Streaming enthusiasts, expect to pay more for your favourite services starting July. While Netflix’s prices have gone up by 20% at the highest tier, Stan introduced a new subscription model and now offers titles at the $10 price point in SD only.
The Government’s “Netflix tax” is slowly changing the way in which we pay for digital goods, bringing GST to online products like streaming services, movie downloads, games and software. That basically means that starting this month, every time you download or stream something online from an overseas provider you’ll be charged the 10 percent goods and services tax. As a result, some online services, including Netflix, are becoming more expensive. Additionally, other digital goods will become pricier as well – think Google Play purchases, Steam downloads, and so on.
As for Netflix, the service took the introduction of the tax as an opportunity to bump up the prices. While the change won’t drain the budget for subscribers on the Basic plan, those on the highest tier plan will pay 20% more. However, it’s also important to note that the last time the service upped its prices was in 2015, and Netflix has certainly expanded its library and launched several useful features (like offline viewing) since.
Starting July, the Netflix Basic plan goes from $8.99 to $9.99, the Standard plan from $11.99 to $13.99, and the Premium plan from $14.99 to $17.99. If you’re an existing customer, you’ll receive an email with 30 days’ notice of the updated pricing.
Meanwhile, Stan isn’t exactly getting more expensive, but it’s making some changes as well. Until now, the $10 Standard plan used to allow users to stream in HD. That’s no longer the case. Starting July, the streaming service is going from a two-tier plan structure to a three-tiered one.
Stan introduced a Basic plan, which costs $10/month, but doesn’t allow for streaming on multiple screens simultaneously and only provides access to titles in SD. The Standard plan is now $12/month and offers HD streaming and three screens on which you can watch at the same time. Finally, the $15/month Premium plan remains the same – comes with 4K streaming and allows you to watch on four screens at the same time.
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