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You might accidentally be overpaying for your Netflix usage

You might accidentally be overpaying for your Netflix usage

The streaming service offers a number of different price options

The Christmas season is definitely up there with the most expensive times of year, so as we head into the New Year it's time to note that you might be overpaying for your Netflix usage.

From Falling for Christmas to Glass Onion, the streaming service is home to tons of entertaining titles to help see us through the limbo period between Christmas and New Year.

We can't get enough of on-demand viewing, but have you taken a closer look at your Netflix subscription since first setting it up?

The streaming service has four plans available.

Netflix currently has four different plans available to users, all of which cost different prices. If you only use the streaming service every now and again while travelling or looking for some background noise, then chances are you don't need the top notch premium service.

Similarly, if you're a dedicated streamer who loves bingeing show after show at the best possible quality, then you probably don't want to be interrupted by ads.

Lots of users will rely on the service's 'basic' plan to get them through the day - this costs £6.99 ($9.99) per month and offers 'Good video quality in HD (720p)' with the ability to 'watch on any phone, tablet, computer or TV.'

However, if you don't mind having the episodes of your show briefly interrupted every now and again, or perhaps would even welcome the break to go on a quick social media scroll without missing any important details, then you might be able to reduce your spend by a couple of pounds by opting for the Basic with Ads plan.

You might not be able to fully benefit from your Netflix plan.

This package costs £4.99 ($6.99) per month and also offers 'good video quality in HD (720p)' which can be watched 'on any phone, tablet, computer or TV'.

However, Netflix explains: "A limited number of movies and TV shows [are] not available due to licensing restrictions. Downloads not included. Some location and device restrictions also apply."

The plan is more akin to traditional television in that it comes with adverts, but it could be the perfect solution if you're looking to cut costs while still enjoying Netflix's catalogue of titles.

However, if you're willing to splash out for a slightly better viewing experience, then you could upgrade to the Standard or Premium plans for £10.99 ($15.49) or £15.99 ($19.99), respectively.

You might be able to reduce spends with a cheaper plan.

The Standard plan offers users 'great video quality in Full HD (1080p)', while Premium allows Netflix's 'best video quality in Ultra HD (4K) and HDR'.

Users won't be able to get the most out of the Premium plan unless you have a 4K TV or compatible laptop.

Some internet browsers don't support anything higher than 720p streaming for Netflix.

In order to see whether you're getting 4K, you can search 'test patterns' on Netflix and look for '3840 x 2160' in the top-right corner - this means you're getting full 4K.

If you think changing your Netflix plan could save you some money, you can change it by going on to Netflix and clicking 'Account', and 'Change Plan'.

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Topics: Netflix, TV And Film, Money