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Why Netflix is hiking up prices in Australia

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If you’re an Aussie that loves Netflix, expect to pay more for your streaming

Australian Netflix users will be forced to pay more, following a recent price hike.

From Thursday, the standard plan will go up by a dollar while the premium plan will jump $3.

New members who sign up from Thursday will be the first to fork out more, while the update to subscription costs will roll out to existing members in the coming weeks.

The exact timing of the price change will depend on the subscriber’s billing cycle, with all members expected to be on the updated schedule over “the next few months”.

Netflix’s basic plan will remain at its current price of $10.99.

Investing in more content

In a statement, a spokesperson for Netflix stated the rise in subscription prices will be used to invest in more content.

“We know Australians have never had more choices when it comes to entertainment, and we’re more committed than ever to delivering an experience that exceeds their expectations,”

the spokesperson said.”

The price for the standard plan changes from $15.99 a month to $16.99 a month.

The price for the premium plan will go up from $19.99 to $22.99 a month.

“Members tell us how much they value the breadth and variety of catalogue, and we’re updating our prices so that we can continue to invest in more shows and films.”

When did Netflix last jack up prices?

The last time Netflix changed subscription prices in Australia was in September last year – when the prices for the platform’s basic and standard plans were raised.

The premium plan has not increased in price for Australian subscribers in two years.

Netflix offers tiered subscription services that restrict — or enhance — the number of screens and devices used at the one time.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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NEW Happy Meal for adults only

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The Hamburglar is back, but this time he’s only reserved for adults

McDonalds is bringing back some of its all-time classics as part of a new Happy Meal offering.

In just a few days, the ‘Cactus Plant Flea Market Box’ will contain a Big Mac, fries, a drink and of course, the famous happy meal toy.

It’s part of a major collaboration between the streetwear brand and the fast-food giant.

The box itself will also have a unique style, with images of a four-eyed Grimace with Cactus buddy.

The streetwear brand has received top marks from big names like designer Kanye West and singer Pharrell Williams.

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World’s top chess player takes aim at his biggest rival

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World chess champion Magnus Carlsen is accusing one of his fellow players of cheating

Carlsen says Hans Niemann has cheated more than he has publicly admitted.

Of course, Hans Niemann ended up beating Carlsen in a major upset earlier this month.

While there’s no evidence of cheating and Hans Niemann believes his long-time rival might be trying to ruin his career.

The teenager says he cheated online when he was 12 and 16 but is denying allegations of ever cheating in person.

It follows weeks of scandal in the world of chess between the pair, after Hans Niemann ended a 53-game winning streak of the world’s top player.

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How a fake Uber driver targeted young women on a night out

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A man who targeted women outside college dorms and downtown bars by impersonating an Uber driver was ordered held without bail

William Mancortes was charged in a Boston Court with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery.

The 43-year-old pretended to be an Uber driver, picked up intoxicated women outside of college dorms and downtown Boston bars three times

Mancortes raped two of the women and indecently assaulted the third.

Each of the victims in the three charged cases completed a Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit.

While the perpetrator’s DNA samples from the kits matched, the samples could not be connected until this year, when his profile was added to the DNA database.

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