Netflix price: How much does the TV streaming service cost in UK and US and what’s included?

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<p>Whether buying alone or sharing with friends, these are the most cost-effective Netflix deals
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Whether buying alone or sharing with friends, these are the most cost-effective Netflix deals

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services worldwide, providing hundreds of films and TV shows without adverts.

As long as you have an internet-connected device, whether that be a smart TV, laptop, tablet, games console, or smartphone, and are happy to pay for the monthly subscription, anyone can access the streaming service for a huge range of on-demand entertainment.

What you watch comes down to personal preference, but fan-favourites include Stranger Things, Squid Game, Clickbait and Maid, and old classics such as Dirty Dancing, Scarface and Monty Python. And there’s a great dedicated children’s section too, with Spongebob, Cocomelon, Paw Patrol and countless other shows your little ones are sure to love.

While we don’t want to encourage you to sit at home and watch TV all day, when there are sure to be picnics, barbecues and alfresco dinners soon to take place, setting down on the sofa to finish your favourite boxset is hard to beat.

So, if you haven’t yet tried the service, are in two minds whether to re-join the site or want to check that you are definitely getting the best deal, we’ve answered all your burning questions below, including how much it costs, payment plans and how easy it is to set up an account.

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How much does Nextflix cost and what is the cheapest option in the UK?

There are three different Netflix packages available, ranging from basic to premium. While all accounts can have up to five profiles tracking individuals’ watchlists and recommended shows, the main difference comes down to how many accounts can stream simultaneously.

At the cheapest end of the service is the basic package for £6.99 a month, following a recent price increase. Included in this option is unlimited access to all TV shows and films, but you’re only able to stream them on one device at a time and download TV shows and films to only one mobile device.

At £10.99, the standard package includes all of the above but allows you to watch shows across two devices simultaneously and download them onto two different mobile devices. It also has shows available in HD too for higher quality viewing.

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Finally, at £15.99 per month is the premium package with all of the above available on four devices at the same time as well as having an Ultra HD viewing option available on most TV shows and films.

How much does Nextflix cost and what is the cheapest option in the US?

In the States the plans are identical with fees of $9.99 for the basic plan, $15.49 for standard and $19.99 for premium.

What’s included in the regular monthly price?

In terms of streaming, everything on the Netflix site is available to all packages, the core difference between them is the number of devices that can stream at the same time and the different HD availabilities.

New releases are added monthly across all genres so re-watching the same shows should be a thing of the past (unless you’d like to, no judgement here).

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If you’re just looking to stream alone, then the basic package would be perfect. But for those looking for a family plan or to group up with friends, the premium package may be a more cost-effective solution, working out at just £3.20 per month if split five ways.

Is Netflix adding ads?

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos recently confirmed that Netflix plans to introduce a cheaper, ad-supported tier in the future.

Speaking at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, Sarandos said “we’re adding an ad tier. We’re not adding ads to Netflix as you know it today. We’re adding an ad tier for folks who say, ‘I want a lower price and I’ll watch ads’.”

Netflix has long been rumoured to be working on introducing ad breaks to its streaming service as a new source of revenue for the entertainment giant. According to Sarandos, the move wouldn’t affect subscribers on the basic £6.99 plan, but would allow for an even cheaper ad-supporter tier for those who want it.

How does the price of Netflix compare to that of other streaming services?

Compared to other streaming services, Netflix is on the more expensive side when looking at the premium package, but actually on the cheaper side when it comes to the basic rate. And, compared to many other services, there are no additional fees when it comes to newly released films or TV shows.

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Disney+ is £7.99 per month or £79.90 for a full year. Now is currently on sale with a three-month offer of £12 a month, compared to its usual price of £19.98.

Meanwhile, Apple TV is just £4.99 a month, and Amazon Video is actually included within the Amazon Prime subscription at £7.99 per month – which gives you next day delivery and access to sales events like the upcoming Amazon Prime Day – for no extra cost. However, Amazon is increasing the cost of Prime on 15 September to £8.99 a month or £95 annually, a rise of 20 per cent and the first time Prime’s price has gone up in the UK since 2014.

How to sign up for Netflix?

Signing up to Netflix is easy. Simply visit the sign-up page, choose your desired plan, pop in your email address and a password and link the account to a credit and debit card, Paypal or a gift voucher, and voila! Easy streaming within minutes.

What to watch on Netflix?

Whether you’re a classic film lover, horror fanatic or anime fan, there’s a huge range of variety on Netflix so no one list of recommendations will suit everyone. Luckily the site does have a good algorithm and will quickly learn your style of shows, recommending similar options.

Are there any good alternatives to Netflix?

By spending billions of dollars on a huge catalogue of original content, Netflix has become the default streaming platform of choice for many. But with several price hikes also under its belt, you might be considering other options. The good news is, there are more streaming services than ever, each offering something unique and, in many cases, costing less than Netflix.

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There’s Apple TV+, which costs just £4.99 a month and, while its catalogue isn’t anywhere near as large, it has a good selection of high-quality content unavailable anywhere else. These shows include Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, For All Mankind, Severance, Trying, CODA and Slow Horses, among others.

You could also try Amazon Prime Video, which is included in the £7.99 (or £79 a year) Prime membership, but is also available on its own for £5.99 a month. As we mentioned earlier, Prime is going up to £8.99 a month or £95 a year from 15 September.

Prime Video includes plenty of original Amazon content too, plus a wide selection of TV shows bought in from other producers. There’s a broad catalogue of films too, including the entire James Bond collection, thanks to Amazon’s recent purchase of MGM.

Lastly, you could try swapping Netflix for Disney+, which costs £7.99 a month or £79.90 a year and includes the entire Disney back catalogue. There’s also everything Disney owns, including the Marvel and Star Wars franchises, and brand-new releases like Mulan and Cruella, plus exclusives like Pam & Tommy and The Beatles: Get Back.

But, to help you get started, we recommend some popular shows like Stranger Things, Maid, Squid Game, Clickbait and Sweet Magnolias.

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