Some users who sign up for Netflix will see a new $6.99 per month plan that limits streaming to one screen at a time. That's a dollar off the regular subscription fee of $7.99 per month, which Netflix now states will allow streaming on up to two screens at a time. Yet a third option is to pay $11.99 per month for the ability to watch streaming content on as many as four screens at the same time, a tier that could come in handy for families.
Reports around the web say Netflix is testing the discounted $6.99 plan to select users. In addition to limiting streams to a single device at any given moment, users who opt for the entry-level subscription will also be limited to standard definition (SD) streams. Both the $7.99 and $11.99 plans include high definition (HD) viewing.
The SD limitation will be a deal killer for some, though at the same time, it might attract users who plan to only watch Netflix on smartphones and even tablets with lower resolution displays. For those users, it's not a bad option.
According to Variety, Netflix is also testing a $9.99 monthly option that would allow for up to three HD streams at the same time, though we didn't see that option when registering for a new account. Netflix says not everyone will see every option it's testing, and that some of these plans "may not be something we ever offer generally."