent stream at a time, and one device for download. The Standard plan increases those numbers to two for both, and the Premium plan doubles those numbers up again to four.
Not any more. While Netflix did offer those kinds of plans many years ago, it has decided to separate its streaming and disks plans.
The service raised its prices in early 2022, and we don’t anticipate it will do so again for at least another year, if not longer.
Right now, the service has not indicated any plans to offer an ad-based plan for a lower price, although we know many people believe it should.