Netflix' price hike hits legacy users, ends discounts

Netflix is raising monthly prices of legacy subscriptions in the UK, hiking the standard £5.99 subscription to £7.49 a month from May onwards.

The current standard package costs £7.49 a month and includes HD viewing and dual-screen usage which legacy subscribers have so far enjoyed by paying just £5.99 a month.

Even though the old legacy contracts did not include HD viewing and offered just a single-screen viewing option, the latest upgrade allowed them to use the new services without having to pay the additional monthly cost. Thanks to the new upgrade, all Netflix subscribers will now pay the same rate for their standard subscriptions.

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"Later this month, members in the UK will begin to be ungrandfathered. 'Beginning May, the price update is rolling out elsewhere based on member billing periods. Impacted members will be clearly notified by email and within the service, so that they have time to decide which plan/price point works best for them," said a Netflix spokesperson.

However, if legacy users choose not to pay the extra cost every month, they can choose the Basic subscription which still costs £5.99 a month and offers single-screen usage but no HD viewing option. Netflix also offers a Premium bundle which includes 4K viewing option and access to four screens at a time.

Netflix begins shutting down subscriptions that bypass regional restrictions

Even though Netflix has been around for four years, subscribers in the UK still get access to around half the titles that are available in the United States. Thanks to the skewed access, a number of Netflix users resorted to bypassing country settings on Netflix to access content not available in the UK, prompting Netflix to single out such users and shut down such proxies.

"In coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are. We are confident this change won’t impact members not using proxies," said David Fullagar, VP of content delivery architecture at Netflix.

"We have a ways to go before we can offer people the same films and TV series everywhere. In the meantime, we will continue to respect and enforce content licensing by geographic location," he added.

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