Without exaggeration, Netflix is the most popular streaming service worldwide. However, that doesn’t mean it’s the most affordable.
Netflix currently has 3 plans available: Standard with ads ($6.99/mo), Standard ($15.49/mo), and Premium ($19.99/mo).
As for the price of the ad-supported plan, it is somewhere in the middle among similar plans from other streaming services. The first place in this category is occupied by Max, with a price of $9.99/mo. The cheapest plans are from Paramount Plus and Peacock ($5.99/mo).
On the other hand, Netflix’s price for the Standard subscription plan seems pretty steep. For example, their direct competitor, Disney+, has a $10.99/mo price for a similar plan without ads. And that price includes viewing the content in 4K. Meanwhile, to watch Netflix in 4K resolution, you’ll have to subscribe to the Premium plan and pay $19.99/mo.
And even though Disney+ will raise the cost of the ad-free plan to $13.99, that’s still cheaper than on Netflix.
Well, let’s compare below the subscription plans available on Netflix today, as well as their cost compared to similar plans on other popular streaming services.
How much do Netflix plans cost?
Netflix offers a variety of subscription plans tailored to fit the diverse needs of its global audience. Each plan differs regarding streaming quality, the number of devices allowed, and price.
Here’s a breakdown of the current plans available in the US:
|Standard with ads||Standard||Premium|
|Simultaneous watching||2 devices||2 devices||4 devices|
|Quality||Full HD||Full HD||Ultra HD (4K)|
|Extra members||No||1 for an additional fee of $7.99/mo||2 for an additional fee of $7.99 each/mo|
|Downloads||No||2 devices||6 devices|
It’s essential to note that the prices mentioned above might vary depending on the region or country. I’ll cover how to find out the price of a Netflix subscription in your country at the very end of this article.
How does the Extra Members feature work on Netflix?
Another unique feature of Netflix is the ability for primary account holders to add extra members. These extra members have their own account and password, but their membership is paid for by the person who invited them.
The subscription owner must pay $7.99/mo for each member separately.
Netflix Standard price:
- With 1 extra member – $23.48/mo.
Netflix Premium price:
- With 1 extra member – $27.98/mo.
- With 2 extra members – $35.97/mo.
What is Netflix spatial audio?
Netflix spatial audio is a feature available exclusively on the Premium plan. It is designed to enhance the auditory experience for users without the need for surround sound speakers or home theater equipment. This feature is compatible with all Netflix-supported devices.
Users can search for “spatial audio” within the Netflix app to find content that supports spatial audio. Titles available with spatial audio will have a distinct “spatial audio” label next to their description.
Is it worth overpaying for more expensive Netflix plans?
Choosing a streaming platform’s subscription plan isn’t just about cost but also the user’s needs and preferences. Let’s consider the advantages and disadvantages of different Netflix plans:
Standard with Ads:
- Advantages: Lower subscription cost.
- Disadvantages: Limited streaming quality, the ability to watch on only 1 device at a time, and the presence of ads.
- Best Suited For: Those who watch content alone and are willing to tolerate ads to save money.
Standard without Ads:
- Advantages: No Ads.
- Disadvantages: Overpriced.
- Best Suited For: Perfect for couples. And also for those who just don’t like ads and don’t see the point of switching to Premium due to the lack of devices supporting 4K.
- Advantages: High streaming quality, the ability to watch on multiple devices simultaneously, no ads, and access to exclusive features like spatial audio.
- Disadvantages: Higher subscription cost.
- Best Suited For: Families or groups of friends who can share a subscription and those who value quality and are willing to pay for additional features.
Netflix prices compared to other streaming services
There are many services in the streaming world, each offering unique features and price points. Let’s take a look at how the cost of a Netflix subscription compares to other popular platforms:
|Service||Monthly Price||Annual Price|
|Netflix||Standard with ads - $6.99/mo|
Standard - $15.49/mo
Premium - $19.99/mo
|No annual subscription|
|Apple TV+||$6.99/mo||No annual subscription|
|Hulu||With Ads - $7.99/mo|
No Ads - $14.99/mo
|With Ads - $79.99/year|
|Disney+||With Ads - $7.99/mo|
Premium - $10.99/mo
|Premium - $109.99/year|
|Paramount+||Paramount+ Essential (With Ads) - $5.99/mo|
Paramount+ with Showtime (No Ads) - $11.99
|Paramount+ Essential (With Ads) - $59.99/year
Paramount+ with Showtime (No Ads) - $119.99/year
|Amazon Prime Video||$8.99/mo||No annual subscription|
|Peacock||Premium - $5.99/mo|
Premium Plus - $11.99/mo
|Premium - $59.99/year
Premium Plus - $119.99/year
|Max||With Ads - $9.99/mo|
No Ads - $15.99/mo
|With Ads - $99.99/year
No Ads - $149.99/year
When comparing prices, it’s also important to consider the unique features of each platform, such as available content, streaming quality, and additional benefits.
How much is Netflix in Europe?
Netflix prices in Europe vary from country to country. They are higher in Western Europe and lower in Eastern Europe. Let’s compare Netflix prices in the UK, Germany, France and Spain.
|Standard with ads||£4.99/mo||4.99€/mo||5.99€/mo||5.49€/mo|
|Extra member price||£4.99/mo||4.99€/mo||5.99€/mo||5.99€/mo|
As you can see, the prices are pretty similar. The only thing you may have noticed is another subscription plan – Basic. It is still available in Europe, but it is no longer available in the US.
It has no ads, but the streaming quality is HD (720p). Frankly speaking, watching such a picture on modern 4K TVs will not be entirely pleasant. But for watching Netflix from a smartphone, it’s pretty enough.
How do I check Netflix prices for my country?
As promised, here’s how you can check the Netflix price for your region. Follow these steps:
- Visit this link to open Netflix Plans and Pricing help web page.
- Then select your country from the drop-down list. You can just click on it and type your country to find it faster.
- After that, scroll down. You should see the prices.