Netflix’s monthly subscription price is increasing in Canada

Watching Orange is the New Black is about to get more expensive for Canadians

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  • Tyler Hardeman

    Another long term impact of a low value Canadian dollar.

    • Omar

      Which is odd, because they waited for the dollar to rise before increasing their prices.

    • Tyler Hardeman

      Companies always hedge on both sides of currency fluctuations. If they didn’t prices would be changing literally every single month, and that’s not good for anyone. It is likely they hit a threshold where they were no longer willing to take less money from Canadian customers than they were for American ones.

    • Jon Duke

      I’ll just repeat Omar’s comment you seem to have read differently.. the dollar went up. They can’t “reach a threshold where they no longer want to take less money from Canadians” when the dollar went up and they get more money for it…

    • ChrisPollard77

      I think his point was they didn’t hike prices instantly when our dollar was in the crapper … so they’re adjusting to recoup the losses. Not that they’ll ever actually lower them again if our dollar trumps par again …

    • Tyler Hardeman

      sure they can, just some simple math. if Canadian dollar is 25% less than the US dollar, it means that they are taking in 25% less for someone in Canada than they are for someone in the US.

      If the Canadian dollar rises to only be 20% less than the US dollar, they are still taking in 20% less for someone in Canada than they are for someone in the US.

      If you ran a business and customer A was buying the same product as Customer B, and customer A was paying 20% less or 25% less, you’d want to even that out.

    • Jon Duke

      That’s true. Except, we are not buying the same product since our selection contains fewer options.

    • Tyler Hardeman

      Even that’s not 100% accurate. We have a different selection than the US. There are things that are available in the US and not Canada, and things available in Canada, but not in the US. Is the overall selection smaller? Likely a bit smaller, but it is by no means the wide chasm it was when Netflix first launched here.

    • John Lofwire

      US netflix have easy twice the amount of thing to watch as canadian one..

      i know i cancelled my account 3 months back and i was using vpn to get usa netflix and its did have MUCH more content as well as more recent one.

    • Jon Duke

      I guess. I think they should have launched with a 2$ difference in Canada instead of raising the price afterwards. It looks bad on them to raise it only in Canada.

    • Tyler Hardeman

      When they launched in Canada the dollar was around par. Even over the years as it fell to 90 cents, then 80, then down to 72 which is the lowest it has hit recently, the prices remained the same as they are in the US.

      Really, Netflix *could* have raised the prices a long time ago if they had chosen. They really have eaten a lot more on the currency conversion than people believe.

    • John Lofwire

      IF they give us 50% less variety why would they charge 100% the price?

      We are not talking the same product at all or both canada and usa netflix would have exactly all the same content wich is clearly not the case.

    • John Lofwire

      Ok so they give less service to Canadian but still want to make as much from Canadian as american..

      nice logic to cover netflix i guess..

  • Anonymous Agent

    It’s starting to look like Kodi is a better option with all these price increases and Kodi is free.

    • LeTricolore

      Yes, pirating will always be cheaper than watching things legally. Good call…

    • Anonymous Agent

      Sorry but your mistaken. Using Kodi is not pirating. Kodi is only a software service. Just like using Google search is a service. It’s how you use it gives you options to watch stuff. Kodi comes empty of of the box when installing it. And using Kodi for add ons is no different than using a home antennae on your house to watch over the air TV shows for free. Or Google search a specific TV channels website to watch all their TV shows for free as well. Rogers and bell try to make it out like your pirating because they lose their revenue to offer their services to link you to those TV shows by their cable boxes. But watching TV has always been 100% free ever since TV’s first came to market with rabbit ears to be able to watch TV shows over the air. Still can to this day by buying a home HD antennae and watch everything for free still.

    • Jason

      It’s a grey area in Canada, your getting copy righted content free without a license and it is being downloaded it’s just not being “saved” for the long term. Even antenna TV needs a CRTC license and a license from the shows publisher to rebroadcast over the air.

    • fred

      BS. You need a license for a TV emitter antenna. Not a receiver. And of course, TV stations must license their shows.

      Still, you can’t compare using pirated content on Kodi (or torrents or whatever) to receiving free 100% legal TV broadcasts OTA.

