Fuel’s through the roof, water and electricity bills have been creeping up, and of course, even our Netflix subscriptions are getting costlier. The streaming giant has confirmed that the price for two of their four main packages on offer in South Africa will be subject to a 14% increase – and for some, it kicks in straight away.
From Tuesday 19 October, people with both Standard and Premium accounts will be asked to pay more on a monthly basis. Those with Mobile and Basic packages will continue to pay the same fees, however.
The Standard Netflix bundle will be rising by an additional R20, meaning that users will be paying R240 more each year if they want to watch their favourite shows online. Those with a Premium subscription will have to find another R30 a month to pay the bills, which amounts to an extra R360 annually.
Here are the new payment schedules for Netflix SA:
In defence of Netflix SA, this is the first price hike they’ve introduced in five years that is not related to the ZAR/USD exchange rate. During their five years of operation on our shores, they have resisted the temptation to increase costs.
The payment changes will be immediate for any new customers signing up to the streaming services, whereas existing clients will be notified ‘one month ahead of their next bill’, before any alterations are made.
Four of DStv’s five main services are more expensive than Netflix’s highest-priced package. However, DStv Access is a cheaper option than the Premium or Standard bouquets provided by the online titan:
|Service||Price per month|
|DStv Compact Plus||R539|