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How much can Netflix raise its prices before customers cancel in droves?

Netflix announced the biggest price increase in the history of the streaming service today, hiking prices on all three of its US plan tiers by between 13% and 18%. The most popular plan in the US, for example, will now cost $13 instead of $11, and there’s no great mystery why Netflix is doing this. The company needs an ever-growing pile of cash to fund the original shows and movies that make Netflix’s stable of exclusive content attractive enough to keep subscribers and entice new ones. That’s the whole ballgame.

Meanwhile, today’s price hike has also spurred an interesting Reddit thread that may give many subscribers pause as they consider how they [...]

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Verizon unlimited plans now come with free music streaming for life

Verizon announced back in August a great Apple Music promotion that offered its customers six months of free music. The only condition was that you had to be a Verizon Unlimited customer. The carrier is now upgrading the offer for its postpaid unlimited plans, by making Apple Music free of charge forever. That’s a great deal especially for those Verizon customers who are already on unlimited plans, and for people looking to switch.

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This free plugin gives you a new way to watch Netflix, but it can be risky

Remember back when Netflix subscribers would constantly complain that there wasn’t anything good to watch in Netflix’s streaming content library? As the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for. Netflix users now have the exact opposite complaint as they did back then — there’s so much great content on the site that it’s often difficult to decide what to watch. That’s doubly true these days, since Netflix’s catalog is packed with great third-party content as well as countless Netflix original shows and movies. For example, here’s the full list of new Netflix originals set to debut in January alone. Hundreds upon hundreds of new Netflix [...]

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Netflix just announced the biggest price increase in the history of its streaming service

Netflix increased the prices of all three of its US plans on Tuesday, some by as much as 18%, which makes this the most substantial price jump since the streaming service debuted in 2007.

As reported by CNBC on Tuesday morning, the standard plan — which offers HD video and allows users to watch from up to two devices at once — will be subjected to the largest price hike, percentage-wise, as it climbs from $10.99 a month to $12.99 a month. As CNBC points out, that’s still cheaper than HBO NOW, which costs $14.99 a month, but upping the price of its most popular plan will certainly have plenty of subscribers up in arms.

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