Netflix Review


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I’ve been meaning to post a Netflix Review because Netflix has become a major part of our daily entertainment since deciding to drop cable TV a few years back. We use a few other streaming services in order to watch everything we want, but there’s no doubt Netflix has been all the rage in the movie rental industry over the last few years, and to this day it remains highly competitive with the likes of Red Box and other movie rental businesses.  Many people have heard about Netflix at one point or another or perhaps know someone who is a member, however we are going to break down the good and bad points and let you decide if it is worth the $7.99/month price.  The topics to be discussed in this review are as follows:

  • Convenience
  • Selection & Delivery
  • Pricing
  • Summary

Convenience: Today’s world is all about convenience and the cornerstone of the Netflix business is founded around convenience.  With Netflix, all your movie selections come straight to you either instantly or via mail.  This saves members several trips to movie rental stores or stations and does not require members to do anything outside of their normal daily routine to acquire their movie.  For people who received their movies by mail, they only need to drop it back off with the rest of their mail when they have finished viewing.  Rating: 10/10

Selection: Netflix advertises that they have over 100,000 movies to choose from.  To make a fair comparison, Blockbuster online has roughly 80,000 while an average video rental store carries closer to 15,000 and a red box normally has only 70-100 choices.  Additionally, all the movies found on the network are unedited, which may not always be the case with other rental options.

While many people purchase Netflix for its movie selection, perhaps its best feature is the ability to stream TV episodes of your choice at any time directly from the internet to your TV.  Members can watch TV episodes as often as they wish through the online streaming option.  The best part is, you don’t have to be stuck at your computer. There are many Netflix enabled devices that stream to your TV that include the following:

  • Blu-Ray Players
  • Xbox360
  • Playstation 3
  • Roku
  • Apple TV
  • Smart TV’s

Compared to other rental options in movies and TV episodes Netflix appears to have an edge on their competitors.

The only downside to their selection is that rare movie titles can be difficult to find amongst the thousands of other choices. ����If you opt to receive your movies or TV episodes via mail, on rare occasions the less popular titles will have to be shipped from a shipping center other than your local center, which may add an extra day or two to receive the movie.  Additionally, the mail delivered movies require users to plan a night or two ahead as to which movie they want to watch, and takes away from the ability to watch a movie instantly unless choosing to view it online.  Often times however people do not have a computer in their living room or may not have a television with internet access.  Rating: 9.0/10

Pricing: Netflix offers plans for as low as $4.99/month and averages around $1.73 per DVD rental completed via mail. ����To compare, all the top movie rental stores are over $4 per DVD rental, not including the gas and time spent to acquire the movie.  Their most popular plan is $7.99/month and allows for unlimited instant watching online through your computer or tv through a Netflix enabled device.

Pricing Plans Include (partial list):

  • 1-DVD out at-a-time – $4.99 (2 rentals a month limit)
  • 1-DVD out at-a-time – $7.99/mo
  • 2-DVDs out at-a-time – $11.99/mo
  • Streaming + 1 DVD out at-a-time – $15.98/mo.
  • Streaming + 2 DVD’s out at-a-time – $19.98/mo.

Netflix monthly pricing structure requires members to pay even if they have not watched anything for that month.  They do however have an option to “hold” your membership in the event you will be away from home for several months.  Overall Netflix is definitely worth it compared to other rental options as long as you watch the movies and TV episodes on a somewhat regular basis ��� which is a statement of the obvious. ��If you only rent a movie once in a blue moon the perhaps another option will better suit your needs.  Rating: 9.0/10

Summary: Netflix has proven to be a great option for people who enjoy watching movies without the hassle of renting from a store.  Many people are still unsure of Netflix even after reading reviews such as this or hearing about it from friends, which is why Netflix is actually offering a free trial for users who want to see what it is all about before spending any money.

The Netflix Free Trial runs for one full month and requires payment information up front; however no charges will be made to your account unless you pass the one month mark without canceling.  If for any reason you decide you do not wish to purchase Netflix, you simply just cancel the trial and they will not charge your account.  The way we see it at worst, you still get one free month of movie and TV episodes even if you decide to cancel.

Sign up for the Netflix free trial and find out if it’s right for you.

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One Response to “Netflix Review”

  1. Colin Hall June 17, 2012 4:59 am

    Netflix is indeed excellent, but I am gutted that they don’t provide platform support for Linux based systems.