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Netflix Plans to Raise Prices After Actors Strike Ends


The company’s move is the latest in a series of recent price increases by the country’s largest streaming platforms.

A scene from Netflix’s “Sex Education.” The company has been the only major streaming platform not to raise prices over the past year. Premium
A scene from Netflix’s “Sex Education.” The company has been the only major streaming platform not to raise prices over the past year.

Netflix plans to raise the price of its ad-free service a few months after the continuing Hollywood actors strike ends, the latest in a series of recent price increases by the country’s largest streaming platforms.

The streaming service is discussing raising prices in several markets globally, but will likely begin with the U.S. and Canada, according to people familiar with the matter. It couldn’t be learned how much Netflix will raise prices by or when exactly the new prices will take effect. Netflix declined to comment.

Over the past year or so, the cost of major ad-free streaming services has gone up by about 25%, as entertainment companies look to bring their streaming platforms to profitability and lead price-conscious customers to switch to their cheaper and more-lucrative ad-supported plans.

Streamers are also starting to look at how they can create new pricing tiers around exclusive programming, like live sports, without running the risk of driving people away from their core offerings.

Disney is discussing launching a new live sports tier of Disney+ in markets outside of the U.S., according to people familiar with the situation. Last month, Warner Bros. Discovery said it would soon add live sports to its Max streaming service that will eventually cost interested subscribers an additional $9.99 a month.

Apple TV+ is selling Major League Soccer’s MLS Season Pass for $12.99 a month, or $25 per season to people who subscribe to Apple TV+, and $14.99 a month or $29 per season to those who don’t.

Netflix, which stands out from its peers by running a profitable streaming business, has been the lone streaming giant not to raise prices over the past year—focusing instead on boosting revenue by cracking down on password sharing. Its latest price increase came in January of 2022.

The company plans to wait until the dual Hollywood writer and actor strikes end before increasing prices. The Writers Guild of America announced a tentative agreement with studios last week and the Screen Actors Guild, which went on strike in July, restarted negotiations with Hollywood studios this week.

In July, Netflix stopped offering its basic $9.99-a-month ad-free tier in the U.S., which had the effect of significantly expanding the price gap between its $15.49 standard ad-free plan and its $6.99 ad-supported tier, which it launched last November.

Next week, the prices of the ad-free versions of Disney’s streaming platforms—Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+—are officially going up, an increase the company announced during the summer. It marks the second time since last fall that Disney raised prices, following a string of similar announcements by the owners of Peacock, Max, Paramount+ and Apple TV+.

The recent wave of price increases comes after entertainment companies lost billions of dollars as they spent big on content while ​charging bargain-basement prices for their services in pursuit of fast growth.

There is one category that Disney is leaving untouched: the advertising-supported versions of Disney+ and Hulu, which will be $6 and $10 cheaper, respectively, than the ad-free alternatives once the latest increases go into effect on Oct. 12.

“We’re obviously trying with our pricing strategy to migrate more subs to the advertiser-supported tier," Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger said in August during a call with investors to discuss the company’s quarterly results.

Disney, Netflix and Warner Bros. Discovery have recently said the ad-supported versions of their streaming platforms generate more money per user than their ad-free counterparts, as the advertising revenue more than offsets the lower subscription cost.

Amazon also is adding a new pricing tier for its Prime Video service. Starting next year, the company will include ads in its Prime Video offering and will charge U.S. subscribers $2.99 more for an ad-free tier.

Over the past year, Netflix has taken other measures to get more money from people watching its service. It began asking households to pay a new monthly fee to share an account with people who don’t live with them, and booted freeloaders in the hopes that they would pay for a new account. Netflix executives said the move was, in effect, a price increase.

Write to Jessica Toonkel at and Sarah Krouse at

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