Natalie is a writer who works at her local library. She enjoys writing reviews, watching anime and TV shows, and playing video games.
Netflix Streaming Service Overview
Website: Netflix.com, streaming service
Netflix is a DVD rental service that lets you borrow DVDs from them for a fee, but they also allow you to stream content to various electronic devices for a fee along with the DVDs. You can also just pay for the streaming service, and that’s the aspect of Netflix I’ll be covering in this review.
Easy to Use and Available on Most Devices
It’s really easy to set up a Netflix account, but you will need a credit card or a PayPal account.
The site is pretty easy to use; I use it on both PC and my PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, although most of the time, I use my PlayStation 4. You can browse through various genres and search for the title of a show you’re looking for.
I like the site and it’s really easy to navigate on PC, the PlayStation 4, not so much, but I can usually find what I want to see. It has a nice feature that you can add a show to your list and it will stay where you can find it to watch it.
A note about the anime section, some of the anime comes from Funimation, some of them have dual audio of either Japanese or English dubs. If you want Japanese or English, you have to change the audio and subtitle options when you start the episodes and it will save your preferences.
Netflix also has many TV shows and movies to watch. I also like that it will resume where you left off if you change your mind and decide to watch something else and then return to that show later.
I also like that it will resume where you left off if you change your mind and decide to watch something else and then return to that show later.
You can also see what you have watched recently and I like that feature on the site. Other sites started doing that on their streaming because Netflix made it popular to do that.
Netflix Originals Are Either Hit or Miss
Netflix has started focusing on their original programming called “Netflix Originals”; they have exclusive streaming rights to content made exclusively for Netflix, except the anime which is just exclusive streaming rights for anime from Japan that won’t be on Crunchyroll, Hulu or Funimation.
The other shows can either be really good or really bad, but when Netflix has shows or celebrities with a clearly left leaning bias it can be good or bad depending on which side of the political party you’re on.
The political aspects of some of their Original shows have caused them to be review bombed in the Netflix ratings back when they had star ratings instead of the Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down that you see on the app. However, you can still see the star ratings on Netflix.com when you go to a show’s details section.
They changed the ratings because of the backlash for their more politically biased content, I just choose not to watch politically biased programming, but I like the other shows they have there. If you don’t agree with it, you can cancel your subscription if you want or just not watch those types of Netflix shows.
Fortunately, not all their Original is going to beat you over the head with politics and some of them are really good.
It’s Still Worth It, Despite the Price Hike
I joined when it used to be $7.99 9 + tax, it is now 18.99 + tax, but I’m still okay, because I’ll review Netflix exclusive content and earn some extra money off it, and I don’t want to wait for a long time for them to release DVDs and blu-rays of their shows which they can hold off for a long time if they want to.
It took them forever to put the new Daredevil show out on disc and it is one of their popular Marvel Comics shows they have exclusively streaming on the website.
If the prices keep going up, people will leave, people are already leaving because they're losing popular shows because the rights holders are taking them back to put them on their own streaming platforms.
They upped the price to $19.99 a month, and that's pushing it for me, that's a lot of money and it's kind of annoying to pay that much for Netflix, but I'll put up with it, for the anime reviews I'll be writing for their exclusive anime on the streaming platform.
If you cancel your subscription over the "Cuties" Netflix Original movie, don't feel you have to come back, that was an understandable reason to unsubscribe from Netflix.
Expiring License Can Be Annoying
Netflix has to acquire licensing for content that is not exclusive to Netflix, and while there are a lot of shows that aren’t exclusive, because of licensing these TV shows and movies can expire at any time and with little warning.
It can be very frustrating if you find a great series you want to start but you see a small message in the corner that the series or movie will expire within a matter of days, and you just found it.
Another flaw that I’ve found has to do with my internet connection causing the initial buffering to be slow. Other than that, I’ve had no problems using Netflix for streaming on my PlayStation 4.
Netflix Is on Most Devices, Which Makes It Convenient to Watch Anywhere
One great advantage that Netflix has is that they have apps for almost every device that is connected to the internet, outside of the Amazon Fire Stick, because Google is feuding with Amazon.
The Netflix app is also pretty nice, the app on my PlayStation is really good, the app on the iPhone isn’t nearly as good, but it still works, but it could use improvement, it seems to freeze and get stuck when I try to use it.
I enjoy using Netflix and I really enjoy the web streaming video. There is a great selection to choose from and you can bundle it with their DVD rentals, although I think a lot more people use streaming for convenience.
The apps for Netflix aren’t perfect, but the website is pretty good, I don’t use the website as much because I prefer my PlayStation app instead, but it’s nice to have multiple options when it comes to using the site to stream videos. The mobile app could use improving and it would be better if it didn’t freeze when you’re playing videos.
You do have to keep track of when shows and movies expire, you can find it online, but unfortunately, Netflix only sends you emails for new shows arriving, not when shows and movies are expiring. It’s still a service that I enjoy using and I’ll be reviewing Netflix exclusives on Hubpages too.
I dislike that the monthly price has gone up over the years, but it’s not so expensive that I’m ready to cancel my subscription yet. But if it keeps going up, I’ll drop it because that’s the most expensive streaming service that I use.
There are really good Netflix exclusive show and movies that are only on the website, but many companies are trying to compete with them by starting their own streaming websites and that takes a toll on people’s wallets because there’s a limited amount of money for people to spend on various streaming sites. Netflix is still popular because of its selection, even though it has dwindled when it comes to licensed content; they’re putting out interesting exclusives that audiences enjoy.
Is it worth paying $10.99 + tax every month? For me? Yes, I watch a lot of anime and TV shows to do reviews for them, video or written. I save a ton of money because I don’t have to buy the blu-rays or DVDs for the show I’m interested in reviewing. If you like a lot of TV shows and you don’t want to watch commercials, then Netflix streaming is for you. If you do the trial and don’t like the shows offered you can cancel the trial. I kept mine because I know I’ll get my money’s worth out of it.
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Ced Yong from Asia on January 19, 2018:
I have a subscription too and I certainly wouldn't be canceling, even if there's another hike. Their content beats the other main services I had hands down, in fact, sometimes, there's too much to watch.
Michael Hatamoto from SF Bay Area on January 19, 2018:
I have a Netflix subscription - and won't be canceling any time soon. I think the company needs to slow down on the amount of content they are producing (or purchasing rights for), as spending is getting a bit out of hand, but I'll stick with them for the foreseeable future.