Netflix splits streaming and mail service, hikes price

Streaming and rental service Netflix has hiked prices for its top package for US subscribers. It has ditched its top-tier package, which allowed customers to stream an unlimited amount of content and receive an unlimited number of movies and TV series by mail. That US$10 (€7) package is replaced by separate streaming and mail packages at US$7.99 apiece – effectively a 60% price increase for subs that want to access the same service.

Netflix said it was splitting streaming and mail services to “better reflect the costs of each and give members a choice”.

Netflix customers reacted angrily, posting numerous negative comments on social networks and relevant websites.
The change takes effect immediately for new subs and from September for existing customers. Netflix has launched in Canada and will soon roll out in Latin America.

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