Netflix price increase receives mixed reception

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Matthew Tamez: Current Netflix prices and plans

Matthew Tamez, Reporter

Netflix prices increased by upwards of eighteen percent in the month of January. The standard plan that offers HD video and streaming from two devices has gone up from $10.99 to $12.99 a month, with the basic plan increasing form $7.99 to $8.99. The Premium plan increased as well, going from $13.99 a month to $15.99 a month

Responses to this situation are  varied amongst users. Some see the increase in price of up to two dollars as trivial, not worth paying much attention to.

“It’s only a dollar more and the price is well worth it,” said Phebe Leach, Student Government Association Library Senator.  “If it were going up even more, then it would be a dilemma.”

Many individuals who use Netflix admit to using their parent’s service or sharing the account with a friend or significant other.

Some individuals see the increase as a deal breaker. Amy Anderson, a student at TAMU-CC, said, “It’s only a couple of bucks. … But I’ll probably cancel my account.”

Some even say that the prices itself aren’t the only reason they would cancel their account, but is instead the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Dr. Michael Sollitto, a faculty member at TAMU-CC, said, “There’s no need for me to keep paying it. I’m no huge TV connoisseur. … I just see no use in paying the extra money right now. There are so many other things that demand our attention. May as well move on from Netflix.”

Sollitto said that one of the reasons he subscribed to the service in the first place was to watch the Netflix original show “Daredevil.” Since its cancellation, along with many other Marvel shows, some are contemplating ending their subscription.

Considering the alternatives that exist, Netflix still remains one of the more affordable streaming services, still cheaper in comparison to HBO Now. Netflix retains a number of shows that viewers enjoy such as “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Friends” and “One Day at a Time.”

Although the price is increasing, there are still more reasons to maintain a subscription than there are to leave it be.