Should you buy Netflix?
As many of you may know, Netflix recently washed up on our shores after a long wait (those being the ones surrounding the United Kingdom). So we can now stop worrying about being the inferior land mass due to our lack of online streaming services (be quiet LoveFilm). But has Netflix really been worth the wait? Or is it just another feeble attempt to replace our beloved DVD’s and Blu-ray’s?
What do you get?
Well, available to us in Britain is the streamlined, or basic, version of Netflix, depending on which way you want to look at it. On offer is their streaming service where, for the price of £5.99 per month, you can stream all the TV shows and movies that you want. Well, to a certain extent you can at least, because the selection of shows and movies on offer is far from amazing but I’m sure that it will improve in that aspect as time goes on and more rights are acquired.
How’s the quality?
Of everything I have watched so far, the visual quality has been nothing less than excellent. The content looks great on any normal high definition TV, whether it’s coming through the Xbox 360 or straight through the computer. As for the sound, I can’t comment in great depth unfortunately as my sound system consists of TV speakers and nothing else (audiophiles leave your opinions in the comments section) but it has been decent as far as I can tell. I have had a few minor problems with there being a slight lag between the visual and audio on a couple of films but I can’t tell whether that’s an inherent problem or just one on my end.
In conclusion, Netflix has made a perfectly respectable entrance into the UK streaming market. It’s certainly not going to revolutionize your TV and movie viewing but I’m sure the catalogue and features will only improve as time goes on. So, providing you’ve got a respectable internet connection, I would fully recommend at least taking advantage of the free month’s trial on offer and checking Netflix streaming out.