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Are you paying too much for Netflix?

2016 will go down in history for many reasons, but Netflix’s price surge of one whole dollar will likely, and understandably, not make the cut.  

People using Netflix in 2014, probably binging the second season of Orange Is the New Black, may remember hearing about the streaming giant’s plan to raise its monthly rate from $7.99 per month to $8.99, slated to be enforced in 2016. In October 2015, Netflix took it up one more dollar, bringing it to $9.99 per month.  

Since all good things must come to an end, Netflix began enforcing the higher monthly rate on its standard plan on May 9. But there are more pieces to Netflix’s pay structure than the standard 10 bucks 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 amount of screens allowed to stream from the same account at one time and the resolution quality. 

Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls

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Here’s how each breaks down:

Basic

  • Price: $8 per month
  • Screens: 1
  • Resolution: Standard definition (SD)

Standard

  • Price: $10 per month
  • Screens: 2
  • Resolution: High definition (HD)

Premium

  • Price: $12 per month
  • Screens: 4
  • Resolution: HD and Ultra-HD

Stranger Things

Stranger Things

Screengrab via Netflix

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.

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

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