Netflix price increase announced for Irish users
The online movie-streaming service Netflix has announced a series of price rises and new limitations on how subscribers can use the service.
Netflix, which has an estimated 175,000 Irish Irish customers, is raising the price of its existing service to €9 per month, up from €8 per month.
The company is also introducing a new budget €8 per month service without high definition streaming and which is limited to a single viewing ‘stream’. The price rises only affect new customers, with existing customers keeping their current price tariffs until early 2016.
The company is trying to limit the effects of account-sharing. Its new basic package, expected to be the most widely used, only allows one stream at a time. If you want to be able to watch two shows or movies at the same time -- which is common in a household these days -- it will cost €9 per month. And for big families or those who want to share more, there’s a €12 per month option that allows four simultaneous streams.
The service stipulates that all price plans are limited to six authorised devices. This is to stop one account being used by dozens -- or perhaps hundreds -- of people.
The company says that it is doing this to help fund new content on the service, including its own original series. This year, Netflix has aired several own-made programmes, including House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black.
HOW IT AFFECTS NEW CUSTOMERS FROM TODAY
€8 per month tariff: Non-HD quality, limited to one stream at a time
€9 per month tariff: HD, two simultaneous streams allowed
€12 per month tariff: HD, four simultaneous streams allowed
HOW IT AFFECTS EXISTING CUSTOMERS
1. Existing €7 subscribers (those who subscribed before January 2014): no price rise or changes in quality or number of streams until January 2016, when it rises to €9 per month for the same service.
2. Existing €8 subscriber (those who subscribed between January and May 9th 2014): no price rise or changes in quality or number of streams until January 2016, when it rises to €9 per month for the same service.
3. Lapsed subscribers: If you recently cancelled your subscription but are still registered, you will have to pay the new, higher tariff rates upon restarting your monthly payments.