    • fred

      Kodi itself is legal.
      Using it to pirate content isn’t.

    • Jason

      Kodi is a media player, that would be like saying your computer is illegal because it has access to pirated content

    • fred

      Exactly. But you can use your computer to pirate content. The computer isn’t illegal. Its usage may or may not be.

    • Brad Fortin

      The tool is not illegal but the action of using that tool to pirate content is illegal. Just like it’s not illegal to own a knife but it is illegal to harm someone with it.

    • LeTricolore

      Torrenting is legal, but most torrents people download are not.

      Kodi, as a software is fine, but nearly everything that people use it for is for illegally streaming content. Even if you’re watching something that would be available OTA with an antenna, it still isn’t legal to stream it through another service.

    • Tyler Hardeman

      You’re wrong, but ok, keep saying wrong things.

    • Jason

      It’s becoming really unreliable, streams are constantly going up and down

  • Omar

    This is why we need competition in the on-demand streaming market.

    • Jason

      That won’t solve anything because everything will then become exclusive so you’ll end up getting 3-5 streaming services to watch what you want.

    • Omar

      That’s a good point.

    • steven talik

      I hate that. One show is on one streaming service and then another is on another streaming service. Soon or later we would start paying the same price for cable all over again.

  • Suresh Aryal

    I share my account with a colleague. That makes my share at $5.50 now. Oh well, I will just pick up few 10 cent coins that I find on the floor and it should be even. ????

  • andy957

    naturally. And we *STILL* don’t have near the amount of movies and shows that are available elsewhere. If it weren’t for “The Crown” I would have cancelled my membership eons ago. What a ripoff.

  • Jason

    I hope this doesn’t turn into a yearly trend otherwise Plex and the “open waters” sound pretty good

  • Garrett Cooper

    I bought an Android Kodi box months ago, but when I tried setting it up one of the main things were down so I started ignoring it again. If anyone could point me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated 🙂

    • Mike Carson

      Make sure kodi is the latest version and bare bones don’t need builds and sign up for real debrid it’s 4.99 a month and pulls in way better HD sources and next step is to Google search for ares wizard it has all of the add ons the only one you need is called covenant it replaced exodus and input your real debrid authorization in covenant and set it up how you like it and away you go the other 2 major suppliers are called smash repository and colussus repo also on Facebook join a group called kodiapps they are extremely helpful and quick

    • Except it’s completely illegal and results in content creators not receiving the revenue they deserve.

  • Jon Duke

    Yeah, I’m out. I’ll cut. I don’t mind a price increase once in a while but this is becoming a yearly occurence now and they are specifically targetting canadians. F them.

    • heynow00

      Lol the first price increase happened in 2014. There hasn’t been one since.

      Somebody forgot real quick that their grandfathered pricing was honored for 2 years

    • Jon Duke

      They raised the price last July.

    • A $2 increase is pretty small, even over a two year period. The value proposition Netflix offers is still better than nearly any other service out there.

    • Jon Duke

      I agree. What they offer is still worth it for the price. But it’s not a 2$ increase. When I signed up to netflix, I was paying 7.99$. I am now about to pay 10.99$. 3$ increase. That’s a 38% price increase in a matter of a couple years.

      Now, if you pay 100$ for your TV service and over 2 years, you now pay 138$ and all you get more is a dedicated Bell channel that broadcasts their own content, how would you feel? I realize the price point is low enough that it looks small but reality is, they came to market with a low price and now realize it was a mistake. Result of this is the customer gets the bill.

    • Uzair Abbas

      Don’t grandfather price, people get mad. grandfather price, people get mad.

  • Fodder0f4

    Oh well. Buy less fast food or cola or less booze or…for the meager amount, it’s still worth it.

    • John Lofwire

      Better solution just use free solution… lots of them online 😉

    • heynow00

      The delivery truck was open when I went to the grocery store last week.

      I can’t believe I went into the store and paid for my groceries instead of just taking it off the back of the delivery truck.

      Everyone online said they are taking groceries off the back of the truck, it must be the better solution.

    • Pretty much. Stop paying for the content you enjoy and someday it will no longer exist.

    • Uzair Abbas

      Nice updated pic btw.

    • John Lofwire

      Ah well go on and try it.
      Downloading movie and stealing in real life the level of danger is pretty much different 😉 but hey try it why not lol.

