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Binge-Watching Netflix Is About to Get More Expensive

New Netflix subscribers will now have to pay $1 more per month than existing members, who will still be charged $7.99 a month for two years. If they cancel during that span and then resubscribe, they'll have to shell out the new price

Binge-watching House of Cards just got a little more expensive.

New Netflix members will have to pay $1 more per month than existing members starting Friday, a company spokesman confirmed. Existing members will still be charged $7.99 a month for the next two years, but they will have to pony up the new price should they cancel during that span and later re-subscribe.

Netflix’s planned price hike was first revealed last month in the company’s quarterly earnings report. Netflix noted in that report that it saw “limited impact” when it raised prices in Ireland from €6.99 to €7.99.

Netflix says the increase in price will help it add more movies and television shows to its lineup and deliver an “even better streaming experience.” As TIME’s Victor Luckerson reported, the company is under pressure to pay high licensing fees to studios—almost $3 billion for shows and movies this year.

“If we want to continue to expand to do more great original content, more series, more movies, we have to eventually increase prices a little bit,” CEO Reed Hastings said in a video conference with analysts in April. “You’re talking about a dollar or two difference per month, so I don’t think that it’s a huge difference.”

A Netflix spokesman told TIME that the global price increases would be between $1 and $2 on a country-by-country basis.

Victor Luckerson contributed to this report.

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