NEWS: Netflix Ultra Membership threatens an 'HDR Tax'

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    1. Mark Hodgkinson

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      And they wonder why people pirate things :rolleyes:
       
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      So we’d likely be paying around £17 a month for HDR.

      I’d be pretty unhappy about that, particularly as I only watch Netflix on one device.
       
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      not so good,i can see a big backlash to this,had a £1.00 increase in october,would not be happy with another 2 or 3 quid.
       
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      Same here. I want the top tier in quality. But just one device is fine.

      I think all that will happen is people will start sharing subscriptions. Got four mates? Split it between yourselves.
       
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      I'd be well annoyed of they upped the price for HDR. Just feels like a cash grab.
      Would be better if they reduced the number of screens from 4 to 2 at the current top tier instead of removing HDR.
      I'd seriously consider cancelling if HDR went up to that much.
      Obviously I'd be happier if they just left it as it was.
       
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      It feels like a cash grab, because that’s exactly what it is.

      Very disappointed, perhaps naively, I thought Netflix were better than this.

      I think I’d just cancel it and subscribe for the odd month or two to watch my favourite shows. Overall they will get less money from me so seems a very poor decision from all aspects from Netflix.
       
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      I already binge and then cancel. I wish they had a one stream option that was cheaper. I don't need 4 steams anyway.
       
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      totally,only watch via the tv app,they need to provide more choice,as in 1 screen uhd up to 4 for households.
       
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      Given what Sky charge for their most basic package I don’t think this is too bad. No one likes a price increase, but if it’s paying for more quality stand alone stuff like Lost in Space or Altered Carbon then it might be worth it.
      Content is king, and Netflix will live or die by it.
       
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      As the price creeps up, I'll start subbing every 2-3 months and binge rather than let it roll.
      While I love Netflix, there is plenty of cheaper content around, Now tv (finally going 1080p this year), iplayer (have started to use it more after ignoring it for the last year)...
       
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      Its difficult to compare Sky to Netflix - Sky still does it by "channels" which doesnt really exist in Netflix

      Sky is also primarily about movies and sport, with some unique content from US TV, where as Netflix is primarily its own (TV) content with a few of its own movies, but with (pretty old) movies and TV shows thrown in for good measure.

      (dont get me started on Netflix's bad habit of changing film titles to English even when they arent - just be ***** honest about it and keep the original title , even if you have a "subtitle " title in english)

      It works for both that its hard to directly compare

      I was actually under the impression Netflix just had a price rise - but this would be unforgivable if they did this, as mentioned 4k and HDR should be in the same price band , very hard on the (relatively ) early adaptors to split them now.

      Also be careful what you wish for - Netflix may also start limiting the number of devices you watch on (like sky does with its awful desktop / tablet app) as well as number of streams.... always wound me up that they didnt use the hardware Mac address, but some software code which changed with every windows update (so you had to delete old devices and refresh one at a time every time a Win10 update came along)

      /rant over
       
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      I hope Netflix doesn’t do this. It seems like a very (faceless) corporate thing to do, give there customers something to only take it away and hold it behind a pay wall. While it may only seem like a few extra pounds but having multiple services starts to add up each month. While I know this may sound strange but I find Netflix is realising far to much content. Trying to look through everything becomes overwhelming to say the least.
       
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      Given that Net Neutrality has been disintegrated in the US so Netflix can be legally charged more by the likes of Comcast and Time Warner to their "premium high speed access", Italy doing this, more price tiers are I think going to appear.

      As long as the content stays good and plentiful, I'd consider dropping Sky or maybe soon to be Virgin when the price starts getting too high to have both.
       
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      I'm not paying extra for HDR.

      If you want Netflix to not charge extra for HDR, then don't pay for it. If enough people refuse to pay and vocally make it aware to Netflix that it's customers aren't happy, they'll revert the change. I can't see this happening but it's worth the try.

      Hopefully Amazon Prime are smart enough to see the big PR boost this would give them if they say they won't charge extra for HDR.

      Also question: How much more bandwidth does HDR add to a stream? Obviously 4K is more taxing on Netflix's servers vs. 1080p so they need to charge more to compensate but does HDR really add to that taxation? I'm inclined to say no but I'm no expert on this.
       
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      As far as I'm aware, HDR is simply metadata, so "fudge all" is my guess
       
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      I shared my with a friend at the moment,so her daughter can watch stuff on her Ipad,99% of my viewing is hard media so if the price go up to much,i will see how much they will want to pay,but i could easily cancel,as i hardly ever use it :)
       
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      No they're just cheapscapes :rolleyes:
       
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      Sky rips it's customers off, so it's ok if Netflix rips it customers off as well?
       
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      The Netflix doesnt even offer lots of HDR content,i would be ok with a minor price increase if every new release was 4k/HDR AND the bitrate gets a minor bump.
       
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      Will def cancel if that’s the case, I watch Netflix for 4k content compared to other countries the uk doesn’t get much as it is. All that I will do is just keep prime and buy stuff of appletv if that’s the case.
       
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      I would be willing to pay for HDR if they up the bitrate from a low 15 to around 30-40 mininum.
      15 bitrate just ain't good enough for 4K HDR.
      If they don't which I suspect they won't then its a (Dragon Dens style) NO from me.
      Prices do rise then I will go back to HD and leave 4K from them, it's not even that good anyway due to the bitrate.
      You would pay for quality viewing not for grainy 4K.
      Cough Cough! :D
       
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      US as the best content anyway, us 2nd rate citizens in the UK always get shafted.
      I might try Amazon, give that a go after being one year with Netflix, don't get me wrong, I had no issues with Netflix and there plenty accounts you can buy cheap from 3rd party sources but will be willing to try something else instead........
       
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      So if I'm reading that right. Those of us who are currently on the top tier already get UHD and HRD but to keep this we would need to go up to the new tier and pay more? So they are basically just removing something we already have and creating a new more expensive package for what we already have?
      the article says dropping from 4 streams to 2 but the picture shows 4 and 4 so not sure where the 2 comes in. Most people I'm sure, wouldn't miss the drop in streams but we use it as a family think so can often max out the streams on a regular basis.
       
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      4k is not really the best on Netflix anyway. Wonder how many people just have it and not really checked the quality. Pay top dollar cos kids watch it. Cant think of the last 4k title I watched and was impressed on Netflix after the honeymoon period was over. HD will serve me just as well. Or cancel.
       
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      I won't be paying any increase for HDR. I'll just do what others have suggested and just subscribe for a month or so here and there to bingewatch.
       
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      Dear Netflix.

      15 bitrate is not 4k...
      Youtube is the only one that gives full bandwidth for 4K.
       
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