It boasts close to 33 million subscribers in the US alone, it has been lauded as the alternative to cable television but for those of you that are new to the online tv streaming service we’ve put together a guide on the excellent Netflix to show you that it really is worthy of the hype…
What is Netflix?
Netflix is an online television streaming service. For a monthly fee Netflix provides users with an impressive collection of television series, films and documentaries. The content provided by Netflix depends on what country you are in, currently Netflix is available in North and South America, the Caribbean, UK, Ireland, Sweden Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands.
Similar to likes of Spotify, Netflix allows you to sign up using your Facebook account. This is speediest way to register with the online streaming service so if you are desperately seeking some good tv sign in with your Facebook and welcome to the wondrous world of Netflix, watching tv will never be the same again!
Signing up with Facebook means that you can share what you are watching with your Facebook friends. If you chose to enable this option whatever you’ve watched on Netflix will be posted to you wall for your friends to see and comment on. This can provide a lovely and sociable way of discovering new programmes or films to watch that you may never have thought of or heard of before.
However, if you shun the social networking universe, or you’re just not a Facebook fiend, have no fear you can sign up via your email and avoid sharing your taste in dodgy 80s sitcoms to the world!
Netflix offer all new members a one month free trial, after that you play a very reasonable fixed monthly rate (the exact price varies in different countries). One of the greatest things about Netflix is that it does not require any commitment, you are free to cancel your account at any time and you don’t have to sign up for any particular length of time. In a recession ridden world where a steady income can be difficult to attain, this is an extremely attractive feature to a lot of Netflix users.
Netflix has come a long way since its foundation in 1997 when it began life as an online DVD rental service with just 925 works available to rent. Now Netflix boasts 40 million members in more than 40 countries that watch one billion hours of TV programmes and films per month.
With its increase in popularity Netflix has been able to acquire more content to stream. It maintains deals with different movie studios and so it receives a lot of programmes before regular television channels and acquires new releases promptly.
This is essential for Netflix’s success, it updates its content very frequently so you are never stuck for something to watch!
Content on Netflix is categorised by genre. You can browse all television in one section and then find films by either typing the title into the search bar or browsing through the different genres. The film categories include dramas, foreign, action, sport and many, many more. With such a varied selection on their persistent updating there is something to suit all tastes on Netflix.
More recently Netflix has started creating its own films and television series. One of the first of these was the Emmy award winning House Of Cards which was released in February 2012. This series stars Kevin Spacey was directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network). Following its release on Netflix it received both impressive ratings and favourable critical reviews. Since then Netflix have produced the likes of the horror, sci-fi series Hemlock Grove, the witty prison drama series Orange is the New Black and season four of Arrested Development. Following the success of these titles it is forgivable to assume the Netflix are going to keep commissioning new, quality, original content for years to come.
Netflix allows you to browse its vast selection and choose whatever you want to watch whenever you want to watch. It is excellent to be given such freedom but deciding what you want to watch from the seemingly endless amount of content that Netflix has to offer can be daunting and even off putting. Thankfully Netflix has created a blissfully pain-free method of solving this dilemma, it throws up documentary, tv programmes and films as suggestions based on your taste. You determine your own unique taste by partaking in there rating system, to give you the most accurate recommendations possible you begin by rating your preference for different genres, or by rating content that you have already watched. As you watch more and more shows and films on Netflix the suggestions tend to become more accurate, it does take a little time to get to know your particular taste and it might recommend some suspect things every now and then but it provides an excellent and uniquely personal filter system.
If you have a Netflix account that is shared with different family members you can have multiple different profiles on the one account, so different tastes don’t become muddled together!
Watch your favorite shows anywhere
Netflix is now available on an impressive number of devices. You can watch Netflix on your computer via the website, download the app for your iOS or Android device and you can even access it on your games consoles Wii, PS3, Xbox etc. So you can indulge in your favorite programme absolutely anywhere. Prepare for the Netflix addiction to begin, quality tv and films that you can watch whenever and wherever you like!