Netflix currently has over 50 million subscribers in the U.S. and it continues to be the most popular of the premium streaming services. However, new competitors, especially Disney Plus, are nipping at Netflix’s heels for their share of the already crowded streaming pie, and the streaming wars are getting even more aggressive as more folks turn to these services for something to do amid the coronavirus epidemic. Many of the alternative services also cost less than all three of the Netflix price plans.
Netflix plans and pricing
Netflix plans are designed to cover not just the number of people that can share your account, but your video streaming quality as well. So how much does each of the Netflix plans cost, and what exactly are your membership options in 2020? Let’s jump right in.
What you get: With a Basic Netflix plan, you really do just get the basics. It’s perfect for a casual media consumer who lives alone though. The $9 price tag gets you access to the streaming service on one screen, in regular definition — no HD.
What you get: A Standard Netflix plan is perfect for couples who might want to be watching TV simultaneously in different rooms. You get access to the streaming service on up to two screens, and in HD, if you choose.
What you get: Premium Netflix gets you everything available with a Standard Netflix plan, but you can stream on up to four screens simultaneously, and also have the option of watching your favorite shows and movies in HD or even 4K. Perfect for a family or serious cinephile wanting the very best image quality.
What you get: Yes, Netflix still mails out DVD rentals, if you want such a service — though only in the U.S. Believe it or not, you might want it! Unlike the streaming site, Netflix’s rental service isn’t as hampered by rights and agreements with its disk offerings. You get a lot of choices, including some rare and hard-to-find titles that aren’t available to stream. The base rate of $4.99 gets you one disk at a time, with a maximum of two disks per month. You create a list of films you want to see, in whatever order you choose, and Netflix mails the first available title on your list, along with return postage. You can hold onto the one title for a day or six months or indefinitely, but you won’t get another disk until you return it. If you want to get Blu-rays, or have the option of two disks at a time or unlimited monthly rentals, you might pay as much as $14.99 per month
That’s a look at the current Netflix plans. What do you think of the current Netflix price? Too much or just right?