Whether you just got kicked off an ex’s account or are just trying to decide which video streaming service is the best for you, cash is king. After all, the streaming game is booming and there are loads of worthy services vying for your credit card number in 2019.
Which streaming service you pick says a lot about what you like to watch. If you like network television’s best, Hulu might be a good fit. If you prefer premium, Emmy-targeted programming, try one of HBO’s offerings. Already a Prime subscriber? Amazon’s selection of TV and movies could be for you. All that said, Netflix still boasts the biggest library of hosted content, alongside a quickly growing (and already awesome) stable of original programming — making it an option not to be overlooked.
Below, we outline each of the Netflix plans so you know exactly what you are getting for your money (and if those extra add-ons are worth the additional cost to you). After all, while it might only be a $4 per-month leap from the Basic plan to Standard, perhaps you would rather save your cabbage for Hulu’s Showtime add-on, or a premium slice of pizza. The choice is yours.
Netflix has three different plans when it comes to streaming: Basic, Standard, and Premium. Plans start at $9 and increase incrementally, bringing the Standard and Premium plans to $13 and $16, respectively.
It’s worth noting that Netflix recently changed its prices, and while older subscribers might still be paying between $8 and $14 per month, their prices will go up when they receive their bill this month.
Below is a breakdown of what each plan offers:
|Plan||Price||Number of screens at once||Resolution|
|Premium (streaming)||$16||4||HD + Ultra HD|
DVD and Blu-ray
The folks at Netflix certainly pride themselves on their streaming platform, which spurred the evolution of its DVD-by-mail rental service in 2010 — but it doesn’t look like that’s going anywhere anytime soon, with the firm revealing in February that it still has more than 2.7 million loyal DVD-by-mail subscribers.
Once you’ve digested that, it should come as no surprise to hear that you can still enroll in one of Netflix’s DVD and Blu-ray plans — none of which include streaming access. Pricing starts at $8 to rent one disc at a time and rises to $12 if you want to rent two discs at a time; while Blu-ray starts at $10 for one and tops out at $15 for two.
|Plan||DVD Price||Blu-ray Price
||Total discs per month
||Number of discs out at once|
What is simultaneous viewing? (streaming only)
This is a huge perk for Netflix streaming customers who want to share their Netflix account with roommates, friends, or family. The Basic Netflix plan allows you to stream content on only one screen at a time, though the number of screens on which you can simultaneously stream content increases with each plan upgrade.
If you opt for the Standard plan, you can use the same account to watch content on two different devices at once, or four different devices at the same time with the Premium plan. The number of devices and people you want to share your account with will likely influence which plan you pick.
Your choice also dictates how many devices you will be able to download content on for offline viewing. The numbers here are the same: One for Basic, two for Standard, and four for Premium.
What are HD and Ultra HD? (streaming only)
Even if you never plan on sharing your Netflix account or watching on two screens at the same time, opting for either the Standard or Premier subscription tier is worth it since the Basic plan restricts streamed content to standard definition. The Basic plan doesn’t offer high-definition content and unless your internet speed is too slow to handle HD streaming, the quality difference between the two resolutions is enough to make the $4 leap worth it.
High definition isn’t the end, however. If you’ve shelled out the bucks to buy a 4K TV or monitor, you might as well spend a few extra dollars for a Premium account. Doing so will grant you access to Ultra HD content — such as NBC’s The Blacklist and the lauded Breaking Bad — allowing you to watch shows and films at a resolution considered four times better than 1080p (HD). The service’s newest batch of content, including The Umbrella Academy, is available in 4K HDR, while other titles up the ante even further with available Dolby Atmos soundtracks.
To find this content, just type “UHD,” “4K,” or “Dolby Atmos” into the search bar in Netflix to find the service’s highest-quality programming.
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