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Reports claim Netflix’s subscription prices could increase again soon

Published: 29/Sep/2020 2:13

by Tanner Pierce

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According to analysts, Netflix could be, once again, raising the prices for their subscription service, which is sure to annoy customers – although nothing has been confirmed at the time of this writing.

While Netflix has some fantastic content, the company is also known for raising their prices every few years. What once was an simple, flat $8 subscription fee here in the United States can now range anywhere from $9 for the most basic membership to $16 for a premium membership.

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Because of this, it’s unreasonable to assume the company would stop raising prices now, especially when Netflix is as popular as ever – and, just like always, consumers will more than likely be ok with it. Now, it seems like we might be on the cusp of yet another increase, according to one analyst and Deadline.

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Netflix, which currently owns hit TV shows like Stranger Things, is reportedly considering a price increase.

Alex Giaimo, the Vice President of Jefferies (an investment bank and financial services company) said that there’s been a recent change internally at the streaming company about whether or not to increase prices. According to Giaimo, Netflix is now considering a price increase, although the details of this are unclear.

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Giaimo says that he thinks the price jump will most likely hit Europe and will be an increase of $1 to $2 a month. That being said, an increase in America is not out of the question either, and it’s currently unclear if there’s a possibility of both areas of the world being affected.

The one unknown in all of this is the timing. While Giaimo says that the increase will probably happen in the “near to midterm,” it’s unknown exactly what that means. Could we be seeing an announcement within the next few weeks or the next few months? It’s all up in the air.

The last price increase for the company came in early 2019, so it hasn’t exactly been a while since then.

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Under normal circumstances, a price increase would probably not cause a major problem; the current state of the world means that families are pinching pennies, and they may not be so keen on keeping the service around if they start charging more.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the months to come.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.