In order to access 4K (also referred to as Ultra HD) content, 4K enthusiasts will now have to sign up for “platinum” plan, which will cost them $12 per month. Formerly, customers on standard HD individual plan, which enhanced from $8 to $9 per month in the first quarter this year, were able to access the Netflix’s library of 4K ultra high definition videos. The new 4k subscription plan will also allow 4 individual users to enjoy 4k content streaming simultaneously on a single account, compared to 2 on the standard HD plan.
The company’s spokesperson stated that the subscription fee has been raised due to the higher production and distribution costs of Ultra HD content. At present, Netflix’s 4K ultra HD content can only be accessed by those who have 4k-compatible models from major 4K TV manufacturers including LG, Sony, Vizio as well as Samsung. In addition, a 25MDPS internet connection will also be required to enjoy uninterrupted streaming. The company has limited collection of 4k movies and TV shows such as complete Breaking Bad, The Blacklist, The Smurfs 2, House of Cards Season 2 and more.
Subscribers who already have access to the 4K UHD videos on one of the low-priced subscription plans will not be charged any additional amount, however new 4K TV owners will be required to subscribe to premium plan for accessing 4k content streaming. Keeping in mind the price of 4K TV models, additional $3 per month ought not to be too aching.