    • Fodder0f4

      For kids and ease of use, it works awesome. Although I could dumb it down to standard from premium. If needed. For the $24 savings a year, not really worth dropping it in my mind. I have a 4K TV, so it works really well for getting that high quality content.

      As for everything else, already on the Kodi train, and have been for some time. Shield TV FTW. Been debating about the whole antenna deal, but not sure it’s really worth while.

    • Free and illegal. Content creators deserve to be paid for the work they create. A $1 increase is literally nothing.

    • John Lofwire

      Media already cost way too much those ppl are literally making millions. So sorry but I am gonna do as I wish.

    • Moiz Adamji

      hmmm, so since the owners of most stores are rich, we should steal right off the shelves. ill do as i wish

    • John Lofwire

      Be my guest but its might be a bit more dangerous than downloading movies illegally lol.

    • Jon Duke

      Actually, when I studied Marketing, we we’re told people won’t pay for something they can get free and the argument of the creators to says they should be paid for their work, while it’s true, is flawed. It’s not the consumers job to find ways for the creator to make money. I used to work in the music industry. Even before streaming services, CD we’re dying. The successful artist caught on to that and raised the price of merch during live shows and basicall did more live shows. They still make the same amount of money with their music, just not the same way. If I wanted to watch Game of Thrones and there was either a cheap way or no free way to watch it, i’d pay premium. It’s not my responsibility to figure out how to make me pay.

  • malingerer

    It seems as though the premium paying customers are being hit the hardest as a % of increase. Surprising given that they’re actually paying the most right now. Hit those who help you the most. Not a good customer experience. It’s only a couple of bucks, but still…

    • Stephen B Morris

      Yeah it kinda sucks but it’s $14 so it not that bad. Just keep making good HDR shows that aren’t available anywhere else and the value would be worth it.

    • Stephen_81

      They are aware of how many users are sharing their subscriptions with the premium plan, so they wont balk at the price increase as much.

    • malingerer

      The account I pay for allows 4 logins in HD quality, no more no less. It’s the top account they have and we bought it for this reason. From my understanding it will not allow more than 4 concurrent users, so there is no abuse at the account level. They are applying the largest % increase to this account level, which is unfortunate. It’s only $2, but is this to become a regular occurrence? I hope not…

    • Stephen_81

      I too pay for 1 Login with 4 simultaneous streams, of which I am suppose to remain in control of and not share the password for as per the TOS.
      Now, I can’t say I’ve been diligent at keeping my password secure and ONLY on devices I control. I’m not happy with the $2 increase, but Rogers just slapped me with a $5 increase so it makes me less angry at Netflix.

      I hope they use this increased revenue to get more streaming rights for Canadian content, because I am itching to find easy alternatives.

    • Ricky Bobby

      I’ve had Netflix for say 5-6 years now? and the prices have only gone up a whopping $2 total

      Can’t say the same for Robellus with their annual $5 price hike on services. I would still gladly pay Netflix than go through all the hoops with Robellus to access a similar library

  • Ricky Bobby

    The way competition works in Canada is when someone raises their price, others will follow suit

    • Bender

      It signals to the competition that it’s time for the next level of pricing…”sigh”.

  • Traci Mera

    Compared to the local TV service, Netflix is cheaper.

  • Croc Ography

    Only get the service for 2 months a year, that way I get all the watching I need with new content and no 10 months of old content. Just got used to binge watching.

  • The pricing will change before the end of August for current customers.

  • Beebs

    That seems fair that Canadians should pay more for Netflix and only have access to a fraction of what U.S. subscribers can watch.

  • Andrew Holt

    And you can probably bank on the fact that GST will begin to be charged on Netflix sometime in the future.

  • Mary Read

    I feel that’s a big increase. Lately I started watching foreign movies, especially Turkish. I’m not Turkish so I’m happy that the shows have English subtitles. I prefer foreign movies and tv shows to American and Canadian. I’ve been watching a Turkish series called Karadayi. It’s amazing. I spent 3 days watching season 1 only to find that they don’t have seasons 2 and 3. Why not buy the rights to all the seasons? It has happened with two other Turkish series. I’m so disappointed.