Netflix Is Raising Its US Subscription Plan Prices

first_img What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Binge-watching Netflix is about to get more expensive: The streaming service just increased its subscription plan prices for U.S. customers.According to Netflix’s website, U.S. customers will now have to pay $1 to $3 more per month to watch content.The Standard plan, which is a Netflix customer favorite and provides HD-quality streaming, will now cost $12.99 per month, which is up from $10.99 per month. Premium subscribers, who have access to Ultra HD-quality streaming, will now pay $15.99 per month compared to $13.99 per month. Basic subscribers are also impacted by the price hike: Netflix’s Basic plan went up from $7.99 per month to $8.99 per month.The Netflix price hike will immediately go into effect for new U.S. subscribers, Variety reported. Netflix told Variety that existing subscribers will be switched to the new pricing plans soon, so they’ll have time to choose whether they want to stay with Netflix or move to another streaming service.Some Netflix customers in Latin America will also be impacted by the Netflix price hike. Netflix customers that live in Belize, Barbados, and Uruguay will have to pay the new subscription rates, because they’re billed in U.S. dollars. Brazil and Mexico, Netflix’s largest markets in Latin America, will not be affected by the price hike for now.Netflix raising its prices isn’t a coincidence: The streaming service is currently competing with other digital subscription platforms, including Amazon Prime and Hulu, which also provide customers with access to more than 500,000 movies, TV episodes, and exclusive content.Netflix, which in in the process of expanding its entertainment library with new TV adult animation series and sci-fi flicks, also aims to reach more audiences in upcoming years.Read more on Geek.com:‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Publisher Sues Netflix Over TrademarksDavid Fincher’s ‘Love, Death & Robots’ Animated Series Is Coming to NetflixNetflix Permanently Removes iTunes Billing for New Customers Stay on targetlast_img read more

Scientists Discover Strangest Crab That Ever Lived

first_img Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Researchers have discovered new branches of the crab family tree, including a 95-million-year-old species that’s being called the “strangest crab that has ever lived” and is helping shed light on the evolution of “crabbiness.”A team of international researchers, led by Yale University paleontologist Javier Luque, uncovered the hundreds of exceptionally well-preserved specimens in rock formations in Colombia and the United States that date back to the mid-Cretaceous period of 90-95 million years ago.The discovery, described in the journal Science Advances, includes hundreds of tiny comma shrimp fossils, with their telltale comma-esque curve; several carideans, which are the widely found “true” shrimp; and an entirely new branch of the evolutionary tree for crabs.But the most intriguing find is Callichimaera perplexa, the earliest example of a swimming arthropod with paddle-like legs since the extinction of sea scorpions more than 250 million years ago. About the size of a quarter, the Callichimaera has “unusual and cute” features — large compound eyes with no sockets, bent claws, leg-like mouth parts, exposed tail, and long body —  typical of crab larvae from the open sea.This suggests that some ancient crabs may have retained a few of their larval traits into adulthood, amplified them, and developed a new body architecture. This is an evolutionary process called “heterochrony.”“Callichimaera perplexa is so unique and strange that it can be considered the platypus of the crab world,” said Luque. “It hints at how novel forms evolve and become so disparate through time. Usually we think of crabs as big animals with broad carapaces, strong claws, small eyes in long eyestalks, and a small tail tucked under the body. Well, Callichimaera defies all of these ‘crabby’ features and forces a re-think of our definition of what makes a crab a crab.”Javier Luque poses with Callichimaera perplexa — a 95-million-year-old species that is shedding light on crustacean evolution. (Photo Credit: Daniel Ocampo R., Vencejo Films)Luque also noted the significance of making the discovery in a tropical region of the world, where there are fewer researchers looking for fossils in the tropics, and where he amount of ground cover and thick vegetation make access to well-exposed rocks more challenging.“It is very exciting that today we keep finding completely new branches in the tree of life from a distant past, especially from regions like the tropics, which despite being hotspots of diversity today, are places we know the least about in terms of their past diversity,” Luque said.More on Geek.com:New Clone-Like Spiders Named After ‘Star Wars’ StormtroopersThis New Species of Snake Can Stab Sideways With Its Mouth Closed500-Million-Year-Old Worm ‘Superhighway’ Discovered in Canada Stay on targetlast_img read more