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Are you paying too much for Netflix?

Remember how Netflix used to be a measly 8 bucks a month? Those days are history.

The streaming giant bumped its charge to $10 in 2016, and its latest price hike, announced in October and set to take effect that same month, takes it to $11. There are, however, more pieces to Netflix’s pay structure than the standard cost viewers fork out every month. Now that there are all kinds of content providers to choose from—Hulu, HBO Go, Amazon—you may want to reconsider how much you’re paying for your Netflix account.

Netflix provides three streaming plans, each one separated by the number of screens allowed to stream from the same account at one time and the resolution quality. These days, Netflix’s plans seem to be getting more expensive everywhere. Subscribers in the U.S. are seeing a $1 to $2 increase for the streaming service’s most popular plans. (More specifically, $11 for its standard plan and $14 for its top-tier premium plan. Its basic plan remains the same.) Netflix also increased its price by $2 in Canada in August, and in Australia, a so-called “Netflix tax,” which tacks on 10 percent tax to online general goods and services went live in July.

How much does Netflix cost: Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls

Screengrab via Netflix

How much does Netflix cost?

Basic

  • Price: $7.99 per month
  • Screens: 1
  • Resolution: Standard definition (SD)

Standard

  • Price: $10.99 per month
  • Screens: 2
  • Resolution: High definition (HD)

Premium

  • Price: $13.99 per month
  • Screens: 4
  • Resolution: HD and Ultra-HD

How much does Netflix cost: Stranger Things

Stranger Things

Screengrab via Netflix

 

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If you want to go old-school Netflix, circa 1997, the company still rents out its DVD and Blu-ray discs for varying monthly rates.

Starter

  • DVD price: $4.99 per month
  • Blu-ray price: $5.99 per month
  • Number of discs out at once: 1
  • Number of discs per month: 2

Standard

  • DVD price: $7.99 per month
  • Blu-ray price: $9.99 per month
  • Number of discs out at once: 1
  • Number of discs per month: Unlimited

Premiere

  • DVD price: $11.99 per month
  • Blu-ray price: $14.99 per month
  • Number of discs out at once: 2
  • Number of discs per month: Unlimited

Happy binging.

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

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