Netflix raises the price of its Standard and Premium tiers

Effective immediately.
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Netflix is hiking the price of two of its most popular plans in South Africa, the Standard and Premium tiers, with immediate effect.

The company said in an e-mailed statement that the price of the Standard plan, which costs R139/month, will be hiked to R159/month – an increase of 14.4%.

Subscribers on the Premium plan, which offers 4K, ultra-high-definition streaming among other benefits, will see an even bigger jump, with the price rising from R169/month to R199/month – an increase of 17.8%.

Netflix said the prices hikes are not related to changes in the value of the rand. Rather, they “reflect improvements to our catalogue of movies and shows and the quality of our service — and, most importantly, so that we can continue giving our members in South Africa more options and continuously increasing value.”Although the increases are well above inflation – with CPI currently at just over 4%/year – Netflix pointed out that these are the first increases since the service was launched in South Africa in 2016.

The prices for the Basic plan, which costs R99/month, and the Mobile plan, at R49/month, remain unchanged, Netflix said.

Timing
“The increases to the Standard and Premium plans will roll out to existing members over the next several weeks, while the increased prices will apply to new members immediately,” Netflix said.

“Members will be notified through e-mail and will also receive a notification within the app 30 days ahead of their price increase. Timing will be based on the specific member’s billing cycle and will be rolled out over the course of the next few months.”  — © 2021 NewsCentral Media

This article was first published on TechCentral here.

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At least with Netflix we get quality content & I for one don’t mind paying the price increase, unlike the DSTV service though that raises prices and plays full of repeated content.

ugh..by “quality” you refer to progressive themes and diverse casts?

No thank you, what a load of rubbish

@casi_negro: I disagree with your comment. The “quality’ you refer to applies largely to Apple TV+. I tried their free trial period but it’s littered with “quality” which is irritating to the non-woke. Netflix is however way more balanced and streets ahead of DSTV and miles better value for money.

Harry and Megan are producing docs for Netflix…

“quality” is subjective..for some the ANC is good and the EFF is bad…

Hmmm…. I would say its still fair value but they seem to have a problem sustaining a lot of shows. So what you end up getting is a massive amount of series that run for only 1 or 2 seasons. This is frustrating as you invest a lot of time in them only to be left hanging.

They also make a lot of random choices without any explanation, keeping some going while pulling the plug on others.

We find you have to sub to quite a few of the services to get sufficient quality. We currently sub to three, including Showmax, Netflix and Amazon Prime as well as the movie channel Mubi which is excellent value if you enjoy foreign-made and independent films.

@ Gonzo: BritBox has a good offering so far.

When I cannot afford Netflix anymore I will cancel my DSTV compact subs. to make up for it.

Wonder why do they not show the EPL and news on Y O U T U B E?

DSTV is 5 or 7 minutes of program time and then 5 or 7 minutes of advertising time – wait a pain!

At least Netflix it is on demand unlike DSTV which is just a ‘wait-it-out’ service and you cannot choose channels. Then you have so many tiers of DSTV and many channels of garbage.

No thanks, sticking with Netflix and getting rid of DSTV

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