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Netflix plainly has a lot of excellent features - especially given its cost per month. It operates on virtually all reputable platforms and offers plenty of movies and full television show seasons. The only fault with Netflix is the somewhat dated content for both television shows and films, but given it's price, and if your not after the latest blockbusters then it is a service well worth subscribing to.
Netflix has been providing their online movie streaming service in the United States since 1999. Its present price - as it is in Canada - is $16 a month for both internet streaming and one-disc at a time DVD-rentals (internet streaming exclusively costs $8 a month). Whilst earlier in January, Netflix moved eastwards and launched its television and film streaming service and charges $7.99 (£6.99) for it. It's unlimited library of contents makes one initially think that its flawless but as with any service, of course, there are always drawbacks to account for!
The fact that Netflix supports HD-quality streaming should be seen in the context of its rivals. For example LoveFilm provide only normal definition streaming which - in this day and age - just does not suffice given the advancement of technology in consumer households. While Netflix offers three three types of streaming settings - so you can choose the one that best suits your internet package in terms of bandwidth usage:
- Good which is up to 0.3 GB per hour
- Better which is up to 0.7 GB per hour
- Best which is up to 1 GB per hour
- HD which is up to 2.3 GB per hour.
As expected, your quality of picture is pursuant to your bandwidth. Thus for the best possible viewing experience, make sure others aren't downloading in other rooms! For those of you, too, with an Apple iPad or any Apple product for that matter, I humbly implore you to install the app as soon as possible! The quality is fantastic and is ideal if others are using all the televisions in the house - speaking from experience here :) In terms of the interface set-up is easily done as all you require is Microsoft Siverlight installed on your device. While, it is equally undemanding to search for your desired TV programmes or films - important, obviously, if you only have a small screen on your phone for example. By contrast, of course, Amazon Prime has no sense of organisation of its content. The fact that it lacks the ability to rewind on many TV shows vividly portrays how pivotal a good interface is.
Usable on practically all platforms
Again, Netflix's higher compatibility rate with a higher number of devices should be seen within the context of its main competitors. Indeed, it is available on more devices than Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime are, thereby increasing its accessability to consumers. Netflix offers its service on games consoles such as PS3, Wii and Xbox 360, over-the-top televisions like Boxee and Roku as well as on apps on various Samsung TV's, Apple and LG Home theatre systems. Arguably, its compatibility with Android certainly puts it far above its market competition as we now see consumers increasingly purchasing Android products as it continues to threaten Apple's iOS software.
Limited and somewhat obselete content
The major disadvantage to Netflix is that it does not have fresh content - particularly movies - added that often. Since the aforementioned price hike in January, it has lost more contracts with consumer electronic companies such as Sony and Starz. Granted, it has a decent amount of TV series on offer but the movies are not updated enough and the majority tend to be B-rated movies. This disadvantage is in stark contrast to Hulu Plus whose main advantage is its content. Even though its a newer service, it has ongoing contracts with sizeable networks such as ABC and Fox thus meaning it has the legal ability to streamline and upload TV episodes an hour after airing together with lots of new movies.
Netflix plainly has a lot of excellent features - especially given its cost per month. It operates on virtually all reputable platforms including iOS and Android - while its market competitors function on a considerably less number of devices. By extension, its easy-to-use interface means it can be easily used on all these platforms. The services's HD streaming capability, too, means you can enjoy a high quality video experience relative to your bandwidth limits. However, the fact that Netflix does not regularly update its films and TV programmes is a massive disadvantage. Practically all its global competitors such as Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime and Lovefilm have more streamlined content - which is really what the consumer principally wants from this sort of online service!
The decision to purchase a Netflix subscription, of course, is dependent upon which country you inhabit. If for example, you live in the USA or Canada, it may not be the best service out there since Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime have more content on offer for more cost-effective prices. However, in countries such as the UK, where these sorts of online movie streaming services are relatively new, its probably the best one out there at this moment in time.
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