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Netflix raises subscription price for 4K streaming

by Mark Tyson on 13 October 2014, 11:35

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Video streaming company Netflix has raised its subscription price for 4K streaming. The company now requires 4K viewers to sign up to its $11.99 'platinum' plan. That's a $3 price hike from the standard HD streaming plan, which was increased from $7.99 to $8.99 earlier this year.

Titles available for streaming in 4K format include 'The Blacklist,' 'Breaking Bad' and 'House of Cards,' along with other upcoming series. The new plan will grant access to the company's fairly limited collection of 4K content, and also allows four separate users to stream video at once via one account.

"We decided to move 4K UHD video into our four-stream plan for new members who sign up and care about the highest-quality video Netflix offers," a Netflix spokesman told Variety. The company also explained that the reason for the change was due to higher costs in producing, acquiring, and distributing 4K content, compared to conventional HD video, thus Ultra HD becomes a premium offering.

However, according to HD Guru, the price hike will only affect those who subscribed after 12 August, and all current subscribers who've already used Netflix's 4K offerings will not be asked to pay the premium. In addition to paying more for the service, users will also need a broadband connection of at least 25Mbps in order to stream and watch 4K content, and the current 4K service from Netflix will only function with a limited number of 4K TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony and Vizio.

Added Linux support

Linux has also officially received support for Netflix over the weekend, with Ubuntu, Fedora and Ubuntu-based Mint all now capable of allowing users to access the streaming service. Users of Debian or Gentoo may have to wait for a little longer.

Linux users must keep in mind that access to the streaming video service will only be possible through the Google Chrome web browser at this time. However it is likely that other web browsers will be updated to support the popular service.



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Another reason not to go 4k.
So they fight against being charged to stream content at a premium by cable companies but are happy to do the same to their own customers.
What a shocker…..
Plasmastorm
So they fight against being charged to stream content at a premium by cable companies but are happy to do the same to their own customers.
What a shocker…..
to be fair this is slightly different. We're already paying for the ‘pipes’ that they're sending the data to us on, they shouldn't have to pay for it again because the ISP is cheapskate or wants to double dip.

4K is clearly going to need more resources to send the data so I don't see an issue with the premium, it's not like it's going to be easily available for everyone (min 25meg connection…. meaning fibre/cable only) so better to charge those that actually want it.
LSG501
4K is clearly going to need more resources to send the data so I don't see an issue with the premium, it's not like it's going to be easily available for everyone (min 25meg connection…. meaning fibre/cable only) so better to charge those that actually want it.
^-this, and is an extra three bucks a month really unjustifiable given the supposed increase in quality?

No, if I'm going to slag off Netflix then it's this … where on earth do they hide the UK pricing details? A simple Google for the obvious doesn't give any info from the Netflix site itself, but there's plenty from TechRadar, the Guardian, etc.

I was interested the other day in perhaps cutting my monies to Virgin and use the saving to get a Netflix sub. With the long winter's nights heading our way, I thought some extra content might be useful (e.g. really want to see Caddyshack2 again for some reason).
crossy
I was interested the other day in perhaps cutting my monies to Virgin and use the saving to get a Netflix sub. With the long winter's nights heading our way, I thought some extra content might be useful (e.g. really want to see Caddyshack2 again for some reason).

If you've got a Tivo, you get a Netflix app build it. Quite handy as it uses the Tivo's broadband (10Mbps) rather than your normal one, so you won't get shaped on it…