Netflix has confirmed that it will no longer allow new members to use iTunes as a payment method, a move that seeks to circumvent Apple's App Store cut of 30% for the first year and 15% for subsequent years.
Media streaming service confirmed the change to VentureBeat and says "We no longer support iTunes as a payment method for new members," but existing members are unaffected by this change.
Netflix failed when moving was made globally, but noticed that the change occurred last month, after a limited experiment ended. Also, iOS Netflix users who have canceled the service for at least a month and who will re-join will not be able to use iTunes billing.
In August, Netfix tested this iTunes billing swap in Canada, along with the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, UK, Hungary, India , Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and Thailand.
For new Netflix users to sign up on the iPhone or iPad, they need to sign up for the service via a web browser to sign up, a similar feature made in May for Android, as the company still surrounds Google Play.
What does this mean for new Netflix iOS users? Without the ability to choose iTunes as your payment method, you lose the ability to save 20% of your subscription when your Apple ID is funded by discounted Costco iTunes cards.