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Netflix ups the cost of streaming

Suffering through the cost of living crisis may mean sacrificing premium video quality, as Netflix raises costs once more.

It’s not easy streaming in ultra high definition these days, or at the very least, it’s not super cost effective. In the past year, it seems like every streaming service provider has pushed prices up, and some are continuing. Disney increased streaming prices recently, all as Aussies were cutting costs in 2023.

Netflix is the latest to up the cost, with prices going up on every plan, with the heftiest increase if you plan on getting a 4K UHD stream with support for Dolby Atmos audio.

One of the original streaming companies, Netflix has cut its plans to three, one of which includes ads, and raised prices on the lot of them.

This week in Australia, the standard with ads plan jumps a dollar from $6.99 to $7.99, while the ad-free equivalent of Full HD streaming goes two bucks higher from $16.99 to $18.99.

That’s noting compared to the three buck per month increase on Netflix’s “premium” 4K plan, which moves from $22.99 to $25.99 monthly in Australia, making a yearly cost for Netflix in 4K $311.88.

For folks who love themselves a 4K version of whatever Netflix has to offer, not to mention the assortment of games available on the platform for iOS and Android, the price will be an annoying addition to swallow, and seemingly indicative of life right now.

Everything seems to cost more, and Netflix raising its prices is yet more proof of that. Here’s hoping it slows down and gives our collective wallets time to catch up.

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