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Topic # 196566 4-Jun-2016 17:02
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Finally got an email today advising of the Netflix USA price hike (from $7.99 to 9.99 USD for the standard HD plan), effective July 1st.

 

At the current exchange rate, it's now cheaper by ~$1.50/month to sign up for an NZ account, so bye bye grandfathered US plan!


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  Reply # 1565747 4-Jun-2016 17:56
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Is it worth changing when you consider there are plans to tax (NZ GST) netflix soon (October?).




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  Reply # 1565751 4-Jun-2016 18:14
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Dairyxox:

Is it worth changing when you consider there are plans to tax (NZ GST) netflix soon (October?).



Good point - but can always redo the calculus at that stage *if* they decide to pad the extra 15% on.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1565752 4-Jun-2016 18:14
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Will it be seen as tax avoidance if you continue with a US subscription?

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/74102053/Netflix-tax-why-consumers-should-be-breathing-a-sigh-of-relief

 

I'm looking to change over to NZ$ as well, not just for cost but also to stay clear of any legal issues (if there are any)

 

 


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  Reply # 1565792 4-Jun-2016 19:52
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You can contact Netflix to let them know to switch over to NZ's plan.





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  Reply # 1565793 4-Jun-2016 19:58
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Eek, with the price hike, Netflix has rocketed to about 10% of a traditional Sky subscription!


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  Reply # 1565796 4-Jun-2016 20:02
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dafman:

 

Eek, with the price hike, Netflix has rocketed to about 10% of a traditional Sky subscription!

 

 

 

 

Its a fragmented market.Sky also has sports and movies, sports of which most you can only get through them. But these services will only continue to go up in price as they become more dominant, as it is currently in a growth phase.


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  Reply # 1565801 4-Jun-2016 20:26
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How hard is it to switch to NZ pricing without losing profiles?


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  Reply # 1565917 5-Jun-2016 01:16
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How hard is it to switch to NZ pricing without losing profiles?

 

 

Is this a rhetorical question?

 

I am in the same boat and my USD subscription will increase.

 

I am prepared to accept it but will willingly move to a NZD subscription if I can continue to get US Netflix via third party services.

 

I don't know whether to switch or not.





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  Reply # 1565918 5-Jun-2016 01:24
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To switch Netflix billing without losing profiles.

 

1) Cancel your Netflix subscription.
2) Disable your unblocking service - change your address, location etc to NZ and you'll notice to re-activate your subscription they're asking for it in NZD.
3) Re-subscribe.

 

I actually hit cancel as I was going away and didn't have a need for Netflix during this time and re-activated it a month later.





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  Reply # 1565946 5-Jun-2016 08:17
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To switch Netflix billing without losing profiles.

 

1) Cancel your Netflix subscription.
2) Disable your unblocking service - change your address, location etc to NZ and you'll notice to re-activate your subscription they're asking for it in NZD.
3) Re-subscribe.

 

I actually hit cancel as I was going away and didn't have a need for Netflix during this time and re-activated it a month later.

 

 

 

 

@michaelmurfy, where do you find your address, please? I'm in the account settings option now and can only see a phone number.

 

Here's the advice from Netflix's Help:

 

Streaming-Only Customers:

 

If you are moving to a new country where Netflix is available, there are only a few things to remember:

 

  • Monthly price, billing currency and available payment methods may vary by country.
  • You will be billed in the currency of the country you signed up in.
  • If you wish to be billed in the currency of the country you moved to, just cancel your account, wait until the remainder of the month is over, and then restart your account in your new country.

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  Reply # 1565950 5-Jun-2016 08:25
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$1.90 I would lose more than that a week and put way more in change boxes around town.

Also given the poor selection in the Netflix NZ library if you are still able to access US library stick with it.




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  Reply # 1565951 5-Jun-2016 08:33
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MikeB4: $1.90 I would lose more than that a week and put way more in change boxes around town.

Also given the poor selection in the Netflix NZ library if you are still able to access US library stick with it.

 

I actually use the Canadian library first and foremost, so I don't anticipate an issue changing to NZ in terms of access.


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MikeB4: $1.90 I would lose more than that a week and put way more in change boxes around town.

Also given the poor selection in the Netflix NZ library if you are still able to access US library stick with it.

 

Yes, weird! I see people cancelling Sky and not missing it, so why did you have it and pay for it??? Now NF goes up a teeny amount and its time to switch to NZ version to save that teeny increase?  Whats with this world?


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  Reply # 1565970 5-Jun-2016 09:58
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MikeB4: Also given the poor selection in the Netflix NZ library if you are still able to access US library stick with it.

 

You can still access the US library (via an unblocker, of course) when paying in NZ dollars. It's therefore beneficial to switch regardless (plus you may get a free month too).


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  Reply # 1565995 5-Jun-2016 10:28
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I'd say switching to NZ might also be their next way to localise your content too... If they no longer allow clients of one region to watch another regions content, there go all the dns/VPN workarounds too!

Then there would be literally no way to watch outside your region without the region specific credit card/ phone number they are currently pushing for anyway.

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