For those of you who subscribe for entertainment content from Netflix, you are in for a surprise soon. This is because Netflix has decided to hike their subscription fees going forward. This is bad news even more because they have closed off the iTunes method of getting a discount.
Netflix Hiking Fees
Link: New Netflix Fees
Netflix is taking their basic membership package of $8 and nudging it up to $9. The standard package of $11 is going to see an increase to $13 and the $14 variant will jump up to $16 per month.
The reasoning is that Netflix has invested a lot of money, supposedly $8 billion last year alone, in creating their own content. The problem for deal-hunters in the wire cutting pursuit is that they just shut the door on discounted Netflix membership by taking away the ability to pay in-app on iOS devices (and the discount came from buying discounted iTunes gift cards and using those for payment). Netflix hadn’t just ended that because of that but instead because they were done with having to dish over a significant percentage of their subscriptions to Apple for the in-app payment method.
For anyone that had taken advantage of that, this new increase is going to be a gut punch in the savings department. Fortunately, there are other services for those that would like it. Amazon has done a pretty good job of delivering a lot of content through their Amazon Prime membership program (which comes with a lot of other benefits as well for the $119 per year) and there is Hulu (which just happens to have an Amex Offer going on right now – save it to your card and get $5 back on $5 spending up to 4x).
Or, you could hunt up some Netflix gift cards on discount. Readers had said that it is possible to find them around.
There had been a lot of interest in the recent post about the discounted path through iOS ending and I know a lot of travelers use Netflix so I wanted to bring your attention to it.