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Netflix UK pricing raised by as much as 20 per cent

by Mark Tyson on 31 May 2019, 11:11

Tags: Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Netflix

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There has been a double barrelled blast of bad news for digital consumers here in the UK. Internet age titans Netflix and Amazon are both changing things up in their own favour. Firstly, Netflix is increasing the prices of two of the three plans it offers. Secondly, Amazon is adjusting the customer-friendly system where you didn't pay until a pre-order game shipped.

Netflix price hike

Netflix has three price plans here in the UK; the basic, standard and premium plans. All have the same content but the viewable quality and simultaneous screens you can watch it on vary. Starting immediately the price plans have been adjusted as shown below.

According to The Guardian, Netflix hadn't raised priced in the UK since 2017, and it needs the greater income as it seeks to invest in more programmes ahead of the arrival of Disney's streaming services.

Netflix says that existing subscribers (said to be 10 million strong in the UK) will be moved onto the new plans "over the coming weeks". New customers will pay the new prices immediately if they don't have a free trial month available. Considering pricing in other countries around the world, Netflix recently raised prices in the US and it is expected to raise them throughout Western Europe now.

Amazon games pre-orders

Amazon is a very popular online retailer for gamers, and gained a particular reputation as a great choice for pre-ordering the latest titles. The firm would accept your games pre-order but customers were only charged once the game shipped, at the price offered or lower if the game was cheaper at release (pre-order guarantee). However, people would (apparently) pre-order games from Amazon to gain pre-order bonuses, and sometimes cancel the order just ahead of release.

Now, according to VG247, Amazon has made some important changes to its T&Cs with regard to games pre-orders. The new conditions of sale include what you might call a '5-day rule', and thus "Orders whose shipping dates are set five or more days after the order was made – such as in many cases of video game pre-orders – will be charged five days after placing the order under the new guidelines."

Amazon hasn't provided any explanation behind its policy change.

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Some good programmes however I am not paying that every month so wil sign up for a month here and there and watch what I want to
Already on the plan that's best for me - none. :)
Seems like the UK has had it pretty good with regard to Netflix pricing. Here in Denmark we've been paying DKK 79, DKK 99 and DKK 129 for the respective plans for some years. In GBP that's about 9.30, 11.70 and 15.25, respectively. And we may even get less content, although I'm not 100% sure this is still true.
I can't believe there are still people who pre-order games.
Already on the plan thats best for me - none. :)

I never found enough content there to justify the bother of signing up. I signed up to Amazon Prime for other reasons, but it included access to Prime Video, and I found that their Video service would not have been worth the bother by itself.