Hello Guys, in this article of mine, I will tell u all about the ‘NETFLIX’, such that, at the end of the article you will have enough information to decide “WHAT IT IS?” and “IS THIS FOR ME OR NOT?” (For those who know a little about it, can skip the 1st few lines).
WHAT IS NETFLIX AND WHY EVERYBODY IS TALKING ABOUT IT?
Lets start with the basics, Netflix is website where you can stream a huge list of TV SERIES and MOVIES and that too legally!!. Netflixinc. is an international provider of on-demand media streaming service and a flat rate DVD-rental service, serving in many countries of America(north and south both), Europe and many of the eastern countries (more than 190 countries right now).
The reason why it is appreciated so much in the international market is that, it provides region wise content to its customers, i.e. the customers of Spain will get the access, few Spanish content and few American shows. Similarly the customers of different regions of the world will get the content related to their regions. The other reason is, unlike cable networks, you can access any movie or show (obviously which is available in your region wise subscription pack) at any time of the day, easily.
IS STREAMING NETFLIX BETTER THAN CABLE?
This question often arise in the minds of people, who are thinking about subscribing Netflix. I will not say that it can completely replace the cable services, but yes, there are a lot of reasons for the popularity and admiration which makes it a threat for cable companies.
Economically it is pretty cheap as compared to the cable networks prices. The basic cable network plans of United States are around 50-60 dollars, whereas, as you go to the premium plans(which includes some premium channels), they may cost over 90-120 dollars (approximately).
On the other hand, Netflix offers a plan which costs just $7.99/month for unlimited streaming of any titles which are available in your area wise Netflix streaming catalog. Although the multiple screens plan cost around $12/month, which is also quite cheap.
The other reason is that, the cable companies bound their consumers in different contracts (which may differ according to their respective policies). Generally the contracts are of 1 year, so even if you want to end your subscription, you have to pay them for the entire 12 months, as per the contract.
Whereas in Netflix, you don’t have face such kind of issues (to sign any contract), you can easily cancel your subscription or put it on hold and resubscribe it whenever you want just by visiting the official site. Also like cable networks or satellite TV, you don’t have to spent extra dollars on installation.
One more thing i want to mention here, is as you are streaming movies and TV shows, you data usage will also increase, which will raise your internet bills.
Also read Cable Vs Online Streaming Services.
AVAILABILITY IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES
The company Netflix Inc. was established in 1997, in California(USA) with its DVD-rental service and later started its on-demand media streaming service in United States and some of its neighboring countries. In 2012 they expanded their service to Europe, where it got appreciation by millions of subscribers. By September 2014, Netflix had subscribers in over 40 countries, and in the year 2015, Netflix reported its 69.17 million!!! subscribers, serving in over 190 countries all over the world.
Even though this online streaming platform is admired for its services and low prices, it is facing few problems like licensing restrictions, laws etc in some countries, but no need to worry as these matters always take some time. The streaming giant seems to have a plan of going worldwide, as you can see when you go to the official site, a page will occur, which says ” NETFLIX IS NOT AVAILABLE IN YOUR COUNTRY YET” and ” WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN IT IS AVAILABLE”.
Also many of the consumers have the problem when they are in different countries, they can not access netflix. This problem can also be resolved with the help of VPN (Virtual private networks). Also you can use these VPNs to access netflix, even it is not in available your country. For more information about VPNs and related queries you can read my article STREAM NETFLIX USING VPNs OR PROXIES.
NETFLIX’S RIVALS IN THE MARKET
Unarguably Netflix is doing a great job in the TV streaming field, but there are few more companies which are on the race. Amazon Prime Instant Videos, Huluplus, iTunes are tough competition for Netflix. Services provided by companies like HBO NOW, Google Play Movies and TV, SlingTV etc. are also on the list of Netflix rivals.
Each of the services have some advantage over other, like Netflix has a good collection of TV series, but when it comes to movies, i will recommend the others. Likewise Hulu Plus focus more on TV series rather than movies. Amazon has a great collection of both movies and TV series but the prices are higher than Netflix and Hulu plus and it does not support android platform(on devices other than its own manufactured Amazon Fire and Kindle).
Netflix seems to be a good choice among all but it is not a complete replacement for your cable. So you need to get 1 or 2 more services along with Netflix.
For detailed information about these services , you can click on the names given above. You can also read my article on comparison between Amazon Instant Videos, Huluplus, Netflix and iTunes, which will cover all the other details in a broader manner.
NETFLIX WATCH LIST
As I told you earlier that, the content in your Netflix depends very much on your location, for example: a subscriber in Spain can only stream the shows and movies related to their region (produced or popular in Spain), and the content which is licensed in Spain.
These things depends on a lot of external factors, which vary country to country and are not in our point of interest. This does not mean that, two countries cannot have same content, like USA and Canada subscribers have a lot of common content which they can watch in their respective countries.
Also read the article on Top Shows and Top Movies on Netflix .
DEVICES THAT SUPPORT NETFLIX
Netflix started their online streaming service as a browser based service, in which you can browse it from different browsers like Chrome, Mozilla etc., but now you can stream with a lot of platforms available in the market right now, like Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Roku, Nintendo, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Chromecast by Google, Play Station, Xbox 360 etc. You can also stream Netflix using your cell phones and tablets by simply downloading the app from Google Playstore or iTunes.
There are a lot of platforms for this online streaming portal, but unfortunately many of them does not support High Quality (HD) streaming like many of the Android devices does not support 1080p. So be careful while selecting a device for streaming Netflix. Here is the complete list of devices and their specifications.
PROS AND CONS OF NETFLIX
Guys, there is nothing new, I am gonna tell you in this section, just quickly summing up the highlights of this article in the form of pros and cons, for you convenience.
- Very cheap price
- No contract boundaries
- No installation issues
- Huge catalog of movies and TV series(updated frequently)
- Huge range of supporting devices
- High Speed internet requirements
- Unavailability of content of other countries
- A lot of quality content is available only on DVDs
- Unavailability of live content (sports, concerts etc.)
- Frequent changes in content
So guys this was my review on Netflix, if you have any questions regarding any of the online streaming service, mentioned above just leave a comment. I will definitely try to help you.
If you think there is something you are missing, you are welcome to leave it in the comment section below, i’ll try to keep things updated.
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