BINGE price rise: Which packages are going up?
It's an almost 15% price increase for some subscribers on the way from today.
Streaming service BINGE has raised its prices as of 5 July 2022. This is the first change to BINGE's pricing since the service launched 2 years ago.
There is a nearly 15% increase to its Standard package. BINGE isn't the only streaming service to raise its prices of late. This follows a similar price rise from sister sports streaming service Kayo back in April. Netflix also lifted prices in November 2021.
How much is the price increase for the BINGE Standard subscription?
The price of the BINGE standard subscription is increasing from $14 a month to $16 a month.
If you are billed through Apple, your subscription price will increase to $15.99 a month. This is because Apple requires a $XX.99 price point.
All other aspects of the package remain the same. You can still view with 2 simultaneous streams, it is still in HD and new users still get 14 days for free.
When does the BINGE price rise take effect?
You will be charged the new subscription price on your first bill date on or from 5 August 2022, unless you are on an offer.
Why has the BINGE Standard price increased?
The official statement from BINGE is, "The new pricing for the Standard 2 stream tier reflects the value of the second stream and ongoing investment in the BINGE product."
The "ongoing investment" could likely refer to content deals. BINGE already has an agreement with HBO and recently renewed a deal with Sony Pictures, which will see Spider-Man: No Way Home and Ghostbusters: Afterlife drop on BINGE this month. These content deals come at great expense and costs have to be recouped at some point.
What happens to the BINGE Basic and Premium subscription prices?
These prices remained unchanged. A Basic subscription is still $10 a month and allows viewing on only 1 screen at a time. It is also only in standard definition (SD). A premium subscription remains $18 a month for viewing up to 3 devices at the same time, all in high definition (HD). Both packages still offer a 14-day free trial.
How can I avoid the BINGE price rise?
If you're currently a subscriber to the Standard package, you could consider changing to the BINGE Basic package. That will save you $6 a month, yet you'll still have access to BINGE. You get all the same content on the Basic package as the Standard package, but there are 2 major differences that you need to consider.
First, the Basic package only allows 1 stream at a time, as opposed to 2 on the Standard package. If you're the only person that uses your BINGE subscription, that could be an option for you.
The Basic subscription also only allows streaming in SD, which is lower in quality than the HD of the Standard packages. If picture quality is not an issue for you, you could again consider switching to the Basic plan.
Look around for deals on BINGE too, which will save you some money. Currently, Telstra Plus members can save money on BINGE. Gold members can subscribe to BINGE Standard for only $5 a month for 12 months, while Silver members can access it for $10 a month for 12 months.
Likewise, eBay Plus members can also access BINGE at a discount. In fact, a Standard package to BINGE is free for 2 months for eBay Plus members right now.
Keep in mind that these offers are only for a limited time and the cost will revert to the normal $16 a month for the Standard package when the offer period is over.
Is BINGE still good value for money?
It ultimately comes down to what you like to watch. BINGE claims to have over 10,000 hours of content on the service. Finder has tracked over 1,500 TV shows and nearly 1,400 movies. In a general sense, there's a lot of bang for your buck.
But it depends on the type of content you view too. The jewel in the crown of BINGE is HBO content such as classics Game Of Thrones, The Wire and The Sopranos. If you're interested in such premium drama, then BINGE is definitely for you.
There is also a wide mix of comedy and reality shows, plus plenty of movies. Recent highlights to BINGE include Australian original drama The Twelve, timely pre-Roe v Wade era documentary The Janes and drama series The Staircase.
What else can I get for the old price?
If you in no way can stretch your budget right now and can only afford the $14 a month for streaming that you were previously paying for BINGE Standard, there are some other options out there for you if you want to switch from BINGE and not move to the Basic package.
For $8.99 a month, you can have access to either Paramount Plus, BritBox or AMC Plus. At $7.99 a month, you can subscribe to Apple TV Plus. The likes of Prime Video, Acorn TV, hayu and Shudder are only $6.99 a month each. MGM is only $4.99 a month while you can get StarzPlay for $3.99 a month.
If you do the maths right, you could get 2 services for $14. Some of the above are niche services though, meaning they only focus on a certain style of programming. You'll need to compare what they offer and if they're right for you.
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