FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2011 file photo, a Netflix DVD envelope and Netflix on-screen television menu are shown in Surfside, Fla. Netflix is going to start running original television series from Dreamworks Animation, the company announced Monday, June 17, 2013. Financial terms were not disclosed. Netflix Inc. says the multi-year agreement is its biggest deal ever for original first-run content and includes more than 300 hours of new programming. It expands on an existing relationship between the companies. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Netflix is raising its Internet video prices by $1 per month for new customers and giving its current U.S. subscribers a two-year break from the higher rates.
The changes mean anyone signing up for Netflix's video subscription service beginning Friday will pay $9 per month for in the U.S. The old price of $8 per month will continue until May 2016 for Netflix's existing 36 million U.S. subscribers.
The price increase, Netflix's first in nearly three years, isn't surprise. The Los Gatos, California, company disclosed its plans to raise its rates last month without specifying the precise amount.
Netflix Inc. say its needs more money so it can afford to pay for more original programming along the lines of its Emmy award-winning political drama "House of Cards."