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The arms race between streaming services means they’re spending more on content, and they’re passing that increased cost to us.
We’re seeing increases across the board, with Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video all experiencing price hikes. So now what?
We have all the information on the Netflix price, Disney Plus price, and Hulu price so you can make a decision based on your needs.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Netflix price increase is 10% for all members.
Netflix prices have increased five times since they introduced streaming, and they just announced their sixth price hike on Jan. 22, 2022. Here’s what Netflix costs per month are now:
- Netflix Basic (1 screen, no HD) went from $8.99/month to $9.99/month — a 10.0% difference.
- Netflix Standard (2 screens and regular HD) increased $1.50, from $13.99 to $15.49/month — 10.7%.
- Netflix Premium, which lets you stream up to 4 screens at a time in Ultra HD, increased from $17.99 to $19.99/month — up 11.1%.
New members will encounter the new prices immediately, while Netflix said existing customers will see changes to their bill in the next billing cycle.
Sharing your Netflix account? You might start paying extra for it.
Netflix is losing subscribers, and they say one of the reasons is because people are sharing their account logins.
In response, Netflix is planning to charge an extra monthly fee for those users outside of the home. (Current beta testing in South America reveals an extra $2 – $3 monthly charge.)
Members who have Standard and Premium plans will be able to add “sub-accounts” for people that don’t live in the home. The sub-accounts will have profiles and customized recommendations similar to Netflix’s current profile options.
Also: Netflix is also rolling out a plan for users to transfer their existing profiles to a new account or a sub-account. This change allows people to keep their history, list, and recommendations intact.
Disney Plus prices have jumped $1 since launching in 2020.
Disney Plus‘s price increase was in March 2021 — jumping 14% from $7/month to $8/month.
The annual plan for Disney Plus has been $69.99; it’ll now be $79.99.
Disney doesn’t have any plans to increase the cost of Disney Plus at this time, but since Disney plans to spend an extra $8 billion on content in 2022, stay tuned.
Disney Plus Bundle Price increased by $1 in Oct. 2021.
Because of the Hulu price increase, the Disney Plus Bundle Price, which includes Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus, has also increased from $12.99 to $13.99 (7.7% increase) for the basic subscription and $17.99 to $18.99 (5.6% increase) for the no-ads bundle.
Note: ESPN Plus costs $6.99 per month or $83.88 per year.
Hulu’s price increased by $1 in Oct. 2021.
On Oct. 8, 2021, Hulu’s price increased by $1 for both their premium and basic subscriptions. Hulu’s basic cost went from $5.99 to $6.99 per month (16.7% increase), and Hulu’s premium cost went from $11.99 to $12.99 per month (8.34% increase).
If you’re a student, you can get a basic Hulu subscription for only $1.99 (71.5% discount), which hasn’t changed. And this isn’t the only discount you get for being a student.
Amazon Prime Video jumped $20/year on Feb. 18.
Amazon Prime Video — which houses popular shows like The Boys, Man in the High Castle, Marvelous Miss Maisel and many others — costs more, too. Prime Video is included with a Prime membership, and that Prime membership has increased from $119 to $139, as of Feb. 18, 2022.
Learn all about the Amazon Prime price increase (and how to specifically beat it) here.
Hulu Live TV costs increased $5/month — but it includes the Disney bundle.
As of the Dec. 21, 2021 billing cycle, Hulu Live TV costs increased $5 each from $64.99 to $69.99 per month (a 7.7% increase), and the ad-free version goes from $70.99 to $75.99 (a 7.04% increase).
You’ll also get full access to the Disney Plus Bundle, which includes Disney Plus and ESPN Plus, at no additional cost.
This affects all new and existing subscribers.
Note: The ad-free version of Hulu Live TV will still have ads on all live programs. Only the Hulu content will be ad free.
Get a cell phone plan that has streaming services included.
T-Mobile is known for their Netflix on Us program, which gives Magenta cell phone plan members free Netflix.
Magenta subscribers get free Basic Netflix, while Magenta Plus customers get free Standard Netflix.
Verizon Unlimited cell phone plans offer free Disney+ or the Disney bundle.
And HBO Max, which is going to be the home for a lot of brand-new movies in 2021, is included with select AT&T Unlimited plans.
Pay for your Hulu and Netflix membership with a discounted gift card.
One of the great perks of having a Target REDCard is 5% off your gift card purchases, and Target has Netflix gift cards, Hulu gift cards, and Disney Plus gift cards. The Disney Plus gift cards will only work for first-time subscriptions, so don’t order them if you already have a subscription.
Every little bit helps, and the Target REDCard is a great way to save on your shopping trips.
Note: Raise.com does sell Netflix gift cards, but they are only offering a 0.5% discount.
The Netflix free trial has been discontinued.
Netflix has officially suspended their 30-day free trials for new subscribers. They used to have a “Watch Free” page, but even that doesn’t exist anymore.
Disney Plus on the other hand has a 7-day free trial, and Hulu gives you a whole month.
Plus, we have 20 free streaming services you should try instead.