Bad news for Netflix lovers who are trying to save a buck or two, the popular streaming service is set to increase it's monthly charge for Australian customers.
The Australian government's 'Netflix tax' comes into effect on the 1st of July 2017, and the company has taken the opportunity to roll out a new price point for it's different packages.
Gizmodo has reported that the increased prices are as follows:
"On the basic $8.99 plan, which is for a single device and doesn't include HD or Ultra HD streaming, you'll now pay $9.99. On the standard $11.99 plan which includes HD streaming to two devices, you'll now pay $13.99. On the premium $14.99 plan which includes Ultra HD streaming to up to four devices, you'll now pay $17.99."
For the lowest package the increase will mean paying an extra $12 per year, and for the most expensive it will mean an extra $36 per year. In all fairness, the price hasn't changed all that dramatically.
In a statement released to Gizmodo, a Netflix spokesperson said:
"From time to time, Netflix plans and pricing are adjusted as we add more exclusive TV shows and movies, introduce new product features and improve the overall Netflix experience to help members find something great to watch even faster. We also adjust plans and pricing to respond to local market changes, such as tax or regulatory changes.
"Since launching in Australia in 2015, we have not changed pricing. In light of the upcoming GST increase, we will be rolling out updated plans and pricing starting June 28 in Australia. Members will be notified of the changes via email and service notifications."