Netflix Jacks Monthly Membership Fee

If you’ve been sitting on your duff and dithering over whether or not to get Netflix, you've got some bad news in store: the streaming video service just raised its prices from $7.99 per month to $8.99 per month. This increases the yearly cost of Netflix from $95.88 to $107.88, and makes it more expensive than Hulu Plus ($95.88 per year) and Amazon Prime Instant Video ($99 per year), its nearest competitors.

The Netflix price increase is not all doom and gloom, however. The $8.99 price only applies for new subscribers, meaning that if you're a current Netflix subscriber — even if you only started using it yesterday — your current rate is guaranteed for the next two years. After that, Netflix will probably increase it, but may still offer other incentives for longtime members.

MORE: 5 Cheaper Netflix Alternatives

Netflix has already increased its prices elsewhere in the world without too much of a shakeup. Last month, the streaming service raised its prices for Irish subscribers from €6.99 ($9.63) to €7.99 ($11.01) without a marked drop in subscribers or increase in profits.

There’s no clear indication as to why Netflix is increasing its prices, but aside from simple profit, the company may also be dealing with ramifications from its Comcast deal. The cable company Comcast had been throttling Netflix and giving users a subpar experience until it strong-armed Netflix into a deal. While the specifics of the deal are known only to Comcast and Netflix, chances are Netflix had to pay a pretty penny to keep its service running at a reasonable rate for Comcast users.

While this price increase may cause some grumbling among Netflix users, it’s unlikely that many current subscribers will drop the service, given that they won’t have to pay an extra cent for the next two years. Whether new subscribers are willing to stomach $8.99 per month, however, is something that videophiles — and Netflix — will be very eager to learn.

Follow Marshall Honorof @marshallhonorofand on Google+. Follow us @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.

Netflix vs. Amazon Prime Instant Video: Face-Off

Top 10 Online Streaming Video Services

Best Roku Channels 2014

This thread is closed for comments
    Your comment
  • If I used the service I would not mind, if in return it offered me something more as a long time customer.

    A few weeks ago a next door neighbor ordered there broadband service, and got for the same price I pay a 50 Mbps
    I have 30Mbps, and Virgin media say my speed will be upgraded to 50 Mbps in 2015.

    To be honest that`s a bit of a snub, using there service for 10 years plus for broadband. There is not such thing as customer loyalty or valued. Gone fishing ! as I like to say.
  • I dont know how the headlines for articles are devised. I recognize that this is a price increase. I hardly think a one dollar a month rise in price is worthy of "jacks monthly membership fee".
  • Matthew Cacophony
    @xforce_dac It's a 12.5% increase. If anything else increased in price 12.5% people would lose their minds. That's a $20 a month increase on cable, an extra 50cents / gallon on gas.