Netflix drops cheapest ad-free plan in US/UK and Peacock increases prices

Just under a month after Netflix dropped its least expensive ad-free plan in Canada, the streaming service has now done the same in the US and UK. New or rejoining subscribers can no longer select the $9.99/month basic plan, leaving only the $15.49(£10.99)/month or $19.99(£15.99)/month ad-free plans or the $6.99(£4.99)/month ad-supported plan in the US. Existing basic plan subscribers can keep their subscription, for now, as long as they don’t cancel or make any changes to their subscription. Meanwhile, Peacock is increasing its plan prices for everyone, effective August 17th for existing subscribers and immediate for new users. The ad-supported Premium plan is increasing from $4.99 to $5.99/month and the Premium Plus plan is increasing from $9.99 to $11.99/month. Annual pricing for these plans is increasing from $49.99 and $99.99 to $59.99 and $119.99 a year for the Premium and Premium Plus plans, respectively.

  1. Tj says:

    Ad money is like crack to American companies. Once they taste it, it’s over.

  2. Mark says:

    No writers, no actors, no new content…Let’s raise prices so we can pay these writers and actors even more than they are worth. A money grab is all it is. These rate hikes by the streaming companies are worse than cable TV price hikes.

  3. Michael says:

    I just subscribed to Netflix last month with the $9.99 plan. It looks great for 720p. Seems like 1080 to be honest. I even switched back and forth for a show that was also on Amazon. No difference. I wonder if sometimes they upscale it?
    I’ll keep it for a few months.
    Peacock ad-supported is awesome only 3-4 minutes of commercials before the movie, then NONE.
    I bought the $20/year deal earlier. It’s a great deal.
    There is too much stuff to watch on streaming so I can’t imagine subscribing for too long to any one at all. Just do one or two, cancel, repeat.

  4. Mark says:

    Your TV is doing the upscaling.

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