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Netflix Retains Value, Despite Price Increase

By David High

Netflix is still worth the admission price, despite its price increases, because of its large content library and its recent addition of diverse content, according to some UAB students.

“We have had Netflix since it was a free streaming service and we love the shows and movies they release, especially since the quarantine,” said Layla Clark, a senior at UAB.

On October 29, Netflix announced that they would be raising the price of their monthly subscription for the popular two-stream HD plan to $14 per month. The price for premium plans on the app also increased from $15.99 to $17.99.

The price raise comes amidst the increase in popularity of other, lower priced, streaming services such as Hulu, Disney+ and Peacock.

Clark said she is a loyal Netflix consumer and rarely watches television because of the app, but she often finds herself watching the same shows over and over after finishing a series.

“We have multiple streaming services so that when one starts lacking content because we’ve watched it all, we just go to the other app,” Clark said.

Even though Clark said she loves the content on the app, she said she wishes Netflix would more clearly display the language of any given show or movie.

“I hate getting five minutes into what sounds like an amazing movie and then they start speaking a language I can’t understand,” Clark said. “I rarely have time to sit and watch a subtitled movie, so it has been a little frustrating recently.”

Angie Sutton, a junior at UAB, said she also decided to keep her subscription to Netflix after she heard about the price changes. She has been paying for her Netflix subscription for three years now and saw no point in getting rid of it now.

“I plan on keeping Netflix with the price raise, but I also have Hulu, and I use a friend’s Disney+ account,” Sutton said.

In July, Netflix’s Strong Black Lead twitter announced that the app would be releasing the classic African American TV shows on their platform in August starting with Moesha.

Sutton said she could not get rid of her Netflix account because of the recent additions of Black-led shows like “Moesha,” “Girlfriends” and “The Parkers.”

“I was so happy when I heard about Netflix adding these classic shows with lead African American roles to their roster because I can reminisce and watch the TV shows I grew up on all over again,” Sutton said.

Edited by Alivia Moore & Ryan Michaels

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