There are two types of people - those who pay for their own Netflix account, and those who mooch mercilessly off the kindness of others, getting their 248 hours of on-demand TV a week for sweet FA.
If you’re a member of that second group, well, you have nothing to worry about (EXCEPT YOUR DAMN CONSCIENCE), but if you do own your account, your subscription is probably about to get a bit more expensive.
There’s one exception - if you keep your Netflix for yourself and yourself alone, meaning you just have the single-screen, basic 1S plan, that will remain at a ridiculously reasonable £5.99 a month.
But if you have the 2S plan (which means separate accounts can watch on two different screens at the same time, and you have access to HD), or the 4S plan (four screens at once, HD and Ultra HD), you’re going to have to fork out a little more.
Thankfully, the price rise is so marginal you probably won’t even notice, so you’re not going to have to cancel your subscription before Stranger Things returns for its second season later this month.
The 2S plan is increasing just 50p, from £7.49 to £7.99 a month, while the 4S plan is going up a pound, from £8.99 to £9.99. You can’t really complain, can you?
Given the amount of brilliant programming Netflix has on offer, it’s hard to argue that the service isn’t worth a tenner a month - yes, the selection of older TV shows isn’t as good as it used to be (man, I miss The Office US and 30 Rock so much), but they’ve cranked out some truly excellent original shows in the past few years.
Shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards are huge, long-lasting hits, while its Marvel offerings like Daredevil and Luke Cage have been excellently received, and there are a number of hidden gems lying there waiting to obsess you (if you haven’t watched Ozark yet, give it a try - if you loved Breaking Bad you very much won’t regret it).
In a statement regarding the price rise, Netflix said: “From time to time, Netflix plans and pricing are adjusted as we add more exclusive TV shows and movies, introduce new product features and improve the overall Netflix experience to help members find something great to watch even faster.
“As always, up to five family members can set up profiles within the same Netflix account, ensuring that your recommendations are totally tailored to your tastes.
“Since 2016, members have been able to watch Netflix on the go without connecting to the internet by downloading content onto phones, tablets and Window 10 laptops.
“We offer HD streaming quality as well as Dolby 5.1 sound for many titles, so our members can enjoy the best possible entertainment experience. We are also among the first to deliver Ultra HD 4K to consumers, and we’ve steadily expanded our library, with most live-action originals available in this format.”
In terms of what you’ve got to look forward to on Netflix over the next couple of months, obviously Stranger Things is back on 27 October - exactly three weeks from today.
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is dropping onto the service on 25 October, while there are a number of Originals coming in November, including the first season of Marvel’s The Punisher, which has the potential to be excellent.
And our recommendation? Check out Dark - it’s a horror that’ll creep the pants off you - and that’s only the trailer.