There is a big catch, even if Netflix offers an extremely extensive and always new range of films and series. There is a threat of regular and sudden Netflix price increases by a special clause in the General Terms and Conditions (GTC). The service is already significantly more expensive than others such as Amazon Prime. A court ruling now speaks of a ban.
No sudden Netflix price increase: More protection for current subscriptions
With a judgment of the Berlin Regional Court in December 2021, a lawsuit by the Federal Consumer Organization (vzbv) was upheld according to its own statement. This is reported, among other things, by the daily mirror. It states that Netflix is not allowed to change a price increase for current subscriptions (AZ: 23 U 15/22).
According to Jana Brockfeld, vzbv’s legal officer, the association complained that “the conditions are formulated so unclearly that they give the group scope for arbitrary price increases”. The district court agreed. As the vzbv also stated, according to the court there was no additional clarification “that Netflix is not only allowed to adjust prices upwards, but is obliged to reduce prices in the event of cost reductions”.
The vzbv continues to explain that there are no clear criteria to make price changes that have been asserted comprehensible or verifiable for customers. The Netflix terms and conditions state that costs may change “from time to time” and “at our reasonable discretion”. This is therefore necessary “to reflect the effects of changes in the overall costs associated with our service”.
Although the current ruling denies the right to arbitrary price increases at Netflix, a binding ban has not yet been finally determined. Because: The streaming provider has now lodged an objection to the decision of the district court at the Berlin Court of Appeal.
If you want to pay less for your Netflix subscription in the meantime, you can use a hidden Netflix trick via the app. Otherwise, the costs for Netflix 2021/2022 have been stable for the time being.
Sources: Federation of Consumer Organizations, Der Tagesspiegel