SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix is raising the price for its most popular US video streaming plan by 10 percent — a move aimed at bringing in more money to outbid HBO, Amazon, and other rivals for addictive shows such as ‘‘Stranger Things.’’
The change announced Thursday affects most of Netflix’s 53 million US subscribers.
Netflix will now charge $11 per month instead of $10 for a plan that includes high-definition and allows people to simultaneously watch programs on two different internet-connected devices.
The price for another plan that includes ultra high-definition, or 4K, video, is going up by 17 percent, to $14 from $12 a month. A plan that limits subscribers to one screen at a time without high-definition will remain at $8 a month.
The increase will be the first in two years for Netflix, although it won’t seem that way for millions of subscribers. That’s because Netflix temporarily froze its rates for long-time subscribers the last two times it raised its prices, delaying the most recent increases until the second half of last year for them.
Netflix isn’t giving anyone a break this time around. It will start e-mailing notifications about the new prices to affected subscribers Oct. 19, giving them 30 days to accept the higher rates, switch to a cheaper plan or cancel the service.
The price increase are being driven by Netflix’s desire to boost its profits as it spends more money to finance a critically acclaimed slate of original programming that includes shows such as ‘‘House of Cards,’’ “Orange Is The New Black,’’ and ‘‘The Crown,’’ in addition to ‘‘Stranger Things.’’
Those series’ successes helped Netflix land more Emmy award nominations than any TV network besides HBO this year. It’s also the main reason Netflix’s US audience has nearly doubled since the February 2013 debut of ‘‘House of Cards’’ kicked off its expansion into original programming.
But paying for exclusive TV series and films hasn’t been cheap. Netflix expects to spend $6 billion a year alone on programming this year, and the expenses are likely to rise as it competes against streaming rivals such as Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, and, potentially, Apple for the rights to future shows and movies.
Amazon (at $99 per year, or about $8.25 per month) offers a lower price than Netflix’s while Hulu’s monthly fee ranges from $8 for a plan with commercials to $11 for a commercial-free plan.
Netflix believes its price rate is justified by recent service improvements, such as a feature that allows people to download shows onto phones or other devices to watch them offline.