For only $7.99/£5.99 you can have unlimited streaming to all the content Netflix has to offer. Sounds like a great deal, right? Well that depends on what you are looking for.
If you looking for the most up to date content, and all the latest movie and television releases, you may be disappointed. However if you are happy with a wide range of content, which for the most part dates as late as 2009/2010, then you will be much happier with the service Netflix has to offer.
In terms of TV shows, you can normally, from my experience expect to see last year’s season, as the latest content available, so you’re a year behind the TV schedules. So this isn’t going to replace you TV subscriptions, or your Hulu account, but if there’s a show you missed, or that show everyone goes on about but you never got into, then it’s a great opportunity to get into it. And the great thing about getting into a show as a latecomer is that, depending on how late you are, you don’t have to wait a week to watch the next episode, for however many seasons. So a great alternative for TV Box Set fans.
What I expect most people’s draw to Netflix will be however is their movie library. Now as I’ve said you do not get the most up to date content, most movies are at least 3 years old. That’s not to say you won’t get movies from 2011 (at the time of the article) on there, but these newer movies, are often less popular straight to DVD movies, which the majority of subscribers I suspect couldn’t care less about. The most up to date ‘big’ movie I’ve seen on Netflix is probably Iron Man 2, which dates to 2010.
I wouldn’t expect the latest DVD releases to be on Netflix anytime sooner either, movies studios wants to make as much money from other sources as they can, and the cost to Netflix of acquiring the right to show these films earlier would mean compensating on the subscription fee.
The movie content offered however is, in my opinion very good for the price. Movies are organised by genre, and also based on your own ratings of movies, recommendations are made for you, and these recommendations are generally reasonable. You can also link it up to Facebook to see what you friends are watching, which assuming you have similar taste in movies, is a useful tool. Films available range for the popular to the smaller foreign films, although fans of foreign films may struggle more to find the film they want, as this forms a smaller focus of their content, as they have to please the masses.
I would be impossible to tell you all their content, but you can look up their range of films on their website, so it’s worth checking it out to see if it’s right for you.
In an age where piracy rules all, I feel this is a great step toward tackling the problem. With Netflix you can watch on your laptop/PC but can also access it on your TV, which I feel is a much better viewing experience, through your games console, or supported on some blu-ray players, apple TV and through some TVs directly. Also the HD streaming quality on most content is far superior to that of online pirate copies. And for the price of one cheap DVD per month, for a choice of hundreds, it’s worth the swap.
It should also be noted that the content variances between the US and UK Netflix services varies a lot, as the US version has a significantly greater library of content, and in my opinion the UK version may be worth holding out on until it reaches the same quality of its US counterpart.
Short answer: YES