April 12, 2016 Last Updated 7:38 am

Longtime US and UK customers to get price hike from Netflix

Morning Brief: Digital is the way most people receive their news (along with television), but in places like NYC the printed front page still has value, especially at election time

The movie and TV streaming service is about to test whether a two dollar, or pound and a half increase in price will drive additional revenue, or drive away customers.

Netflix-pricesThe price of the monthly service will go from £5.90 to £7.49 in the UK for those customers who signed on early. In the US, long time customers will see the price go from $7.99 per month to $9.99. That’s the same price as Spotify, as a way of comparison, so one might think that it shouldn’t drive too many customers away.

Long time Netflix customers have, in the past, seen plenty of rate changes. In the early days the rate was determined by how many DVDs one received. Then the streaming service was added and one could go all streaming, all physical media, or a combination of both.

The price hike was announced back in 2014, in a way. At that time the $7.99 price was deemed an introductory rate and was only promised for two years. Those two years are up. For customers signing up then the price rose to $8.99. Now everyone gets a price bump.

For some customers, especially those with UHD TVs, the real price is $11.99.

Most people may get their news via the web these days, but that doesn’t mean that in some places there is still value in the good old front page of the printed newspaper. Especially in New York.


With the NY primary now a week from today, the newspapers are doing some of their best, or at least, most interesting work.

The Daily News has been taking on Donald Trump recently, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and now former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been front page fodder.

The NY Post has been concentrating on local politics these days. Their favorite target is mayor Bill de Blasio. Do a Google search for “Bill de Blasio” and Approval rating and be prepared to laugh: the NYT and other papers recently reported that the mayor’s approval rating had improved to 50 percent. But the NY Post and The Wall Street Journal’s most recent stories say his approval rating had fallen. Both papers are, of course, owned by Rupert Murdoch.

The mayor and Hillary Clinton are in the news today in NYC for a joke told at an annual black-tie event on Saturday.

The Daily News’s report:

Their big moment became a big blunder when a tasteless joke — built off the stereotype that black people are chronically late — fell flat.

“Thanks for the endorsement. Took you long enough,” Clinton deadpanned.

“Sorry, Hillary. I was running on C.P. Time,” de Blasio replied, riffing on the phrase “colored people time,” meaning always late.

Hamilton” star Leslie Odom Jr., who is black and plays Aaron Burr in the hit production, addressed the mayor from the stage.

“That’s not — I don’t like jokes like that, Bill,” Odom said.

Clinton then stepped in to complete the brief gaggable gag with an assurance that her belated supporter meant, “‘Cautious Politician Time.’ I’ve been there.”

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