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How much is Netflix in the UK?

Netflix subscriptions in the UK start at £5.99/month, but can go up depending on a couple of things; how many people want to use the account and whether you’re bothered about HD and 4K Ultra HD or not. 

Netflix lets you watch its content on up to six different registered devices.  

The £5.99/month Basic Netflix subscription lets you watch on one device at any one time; this means you can start watching the new series of Stranger Things on your desktop during your lunch break, carry on on your phone on the journey home and then on your TV, either via a set-top box or Chromecast when you get in. 

If you want to be able to stream content in HD, then you’ll need the mid-range Standard Netflix subscription. This costs £7.49/month and lets you watch on up to two devices at once; ideal for parents or those living in shared accommodation. 

People with big families who want to be able to watch on up to four devices at once will need a Netflix Premium subscription. This costs £8.99/month and is also required to unlock Netflix’s 4K Ultra HD content. 

How Much Is A Netflix Subscription In The UK?

Membership Plan Number of devices supported Picture Definition Monthly Cost
Basic 1 screen you can watch on at a time SD (Standard Definition) £5.99
Standard 2 screens you can watch on at a time HD (High Definition) £7.49
Premium 4 screens you can watch on at a time HD and Ultra HD (High Definition and 4K Ultra High Definition) £8.99

Did Netflix increase its prices in 2016?

Related: How can I watch Netflix on my TV? What is HD? The difference between 720p, 1080i and 1080pYes – prices went up in May 2016 for older customers with Standard subscriptions. 

The last time Netflix bumped up prices for British customers previously was June 2015; before then customers could expect to pay £6.99/month for a Standard Netflix subscription.  

This is known as ‘grandfathering’ in Netflix-speak; in a letter to investors released in January 2016, Netflix reiterated that US customers on older price plans would be given the option of being moved on to the cheaper SD-only plan or being bumped up to Netflix Standard. 

No other price rises have been announced so far. 

I’m on a capped plan. How much data does Netflix eat up?

Related: Best cheap broadband deals and bundlesNetflix says that it burns through roughly 1GB of data for every hour of SD video you stream.

For HD streams, it’s 3GB per hour and for folks burning through 4K Ultra HD content, you’ll be eating up around 7GB for every hour you watch. 

Basically, if you’re on a limited data plan, you’re going to have to be careful if you want to avoid being stung by out of bundle charges. If you plan on getting a lot of TV watching done, in the long run, it might be cheaper to pay a little more for an unlimited fixed-line plan and only watch via WiFi if you’re streaming on a phone or tablet. 

In the Your Account page, you can tweak the quality of the streams manually, or turn on the Auto feature, which dynamically adjusts the quality depending on how much bandwidth is available. 

What are the minimum bandwidth/download speeds needed for Netflix?

Related: How much is Netflix 4K Ultra HD and what broadband speed do you need? Netflix’s 4K content now available via BT’s Ultra HD TV boxIn order to stream basic standard definition (SD) content, Netflix recommends you have around 2Mbps spare. 

For HD streams, you’ll need at least 5Mbps and for those juicy 4K Ultra HD streams you’ll need 25Mbps. 

This is spare bandwidth mind. If you can get 5Mbps or 25Mbps on a good day, that’s not really going to be enough. You’ll need to have that available at all times in order to ensure consistent quality. 

I heard that Netflix’s HD streams aren’t 1080p Full HD. Is this true?

Standard Netflix subscriptions let you watch content in either 720p HD or 1080p Full HD depending on the device or browser you’re using.

Chrome, Firefox and Opera versions of the Netflix player currently limit you to 720p HD streams, meaning if you want to stream content in 1080p Full HD, you’ll need to reach for Internet Explorer or Edge on Windows machines and Safari on Mac. See, Safari’s good for some things. 


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