How much does Netflix cost? Here’s a pricing breakdown of its plans

Whether you just got kicked off an ex’s account or are simply trying to decide which video streaming service is the best for you, cash is still king. After all, the streaming game is booming and there are several worthy services vying for your credit card number in 2019.

What 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.

Below, we outline each of the Netflix plans so you know exactly what you are getting (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.

Streaming

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 older subscribers may still pay between $8 and $14 per-month for their plans for the next few months before they see a price hike. 

Below is a breakdown of what each plan offers:

Plan Price Number of screens at once Resolution
Basic (streaming) $9 1 SD
Standard (streaming) $13 2 HD
Premium (streaming) $16 4 HD + Ultra HD

DVD and Blu-ray

The folks at Netflix certainly pride themselves on their streaming platform (and for good reason), but that does not mean the service ditched discs altogether. The company still offers DVD and Blu-ray plans — none of which include streaming access — starting at $8 and going up from there. The monthly cost determines how many discs you can check out at a time, as well as how many you want per month.

Plan DVD Price Blu-ray Price
Total discs per month
Number of discs out at once
Standard $8 $10 Unlimited One
Premier $12 $15 Unlimited Two

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.

Additionally, your choice 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 the standard or premium plan is likely worth it because a Basic subscription limits you 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 $3 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).

Netflix continues to add more stuff to its UHD stable and will continue to do so as the format becomes more commonplace (and more affordable for content creators to produce). Just type “UHD” or “4K” into the search bar in Netflix to find the high-resolution programming.

Those who are interested in watching Ultra-HD content may also be interested in high dynamic range content. Though Netflix currently doesn’t offer an HDR-supported tier, there are rumors that one may be in the pipeline soon. We recently reported on Netflix Ultra — a tier above the Premium tier — that may be coming to Europe soon, giving users the option to watch Netflix content in HDR for $20 per month. We’ll update this post as we learn more.

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