Could 'Friends' Be The Reason You're About To Pay More For Netflix?
Some Netflix subscribers speculate the '90s sitcom is largely to blame for the recent price hike.
So no one told you life was gonna be this waaayyy. Your job's a joke, you're broke, and it could all be because of Friends.
About a month ago, the internet threw a tantrum when rumors spread Friends was getting pulled off Netflix. There was such widespread uproar that the company (seemingly) caved and settled on a whopping $100 million deal with Friends owner, Warner Media. The deal would allow Netflix to keep the '90s sitcom on the platform until the end of 2019.
This is obviously a win for fans of the show who can't live without the adventures of Ross, Rachel, and the rest of the caffeine-obsessed gang, but it's a win that might've had a major impact.
On Tuesday, Netflix announced it's jacking up its subscription prices by as much as 18 percent. This is the company's biggest price hike to date. Depending on the type of plan you have, you can expect a $1 to $2 increase. The standard plan —which allows viewers to watch from up to two devices simultaneously — will climb from $10.99 a month to $12.99 a month. The highest tier, which is the Premium Ultra HD plan, will increase from $13.99 to $15.99 a month. Meanwhile, the basic $7.99 plan will be upped to $8.99 per month.
Is the beloved Central Perk gang the culprit? Netflix subscribers seem to think so. Many have flocked to Twitter to point the finger at Friends fans. After all, no matter how measly it may seem, paying an additional $1 to $2 a month for entertainment can be hard to justify for some.
"I hope everyone’s happy with the same episodes of Friends y’all couldn’t live without," one user wrote.
"I’m a firm believer the Netflix subscription went up in price is because they paid $100 million to keep “Friends'," said another. "I hope you’re all happy with yourselves."
Soon enough, it seemed the entire Twitterverse joined in.
Sure, the Friends deal could have contributed to the price hike, but we can't say the show — or its mega-fans — are solely to blame. As Bloomberg reported, it might just be the platform's way of saying "our catalog is worth more now."
Over the last few years, the streaming behemoth has produced tons of original shows and movies, and more than a few were hits. If Netflix had never raised its prices, we probably wouldn't have Bird Box, To All The Boys I've Loved Before, Stranger Things, and Orange is The New Black, among others. We most likely wouldn't have fun holiday movies like The Christmas Chronicles and A Christmas Prince, or even Oscar and Emmy Award contenders like Roma and Making A Murderer.
We're being bombarded with a ton of original, quality content. At the end of the day, we're forking out an extra $1 or $2 to be able to sit on our couches in our pajamas with access to a bevy of immersive shows and movies. Who could put a price on that?
Besides, paying an extra $2 sure is more affordable than shelling out $15 for a cinema ticket, don't you think?