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Netflix Package & Service Review

by David Miklos Hazi
Netflix
4.6

Price

4.5/5

Content Amount

5.0/5

Features

4.5/5

Interface

4.5/5

Value

4.5/5

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Original Content
  • Expansive Library
  • Trailer Previews
  • DVD Service Still Available

Cons

  • Losing a lot of content over time
  • No New Releases (not including original content)
  • Content Rotation and Freshness

Netflix Information

  • Type of Service: OTT Platform
  • Price: $8.99/mo. to $17.99/mo.
  • Free Trial: No
  • Number of Movies: 3,000+
  • Number of TV Shows: 2,000+
  • Streaming Quality: 4K HDR

What is Netflix?

Netflix (R) is a subscription DVD by mail and video on-demand service. This service originally started by mailing DVDs for rent to subscribers but now is most well-known for its streaming service. In July 2020, Netflix became the largest entertainment/media company by market capitalization. As of October 2020, Netflix had over 195 million paid subscriptions worldwide, including 73 million in the United States. Simply put, Netflix is the streaming king.

In 2010, Netflix began growing the streaming service which currently operates in 190 countries. Like all streaming services, it has grown and changed over the years. Netflix is definitely one of the companies that have spearheaded the streaming revolution. They offer thousands of titles on-demand and have produced hundreds of critically acclaimed original series.

Netflix has been an incredibly popular on-demand service even for people who still have traditional cable or satellite services. It does not offer live streaming TV. Netflix does not require a contract; subscribers pay a monthly fee to access a large catalog of movies and tv shows on-demand. There is no professional installation and the service is delivered over an internet connection. Users can watch Netflix on smart devices such as smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and more.

Netflix Streaming Packages and Pricing

The service currently offers subscribers three different streaming plans: Basic, Standard, and Premium. All of these plans gives subscribers access to the exact same content. The difference between the plans is the resolution offered and how many simultaneous streams you get.
Here is a breakdown of the different streaming plans:

FeatureBasicStandardPremium
Price
$8.99/month
$13.99/month
$17.99/month
HD available
Ultra HD available
Simultaneous Streams
1
2
4
Watch on your laptop, TV, phone, and tablet
Unlimited movies and TV Shows
First month free
*Subject to change. Confirm with Netflix.

Netflix DVD-By-Mail Plans and Pricing

House of Cards Netflix Original
Netflix still offers the DVD service as well. The DVD catalog for movies is far larger than the streaming catalog. DVD plans start at $7.99/month (in addition to the streaming plan, if any) for one DVD at a time, for two DVDs maximum for the month. To get one DVD at a time but an unlimited about of DVDs per month the price is $11.99/month. And finally, the last plan gives you two DVDs at a time and unlimited exchanges. Blue-ray discs are an additional fee.

What to Watch on Netflix

Netflix Popular Movies

Netflix has a wide variety of content. The service offers on demand access to 3,000+ movies and 2,000+ TV shows. You can watch episodes of popular TV shows or binge watch entire seasons. They also have every major genre available from westerns to dramas to documentaries. There are actually 27,000+ genres.

The service licenses content from several studios such as NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS, WarnerMedia, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, Mattel, Hasbro, and others. Netflix has also invested billions of dollars in producing its own original content such as sitcoms, comedy specials, documentaries, TV series, and more.

Some of the most popular titles on Netflix includes Tiger King, Master of None, The Last Dance, Mindhunter, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Cobra Kai, Stranger Things, BoJack Horseman, and a lot more. The more you watch Netflix the better the service becomes at recommending content you may be interested in.

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Compatible Device List For Netflix

Subscribers can access the service with virtually every streaming media device or player out there. This includes smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, laptops, set top boxes, gaming consoles, and more. Popular brands include Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple, Google, and others. Here is a list of Netflix supported devices:

  • Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX
  • Android smartphones and tablets (in SD, or more correctly 480p, while “HD playback is available on select Android devices”)
  • Android TV devices
  • Apple: Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Color, Nook Tablet, Nook HD
  • D-Link Boxee Box (only supports Netflix USA and Canada; not Netflix in other countries)
  • Fetch TV includes both Fetch Mighty, and Fetch Mini (only available in Australia)
  • Google Chromecast can receive a Netflix stream from a supported mobile device or Chrome
  • Google TV devices
  • Insignia Blu-ray Disc players and home theater systems
  • LG Electronics: some Blu-ray Disc players,[26] TVs, and home theater systems
  • Microsoft: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Xbox One
  • Nintendo: Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
  • Panasonic: some Blu-ray Disc players, televisions and home theater systems
  • Philips: some Blu-ray Disc players and TVs
  • Roku streaming player
  • Samsung: some Blu-ray Disc players, home theater systems, smartphones, TVs, and tablets
  • Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ HD media player
  • Sharp: some LED/LCD TVs and Blu-ray Disc players
  • Sony Blu-ray Disc players,[36] televisions, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4
  • TiVo DVRs (HD, HD XL, Series3, Premiere, Premiere XL, Roamio, and Bolt boxes)
  • Viewsonic VMP75
  • Vizio: some Blu-ray Disc players and TVs
  • Western Digital WD Live Plus media player
  • Yamaha BD-A1020
  • YouView set-top boxes in the UK

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