NETFLIX has hiked prices by up to £24 a year for some of its more popular packages so we’ve come up with ways to help you slash your bills.
The price rise means new customers will have to pay £11.99 for the premium package and £8.99 for the standard one.
2 Netflix has hiked prices for users by up to £2 a monthCredit: Alamy
This is up from £9.99 a month for a premium package and a standard to £7.99 set by a previous rise in 2017.
Telly addicts who already have an account will see monthly bills rise by up to £2 a month from the day their next payment is taken.
But there are several ways that you can beat the hikes – and even save yourself £72 a year by swapping packages or sharing your account.
Of course, you’ll save more by giving it up altogether but for many of us that’s not an option. Here’s how you can cut the cost of your Netflix bill:
New Netflix pricesHERE’S how much each UK Netflix package has risen by…
Basic Netlix package stays the same at £5.99
The standard Neflix plan used to be £7.99 and is now £8.99
The premium Netflix plan used to be £9.99 and is now £11.99
1. Share your account and split the bill – Save up to £42 a year
This may sound like an obvious one but don’t pay for more that one subscription per household, especially if you tend to watch telly at the same time.
Plus, Netflix lets you share your plan with people who live in the same house so if you upgrade to a standard or premium account you can watch TV in different rooms at the same time.
A standard plan lets user stream shows on two devices at the same time, while a premium pass allows streaming of up to four different programmes simultaneously.
Splitting the cost of a premium plan between four of you would cost £2.50 each – saving you £3.49 each when compared to a personal basic plan.
2. Get the right plan for you – Save up to £72 a year
There are three types of plans available – the more expensive the package, the more screens you can simultaneously watch TV on, the better the quality and the more devices you can download programmes to.
If you don’t share your account and aren’t bothered about the picture quality then switching to a basic plan could save you up to £72 a year.
2 Netflix’s The Crown was watched by around seven million viewers worldwideCredit: Netflix
3. Make the most of free trials – Save up to £11.99
Thinking about signing up? The streaming services offers a free 30-day trial period for the premium plan that’s worth up to £11.99 for the month.
You’ll have four weeks to binge watch as much telly during that time as you like, and if you time it right, you may even be able to catch the new series of The Crown.
But you do have to enter in your credit or debit card details which will automatically be charged if you forget to cancel your subscription at the end of the trial.
You’ll be notified three days before it’s due to end but it’s best to set your own calendar reminder just in case.
4. Cheaper to buy through your TV package – Save up to £84 a year.
You may be able to cut the cost of Netflix by signing up to the subscription service through your existing TV package.
Netflix – the key statsHERE’S a look back at the latest official Netflix stats from 2017…
Netflix members watched more than 140 million hours per day
That’s just over one billion hours per week
The most popular day for Netflix viewing was Sunday, January 1
Mexico had the most members watching Netflix every single day.
One person watched Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 365 days in a row
The average member watched around 60 movies on Netflix in 2017
The most popular show to “devour” (watching more than two hours per day) was American Vandal, followed by 3% and 13 Reasons Why
The most popular show to “savour” (watching less than two hours per day) was The Crown, followed by Big Mouth and Neo Yokio
One user in Antarctica binged through Shameless in 2017
For example, if you already have Sky Q you can add Netflix and Sky Box Sets to your plan – and it will save you £7.
To add the Netflix standard plan to your Sky package normally costs more at £19 a month but combining it with Sky Box Sets (normally £5 a month) it will cost you just £12 extra.
You’ll only save cash if you actually use all of the services that you’ve signed up to – and you already have Sky Q.
5. Pause or cancel your account – Save up to £132
Are you only paying for Netflix to watch the final series of Orange Is The New Black? Then there’s no need to pay for it all year round.
There’s no sign-up free to Netflix so cancelling your subscription for the months that you don’t watch it could save you cash.
Unlike traditional TV stations, Netflix drops and entire series in one go, which means you can binge watch your favourite shows in one weekend (let’s be honest, who hasn’t done this?).
By only signing up to the service for one month and cancelling your subscription for the remaining 11 months of the years until a new season is released then you could save up to £131.89 a year.
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6. Do you really need your account? – Save up to £144
If you’re only using your account to catch up on old episodes of Gavin and Stacey then you’re probably wasting your cash.
Use the free online JustWatch tool to find out which streaming service has your shows you’re looking for.
It scans through more than 20 services in total including free ones like BBC iPlayer and Al 4, searching by things like title, actor or director.
Completely giving up Netflix could save you up to £131.89 over the year.
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