Netflix is raising the price of standard and premium plans – Here's what you need to know

October 29, 2020

It's going to cost a little bit more to Netflix and chill.

The streaming giant has announced its raising the prices of its standard and premium plans in the United States, reported Variety.

The standard plan, which allows subscribers to view content in high-definition on two screens, will increase by $1 from $12.99 to $13.99 per month.

The premium plan, which lets subscribers view content on four screens in Ultra-HD and currently costs $15.99 a month, will increase by $2 to $17.99 monthly.

Netflix’s basic plan, which includes a single screen of non-HD content, will remain unchanged at $8.99 monthly.

The price increases are already in effect for new subscribers. Current subscribers will see the increase in the coming months and will be notified by email ahead of time. The increase will occur in relation to a member’s billing cycle, the company said.

“We understand people have more entertainment choices than ever and we’re committed to delivering an even better experience for our members,” Netflix said in a statement. “We’re updating our prices so that we can continue to offer more variety of TV shows and films — in addition to our great fall lineup. As always we offer a range of plans so that people can pick a price that works best for their budget.”

Netflix last raised prices for U.S. customers in January 2019.

The news comes as the streaming platform revealed a military-themed holiday movie.

Netflix produced a Base Realignment and Closure-themed Christmas movie and named its creation "Operation Christmas Drop."

In the movie, a Congressional staffer (Kat Graham) is sent to an Air Force base during the holidays to determine whether that installation shall be the next BRAC casualty. There, she meets a handsome C-130 pilot (Alexander Ludwig) who airdrops gifts each Christmas. 

The trailer is a cringe-fest for anyone who is not a frequent viewer of Hallmark-esque holiday flicks. 

"I came here to observe and report, not work on my tan and taste the local fare, OK?" Graham's character tells an occasionally partially dressed Ludwig. 

Spoiler alert: Graham's character quickly swoons for the gift-dropping operations and -- if the trailer is any indication -- Ludwig's character. 

Both Operation Christmas Drop and BRAC are real. 

Operation Christmas Drop operates out of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam -- the site of the Netflix movie? Only time will tell. Now in its 68th year, the operation is the world’s longest-running airdrop training mission, providing critical supplies to 55 Micronesian islands like Woleia. It has also served as a coming together for elders and their communities on their respective islands across approximately 1.8 million square nautical miles throughout the Pacific.

And of course, BRAC is the congressionally authorized process DoD has used to reorganize its base structure to "more efficiently and effectively support our forces, increase operational readiness, and facilitate new ways of doing business."

The fact that these two aspects of the film actually exist hopefully bode well for the accuracy of the movie. Again, only time will tell.

Ludwig and Graham aren't nobodies exactly -- Ludwig starred in "Vikings" and you may have caught Graham in "The Vampire Diaries." But will their acting chops be up to the challenge of accurately portraying the military to a civilian population that is pretty unaware of most of the ins and outs of the Department of Defense? Some argued that Netflix's "Space Force" fell into this very pothole -- its all-star cast entertained the DoD-affiliated population, but many of the jokes and nuances went right over the heads of civilians. 

"Operation Christmas Drop" can be streamed on Netflix starting Nov. 5.

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